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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.
Anthony Berry QC
Strengths: "He has a wealth of experience and is strategic, savvy and has a very pleasing manner in front of the jury."
Strengths: "He is clever, insightful and straight-talking, and an effective advocate."
Strengths: "She is able to communicate effectively with the jury and is effective in cross-examination." "She takes a no-nonsense approach to other advocates and the judiciary."
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.
Justin Rouse QC
Strengths: "He is clearly quite formidable in terms of his passion for defending a case, but equally he has that remarkable common touch so that he gets clients straight away and clients get him."
Strengths: "He is willing to go the extra mile to ensure the case is prepared to a high standard and has a calm, unflappable manner. He gains the respect of clients and judges alike."
Strengths: "She has a knack of knowing exactly how to tailor her approach and her manner to get the absolute best out of her lay clients. She is responsive in communications, tactically astute and utterly meticulous in her preparation, with the advocacy skills to boot."
Strengths: "He is really respected by clients and very helpful."