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23ES (23 Essex Street Chambers)

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Heads of Chambers: John Price QC, Cairns Nelson QC
Chambers Director:
Wayne King
Senior Clerk Manchester — Crime: Sean Hulston
Senior Clerk London — Crime: Adam Chapman
Senior Clerk Manchester — Commercial: Colin Perrin
Deputy Senior Clerk Manchester — Crime: Kevin Ambridge
First Junior Clerk — Crime: Jack Shah
Regulatory & Disciplinary Clerk: Daniel Randall
Second Junior Clerk London — Crime: Liam Kitcher
Members: 111

23 Essex Street is a leading multi-specialist set with a national presence, led by joint Heads of Chambers Mr John Price QC and Mr Cairns Nelson QC. Chambers offers a breadth and depth of experts in its core areas of crime, financial and corporate crime, regulatory and professional disciplinary, civil fraud, inquests and inquiries and commercial law.

23ES has specialist practice groups in the areas of criminal law, fraud/ financial and corporate crime, regulatory, professional discipline and civil and commercial law. Within each of the practice groups members have expertise in serious criminal offences including murders, sexual offences and drug related cases, all major fraud offences, environmental crime, trading standards and IP crime, court martials, financial and healthcare regulation, inquests and public inquires, and banking and contract. Chambers has a team of qualified arbitrators and mediators.

23ES have 106 members of chambers, 13 of which are Queens Counsel, who are based within its London and Manchester Offices.

Members of 23ES are supported by an experienced clerking team within each of their practice groups. Counsel accepts instruction via Direct Public Access.

Crime: Covers all aspects of criminal work including terrorism, murders, sexual offences and other serious offences for both the prosecution and the defence. Chambers’ national presence allows it to cover the majority of Criminal Courts in England and Wales.

Financial & Corporate Crime: Experienced in all fraud related cases as well as issues relating to mutual legal assistance, extradition, search warrants, restraint and confiscation both within the criminal and civil arena.

Regulatory & Professional Disciplinary: Renowned for high-quality advocacy. The team appears before most of the major regulators and has particular expertise in the financial and healthcare professions. Members regularly appear in the Administrative Court in public law cases arising from regulatory proceedings.

Civil Fraud: This team, with its cross-over between the commercial and financial and corporate crime teams, is well placed to accept instructions in relation to civil restraint and insurance fraud cases including false claims such as crash for cash.

Commercial: The 23ES commercial team includes chancery and commercial barristers, offering expertise across a range of specialisms including banking law, property law, probate, civil recovery and asset forfeiture, insolvency and sports law. Members provide advice, drafting, advocacy and negotiations.

Arbitration & Mediation: 23ES offers a team of arbitrators and mediators ranging in experience from parttime judges and QCs, to barristers of just a few years’ experience. Chambers can provide expertise to compliment the level of dispute.

Applications to the Director of the Tenancy Committee. Full details of how to apply can be found on chambers website.

Pupillage: Applications to the Director of the Pupilage Committee, funded 12-month pupilages and third six pupilage. Full details of how to apply are on chambers website

Mini-pupillages: Limited number available. Applications to Alex Mills (criminal) and Asa Tolson (commercial). Full details of how to apply are on the website.


John Price QC (1982) (QC-2009) † A

Cairns Nelson QC (1987) (QC-2010) A

Charles Miskin QC (1975) (QC-1998) † A

Dafydd Enoch QC (1985) (QC 2008) A

Francis FitzGibbon (1986) (QC 2010) A

Paul Bogan QC (1983) (QC-2011)

James Mulholland QC (1986) (QC-2011) A

Zafar Ali QC (1994) (QC-2012) A

Mark Fenhalls QC (1992) (QC-2014) A

Paul Ozin QC (1987) (QC-2016) A

Allison Hunter QC (1986) (QC-2017) A †

Tim Clark QC (1993) (QC-2017) †

Kate Lumsdon QC (1993) (QC-2018) A

Eloise Marshall QC (1994) (QC-2018)

Rossano Scamardella QC (1998) (QC-2018)

Ahmed Hossain QC (1996) (QC-2020)

Charles Machin (1973)

Michael Harrison (1979)

Walton Hornsby (1980)

Roy Brown (1983)

John Riley (1983)

Hugh McKee (1983) A

Stephen Shay (1984) A

Wayne Cranston-Morris (1986)

Brian Williams (1986)

Hugh Forgan (1989) A

Stephen Pritchett (1989) A Christopher Amis (1991)

Jonathan Smith (1991) A

Richard Milne (1992) A

Richard Moore (1992)

Gerard O’Connor (1993)

James McCrindell (1993)

Sarah Morris (1996)

Rhodri James (2002)

Richard Bentwood (1994) A

Adam Watkins (2004) A

Bart Casella (1995) A

Carl Hargan (1995)

Francis McGrath (1995) A

Ian Hope (1996)

Bob Sastry (1996) A

Gavin McBride (1996) *

Saul Brody (1996)

Alan Gardner (1997) A †

Charles Royle (1997)

Alan Blake (1997) †

Neil Sandys (1998) A

Flora Page (1998) *

Madeleine Wolfe (1998) A

Lesley Bates (1999)

Oliver Dunkin (1999)

Daniel Fugallo (1999) A †

Tim Grey (1999) A

Graham Smith (1999)

James Bloomer (2000) A

Abigail Husbands (2000) A

David Povall (2000)

Christopher Hamlet (2000)

William Eaglestone (2001)

Heather Stangoe (2001)

Adrian Harris (2001)

David Farley (2001)

Rina Marie Hill (2002)

Sonya Saul (2002)

Aisha Khan (2002)

John Dye (2002) A

Hamish Common (2003) A

Tom Godfrey (2003) A

Nathan Banks (2003) A

Rashad Mohammed (2004)

Alexander Upton (2004)

Brad Pomfret (2004)

Tom Gosling (2004)

Hannah Kinch (2006) * †

Rebecca Vanstone (2006) A

Joseph Templeton (2006)

Iestyn Morgan (2006)

Claire Bunbury (2006)

Safia Iman (2006) † *

Lee Barraclough (2006)

Patrick Duffy (2007) A

Nathan Rasiah (2007) A

Barry White (2007)

Carolina Cabral (2009) A

Daniel Lister (2009) A

Richard Saynor (2009) A

Jeremy Rosenberg (2009) A

Elisabeth Acker (2010) A

Helena Duong (2010)

Victoria Gainza (2010) A

Rupert Wheeler (2010)

Stephanie Cummings (2010)

Sarah-Kate McIntyre (2011) A

Alex Mills (2012)

Asa Tolson (2012)

Sam Trefgarne (2012)

David Dainty (2013)

Daniel O’Donoghue (2013) A

Michael Murphy (2013)

Rebecca Jones (2013)

Arnold Ayoo (2014)

Sasha Queffurus (2014)

Kelly Cyples (2016)

Josephine Teale (2016)

Caroline Stewart (2017)

Matthew Hodgetts (2017)

Carl Wheeler (2015)

Divya Puri (2018)

Wesley Griffiths (2018)

Katie Williams (2018)

† Recorder * Door Tenant A Direct/Public Access