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Red Lion Chambers houses a set of skilled advocates known for their expertise in handling the full range of criminal matters as both prosecutors and defenders. High-profile cases undertaken include those concerning murder, sexual assault and drug conspiracy charges, to name but a few. Recent examples include the Max Clifford appeal, and R v Steven Grainger, a complex case concerning a man charged with murdering his wife whilst their daughter was upstairs in bed. One instructing solicitor comments: “This is an excellent set peopled by individuals who are reliable, professional and hard-working.”
Client service: “The head clerk, Mark Bennett, provides an excellent service and always has time for you.” “The clerks are always positive, professional and industrious.”
David Etherington QC
A highly renowned silk who focuses his practice on both general crime and financial crime. He possesses in-depth knowledge of all areas of criminal law including cases concerning fraud, murder and historic sexual assault.
Strengths: “Excellent in terms of his drafting and the quality of his advocacy at appellate level. He is typically the most knowledgeable person in the courtroom.” “An exceptional jury advocate, who is calmness personified, but who has a steely edge. David is first class in terms of his advocacy, client skills, personality and presence. He ticks all the boxes.”
Recent work: Successfully acted on behalf of a 16-year-old defendant in R v N, the 'Koy Bentley Murder' case.
Gillian Jones QC
Strengths: "She is always approachable and quickly gets to the heart of the issues in a case." "A fantastic silk."
Jennifer Dempster QC
Strengths: "She is an excellent tactician who always makes the right judgement call in the most delicate of situations."
Jeremy Benson QC
Strengths: "He has the patience of a saint and is very good at dealing with very awkward situations."
Kate Bex QC
Strengths: "She is relentless and uncompromising on the right cases."
Rosina Cottage QC
A highly regarded silk with extensive experience of both prosecuting and defending the full spectrum of violent and sexual offences cases. She has particular experience of handling serious historic sexual allegations, murder and manslaughter cases. Cottage is especially renowned for her handling of victims, witnesses and defendants who are subject to Special Measures, as well as those who are suffering from emotional vulnerability or mental impairment.
Strengths: “A very, very good barrister with a fine mind, who is very approachable and very well prepared.” “She is fair, she presents well and she's able to deal with complex arguments."
Recent work: Prosecuted former police officer Timothy Lively, who was charged with serious sexual offences.
Tom Forster QC
Strengths: "Absolutely honed as an advocate and incredibly relaxed in his whole demeanour."
Payne’s practice specialises in financial and serious organised crime, and he has a specific proficiency in complex fraud cases.
Strengths: “A very firm, no-nonsense prosecutor, who doesn’t make concessions easily. He is a formidable barrister who can be trusted to do his job with the utmost professionalism.” “Tom is incredibly diligent, has a great eye for detail and possesses very sound judgement.”
Recent work: Acted for the CPS in R v Paul White, prosecuting a police officer charged with perjury concerning evidence he gave at the inquest into the death of Sean Rigg.