Cloth Fair Chambers

Crime Department

London (Bar)
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A compact set of real distinction that tackles general crime and regulatory law but truly excels in the financial crime sphere. Its general crime offering sees it tackle cases relating to murder, serious sexual offences affray, drugs supply and perverting the course of justice, amongst others. One solicitor describes it as a “small, elite set” that gets “really top-quality private work,” while another source acknowledges the presence of “outstanding practitioners in criminal law” within the chambers.

Client service: “The clerks are user-friendly, commendable, efficient and good to deal with.” Adrian Chapman and Mark O’Neill lead the clerking team.

Ian Winter QC
An impressive and proactive practitioner who handles purely privately funded matters. His recent work includes advising on charges ranging from blackmail to allegations of sexual offences. Winter also has substantial experience in related areas such as financial crime and professional discipline.
Strengths: “He is very bright – he can think of unusual, quirky legal points and come up with very good, creative arguments. He has a lovely manner in front of the jury and the judge.” “Ian is very clever and displays great attention to detail.”

John Kelsey-Fry QC
A pre-eminent silk and a former Senior Treasury Counsel, who is particularly well known for his representation of private clients in the most serious general crime and financial crime cases. Kelsey-Fry has been instructed in some of the most headline-grabbing matters of recent years, handling cases relating to homicide, corruption, perverting the course of justice and affray. 
Strengths: “An incisive advocate who is able to assimilate facts very quickly and is great on strategy.” “Probably the most charismatic trial lawyer in the country, he is a lethal cross-examiner and has a phenomenal reputation. The quality of his preparation is second to none.”

Jonathan Barnard
A highly regarded junior who frequently handles general crime, regulatory and fraud cases. He is highly experienced at handling both private prosecutions and private defence work, often leading on his own. In recent times he has been instructed in matters including those concerning sexual offences and perverting the course of justice.
Strengths: “An exceptional and reliable junior with excellent forensic and tactical skills.”
Recent work: Represented the brother of Labour MP Fiona Onasanya. Both he and his sister were charged with perverting the course of justice.

Nicholas Purnell QC
A highly regarded silk who is lauded as a “go-to” for criminal, regulatory and financial matters. A practitioner highly respected by market observers, he has vast experience in all areas of criminal law, both general and financial. Recently, he has handled various top financial crime cases that involve Tesco, Barclays and Rolls-Royce.
Strengths: “Has a vast array of experience and provides good judgement. He sees the all-round picture.”