Carmelite Chambers

Crime Department

London (Bar)
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A respected set, well known for its deep bench and long-standing focus on criminal matters. Members act for both the prosecution and defence and often appear in complex and specialised cases. They handle the full gamut of criminal matters including cases relating to organised crime, terrorism, manslaughter and sexual assault. Recent cases of note include R v Thurston & Thurston, a manslaughter by gross negligence case arising from the death of a young child after a 'bouncy castle' was swept away in high winds, and R v Munir Mohammed, a high-profile terrorist case where the defendant was alleged to have been recruited by ISIS to carry out an attack in the UK along with his pharmacist girlfriend.  One instructing solicitor comments: “Carmelite is populated by very talented individuals and is a top-quality set."

Client service: “Head clerk Mark King cannot do enough to help.” “The clerks at Carmelite have recently provided me with an outstanding service. They are efficient and reliable ensuring good cover is found if substitute counsel is required. Their communication regarding diary management is also excellent.”

Charles Bott QC
A skilled practitioner who has vast experience of all areas of crime and further handles fraud and financial crime matters. He regularly defends in a broad range of criminal cases including those relating to murder, terrorism and manslaughter. 
Strengths: “He is a top-drawer silk, who is sharp-witted and personable in equal measure.”
Recent work: Defended Thurston and Thurston on allegations of manslaughter by gross negligence and related health and safety offences. The case arose from the death of a  young child after a  bouncy castle  was swept away by a gust of wind.