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UK Bar Guide 2023
London (Bar) Crime
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Band 4

12 Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Review

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Crime - London (Bar)
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Band 4

Mountford Chambers (formerly Carmelite Chambers) is a longstanding set that is well versed in general crime cases, which handles murder, manslaughter and serious sexual offences cases amidst a myriad of others. Barristers at the set have experience on both the defence and prosecution sides, and are thoroughly au fait with appellate work. Sources praise the set for its "strong line-up of very able silks supported by some excellent juniors." One of the highest-profile matters handled in recent years is R v Medouni, the murder of French nanny Sophie Lionnet by a professional couple in west London.

Client service

"The clerks have shown fantastic ability to adapt to the current chaos of the courts."

Ben Heaviside is the senior clerk. "Very organised and very calm, he understands that the client is the priority. He's in control and nothing is ever too much of a problem for him - he steers a really well-run ship."

Notable Practitioners

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William England
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Band 4

"A barrister with an assured style who is a good judge of a case."

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Charles Bott KC
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Band 2

"A technically brilliant advocate who is very insightful and sees things that other KCs don't see."

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Christopher Henley KC
2
Band 2

Head of chambers Chris Henley KC frequently defends individuals on trial for the most serious criminal offences. He has particular expertise in handling complex, multi-handed murder cases.

"Offers a master class in cross-examination."

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Alan Kent KC
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Band 2

Alan Kent KC prosecutes and defends individuals facing trial for the most serious crimes. He can frequently be found at the Old Bailey handling complex homicide proceedings.

"Very hard-working and very smart."

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Edward Henry KC
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Band 3

"Passionate and prepared to go the extra mile to find winning arguments for his client."

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Colin Aylott KC
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Band 4

"A very down-to-earth and excellent advocate who picks up on the details really well."