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9 Bedford Row

Crime

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A set composed of impressive barristers who regularly deal with murder, modern slavery, sexual offences, people trafficking and drugs cases, to name but a few. It further has a dedicated sexual offences team, and regularly handles cases involving vulnerable individuals. Other areas of expertise include cyber-crime.

Client service:

"Chambers director Martin Secrett runs a smooth and very professional operation, and leads a team of clerks who are all very friendly and approachable." "Senior clerk Paul Outen and first junior clerk Russell Good are always available and accessible. They provide an excellent service." "Jordan Haisman and Max Bradley provide excellent backup to the more senior clerks, and make visitors to chambers feel at ease."

Strengths:

Abbas Lakha QC
A "fantastic" specialist defence advocate, respected for his jury advocacy and 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 and historic cases.
"Abbas Lakha QC is tenacious and persuasive in equal measure. He reads a case with great insight and is particularly good with anything requiring knowledge of the world of business. He is equally at home in those cases requiring the determination of an accomplished street fighter as he is in those needing a softer touch."
Recent work: Represented a defendant charged with eight murders resulting from an arson attack dating back 16 years. This was a case of 'honour killing' in which three generations of a family were killed.

Strengths:

Anthony Berry QC
"Great at getting on with juries, he knows how to build a rapport with them."

Strengths:

Corinne Bramwell
"A junior of superb mental dexterity who has a real presence about her in court."

Strengths:

Daniel Higgins
"Daniel Higgins is an extremely impressive junior. He looks at cases from all angles and leaves the client feeling that they have had a first-class service. He gives his instructing solicitor confidence when leaving the client in his hands."

Strengths:

Elizabeth Marsh QC
"She is tactically very astute, and willing to go that extra step further to make the client feels at ease. Elizabeth is outstanding on her feet and commands attention and respect."

Strengths:

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.
"Meticulous, thorough and excellent at preparation." "Organised and very switched-on, she knows how to deal with clients that need careful handling and has a high level of emotional intelligence."
Recent work: Acted for one of the defendants in R v Jamie Cohen and Others, an unlawful act manslaughter case. The defendants had forced entry into a home in order to steal at knife point leading to the intended victim jumping out of a window and dying. The case involved complex issues of causation and nexus.

Strengths:

Justin Rouse QC
"A fine advocate and a very experienced lawyer who has an excellent manner with clients, especially when they are in a distressed state. He goes the extra mile, and gives very speedy responses to any queries raised."

Strengths:

Max Hardy
"A calm, measured and impressive advocate who leads from the front and does a fantastic job."

Strengths:

Tessa Shroff
"Tessa Shroff is industrious, perceptive and a very safe pair of hands." "Her technology skills are amazing, and when on her feet she makes points with authority."

Strengths:

Will Noble
"A clear, persuasive advocate who fights hard for his client."

Crime Department

9 Bedford Row

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9 Bedford Row

London

Greater London

UK

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Crime


Abbas Lakha QC
Band 2
Anthony Berry QC
Band 4
Elizabeth Marsh QC
Band 6
Jane Bickerstaff QC
Band 2
Justin Rouse QC
Band 4

Juniors

London (Bar)

Crime


Corinne Bramwell
Band 6