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7 Harrington St Chambers

Crime

5 ranked barristersBand 1Northern (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table

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7 Harrington Street Chambers is a leading set on the Northern Circuit for criminal matters. It houses a strong bench of experienced practitioners who regularly undertake cases relating to serious crimes and large-scale frauds. Areas of expertise for the team include high-profile homicides, sexual assaults and drugs offences. Members act on behalf of both the prosecution and the defence, and are frequently instructed in headline cases. Recent work handled by the set includes acting for the prosecution in Operation Bombay, a case concerning two organised crime groups accused of manufacturing bombs and supplying drugs and firearms.

Client service:

"It is a very professional set with an excellent clerking service." John Kilgallon is the practice director.

Strengths:

Alex Langhorn
Admired for his outstanding legal knowledge, he operates a broad criminal law practice for the prosecution and defence. He has extensive experience handling serious drug matters and as a Grade 4 prosecutor is regularly instructed by the North West Complex Case Unit.
"He is meticulous in his preparation and has the ability to marshal voluminous amounts of information effectively and quickly. He is someone with great attention for detail." "Very intelligent and has a very deep knowledge of the law."

Strengths:

Ian Unsworth QC
Demonstrates considerable expertise across a range of serious crime matters, in which he acts as both prosecution and defence counsel. He regularly acts in high-profile murder cases as well as complex drug offences. His practice also encompasses serious fraud and regulatory crime matters.
"He is very thorough, conscientious and personable." "He is very methodical in his preparation. He is absolutely all over the detail of his cases and has an encyclopedic knowledge."
Recent work: Acted for the prosecution in a case involving members of two organised crime groups who were involved in bomb making, shootings and drug dealing.

Strengths:

Nicholas Johnson QC
Has considerable experience as both prosecutor and defender in a broad range of serious criminal cases. He is particularly known for his ability to handle challenging homicide cases, including murder, gross negligence manslaughter and gangland executions. He is also instructed in cases concerning drugs, serious sexual offences, and health and safety. He additionally has substantial experience handling POCA and confiscation cases.
"An excellent barrister with a great eye for detail. He has a nice manner with the jury and is very personable."
Recent work: Acted for the prosecution in R v Molnar and Chowdhary, a high-profile case involving the stabbing and death of a schoolboy.

Strengths:

Nigel Power QC
Knowledgeable across the full spectrum of serious crime, Power exhibits notable strength in homicide cases, as well as large-scale fraud and criminal confiscations. He regularly appears at trial and in appellate proceedings.
"Well prepared and tenacious." "He is robust, thorough and conscientious."
Recent work: Acted for the prosecution in R v Jones, Gibbons and Butterworth, a case involving the murder of a 17 year old boy by four men.

Strengths:

Richard Pratt QC
Head of chambers who is skilled as both prosecution and defence counsel for a range of criminal matters. He is particularly experienced in crimes of violence, including assault, manslaughter and murder.
"A powerful and committed lawyer." "A very personable and jury-friendly barrister. He is a good oral advocate and has a great presence in court." "He is affable, gets to the crux of the problem quickly and is never flustered."
Recent work: Acted for the defence in R v Pomphret, a murder case concerning a banker who battered his wife to death with a crowbar.

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Silks (QC)

Northern (Bar)

Crime


Ian Unsworth QC
Band 2
Nicholas Johnson QC
Band 1
Nigel Power QC
Band 3
Richard Pratt QC
Band 2

Juniors

Northern (Bar)

Crime


Alex Langhorn
Band 3