Red Lion Chambers

Crime Department

South Eastern (Bar)
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A highly regarded set which is praised as "an impressive outfit with talent running through it from top to bottom." The chambers maintains a strong reputation across East Anglia, with its barristers regularly instructed in cases involving murder, sexual offences and organised crime. A notable case recently handed by the set was R v Stollery and Parker-Magowan, a complex murder case which received significant media interest.

Client service: "An excellent set of chambers with breadth and depth covering all aspects of criminal law to the highest standard and a solid clerking structure underpinning them." "Very efficient and professional, with strong legal expertise." Chris Jones is the practice manager and lead Chelmsford clerk.


Andrew Thompson

An experienced junior who has substantial expertise in cases concerning homicides and large-scale drug trafficking. His strength in handling vulnerable witnesses means that he is particularly highly rated in cases relating to sexual offences.
Strengths: "He is always incredibly well prepared, on top of everything and calm."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted a rape case in which the defendant attacked a University of Essex student in her room on campus.


Chris Paxton QC

A well-regarded silk who has significant experience of both prosecuting and defending serious crime. His broad practice also encompasses fraud, road transport and regulatory cases. He has recent experience of cases involving sexual offences and organised crime. He is regularly instructed in cases involving vulnerable witnesses and elderly defendants.
Strengths: "He dissects the case and looks into the detail. His trial preparation is quite exceptional and his attention to detail is certainly very high." "He has always been extremely able. He is a really good cross-examiner and juries love him."
Recent work: Prosecuted a murder case with connections to a county lines drug supply gang. The case involved complex pathological evidence as well as young witnesses.


Simon Spence QC

Has experience defending and prosecuting high-profile criminal cases in London and the South East, including those involving serious sex offences, violence and drug trafficking. He has a growing practice in regulatory issues such as trading standards claims. He also has extensive experience of handling serious and complex homicide offences.
Strengths: "A fabulous jury advocate and outstanding lawyer." "He is very bright and he is not fazed by anything."
Recent work: Acted in a high-profile county lines murder trial, representing a defendant who was said to be a 'spotter' for those who carried out the actual stabbing.


Steven Dyble

Specialist defence barrister who regularly acts in high-profile cases. He is adept at handling cases concerning homicide, sexual offences, drugs and fraud.
Strengths: "A formidable presence. He has the ability to develop a good rapport when cross-examining - he lulls them into a false sense of security." "A jury advocate par excellence."