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5 King's Bench Walk

Crime

13 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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A set that "has made great strides in recent years," 5KBW is home to barristers at all levels of call who are comfortable handling criminal cases of any type, whatever the level of seriousness. Major matters relating to organised crime, murder and terrorism are undertaken amidst the usual diet of general crime, and members boast further skill in commercial criminal cases and regulatory work. They have particular expertise in sexual offences cases, including historic sex crimes. Louise Oakley recently joined the set and is seen as a notable lateral hire who further enhances chambers' prosecution capabilities. As an illustration of the gravity of the work undertaken here, multiple members of the set have been recently been involved in the high-profile Jodie Chesney joint-enterprise murder case.

Client service:

Lee Hughes-Gage is the respected senior clerk.

Strengths:

Anthony Orchard QC
"Efficient and pragmatic, he's a respected figure at the Old Bailey."

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Catherine Pattison
"An extremely effective performer who adopts a measured nature in her addresses to potent effect."

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Charlotte Newell QC
"A very effective performer who inspires trust. She is highly organised and will go far."

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Danny Robinson QC
A newly appointed silk who routinely prosecutes and defends all manner of criminal cases. He is particularly proficient in murder cases and sits on both the CPS Counter-Terrorism and Serious Crimes Panels.
"Greatly liked and fully committed to his cases."
Recent work: Prosecuted a murder case in which the defendant was charged with stabbing his wife 58 times.

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James Martin
"A very smooth operator who is highly intelligent. He applies that intelligence in a number of different ways, proving to be both a good academic lawyer and a fluent advocate. He is practical and gets to the heart of the case."

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Jeffrey Israel
"A fearless advocate who stands up to judges and produces incisive advocacy."

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Jonathan Higgs QC
An established criminal silk who specialises in offences of homicide, serious and organised criminal activity and cases that involve serious fraud, money laundering and tax evasion. He has extensive experience before the Appellate Courts and is regularly instructed in high-profile criminal trials. He has recently acted in cases concerning multi-defendant homicide and gang murder.
"He is very clever and good on the law."
Recent work: Acted in the double murder and attempted murder case of R v Jack Ralph. This matter concerned the murder of a mother and daughter.

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Jonathan Polnay
A leading junior who prosecutes the most serious and highly complex criminal cases. His practice encompasses a range of high-profile cases which have garnered national publicity. Polnay acts in homicide, terrorism and sexual assault cases, among others, and has substantial experience of handling private defence work.
"Has the ability to simplify complex prosecution cases that might be strong evidentially but are on paper difficult to communicate to a jury." "He is good with the jury and is also someone whose judgement you can trust."
Recent work: Prosecuted as a junior in the R v John Worboys case, which concerned the notorious 'black cab rapist' convicted for the sexually motivated drugging of vulnerable passengers.

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Louise Oakley
"Really talented and has a great courtroom presence. She is engaging and good in front of a jury." "Louise has an extremely busy defence practice - she does excellent work and gets excellent results."

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Mark Heywood QC
This esteemed former First Senior Treasury Counsel  maintains a standout criminal practice and is expert in terrorism, homicide and organised crime cases, to name but a few. He is no stranger to the most serious, highly publicised cases of the day and is a man of great experience.
"Just incredible. He exudes self-assurance and authority in the courtroom and is an inspiring performer." "A real class advocate, he is always on top of his brief and a worthy opponent."
Recent work: Prosecuted in R v Devon & Cornwall Police, a case involving alleged failures by the police concerning the death of Thomas Orchard, who has paranoid schizophrenia.

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Natasha Wong QC
"A terrifically hard worker who is well liked by the Bar and popular with solicitors."

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Sarah Forshaw QC
A dedicated silk who has acted in all manner of serious cases including those relating to murders and drug importation offences. She is especially renowned for her expertise in defending those charged with sexual offences, in particular historic sexual offences. Forshaw regularly defends high net worth individuals and recently acted for the defence in a rape case before the Court of Appeal.
"She is an outstanding jury advocate whom it's very hard to best."
Recent work: Represented the first defendant in R v Petrovic & Others at the Central Criminal Court. This matter concerned the joint enterprise murder of an Essex schoolgirl, and was a case of drug-related violence and mistaken identity.

Strengths:

Susan Rodham
"A good, solid defence practitioner."

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Crime


Anthony Orchard QC
Band 3
Charlotte Newell QC
Band 5
Danny Robinson QC
Band 6
Jonathan Higgs QC
Band 2
Mark A. Heywood QC
Star Individuals
Natasha Wong QC
Band 3

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