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The barristers at St Philips Chambers are regularly instructed in complex criminal cases, and have experience of appearing before the courts at all levels, up to and including the Supreme Court and the International Criminal Court. The set houses considerable expertise in serious crimes, include sexual offences, murder, terrorism and large-scale conspiracies, and its barristers are regularly called upon to act for both the prosecution and the defence. Instructing solicitors praise St Philips as "a first-rate set," adding that "it offers strength and depth both in terms of counsel and the clerking team."
Client service: "The clerks are very reliable and happy to assist whenever they're needed." Phil Jones is the set's senior criminal clerk.
Experienced Grade 4 prosecutor who is regularly instructed in heavyweight criminal matters. He also defends, and is skilled at handling major drugs, fraud and sex offence cases. He has substantial expertise of advocacy in St Helena.
Strengths: "A formidable opponent." "He is bright and thoughtful."
Recent work: Represented a man charged with raping an ex-partner.
Andrew Smith QC
Highly regarded practitioner with expertise in heavyweight criminal cases, including murders and offences relating to organised crime. He regularly acts for both the defence and prosecution in major cases, many of which involve high levels of documentation or complicated expert testimony. He has recently acted successfully in prosecutions involving novel factual issues.
Strengths: "He has a brain big enough for two. He is quite superb."
A junior who regularly prosecutes and defends and is instructed in consumer protection and environmental law matters. He is most often instructed in financial crime cases, including those concerning blackmail, money laundering and counterfeiting. He also handles consumer fraud and fire safety matters with a criminal edge.
Strengths: "Has phenomenal attention to detail. He is very sharp and shrewd."
A well-regarded junior who primarily defends in heavyweight criminal matters but who also accepts instruction for the prosecution. His broad practice covers gang-related offences, drug importation, murder and fraud.
Strengths: "He builds strong trust with clients by quickly understanding their case and helping them develop it in a positive direction."
Recent work: Represented a 17-year-old accused of stabbing and murdering a student outside a college in central Birmingham.
A well-regarded junior who acts for both the prosecution and the defence. She has experience of handling complex sexual offence, homicide, firearms and terrorism cases, and is well versed in dealing with vulnerable witnesses.
Strengths: "She is terribly thorough, diligent and hard-working. When you are against her she is a formidable opponent." "Extremely good with nervous and difficult clients."
Recent work: Acted for the prosecution in R v Bessant, a case involving a serial rapist of young girls.
Richard Atkins QC
Has led the defence and prosecution of many complex criminal trials covering offences such as murder, manslaughter, rape, fraud and drug importation. He also possesses significant experience handling terrorism-related charges as well as health and safety cases.
Strengths: "Always meticulously prepared and an extremely forceful advocate."