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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."
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.
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.
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.
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.