Bank House Chambers

Crime Department

North Eastern (Bar)
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Bank House Chambers offers expertise in a wide range of serious criminal matters. The team is noted for its adroit handling of cases involving homicides and serious sexual offences, as well as complex terrorism and drug conspiracy matters. Members regularly appear before the magistrates' courts, the Crown Courts and the Court of Appeal.

Client service: Wayne Digby is the senior clerk.


Andrew Smith

Head of the criminal team, who prosecutes and defends a variety of criminal cases in the Crown Court. He is particularly well known for his adept handling of matters involving historic sexual abuse and the abuse of children. He is also adept at handling fraud cases.
Strengths: "A steady operator." "A fantastic criminal defence barrister."


Gul Nawaz Mahboob Hussain QC

A busy criminal practitioner who has experience handling serious criminal matters. He has represented defendants in significant high-profile cases relating to terrorism, murder and armed robbery. He has further experience in electoral fraud cases and drug conspiracies.
Strengths: "Delightful - he has a nice manner and is good with clients and juries."


Katherine Goddard QC

Joint head of chambers, Katherine Goddard has significant expertise in serious sexual offences, often involving complex medical and forensic evidence. She is a Grade 4 prosecutor and is routinely instructed by the CPS to prosecute in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "A good operator who is excellent in court." "A good jury advocate."