Drystone Chambers

Crime Department

Western (Bar)
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Drystone Chambers is an impressive set, housing a strong bench of experienced criminal barristers. The set's tenants are regularly instructed to both prosecute and defend serious criminal cases, and offer considerable expertise in matters involving serious sexual offences and multi-handed conspiracies. Instructing solicitors praise the "quality of counsel" available at the chambers.

Client service: "The clerks know their jobs and are always keen to assist, so the service they provide is excellent. They keep you updated and always return calls and emails promptly." Stephen McCarthy, Richard Goodman and Ryan Bartlett are clerks at the set.


Barnaby Shaw

A well-regarded barrister who prosecutes and defends in complex cases involving organised crime, drugs trafficking, sexual abuse and assault. He also specialises in military law, acting in civilian and service offence cases, as well as local authority/regulatory law, on cases involving crimes such as domestic violence and money laundering.
Strengths: "He utilises every single piece of information and knows what he needs at his fingertips. He is always super prepared but wears it lightly." "His advocacy is unhurried and beautifully paced."


Matthew Jewell QC

A leading practitioner for serious criminal matters, with excellent abilities in major fraud and drug conspiracy cases, as well as those involving serious violence and sexual offences. He frequently appears in court unled, and undertakes briefs for both the prosecution and the defence. He has recent experience in a number of homicide cases.
Strengths: "He is a master of his brief - he is amazing. He is great in cross-examinations and is distinctive and original in his style."
Recent work: Acted for the prosecution in R v Brewer and Rolfe, a murder case involving the stabbing of a drug dealer.


Rebecca Fairbairn

A strong advocate who has experience prosecuting and defending across a broad range of criminal matters from homicide to fraud. She is regularly instructed in relation to serious violent and sexual offences. As a Grade 4 prosecutor she is often instructed by the CPS and is a specialist rape panel member.
Recent work: Prosecuted a man who carried out a campaign of rape upon his young stepdaughter.


Robert Bryan

Covers the full gamut of serious criminal cases, including murder, sex offences, fraud and drugs conspiracies. He also boasts a particular flair for computer-related cases. He is consistently praised among peers for his meticulous preparation and strong advocacy style. He is also noted for his expertise in POCA cases.
Strengths: "An outstanding advocate in court. He thoroughly researches the law and thus his analysis of cases and subsequent advice is very clear." 
Recent work: Prosecuted an assistant head teacher convicted of 25 sexual offences committed towards four teenage girls that he taught.