9 Bedford Row

Crime Department

London (Bar)
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A well-established set covering all aspects of criminal law. Members have tackled all manner of matters including those relating to serious sexual offences, including child cruelty, internet crimes and child abduction. They regularly  prosecute and defend in significant fraud, gang violence, drug and murder cases. Sources enthuse about the set’s “exceptional array of talent, from the pupils right through to the silks.”

Client service: “The clerks are communicative and nothing is too much trouble for them. If a problem arises, the chances are they have dealt with it perfectly before you even know about it.” “Their clerks are very efficient, especially senior clerk Paul Outen.” Chambers director Martin Secrett leads the clerking team.

Abbas Lakha QC
An approachable and hard-working specialist defence advocate, highly experienced in handling complex homicides and drugs offences, as well as fraud cases. He is also particularly familiar with the intricacies of appellate work.
Strengths: "A real force, he is relentless in his pursuit of  what is best for the client." "A fearless operator, negotiator and tactician, who is prepared to be unpopular if that's what it takes to win."
Recent work: Acted in R v Mohsin Amin, defending a man charged with conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life.

Jane Bickerstaff QC
A hard-working and dedicated silk who is regularly instructed in high-profile criminal cases and handles both defence and prosecution work. She is highly regarded by market sources for her expertise in sexual offences. Interviewees praise her for her handling of sensitive cases and vulnerable clients. 
Strengths: "Jane is a fantastic advocate, who is bright, approachable, realistic and down to earth. She is patient, caring and robust.” “A rising star among barristers specialising in cases of serious sexual misconduct.”
Recent work: Successfully defended a man accused of rape and serious sexual offences by his teenage stepdaughter.