5 St Andrew's Hill

Crime Department

London (Bar)
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A respected set, well known for its deep bench and long-standing focus on criminal matters. Members are renowned for their handling of complex and specialised cases, and act in both a prosecution and a defence capacity. They regularly undertake substantial matters including murder, human trafficking and corporate fraud cases. Recent matters of note include R v Porter, a prosecution case involving multiple counts of making and distributing indecent images of children.

Client service: An impressed solicitor says: "It has now become my number-one, go-to set. This is in no small part thanks to the excellent and committed clerking service." Dave Scothern is the chambers director.

Christopher May
Strengths: "A standout advocate who is methodical, careful and charming with the jury."

Dominic Connolly
Strengths: "He prosecutes his cases to the highest standard and gets good results."

John Warrington
Strengths: "An excellent barrister who has the benefit of prosecuting as well as defending, which means he is incredibly familiar with issues like disclosure. John is extremely thorough in his case preparation and remains in regular contact with his instructing solicitor, which always impresses me."

Jose Olivares-Chandler
Strengths: "Not only was Jose prompt and conscientious in responding to instructions, he also demonstrated the rare ability to make written submissions which are clear, persuasive and yet concise. He gets to the issue, which will endear him to all who instruct him. He is equally persuasive in court and a pleasure to deal with."

Mark Cotter QC
Strengths: "A brilliant advocate, who is very insightful and hard working."