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Crime Department

Northern (Bar)
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A market-leading set with vast expertise covering the full range of criminal matters. The set houses a number of experienced practitioners who prosecute and defend in serious criminal matters including sexual and violent offences. The team is frequently instructed in high-profile and highly publicised cases. The barristers recently acted in R v Barry Bennell, successfully prosecuting a football coach accused of child abuse and who was charged with over 50 offences.

Client service: John Kilgallon is the practice director.

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.
Strengths: "Very sophisticated in his advocacy and effective without being aggressive."
Recent work: Acted for the prosecution in Operation Sydney, the prosecution of a gang of criminals who blew up cash machines to steal more than half a million pounds.

Jonathan Duffy
Experienced defence practitioner with a good number of Court of Appeal appearances under his belt. He is on the list of approved counsel authorised to represent defendants and victims before the International Criminal Court at The Hague. He has experience handling serious burglary, sexual offences and aggravated assault.
Recent work: Defended a man charged with a series of high-value jewellery thefts from several jewellers in Manchester.

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.
Strengths: "He's extremely impressive." "If I was in a very deep hole I needed to be extricated from then it is Mr Johnson I would turn to."
Recent work: Defended a consultant surgeon for multiple allegations of wounding and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Nigel Power QC
Knowledgeable across the full spectrum of serious crime, Nigel Power QC exhibits notable strength in homicide cases, as well as large-scale fraud and criminal confiscations. He also acts in serious sexual offence cases.
Strengths: "A pugnacious performer. His client service and his preparation of documentation are of the highest level."
Recent work: Defended Mark Ennis who was charged, with three others, of murdering a rival drug dealer in Rhyl.

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.
Recent work: Prosecuted a woman who abandoned a newborn baby in a hospital bin and stuffed tissues in its mouth.