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A set which has strong expertise across all levels of call, and which handles every type of criminal law case, including those of the most serious nature. Beyond general everyday crime it has specialism in extradition, terrorism cases and international crime and can boast the presence of a number of silks and juniors with experience of public law issues arising from the criminal justice system. Its members appear in courts both at home and abroad including the Supreme Court, the Privy Council and the European Court of Human Rights. They are involved in law setting cases such as R v John Crilly, the historic first quashing of a conviction for murder following the Jogeedecision in the Supreme Court. Interviewees praise Doughty Street Chambers for being an “absolutely excellent set” with a “phenomenal range of expertise.”
Client service: “The clerks are very helpful and very efficient. It is always a pleasure to work with them.” “They are user-friendly and willing to have a straightforward conversation on fees.” It is led by senior practice manager Matthew Butchard.
Andrew Hall QC
Strengths: "An incredible advocate who has a superb grasp of the issues in a case and is very hands-on."
A leading junior who garners respect and has been labelled as a "diligent barrister" who "gets fantastic results." Praised as a “one of the best juniors around,” he often acts as defence counsel and has appeared in numerous headline-grabbing cases in recent years.
Strengths: “He provides sound tactical advice and is able to carefully manage even obstinate clients.” “He’s intelligent, great on the paperwork and good in court, where he uses his humour to disarm.”
Recent work: Defended former Barclays employee Carlo Palombo against charges, brought by the Serious Fraud Office, of conspiring to fix benchmark euro interest rates.
Christopher Sallon QC
Strengths: "He is a very powerful jury advocate - good on his feet, whatever he is doing."
David Bentley QC
Strengths: "Although he is an experienced and excellent silk, he is very inclusive of all others within the team and takes the opinions of all involved on board."
David Hislop QC
Strengths: "He has a great depth of knowledge and ability to offer accurate and concise but relaxed advice."
Edward Fitzgerald QC
An excellent practitioner and pre-eminent figure at the Bar who comes highly recommended by market commentators for his expertise in extradition matters. Fitzgerald is also noted for his international practice. He has considerable expertise in an array of criminal matters, including murder, and is also renowned for his international criminal law expertise.
Strengths: “Edward has unrivalled experience and is a great strategist.”
Recent work: Acted in Stubbs v The Queen. This was a successful appeal to the Privy Council on bias where a judge who had presided at an aborted trial should have recused himself from sitting on appeal against conviction by the defendants following their conviction on the same charges at a retrial.
Strengths: "An exceptional junior who is incredibly hardworking with excellent tactical appreciation."
Isabella Forshall QC
A brilliant silk who is renowned for her handling of complex cases involving homicides, and in particular infanticide. She is also extremely well known for her mastery of substantial sexual offence cases.
Strengths: "Extremely well clued-up on the law and someone who really goes the extra mile to look after the client."
Recent work: Acted for Deriece Wright in a case concerning an alleged knife murder by a group of under-18s, mainly care leavers, of another under-18-year-old care leaver.
James Wood QC
A skilled practitioner who is highly sought after for terrorism cases. Committed to both private and publicly funded work, his practice also consists of challenging and complex cases relating to murder and drug offences. He further has experience of handling complex gang-related matters.
Strengths: “Has excellent intellect and gravitas. He’s very good with clients and is taken seriously by judges.”
Recent work: Successfully defended a defendant in a drug-related gangland murder in Liverpool, involving sustained torture, kidnap and extreme violence.
Joel Bennathan QC
A first-rate silk with in-depth experience across all areas of serious crime, who is particularly good at cases with complex legal arguments. He regularly handles appeal cases and is noted for his expertise in terrorism matters. An interviewee described him as a “go-to barrister” for terrorist cases.
Strengths: “Joel is a hard-working and excellent advocate who is very good with clients.” “It’s a privilege to work with him as his knowledge of the law is second to none.”
Recent work: Defended avowed ISIS sympathiser Umar Haque in a major terrorism trial before the Central Criminal Court.
Strengths: "Very impressive. She's just on the money and deals with issues in a straightforward manner."
Katy Thorne QC
Strengths: "She has an exceptional ability to unravel complex medical evidence and deal with expert witnesses."
Kirsty Brimelow QC
Strengths: "An excellent advocate and passionate in her dedication to cases."
Strengths: "She deals with clients with the utmost sensitivity and works tirelessly for clients."
A well-respected and “brilliantly personable” junior who is regularly instructed to defend individuals against serious criminal charges including murder, terrorism, sexual offences and fraud. Recent instructions include defending Simona Georghe against charges of conspiring to run a prostitution ring.
Strengths: “Provides extremely thorough case preparation and advocacy of the highest standard.” “He can receive thousands of pages of evidence and analyse, assess and understand them in a very short period of time.”
Recent work: Represented Ant McPartlin, one half of ‘Ant and Dec’, for driving whilst under the influence of alcohol.
Paul Taylor QC
Strengths: "Handles difficult appeals and is very hard-working and covers all the details."
Peter Carter QC
Strengths: "He is a strong and fearless advocate who is immensely dedicated to the task."
An “outstanding” advocate who is praised for his “first-rate” commitment to his clients. He is specialised in defending against allegations of murder and offences related to serious and organised crime. He is also noted for his expertise in matters relating to terrorism.
Strengths: “Piers is absolutely tenacious when on his feet.”
Recent work: Defended Daniel Bogunovic, who was a leading member of proscribed Nazi terrorist group National Action.
Rebecca Trowler QC
An exceptional silk who is regularly instructed as defence counsel in high-profile and challenging criminal matters, including murder and gross negligence manslaughter cases. She has extensive appellate experience and is commended as a “hugely conscientious” individual who “cares very deeply” about her clients.
Strengths: “Rebecca is meticulous, tough, highly intelligent, tactically astute and genuinely committed to each case.” “She is super bright, strategic and a delight to work with.”
Recent work: Represented Lewis Ludlow, who was charged with the preparation of terrorist acts. The case concerned an Islamist plot to drive a lorry down Oxford Street, London and kill multiple members of the public.
A highly regarded junior who is "a real powerhouse in the courtroom.” He is regularly instructed in extremely complex cases that attract significant media attention, including those relating to terrorism, burglary and corruption.
Strengths: “He is an excellent tactician, and looks at every possible angle when preparing a client’s defence.”
Sarah Elliott QC
Strengths: "A fantastic trial lawyer - one of the very best cross-examiners of tricky witnesses." "She lives, breathes and sleeps her cases and is an arch strategist."
Tim Moloney QC
An excellent advocate who is highly praised for his exceptional client-handling abilities and legal knowledge. Moloney is particularly accomplished when it comes to handling serious criminal matters involving terrorism and murder. In addition, he is well known for his niche experience in advising on reviews of death penalty decisions resulting from the actions of British government departments.
Strengths: “Displays super judgement, has a very, very personable style and is charming in court.” “Watching Tim cross-examine is like watching an exorcism. He has a supernatural ability to expose the truth.”
Recent work: Successfully represented John Crilly in the historic quashing of a murder conviction following the Jogeedecision in the Supreme Court.