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Garden Court Chambers' members regularly appear in the Central Criminal Court and specialise in defending individuals charged with highly serious offences, including those relating to murder, terrorism, sexual offences and high-value frauds. Recently, one of its number, Clare Wade QC, hit the headlines when successfully representing Sally Challen in her out of time appeal against her conviction for the murder of her husband. Solicitors note that the barristers here are "friendly, approachable and committed to fighting for their clients with passion and determination."
Client service: "The clerks are approachable and efficient. Colin Cook has been in the business a long time; he understands the needs and requirements of getting the right person for a case, and is reliable at keeping you informed as necessary."
Strengths: “A safe pair of hands and a very solid barrister.” “A dedicated and passionate counsel who will go above and beyond for his client. He is unfazed in advocacy, forceful when he needs to be and very tactically aware of how to present an argument. He’s powerful in court and regularly achieves incredible results.”
Ali Naseem Bajwa QC
An "excellent leader" who has extensive experience in handling high-profile and serious crime matters. He also has particular expertise in criminal cases incorporating human rights issues. Commentators say he is highly proficient at conducting the most complex and challenging homicide and terrorism trials. Bajwa was appointed as a Recorder in 2018.
Strengths: "Really meticulous and admirably smooth in court." "The case required an incredible amount of sensitivity, and he dealt with it impeccably."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in R v Janbaz Tarin, a double knife-attack murder case.
Strengths: “A very successful jury advocate.” “A very hardworking barrister who is excellent both on paper and on her feet.”
Bernard Tetlow QC
Strengths: “Brilliant at handling the most difficult of clients.” “He’s silky smooth and has an incredibly good jury manner.” “Incredibly hardworking and a great team player.”
Brenda Campbell QC
Strengths: “A fearless advocate and an effective cross-examiner.” “Wonderfully hardworking and professional.” “A force to be reckoned with – she is an exceptional advocate, is very good with clients and is very diligent in reading and analysing the evidence.”
Strengths: “She works really hard and is a pleasure to deal with.” “She’s incredibly impressive, really dedicated and extremely bright.”
Clare Wade QC
Strengths: “Supremely knowledgeable on the interface between mental health and crime, and a great tactician. She is reassuring, calm and supportive to lay clients.”
David Emanuel QC
Strengths: “He is always well prepared and his knowledge of the law is second to none – he is always up to date with the recent cases and changes and provides well-structured legal arguments before the court. He always goes the extra mile for his clients.”
Dexter Dias QC
Strengths: “An outstanding barrister who is very good at handling difficult cases.” “He has a brilliant mind and is great at client care. He really is a pleasure to work with.”
Di Middleton QC
Strengths: “Very focused and a force to be reckoned with at trial.” “Her command of the courtroom is unquestionable.”
Henry Blaxland QC
A tremendous defence specialist who attracts plaudits from market commentators for his dedication and attention to detail. A master of both serious crime and fraud cases, he comes particularly highly recommended for his expertise in terrorism matters and for his ability as an appellate advocate. Interviewees note that he is extremely well respected by both clients and the judiciary.
Strengths: "He has few equals, particularly with regard to the field of business crime, and is a formidable advocate with an unbelievable intellect." "Henry can produce scintillating speeches."
Recent work: Acted for the defence in R v Suresh Pattani. The defendant was found not guilty of conspiracy to import massive quantities of cocaine and heroin.
Hossein Zahir QC
Strengths: “He is an outstanding barrister and a brilliant advocate.”
Icah Peart QC
Strengths: “A lovely advocate – juries love him and he inspires confidence a lot of confidence. He is really delightful.” “A disarmingly good barrister. He gave one of the best closing speeches I have ever heard in a case.”
James Scobie QC
A well regarded practitioner highly praised for his ability to communicate with vulnerable clients. His practice encompasses all areas of serious crime, taking in murder and manslaughter cases as well as those relating to sexual offences. He also has vast experience of handling gang-related matters. Many of the matters he undertakes attract significant media interest.
Strengths: "He is probably the most formidable QC in the Old Bailey." "His closing speeches and mitigation are of the highest quality."
Recent work: Successfully defended rapper Siddique Kamara against a gang-related murder charge.
Judy Khan QC
An excellent advocate well versed in handling complex and high-profile criminal cases, who is highly praised for her incredibly persuasive representation and likeable courtroom manner. She is particularly experienced in handling substantial murders and sex offences. Khan receives praise from market sources for her dedication and commitment to her clients.
Strengths: "Incredibly hard-working, she lives and breathes her cases." "An incredible jury advocate, who's a go-to person for sexual cases."
Recent work: Successfully defended footballer George Glendon against an allegation of rape.
Keir Monteith QC
Strengths: “He has an exceptional way of looking at problems from a different perspective and winning even the slightest of victories. Every client that has been represented by Keir cannot express their gratitude enough and I am always confident when instructing him that he will only ever give his best.”
Strengths: “A really polished barrister with a very nice demeanor.” “His knowledge of case law in impeccable, and although he’s young he has a real gravitas in court and a very calming way about him.”
Michael Ivers QC
Strengths: “A brilliant advocate.” “Impressive both on paper and on his feet in court.”
Michael Turner QC
Strengths: “He fights tooth and nail for his clients and will do everything he can. He is very thorough and rigorous, but has a real sense of humour as well.” “An excellent and tenacious barrister.”
Strengths: “A superb tactician who is hugely committed to his clients and a great speech maker.”
Peter Wilcock QC
Strengths: “A hardworking, excellent advocate who is very good with clients.” “He’s the type of barrister you can phone up and ask for his advice – he’s always available on the end of the phone.”
Rajiv Menon QC
Strengths: “His commitment to his clients is outstanding.” “A beautifully persuasive advocate and a reasonable and sensible opponent.”
Stephen Kamlish QC
A hard-working practitioner who has regularly been instructed in some of the most high-profile, serious crime cases in recent years. As an example, he represented the family of Stephen Lawrence throughout the initial private prosecution of his alleged killers and acted for them in the inquiry that followed. He is a specialist in handling murder and terrorism cases, and frequently receives plaudits for the strength of his advocacy.
Strengths: "He's hard-working, an excellent advocate and a barrister who's very good with clients." "He's a real fighter in the courtroom."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants in R v Naweed Ali and others, an alleged terrorist plot case involving the use of a bomb, a sword, a hatchet and live shotgun cartridges.
Strengths: “A true gentleman. He’s as nice as they come.”
Strengths: “He’s dynamite – he goes above and beyond what any barrister would be expected to do.” “He always gets phenomenal results and is a tenacious and keen jury advocate who gets on well with clients.”