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Six Pump Court

Crime

5 ranked barristersBand 2South Eastern (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table

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A popular set with an impressive profile in Kent and a strong bench of silks and juniors. Its barristers regularly prosecute and defend a range of serious criminal cases, including murders, drug conspiracies and sexual assault. They win praise from interviewees for their advocacy skills as well as their client care. Recent work handled by its barristers includes R v Louise Porton, the prosecution of a mother who killed her two children.

Client service:

Richard Constable is the senior clerk at the set.

Strengths:

Danny Moore
A highly rated junior who specialises in multi-defendant and multi-complainant cases. He has gained considerable expertise in historic and current sexual abuse cases, especially those involving professionals and institutions. He also has experience of cases concerning violent crime, fraud and firearms. He has additional expertise in cases involving allegations of large drugs conspiracies.
"He really knows his cases inside and out. He is an accomplished lawyer, a very good cross-examiner and meticulous about disclosure. He is a good, effective advocate."
Recent work: Prosecuted four gang members for the murder of a rival drug dealer following a dispute about territory.

Strengths:

John Fitzgerald
An experienced junior with a notable practice in criminal matters. He regularly acts for the defence and the prosecution, and handles cases involving allegations of murder and serious sexual offences.
"He deals with cases in an effective manner."
Recent work: Defended the organiser of a conspiracy to import illegal immigrants using a RHIB to cross the English Channel and back under cover of darkness.

Strengths:

Oliver Saxby QC
A distinguished silk who has established himself on the South Eastern Circuit, regularly acting on high-profile cases that attract media attention. He prosecutes and defends across a range of criminal issues. He has particular expertise in high-profile homicide and sexual abuse cases. He is skilled in the treatment and handling of vulnerable witnesses, and is very popular with his clients and those he represents.
"He is very impressive and his brilliant in cross-examinations."
Recent work: Prosecuted a mother who drowned one of her twins in a bath. She was charged with gross negligence manslaughter.

Strengths:

Richard Barraclough QC
A highly experienced and accomplished silk who both prosecutes and defends a wide range of criminal cases. His caseload includes matters concerning serious sexual offences and violent crime, and he has acted in a number of homicides recently. He is also experienced in the handling of cases involving fraud and proceeds of crime.
"He is extremely jury-friendly and very charming in his manner of advocacy. He has great client skills and a real presence in the courtroom." "He is very experienced, thorough and a safe pair of hands. A good jury advocate."
Recent work: Prosecuted four defendants accused of a pre-meditated murder following an ongoing conflict over the control of illegal drug supplies in Maidstone.

Strengths:

Simon Taylor QC
A leading barrister for serious sexual offence or homicide cases, particularly those that involve highly challenging evidential concerns or vulnerable witnesses. Serves as both prosecution and defence counsel on heavyweight criminal matters. He also has experience of acting in cases involving explosives offences.
"He is an incredibly persuasive guy. He is always on the ball and he gets his point across."
Recent work: Acted for the prosecution in R v Abdul Mohammed, a high-profile, legally complex case involving an attempt to murder a multitude of individuals by driving a car into a marquee at a nightclub.

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Silks (QC)

South Eastern (Bar)

Crime


Oliver Saxby QC
Band 1
Richard Barraclough QC
Band 2
Simon Taylor QC
New Silks

Juniors

South Eastern (Bar)

Crime


Danny Moore
Band 3
John Fitzgerald
Band 3