23ES (23 Essex Street Chambers) handles the full regimen of criminal matters including murder, terrorism, sexual offences, drugs and road traffic work. Members have acted in high-profile cases such as R v Frankie Smith & Savannah Brockhill, a trial where a mother and her girlfriend were accused of murdering 18-month-old Star Hobson, who suffered catastrophic injuries while under their care. Sources say: "23 Essex Street is a large set with numerous exceptional barristers covering the entire range of criminal work."
"The clerks are knowledgeable and professional, keeping solicitors informed and up to date at all times."
"They will do everything in their power to provide cover and reach out to other chambers on your behalf if they cannot assist, which is extremely helpful."
Senior clerk Wayne King is "first class - he's really helpful and a pleasure to deal with."
Throughout lockdown the set continued to communicate with its clients via a series of popular webinars.
Lisa Wilding KC specialises in the prosecution and defence of murder and serious sexual offences, among other cases. She is particularly noted for her handling of complex evidence and the sensitive way in which she deals with vulnerable witnesses and defendants.
"Her closing speeches are brilliant and she connects so well with the jury. From a solicitor's point of view it is always helpful to have the direction of a silk who isn't scared to get involved."
Francis FitzGibbon KC is a persuasive silk with a practice that is focused on heavy crime and fraud. His recent matters include cases relating to murder, joint enterprise and historic sex offences. He also has experience handling terrorism work and human trafficking cases. FitzGibbon has significant appellate experience and also undertakes international work.
"Produces excellent advocacy and has good client care skills."
Cairns Nelson KC is well versed in the defence and prosecution of complex homicide cases. He is noted by sources for possessing real presence in court.
"He has great client and management skills."
"He offers an unusually high degree of service both in the preparation of the cases and when at court."
John Price KC both prosecutes and defends serious criminal cases, including those involving murder, abduction, sexual offences, firearms, fraud and drugs. He is experienced in appearing before the Court of Appeal and in handling Special Court cases.
"An excellent advocate who deals with high-profile, complex criminal cases."
"A great jury advocate who works like a Trojan."
"An excellent and highly experienced advocate."
"Does a highly effective, excellent job and can pick things up at short notice."
"Adopts some clever and highly attractive lines of argument."
"Tom is a class act who is destined for silk."
"An outstanding advocate with a really impressive way of prosecuting a case."