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25 Bedford Row

Crime

28 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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25 Bedford Row is a dedicated criminal defence set whose members regularly appear in reported murder, manslaughter, sex and terrorism cases, among others. They are regulars at the Old Bailey and Court of Appeal, and are particularly known for their involvement in multi-handed murder trials, including those relating to young offenders. Commentators say of 25 Bedford Row: "This is a set with real top-quality barristers from different backgrounds and walks of life. Their diversity reflects their approach to cases and the way that they deal with people."
Guy Williams is the director of clerking and Emma Makepeace is the deputy director. "The clerking team is fantastic. All the clerks are efficient and are always available to assist with any queries."

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Adrian Eissa QC
"He makes the implausible sound plausible."

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Aisling Byrnes
Aisling Byrnes is an excellent junior who attracts praise from market observers for her handling of factually sensitive and emotive cases, and is noted for her sympathetic dealings with vulnerable clients. She focuses her practice on all areas of serious crime and has particular expertise in sexual offences and domestic violence cases.
"She is completely unafraid in court and immediately commands respect."
Recent work: Defended a 19 year old Thai national charged with the rape of a fellow student at his London university hall of residence.

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Arlette Piercy
Arlette Piercy is a highly experienced and trusted junior who engages exclusively in criminal defence cases, especially those relating to serious violence such as murder, attempted murder and armed robbery. Gang-related crimes in particular have become a feature of her recent practice.
"A fearless and outstanding barrister who is committed to the underdog."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of Alexandru Hanga, who was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for conspiring to smuggle 39 Vietnamese migrants in the back of a lorry, a move which directly resulted in their deaths.

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Ben Smitten
Ben Smitten is a sought-after junior who acts exclusively as a criminal defence advocate and adviser in murder, large-scale fraud and serious organised crime cases. He also frequently defends UK nationals charged with criminal offences in other jurisdictions. Smitten mainly accepts privately funded cases unless the matter is of public importance, such as the inquest and criminal proceedings arising from the Hillsborough stadium disaster.
"He is so methodical and puts in so much hard work that as a result he achieves very positive results."
Recent work: Acted for a retired Chief Superintendent charged with editing police statements regarding the Hillsborough disaster in order to cover up police responsibility.

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Beth O'Reilly
"She is increasingly seen as a must-have junior for heavyweight, high-publicity criminal matters."

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Courtenay Griffiths QC
Dr Courtenay Griffiths QC is a highly regarded silk with an impressive practice spanning both domestic and international criminal law. He is an expert in serious violent crime matters and has handled numerous homicide and terrorism cases. Griffiths has an impressive reputation for dealing with joint enterprise crimes, and has handled a number of cases with political aspects attached to them.
"He has a great reputation and is very smooth with his clients."
Recent work: Represented a young defendant at the Old Bailey who was part of a larger group of teenagers accused of killing a 17 year old boy outside a KFC restaurant in central London.

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David Wood
David Wood is a well-respected junior who is often instructed in crime and regulatory matters. He has experience of handling serious crime cases such as murder, theft and drug-related matters.
"A real rising star who can turn his hand to anything."
Recent work: Represented a man accused of attempted murder after he battered another man over the head with an iron bar, cracking his skull open and leaving him seriously brain damaged.

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Dominic Thomas
"He is strong across the board and ticks all the boxes."

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Emma Akuwudike
"She is able, over the course of a long trial. to keep juries interested and the client's spirits up."

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George Carter-Stephenson QC
George Carter-Stephenson QC is a well-regarded silk who specialises as a defence advocate in criminal, regulatory and fraud matters. He has vast experience across a broad spectrum of criminal matters, including complex murder and conspiracy to commit murder cases. Sources praise him for his advocacy style and tremendous courtroom presence.
"Brilliant on his feet, he puts on amazing performances in court."
Recent work: Defended a man accused of the murder of his wife, who was stabbed 27 times while her disabled daughter slept in a cot in the next room.

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Jeremy Dein QC
Jeremy Dein QC is an incredibly capable defence practitioner who specialises in serious matters including murder, terrorism and organised crime. He is often entrusted with high-profile cases that have attracted significant media attention. Dein has significant appellate experience and is known for his sure touch when dealing with vulnerable defendants with mental illness.
"A bit of a superstar who is always a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Appeared on behalf of the first defendant accused of the killing of PC Andrew Harper.

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Jo Sidhu QC
Jo Sidhu QC is an accomplished advocate who boasts a wealth of experience handling some of the most serious and significant cases. He frequently receives instructions in cases involving allegations of homicide, sex crimes and child abuse.
"An absolutely amazing barrister."
Recent work: Represented Joseph McCann in high-profile criminal proceedings involving 37 charges of sexual offences.

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John Cooper QC
"Incredibly good with clients and good at getting the judge on side."

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Laurie-Anne Power QC
"A real hard worker. You can trust her on paper-heavy cases as she will know everything."

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Lisa Wilson
"She is a brilliant advocate who is always willing to go the extra mile."

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Melanie Simpson QC
"Going from strength to strength in silk. Clients and judges love her and she is incredible on the law."

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Michael Neofytou
"An impressive barrister who gives sensible advice and is well liked by juries."

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Nicola Howard QC
"A great advocate for clients who is on top of everything. Her closing speeches are superb."

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Osman Osman
"He is brilliant at dealing with legal submissions, he has an eye for detail and he is able to grasp complex law, applying his knowledge superbly for the benefit of the client."

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Paul Hynes QC
Paul Hynes QC is regularly instructed in very serious, complex and high-profile criminal matters. He focuses his practice on criminal defence and regularly appears in heavyweight crime cases including those relating to terrorism, firearms and violent criminal offences.
"An astute tactician who takes the sting out of the case with a dose of humour."
Recent work: Represented a senior South Yorkshire policeman accused of editing police statements for submission to the Taylor Inquiry in an attempt to cover up police incompetence and misconduct and blame Liverpool FC supporters for the Hillsborough disaster.

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Paul Keleher QC
Paul Keleher QC is highly experienced in all areas of crime, including cases relating to terrorism, drug trafficking, fraud, serious violence and sexual abuse. He is regularly involved in efforts to advance the digitisation of the criminal justice system. Keleher is skilled at dealing with complex evidence and disclosure issues.
"He is dedicated and incredibly experienced."
Recent work: Represented Munochismo Eriken, who was accused with three others of stabbing and killing a man in the street.

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Paul Mendelle QC
Paul Mendelle QC is a respected and impressive silk with extensive experience of the most serious and high-profile criminal cases. He has handled numerous murder cases, including those relating to gangland warfare, and has also played a significant part in Operation Elveden.
"His gravitas in court is something to behold."
Recent work: Represented a defendant who was charged with murder following the death in 2017 of a man he had been convicted of wounding with intent 14 years before.

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Peter Doyle QC
"Bright, hard-working and meticulous in his work."

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Rudi Fortson QC
"Extremely thorough and has in-depth knowledge of the law."

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Sebastian Gardiner
"He is organised, cerebral and excellent with clients."

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Sheryl Nwosu
"She knows the law and understands how to deal with young people with learning difficulties and those who are vulnerable to exploitation."

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Simon Pentol QC
"Immensely versatile and a great cross-examiner. His judgement is spot on."

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Tyrone Smith QC
Tyrone Smith QC is an impressive silk who routinely acts in murder, manslaughter, drugs and all manner of other serious criminal cases. He is particularly noted for his skill in motor manslaughter matters, and is an expert in telecommunications evidence.
"A phenomenal jury advocate who is brave enough to throw a humorous line into a case and get the jury on his side."
Recent work: Represented a driver who pleaded guilty to 39 counts of manslaughter following the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants in his lorry.

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Crime


Adrian Eissa QC
Band 5
Courtenay Griffiths QC
Band 1
George Carter-Stephenson QC
Band 1
Jeremy Dein QC
Band 1
Jo Sidhu QC
Band 2
John Cooper QC
Band 4

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