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A highly esteemed set made up of "incredible advocates," who are 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. Recent cases of interest include an attempted murder arising from a fatal shooting in County Armagh in 1974. Sources cite this as "a first-class set," composed of "hard-working, intellectual powerhouses who are geniuses when it comes to strategy."
"The clerks are highly efficient. They make effective arrangements and are flexible in their approach." Eddie Holland is the senior clerk.
Alisdair Williamson QC
"An impeccable performer who is strong at cross-examination and a good choice for the most difficult cases." "He has a majestic advocacy style and is technically brilliant." "A charming advocate who is eloquent and able to present things effectively."
"Seriously bright and an incredible writer," "he takes on some of the most problematic cases around and displays assiduous attention to detail." "Clients trust him and value his clear advice implicitly. He knows how to pitch his advice at just the right level for each client."
"Very hard-working and always produces high-quality work."
Recent work: Successfully represented the defendant in a robbery case.
"Has a great feel for the best tactical approach to take in a case and is wonderfully reassuring in conference." "He does an excellent job."
"An excellent barrister who shows great attention to detail." "She is extremely thorough and dedicated."
Hugh Davies QC
"An extremely bright man and a clever tactician." "He produces excellent legal argument and provides strong, early strategic advice."
James Lewis QC
"He is a brilliant advocate who thinks well on his feet."
"Clever, tenacious and an extremely effective advocate who produces devastating lines of cross-examination."
"Gives sensible, objective and well-reasoned advice, therefore creating a firm platform on which the case can advance."
Matthew Butt QC
A prominent new silk with experience in fraud and general crime cases, who has particular expertise in firearms cases. He acts for both the prosecution and defence, and has a strong appellate practice.
"A barrister with a fearsome intellect, who is lethal in court." "A fantastic advocate. He has an exceptional track record for achieving unexpectedly favourable outcomes for clients." "A tough operator who has excellent judgement."
Recent work: Represented a police officer faced with two counts of actual bodily harm.
Michael Borrelli QC
Specialising in complex defence work, he has been instructed in some of the most high-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.
"A silky-smooth advocate who wins the ear of the judge and jury very quickly. He has a really polished style." "A QC with an incredible presence in court, he is very approachable and adored by clients."
Recent work: Represented a gang member accused of shooting a drug dealer in the face, in a County Lines reprisal attack.
Michael Bromley-Martin QC
Distinguished by his superior advocacy skills, he 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 of handling serious criminal matters such as murder and burglary, and has particular skill when it comes to sexual offences.
"A master of tactics and a superb advocate." "An extremely powerful advocate."
Recent work: Defended a 17 year old charged with murder by shooting with a .32 revolver at point blank range.
A leading junior who is extremely well respected by peers and solicitors alike and has been described by some as "the number one junior at the Criminal Bar." 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.
"A fantastic jury advocate with a real presence in court, who is willing to fight hard on any case." "A force of nature, he is superb with clients and a phenomenally persuasive advocate." "He is one of the best strategists at the Bar."
Recent work: Represented a defendant accused of causing GBH by using his car to inflict injury on a 70 year old protester.
"He has a good brain on him, and is a methodical brief who is a pleasure to deal with." "He has a very good manner with the client and is bright."
Patrick Gibbs QC
Considered by many to be "the best in the business," Gibbs has longstanding experience. 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 murder and manslaughter work, protest law matters and police misconduct cases., “Incisive, focused and forensic, he's everything you would wish a criminal silk to be. Delightful to work with, he is at the very top of the tree.” "A commanding QC with a disarming manner, he is particularly adept at dealing with difficult clients." "He is absolutely first class, and a master when it comes to economy of language."
Recent work: Appeared in R v Eastburn and Others, the Extinction Rebellion trial arising out of a protest on Docklands Light Railway in May 2019.
Richard Horwell QC
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 of representing the Crown in matters of national security. He is particularly noted for his strength in appeal work.
"Speaks with justified confidence and has superb judgement."
Recent work: Prosecuted a man for the murder of his pregnant ex-partner.
Richard Wormald QC
"His advocacy stands out and he is just great with the jury - he makes things interesting." "He handles tricky situations fantastically. Calm and reassuring, he works his way through difficult situations."
"Very good with clients, he is fantastic and his attention to detail is excellent." "He is phenomenally bright and hard-working, and does heavyweight work."
Trevor Burke QC
Regularly advising high-profile individuals, he 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.
"A brilliant advocate who is just the most calming influence in fraught cases. He offers a first-rate service and is happy to go the extra mile."
Recent work: Successfully acted for a defendant charged with manslaughter by gross negligence. The case arose from a fatal speedboat crash on the Solent.
William Emlyn Jones QC
New silk with experience of both prosecuting and defending criminal trials, who has 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.
"In the top echelon in terms of legal ability. He is incredibly well prepared, detailed in cross-examination and at the top of his game. You'll struggle to get a better prosecution brief than him."
Recent work: Prosecuted two defendants accused of targeting men on Grindr for 'chemsex', whom they then drugged and stole from. One of the defendants was convicted of murder.