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New Park Court Chambers is a well-regarded set on the North Eastern Circuit, noted for its expertise spanning the full range of serious criminal work. The set houses a strong bench of senior and junior barristers who are regularly instructed in high-profile homicides and sexual assault cases, and have considerable experience of acting for both the prosecution and defence. Additional areas of strength for the team include organised crime cases arising from gangland murders and drugs conspiracies, and terrorism offences. Members frequently appear before the Crown Courts and the Court of Appeal.
Client service: Practice director Teresa Pugh is "always accommodating and willing to do what she can to help out."
His practice encompasses the full range of serious criminal matters. He is regularly instructed in heavyweight crime such as homicide, drugs and sexual offences. He also boasts significant experience in dealing with young clients and defendants with mental health issues.
Strengths: "He has very good judgement."
Recent work: Defended a man with significant learning difficulties who was charged with the murder of his young stepson.
Alistair MacDonald QC
An experienced criminal barrister who is well known for his time as chair of the Bar Council. He offers vast experience in complex homicide and major fraud matters, while his prior training as a biochemist only serves to strengthen his performance in matters containing a scientific element. He also often handles regulatory crime cases.
Strengths: "He is absolutely phenomenal in court, in preparation and in his intellectual ability." "His court presentation techniques make complex evidence clear and understandable for a jury, and his cross-examination of witnesses is formidable."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted a man who murdered eight members of the same family by setting alight their home with petrol bombs while they slept.
Recognised for her wide-ranging general crime practice and excellent advocacy skills. She has a particular focus on defence work and is regularly instructed in cases involving sex crimes, violence and drugs offences.
Strengths: "She is good with judges and juries." "She is brilliant on general crime."
An experienced criminal practitioner who attracts praise for the strength of her advocacy. She specialises in dealing with serious sexual offences.
Strengths: "She is very analytical in her prosecution of a case. She is fantastic."
Recent work: Instructed in a murder case involving a defendant who had entered the deceased's bedroom in the middle of the night and attacked him with a hammer.
Jason Pitter QC
He routinely acts for both the defence and prosecution in a broad range of cases, including homicide, organised crime and fraud. He demonstrates particular skill when tackling drug importation cases. He accepts both publicly and privately funded instructions.
Strengths: "He has a great deal of empathy and is excellent with clients. In court he is also amazing."
Frequently instructed on complex crime cases. His practice spans a broad range of matters, including homicide and fraud offences.
Strengths: "His written work is very thorough and he is meticulous in his preparation."
Recent work: Instructed in the prosecution of two defendants in relation to the death of a 23 month old girl. One defendant was charged with murder, and the other with allowing the death of the child.
Nicholas de la Poer QC
Known for his expertise in serious fraud cases. He is also experienced in homicide and sexual offence matters. He receives regular instructions from an array of regulatory bodies, including the HSE, Defra, the FCA and the Environment Agency.
Strengths: "He is very bright and a go-to for complex frauds."
Recent work: Acted for the defence in a murder case in which the defendant had cut off all the fingers and toes of the deceased.
Nicholas Lumley QC
Frequently handles serious criminal cases, including those concerning homicide, rape and drugs. He is particularly experienced in medico-legal matters. He accepts instruction on a private basis.
Strengths: "He is a good operator and has a very sensible and down-to-earth manner." "Very strong and calm in court." "His cross-examination of witnesses is perfect."
Recent work: Prosecuted a multi-defendant murder case involving a stabbing.
Paul Greaney QC
An outstanding barrister who is routinely instructed in high-profile homicide and organised crime cases, and offers broader expertise in the areas of financial crime and sports law. He also has extensive experience in terrorism cases and regulatory crimes.
Strengths: "Paul Greaney QC brings great insight into the fundamental issues of the case and is able to communicate the complexities in a highly effective and straightforward way. He also displays superb advocacy skills during legal arguments." "He is a class act, massively hard-working and hugely prepared."
Robert Smith QC
Has significant expertise in homicide, corporate manslaughter, and health and safety cases. He is also particularly well versed in medico-legal matters and demonstrates deep knowledge of human rights issues. Smith is experienced in prosecuting and defending cases involving professional defendants.
Strengths: "Absolutely brilliant. His preparation is just beautiful."
Robert Woodcock QC
Esteemed silk highly regarded by market sources for his specialism in homicide matters. He represents clients in cases across the spectrum of criminal law, making regular appearances both on the North Eastern Circuit and before the Old Bailey.
Strengths: "A dangerous opponent."
Simon Kealey QC
Respected practitioner who is highly regarded for his advocacy in serious criminal cases. He is especially familiar with cases involving drugs conspiracy and people trafficking. He undertakes public and private cases.
Strengths: "Respected and liked by the judiciary,"
Recent work: Acted for the defence in a case involving two defendants accused of terrorism offences.
A junior who acts for both the defence and the prosecution in a broad range of general criminal cases. He specialises in large-scale, serious criminal matters and is well respected for his deft handling of highly sensitive cases. He is also noted for handling cases involving serious sexual offences.
Strengths: "He is excellent - very intelligent and presents his cases fantastically well."