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Garden Court Chambers

Crime

26 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Barristers at this set are known for being "socially conscious, fully committed to their cases and very imaginative in court." They routinely defend individuals in all types of criminal cases including those concerning homicide, terrorism, sexual offences and violent crime, and make regular appearances in the appellate courts. Recent significant matters handled include the John Worboys, Rotherham child grooming and Stansted 15 cases. The set was also involved in defending the brother of the Manchester Arena terrorist bomber against 22 counts of murder and conspiracy to cause explosions. One interviewee states: "Garden Court is a chambers of choice for complex, high-profile cases. The quality of advocacy and preparation provided by the barristers is exceptional, and the fine service provided by the clerks ensures smooth case management."

Client service:

Senior clerk Colin Cook and crime practice manager Charlie Tennant are "a joy to work with." "They are quick to respond and very proactive." "Both are extremely effective in ensuring that the relationship between instructing solicitors and counsel is a collaborative one."

Strengths:

Alex Rose
"Someone you can rely on to do his utmost."

Strengths:

Ali Naseem Bajwa QC
A silk noted for his "smooth advocacy" who has extensive experience of handling high-profile and serious criminal matters, including murder, rape and terrorism cases. He also has particular expertise in criminal cases incorporating human rights issues. Bajwa was appointed as a Recorder in 2018.
"He does a superb job and has a really effective style." "He is a skilful, charming and persuasive advocate."
Recent work: Acted for John Worboys, the ‘Black Cab Rapist’ accused of historic offences of drugging women with the intent to commit sexual offences.

Strengths:

Anya Lewis QC
"An extremely persuasive and highly skilled advocate who is always meticulously prepared and offers exceptional client care." "Clearly very passionate and committed in relation to the client, she is hard-working and very good on her feet."

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Bernard Tetlow QC
"A softly spoken advocate who picks up on issues very quickly."

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Brenda Campbell QC
"A fearsome defender" who is "socially conscious and really goes in to bat for her clients."

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Catherine Oborne
"Really bright, she works hard for the client and is a superb advocate."

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Clare Wade QC
"A creative barrister who takes on serious and sensitive cases of great complexity."

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David Emanuel QC
A recently appointed silk who is well known for his criminal appeal work. His practice takes in rape, sexual grooming, murder and manslaughter cases, among others. He recently appeared in the 'Lady in the Lake' murder appeal.
"He adopts an understated but powerful approach and produces superb final speeches."
Recent work: Instructed in R v Lawrance. The defendant, who was already serving life imprisonment for the rape of seven women, was charged with raping six more women.

Strengths:

Dexter Dias QC
"Knows how to get to the core of the case and delivers electric speeches." "A specialist when it comes to DNA evidence and a barrister known for his empathetic manner with clients."

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Emma Fenn
"She is diligent and thinks outside the box." "Knowledgeable and thorough in her preparation, she has good interpersonal skills and puts clients at ease."

Strengths:

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., "Very bright and clever. His approach to cases is fabulous and he is able to command a courtroom with ease."
Recent work: Represented John Letts, the father of ‘Jihadi Jack’ and his partner, Sally Lane. It was alleged that they had funded terrorism by sending money to their son. Blaxland handled hearings in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

Strengths:

Hossein Zahir QC
"A thorough advocate who works incredibly hard and is impressive in court. He totally enthrals juries and is very skilled at challenging prosecution evidence." "He gets the bigger picture, and is strategically and tactically sound."

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Icah Peart QC
"An engaging and warm advocate." "His speeches are excellent and constitute a nice mixture of gravity and humour. He is a delight to see in court." "A master of advocacy. Juries love him."

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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 and cases involving prison murders, knife crime and deadly weapons. Many of the matters he undertakes attract significant media interest.
"An entertaining advocate with a lovely manner before the jury." "He is a formidable opponent."
Recent work: Successfully acted for a defendant pleading self-defence in a three-handed prison murder trial. The case involved consideration of the endemic violence within prisons and the need for inmates to arm themselves with home-made weapons.

Strengths:

Judy Khan QC
An "excellent, dedicated and driven" barrister, well versed in handling complex and high-profile criminal cases. She 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, as well as her "polished and personable" advocacy.
"Excellent, incredibly hard-working, and a barrister who goes the extra mile." "A great tactician and a superb advocate who lives and breathes her cases." "The respect she commands from fellow advocates and judges is there for all to see."
Recent work: Defended a client in a retrial following a quashed conviction in the Court of Appeal. The case concerned a three-handed drug-related stabbing, and involved issues relating to police officer misconduct and the exclusion of identification evidence.

Strengths:

Keir Monteith QC
"A brilliant mix of creativity and being really 'on it' with the detail. I call him when I need to win the unwinnable cases."

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Mark Gatley
"An exceptional advocate with a nice courtroom manner. He is well prepared and just a pleasure to deal with."

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Michael Ivers QC
"A skilful tactician who engages with his opponent in a fruitful way."

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Michael Turner QC
"A respected defence counsel" who is "punchy and combative in court."

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Nerida Harford-Bell
"A passionate and forceful advocate who makes good strategic decisions that benefit the client greatly."

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Owen Greenhall
"Extremely bright and totally dedicated, he pushes boundaries with his legal arguments."

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Peter Rowlands
"A decent and fair opponent who is fazed by nothing." "A wonderful advocate who you can listen to all day, he is great with juries and clients. He's the archetypical jury advocate."

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Peter Wilcock QC
"A great advocate who really connects with the jury."

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Rajiv Menon QC
"He handles difficult cases beautifully. His arguments are fused with both tenacity and elegance."

Strengths:

Stephen Kamlish QC
A hard-working practitioner who has regularly been instructed in some of the most high-profile and 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 is frequently acclaimed as "one of the best jury advocates at the Bar."
"He is a fighter in the courtroom."
Recent work: Defended a 73 year old woman accused of murdering her husband. The case, which arose from 30 years of domestic violence and marital abuse, involved the loss of control defence.

Strengths:

Tom Wainwright
"A very able and knowledgeable barrister who shows great judgement in everything he does."

Crime Department

Garden Court Chambers

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57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields

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Greater London

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WC2A 3LJ

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Crime


Ali Naseem Bajwa QC
Band 1
Anya Lewis QC
New Silks
Bernard Tetlow QC
Band 5
Brenda Campbell QC
Band 4
Clare Wade QC
Band 4
David Emanuel QC
Band 6