QEB Hollis Whiteman

Crime Department

London (Bar)
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A renowned chambers with extensive experience in the prosecution and defence of complex and high-profile criminal cases. It is well regarded for its deep bench of highly esteemed barristers, who regularly undertake matters including sexual offences, murder cases and large-scale frauds. The set recently acted for Alexander Palmer, an ex-commando accused of murdering a dog walker in East Harling. Interviewees note that QEB "displays the best qualities of the Criminal Bar: great ability combined with fairness and common sense."

Client service: "The clerking team is young, ambitious and forward-thinking." Chris Emmings is the senior clerk and enjoys the support of Faye Patis as first junior clerk.

Ben FitzGerald
A leading junior with in-depth experience across the full spectrum of criminal matters, who acts as both prosecution and defence counsel. He has been instructed in some of the most high-profile criminal cases of recent times, including a number of murder cases.
Strengths: "A very thorough and insightful junior," who is "headed for great things."
Recent work: Acted for the first defendant in R v Terrence Mitchell and Andrew Meikle, a high-value investment fraud matter concerning Anglo Wealth Limited.

Benn Maguire
A terrific advocate who specialises in defending those accused of serious crime, including cases of homicide, historic sex abuse and firearms offences. Market sources have highlighted his ability to provide a "very reassuring presence" to clients. He is also known for his work on appellate matters. 
Strengths: "He pitches the case at the correct tone throughout, striking a reasoned balance between fierce prosecuting and a fair attribution of the roles played by different defendants."

Crispin Aylett QC
A star individual who is enormously respected for his abilities as a prosecutor. In recent times he has undertaken several complex and high-profile murder cases, along with other matters such as terrorism and firearms offences. Interviewees highlight his expertise in the most serious criminal matters, including those relating to sexual allegations and joint-enterprise murder.
Strengths: "Very bright, has a lovely manner, and is very effective." "An absolute pleasure to be led by. He's a charming, personable chap, who's very invested in the case."

David Jeremy QC
Respected advocate with a strong reputation for homicides in particular. He has experience of both prosecuting and defending high-profile murder cases, and has also recently handled matters concerning fraud. Jeremy is well regarded for his commanding courtroom presence and superior cross-examination skills.
Strengths: "Polished, steely and commanding." "He is exactly what an old fashioned brief's brief should be; he has real talent."
Recent work: Acted for the prosecution in R v Joyce Msokeri, a high-profile fraud case related to the Grenfell Tower fire.

David Spens QC
Praised for his advocacy, he has vast experience of both serious general crime and financial crime. He is a defence specialist who has represented those accused of murder and sex crimes. Spens frequently defends in high-profile and complex cases including those involving diminished responsibility. A number of his matters have attracted media attention, one example being Operation Elveden, the investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police officers and other public officials.
Strengths: "Modest, extremely thorough and has a very good, even temper." "He has the ability to pick out detail, but is also very good on strategy. He's hugely reassuring for clients."
Recent work: Acted for ex-commando Alexander Palmer, who was charged with murdering an 83-year-old dog walker by cutting his throat.

Edward Brown QC
Well-regarded silk and a former Senior Treasury Counsel praised by interviewees for his ability to support clients through difficult trials. He is a highly experienced criminal practitioner who is also a strong regulatory lawyer. Brown is highly thought of for his exemplary cross-examinations and skilful advocacy in serious criminal cases.
Strengths: "Scrupulously fair and a man whose advocacy is measured and persuasive."

Eleanor Laws QC
An outstanding silk who specialises in serious crime, and has particular expertise in murder and sexual offences. Her recent work includes acting as both prosecution and defence counsel in cases concerning historic sexual abuse and sex trafficking. Market commentators have praised her "very rounded vision," a virtue born of her experience acting for both the prosecution and the defence.
Strengths: "She has an understated but highly persuasive manner." "In front of judge and jury she has great presence."
Recent work: Successfully defended Professor Lant, who was charged with 28 counts of sexual abuse while practising at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital over a 20-year period.

Jocelyn Ledward
A leading junior at the Criminal Bar who acts primarily as a prosecutor, but also handles complex defence work. She has experience with sexual offence allegations and drugs matters, and has been instructed in terrorism and murder cases, some of which relate to organised crime.
Strengths: "A strategic, personable, measured and impressive advocate." "She is very clever, she's hard-working, she gives competent analysis, and she's excellent at document-handling skills."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted Gene Armeanu, who killed his former partner by stabbing her 19 times.

Linda Strudwick
A well-regarded junior who has been praised for her "ability to achieve outstanding results in the face of difficult circumstances and evidence." She is well-versed in both prosecution and defence work, and regularly handles manslaughter, drugs and rape cases, among others.
Strengths: "She's so focused on cases. When she picks up a matter, she immerses herself in it and is just superb."
Recent work: Acted for the prosecution in R v Lapinski, a case concerning blackmail and possession of a firearm with intent.

Mark Ellison QC
Former First Treasury Counsel who has great experience in handling a raft of serious criminal matters including cases relating to murder, terrorism, official secrets and fraud. He is particularly well recognised for his experience in police corruption cases.
Strengths: "An inspirational leader who is very cool-headed. He has huge experience and the ability to analyse complex evidence in order to get down to the nitty gritty."

Rachna Gokani
An in-demand junior who is regularly entrusted with complex and challenging instructions, and who has appeared before the Court of Appeal. She has recently been instructed in several serious criminal actions, as well as financial criminal cases. Gokani both prosecutes and defends, and attracts much praise from the market. Sources have noted that "she never stops working and is really impressive."
Strengths: "She brings a complete mastery of the facts and law to every case, and stands out for her great judgement."
Recent work: Acted in The Attorney General of Jersey v D. Gokani was instructed to advise on the application of the English Sentencing Guidelines for sexual assault and rape in Jersey and the likely outcome were the defendant to be sentenced in accordance with those guidelines.

William Boyce QC
A fantastic silk and a former Senior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court who stands out for his impressive track record in complex and high-profile cases. He focuses his practice on criminal defence matters and regularly handles murder and sexual abuse cases. His experience further includes World War II war crimes investigations and a range of fraud cases.
Strengths: "He has a sharp brain, and conducts devastating cross-examinations." "He's an absolute joy to be in a case with, and he's nobody's idea of a pushover."
Recent work: Represented defendant Danielle Perrett in a case concerning the historic sexual abuse of a boy.

Zoe Johnson QC
A fantastic silk with expertise in both serious crime and professional discipline matters, who is praised for her skill in cross-examination. Johnson has been instructed in matters relating to terrorism, homicide, child murder and gross negligence manslaughter. She frequently handles complex criminal matters that heavily feature medical evidence.
Strengths: "Has fantastic judgement and tactical awareness. She always instils confidence in the client."
Recent work: Prosecuted a joint enterprise murder concerning the stabbing of a 17-year-old in Neasden.