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Drystone Chambers

Crime

5 ranked barristersBand 1South Eastern (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Drystone Chambers has a prominent presence in East Anglia and maintains an impressive reputation for its serious crime practice. Members of the set offer notable skill acting as both defence and prosecution counsel in high-profile cases. Its barristers regularly handle cases relating to murder, sexual offences and gross negligence manslaughter, as well as fraud and regulatory issues. The set also offers strong capabilities in extradition.
"It is a well-clerked set. Steve McCarthy keeps the clerking team together."

Claire Matthews
Claire Matthews is regularly instructed across London and East Anglia to work in cases ranging from serious sexual offences to child neglect. She distributes her time equally between prosecuting and defending. She is particularly adept at handling complex medico-legal cases.

Strengths:

Isobel Ascherson
Isobel Ascherson is a highly experienced junior with a varied caseload including murder, fraud and drugs matters. She is noted for her representation of professionals facing allegations of serious sexual offences.
"She is a very experienced junior." "She is well liked by judges and handles high-profile cases."


Karim Khalil QC
Karim Khalil QC is a standout criminal silk and an esteemed practitioner across the South Eastern Circuit. He is considered by his peers to be one of the leading figures in his practice area. He has significant experience of taking on some of the highest-profile, most sensitive and high-value cases. He has particular expertise in cases concerning fraud and murder.

Stephen Spence
Stephen Spence is adept at handling all aspects of serious crime and has a specialism in internet crime. He prosecutes and defends criminal offences such as sexual assault and murder. He also has particular expertise in aviation cases.

Strengths:

William Carter
William Carter is an experienced and highly capable barrister who prosecutes and defends across a range of criminal issues. He specialises in cases that involve technical detail, and is regularly instructed in heavy fraud and medico-legal cases. He has extensive knowledge of matters concerning 'shaken baby syndrome.'
"A very experienced barrister."

Crime

Drystone Chambers

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Location

35 Bedford Row

London

Greater London

UK

WC1R 4JH

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Ranked Barristers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Silks (QC)

South Eastern (Bar)

Crime


Karim Khalil QC
Band 1

Juniors

South Eastern (Bar)

Crime


Claire Matthews
Band 1
Isobel Ascherson
Band 2
Stephen Spence
Band 2
William Carter
Band 1