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3 Raymond Buildings

Crime

21 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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3 Raymond Buildings
3 Raymond Buildings is a highly esteemed set instructed in the most serious cases, many of which are privately paying. Barristers here have particular expertise in representing clients in terrorism, organised crime, homicide and sexual offences cases, and often handle matters that are international or multi-jurisdictional in nature. Recent cases of significance include the murder of nanny Sophie Lionnet as well as the 'Three Musketeers' terrorism case. Sources describe the set as a "well-oiled machine" that has "excellent strength in depth."
"The clerks are always transparent and happy to have an open conversation in relation to barrister availability. They always come up with appropriate solutions." According to referees, senior clerk Eddie Holland is "the most positive person you could wish to meet. He is quick to respond to you and realistic on fees."

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Alisdair Williamson QC
"He has a great knowledge of the law, puts clients at ease and works with the solicitor in a practical fashion at all stages of the case." "The most delightful person to work with and someone who knows everything inside out."

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Edmund Gritt
"A man with a great tactical mind." "Terrific, charming and spookily bright," "he is robust and effective in his cross-examination."

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Eva Niculiu
"A star in the making, she has every quality a criminal barrister needs." "Thorough and well prepared."

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Guy Ladenburg
"A formidable advocate who has a great manner with clients." "An absolute gentleman who puts clients at ease."

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Heather Oliver
"Well briefed, extremely personable and client-friendly."

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Helen Malcolm QC
"She works collaboratively and is super intelligent. When she stands up everyone listens." "She knows how to navigate a solution, and her skeleton arguments are superb. Helen is a real force for the client."

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Hugh Davies QC
Hugh Davies QC is an accomplished barrister considered to be a rare beast because of his uncommonly broad practice that spans criminal, civil and regulatory law. He gains market recognition particularly for his representation of police officers. Davies has led prosecutions on behalf of the National Crime Squad and the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (now the National Crime Agency). He has further served as an independent member of the ACPO child protection executive board, producing a report into the sexual offences prevention order regime.
"Extremely persuasive and a superb cross-examiner, he is a strong courtroom advocate." "A solid, meticulous prosecutor who is effective with juries and does the job properly."
Recent work: Prosecuted a woman accused of arranging a ‘latter-day medieval duel’ between her ex-husband and new boyfriend with knives as weapons, the idea being that the victor would win the prize of continuing a relationship with her.

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James Lewis QC
"He can be relied on to cut through to the issues in a case and uses all of his best efforts and endeavours to represent his client."

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Kevin Baumber
"He is fiercely intellectual and presents his submissions in a clear and persuasive manner." "A great tactician."

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Luke Ponte
"Exceptionally charming and a deadly prosecutor." "Affable and extraordinarily astute."

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Matthew Butt QC
"He is capable of dealing with the most difficult and sensitive cases." "A first-rate cross-examiner."

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Michael Borrelli QC
Michael Borrelli QC specialises in complex defence work and has been instructed in some of the highest-profile criminal cases in recent times. He is particularly experienced in defending those charged with homicide offences that attract significant media attention. Borrelli is also expert in handling drug-related cases and misconduct in public office offences, as well as matters concerning gangs and youth crime. He is a member of the Bar in Northern Ireland.
"He is excellent." "An experienced and reliable barrister who remains calm under pressure."
Recent work: Defended four gang members on trial for a murder that left a 27 year old man with more than 80 injuries following a machete attack.

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Michael Bromley-Martin QC
Michael Bromley-Martin QC is distinguished by his superior advocacy skills and boasts vast experience across all areas of serious crime along with niche expertise in assisting police officers charged with criminal proceedings. He has a great deal of experience handling serious criminal matters such as murder and burglary, and has particular skill when it comes to sexual offences.
"He is unflappable. If you have a problem go to him and he will sort it out."
Recent work: Defended a Romanian national charged with the murder of his pregnant girlfriend and the destruction of the unborn child by stabbing with a pair of scissors.

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Neil Saunders
A leading junior who is extremely well respected by peers and solicitors alike and known for being "a first-choice junior." He both prosecutes and defends all areas of serious crime and fraud, and was heavily involved in Operation Elveden. He is praised for his extremely persuasive advocacy and is greatly respected by the judiciary.
"He is in a class of his own as a leading junior." "His wealth of experience is immensely reassuring to clients, and he takes a thoughtful approach to cases."
Recent work: Represented an officer accused of concocting an account and falsely manufacturing an arrest. He was also alleged to have then perverted the course of justice in writing a false account of the events and giving evidence at the magistrates’ court.

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Nicholas Yeo
"Extremely impressive and admirably logical." "He quickly gets to grips with vast amounts of material and is a meticulous planner."

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Patrick Gibbs QC
Patrick Gibbs QC is one of the most highly regarded advocates across all areas of serious crime work. He has been instructed in some of the most significant cases in recent years, including Operation Elveden and the trial of Constance Briscoe. His recent practice includes protest law matters and police misconduct cases.
"Incredibly clever and hard-working, he has the respect of the court and judges." "He is at the top of his game."

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Richard Horwell QC
Richard Horwell QC is a former First Senior Treasury Counsel who is instructed in complex and high-profile cases. His practice encompasses fraud, drugs, terrorism and sex cases, and he has experience representing the Crown in matters of national security. He is particularly noted for his strength in appellate work.
"Wonderful to work with, he is well prepared and a great jury advocate."
Recent work: Prosecuted the first of a series of cases for the ICO concerning the use of private detectives to obtain confidential personal data.

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Richard Wormald QC
"Robust and reassuring, he is a barrister with a finely tuned tactical brain." "Excellent on his feet and someone whose closing speeches are perfection."

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Robert Morris
"Tenacious and not afraid to take difficult legal points." "He is exceptionally bright."

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Trevor Burke QC regularly advises high-profile individuals and has a fantastic reputation as an all-round specialist in serious criminal matters. He has substantial experience of both publicly and privately funded work, and has undertaken cases from murder to drug trafficking, both domestically and internationally. Burke has been instructed in some of the most significant criminal investigations of recent years, including Operations Elveden and Pinetree. 
"Excellent with clients and always presents his cases in an attractive manner."
Recent work: Defended a police officer accused of murdering his wife, whose body was found in Poynton Park Lake, Cheshire.

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William Emlyn Jones QC
William Emlyn Jones QC is a new silk with experience of both prosecuting and defending criminal trials, and someone with a flourishing private practice. He has significant expertise in complex and high-profile murder trials, and also undertakes challenging terrorism work. Jones has recently been appointed as Senior Treasury Counsel, and has undertaken a number of high-profile cases before the Central Criminal Court. 
"He gives outstanding closing speeches." "One of the most prominent Senior Treasury Counsel."

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Crime


Alisdair Williamson QC
Band 3
Helen Malcolm QC
Band 4
Hugh Davies QC
Band 2
James Lewis QC
Band 4
Matthew Butt QC
Band 4
Michael Borrelli QC
Band 2

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