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UK Bar Guide 2023
North Eastern (Bar) Crime
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Band 1

12 Ranked Lawyers

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Crime - North Eastern (Bar)
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Band 1

Park Square Barristers houses a strong bench of practitioners experienced in both the prosecution and defence of serious and high-profile criminal cases, and is considered a go-to in the region for large-scale drug conspiracies, homicides and cases involving serious violence. The team is also noted for its expertise in serious sexual offences, and several of the set's members are specialist rape prosecutors. Members acted for Mohammed Khalil in the historic grooming trial R v Banaras Hussain, Mohammed Akram, Talish Ahmed and Mohammed Khalil. Case highlights also include acting for the defendant in R v Shabazz Suleman relating to allegations of international terrorism. One interviewee explains: "We use Park Square Barristers because of the high calibre of counsel available. They combine high intellectuality with excellent client care skills." Another reports: "Members deal with some of the most serious cases tried both locally and nationally. They do so to exacting standards and achieve exceptional results."

Client service

"The clerks are extremely proactive."

"They are are very efficient."

Andrew Thornton is the senior criminal clerk.

Notable Practitioners

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Richard Wright KC
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Richard Wright KC
Star Individuals

Richard Wright KC is a masterful silk and head of chambers. He has experience acting both for the prosecution and the defence in serious criminal cases. His broad practice also includes specialism in fraud and homicide. He has particular expertise in cases which involve complex medical evidence.

"Richard is an outstanding KC."

"He is an extremely good advocate."

"Richard is a legal genius."

"He exudes faultless excellence!"

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Kate Batty
2
Band 2

Kate Batty is an experienced criminal specialist, who brings useful experience from her career as a solicitor before being called to the Bar. She is frequently instructed in serious and complex sexual offences cases, often including young and vulnerable witnesses. Her experience further includes regulatory crime cases.

"She is a truly exceptional advocate, her closing speeches are works of art."

Kama Melly KC
N
Kama Melly KC
2
Band 2

Kama Melly KC is a well-regarded silk who is frequently instructed for the defence and prosecution of serious and complex criminal matters. She specialises in cases involving child defendants and sexual offences.

"Kama is a thorough and effective barrister."

Patrick Palmer
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Patrick Palmer
2
Band 2

Patrick Palmer is an experienced junior who covers a wide range of criminal matters. He offers notable expertise in areas such as serious sex offences, homicide and motor crimes. He also has significant experience in drug conspiracy cases.

"Patrick is a very safe pair of hands."

Catherine Silverton
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Catherine Silverton
2
Band 2

Catherine Silverton is a criminal defence specialist who is regularly instructed in serious crime cases such as murder, manslaughter, organised crime and sex offences. She has substantial experience of cross-examining children and medical experts.

"She is truly brilliant!"

"Catherine demonstrates outstanding skill and care when handling even the most sensitive of matters."

Michael Collins
N
Michael Collins
3
Band 3

Michael Collins is a junior whose criminal practice covers defending and prosecuting a broad range of matters.He is particularly noted for his expert handling of drug trafficking, motor crime and sexual abuse cases. He also has expertise defending homicide offences.

"Michael is a very strong advocate. He has a great manner with clients and members of the legal sector alike."

Matthew Harding
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Matthew Harding
3
Band 3

Matthew Harding is a respected barrister who has experience of handling the full gamut of criminal matters, including cases concerning firearms, people trafficking and dangerous driving. He also undertakes cases involving serious sexual offences.

"Matthew is exceptional with clients and extremely hard-working and conscientious."

"He is meticulous in preparation and treats every client as a member; he is dedicated to his matters."

Abdul Iqbal KC
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Abdul Iqbal KC
3
Band 3

Abdul Iqbal KC is a well-regarded criminal defence barrister. He is noted for his expert handling of complex murder, arms trafficking, money laundering and serious organised crime cases.

"Abdul is an exceptional advocate. He is equally as good on paper as he is on his feet."

"He pays meticulous attention to detail and provides fantastic client care."

Julian Jones
N
Julian Jones
3
Band 3

Julian Jones prosecutes and defends complex criminal cases involving fraud, sexual assault and homicide. He possesses particular expertise in disclosure.

"He is an excellent barrister who is extremely well read."

"Julian has an excellent manner in court."

"Julian works incredibly hard."

"He is a persuasive advocate."

Mark D McKone KC
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Mark D McKone KC
3
Band 3

Mark McKone KC receives praise for his skilled advocacy on behalf of both the prosecution and the defence. He handles a diverse range of significant matters, specialising in serious sexual assaults and rape. He is a Grade 4 prosecutor who appears on rape and serious organised crime panels.

"Mark is good with professional and lay clients. He is super efficient."

"He is an excellent silk."

Andrew Semple
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Andrew Semple
3
Band 3

Andrew Semple is a highly experienced junior who regularly acts for both the prosecution and the defence in criminal cases. His caseload includes sexual abuse, murders and drugs-related offences.

"Andrew has a wealth of experience, he pays meticulous attention to detail and he is fantastic with clients."

"He is a perfect package of advocacy, client communication and an analytical mind."

"He has extensive knowledge of complex law and presents cases to the court and the jury brilliantly."

Robert Stevenson
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Robert Stevenson
3
Band 3

Robert Stevenson is noted for his ability to prosecute and defend serious criminal cases. He is a Grade 4 prosecutor with experience handling homicides, drug-related offences and serious organised crimes.

"Robert is impressive."

"He is eloquent and concise in court."

"He is a very good advocate. He is very good with clients. His communication with solicitors is without fault."

Ranked Barristers at
Park Square Barristers

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Silks (KC)

North Eastern (Bar)

Crime

Richard Wright KC
Richard Wright KC
Star Individuals
Kama Melly KC
2
Kama Melly KC
2
Band 2
Abdul Iqbal KC
3
Abdul Iqbal KC
3
Band 3
Mark D McKone KC
3
Mark D McKone KC
3
Band 3

Juniors

North Eastern (Bar)

Crime

Catherine Silverton
2
Catherine Silverton
2
Band 2
2
Kate Batty
2
Band 2
Patrick Palmer
2
Patrick Palmer
2
Band 2
Andrew Semple
3
Andrew Semple
3
Band 3
Julian Jones
3
Julian Jones
3
Band 3
Matthew Harding
3
Matthew Harding
3
Band 3
Michael Collins
3
Michael Collins
3
Band 3
Robert Stevenson
3
Robert Stevenson
3
Band 3