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Apex Chambers

Crime

7 ranked barristersBand 1Wales & Chester (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table

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Client service:

Apex Chambers is highly regarded for its strong bench of barristers who are regularly called upon to prosecute and defend complex criminal cases. Its practice includes violent crimes, multi-handed murders and sexual offences, including those in which the victims are minors. Members of the set recently acted in R v Macauley Cox, a widely reported case concerning an incident in which a crowd was run over outside a nightclub. "Apex Chambers goes above and beyond," comments one interviewee, while another praises its "great strength in depth." ,"My overall impression of the chambers is that it is excellently run by its clerks." Interviewees single out senior clerk Craig Mansfield for praise, noting that he "excels at the service he provides."

Strengths:

Christopher Rees
A versatile and well-respected criminal barrister. He has significant experience of handling cases involving complex crime and high costs, specialising in white-collar fraud, major drug conspiracies and homicides. 
"He is an affable and down-to-earth advocate." "He is very thorough and excellent at summarising a large, complex case with ease. He has very good client care skills and is well respected in very serious drugs and violence cases."
Recent work: Acted for the defence in R v Peter Shodeinde, a case concerning allegations of kidnapping, false imprisonment and torture.

Strengths:

Jonathan Elystan Rees QC
An expert in white-collar fraud, but with significant talent and experience in general crime, sports disciplinary work and police misconduct cases.
"A superb advocate and an excellent lawyer." "He is very good, a details and technical man." "He gives excellent advice on the evidence and strategies of a case."

Strengths:

Lucy Crowther
A skilled and experienced criminal barrister who specialises in general crime and serious sexual offences. She is instructed to act for both the defence and the prosecution. She is also adept at handling environmental and animal welfare prosecutions.
"She is no-nonsense, provides straightforward advice that clients can understand easily and gets to the crux of the case immediately."

Strengths:

Marian Lewis
A strong practitioner known to sources for her expert handling of sexual offence cases and for her particular sensitivity with young or vulnerable witnesses. She has significant experience in a range of serious criminal cases including homicide, fraud and drug conspiracies. She acts for both the prosecution and the defence.
"She is extremely experienced."

Strengths:

Ruth Smith
A specialist in a wide range of cases, including those concerning serious fraud, sexual offences and violent crimes. She has gained particular praise for her personable nature and her ability to sensitively handle vulnerable witnesses.
"A go-to for sex cases and a strong barrister." "She is very jury-friendly and comes across as a genuine advocate. She's persuasive and a good opponent."

Strengths:

Susan Ferrier
Strong criminal practice with a focus on serious sexual offences. Demonstrates expertise in cases concerning historical sexual allegations and those where young and vulnerable witnesses are involved. She is also instructed across other areas of crime including cases relating to homicide and substantial drug conspiracies.
"She is very effective and her client care is exceptional." "She has an easy, calm manner in court and in conferences with clients. She is excellent in sex and drug cases."

Strengths:

Timothy Evans
Offers experience acting for the prosecution and the defence in areas such as general crime, white-collar fraud, disciplinary tribunals and regulatory law. He specialises particularly in serious fraud and confiscation cases.
"He is lethal as a jury advocate. He has a good down-to-earth style which is very effective and personable, and that shows in court."

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Silks (QC)

Wales & Chester (Bar)

Crime


Jonathan Elystan Rees QC
Band 3

Juniors

Wales & Chester (Bar)

Crime


Christopher Rees
Band 2
Lucy Crowther
Band 2
Marian Lewis
Band 2
Ruth Smith
Band 1
Susan Ferrier
Band 3