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23ES (23 Essex Street Chambers)

Crime

21 ranked barristersBand 3London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Client service:

23ES (23 Essex Street Chambers) handles the full regimen of criminal matters including murder, terrorism, sexual offences, drugs and road traffic work. Over the past year members have acted in high-profile cases such as R v Henry Long, the high-profile murder of PC Andrew Harper. Sources consider the set to be an "absolute blessing to our criminal justice system."
"The clerking service is first-class. Wayne King, who heads the clerking team, is extremely personable, approachable and helpful. The junior clerks are clearly empowered to act in a similar way, and are always ready to offer assistance or help when needed." Throughout lockdown the set continued to communicate with its clients via a series of popular webinars.

Strengths:

Alan Gardner QC
"A fair, pleasant and decent opponent who deals with difficult cases with great sensitivity."

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Allison Hunter QC
"A fantastic cross-examiner who is fast becoming one of the best silks out there."

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Cairns Nelson QC
Joint head of chambers Cairns Nelson QC is well versed in the defence and prosecution of complex homicide cases. He is noted by sources for possessing real presence in court.
"A man of great authority. When he stands up to speak you can hear a pin drop."
Recent work: Achieved an acquittal on behalf of his client, who was on trial for stabbing his best friend to death during a lockdown party in Kent.

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Charles Royle
"An absolutely superb barrister with a laid-back and calm approach, who is so pleasant to work with."

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Elisabeth Acker
"She provides clear, concise advice and can turn around instructions very quickly."

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Eloise Marshall QC
"An utterly brilliant silk who has real flair."

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Emilie Morrison
"She's good with clients as she's firm but without alienating them."

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Francis FitzGibbon QC
Francis FitzGibbon QC 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.
"His written submissions are fantastic and he's a real pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Defended Mihai Dinisoae against a charge of murder. After chasing, in his car, thieves who had stolen his motorcycle, the defendant crashed into the bike, killing one of those who had stolen it.

Strengths:

Hugh Forgan
"An intelligent barrister who is so formidable on his feet. He does not look like he is going to be a Rottweiler and then he stands up and he is. He is so assertive."

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John Price QC
John Price QC 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 absolutely superb silk who really understands medical matters."
Recent work: Prosecuted a woman who was charged with offences arising from multiple false complaints of rape and serious sexual assault. The woman faced one count of perjury in respect of a trial at Isleworth in 2012 where a man was convicted of raping her and sentenced to seven years' imprisonment.

Strengths:

Kate Lumsdon QC
"She is thorough and meticulous in her approach to cases and looks at different avenues to get the required results. She is a godsend for the instructing solicitor."

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Lisa Wilding QC
Lisa Wilding QC 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.
"Empathetic yet firm with clients and a team player who leads in taking difficult decisions when required. She is a powerful voice in court and can annihilate witnesses in cross-examination."
Recent work: Instructed to defend a man charged with historic inter-familial sexual offences.

Strengths:

Mark Fenhalls QC
"He is a consummate tactician and a polished advocate."

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Nathan Rasiah QC
"A supremely analytical barrister. He is incisive in his comments and extremely talented."

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Paul Bogan QC
"A totally unflappable and extraordinarily bright silk who calmly slices through opponents such that they don't even realise it's happening."

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Richard Bentwood
"An extremely strong advocate who combines technical skill with robust advice and strong advocacy."

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Rina-Marie Hill
"She is an expert barrister who deals with sexual offences through skilful and forensic cross-examination that extracts evidence from reluctant witnesses in a respectful but robust manner, clearly gaining the respect of the court."

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Rossano Scamardella QC
"An absolutely extraordinary and talented advocate with a calm and reassuring manner. He is brilliant with the clients."

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Thomas Godfrey
"An excellent and extremely practical junior with a strategic mind."

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Tim Clark QC
"A gifted advocate who has a great will to win."

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Timothy Hunter
"A fearsome fighter who focuses on the important points and speaks realistically to clients about what can and cannot be done."

Crime

23ES (23 Essex Street Chambers)

firm
Location

1 Gray's Inn Square

Holborn, London

London

Greater London

UK

WC1R 5AA

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Crime


Alan Gardner QC
New Silks
Allison Hunter QC
Band 4
Cairns Nelson QC
Band 2
Eloise Marshall QC
Band 3
Francis FitzGibbon QC
Band 2
John Price QC
Band 2

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