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Head of Chambers: Paul Mendelle QC, George Carter-Stephenson QC, Jeremy Dein QC,
Senior Clerk: Guy Williams
Clerks: Emma Makepeace, Alfie Lee
Fees Clerk: David Kirton
Administration Manager: Varuna Askoolum
Tenants: 74

THE CHAMBERS Awarded Client Services Set of the Year 2018 by Chambers UK, this innovative set specialises in every aspect of modern defence advocacy, acting in the very highest profile cases. Chambers is consistently assessed as a centre of excellence. Widely recognised as the leading chambers in its core practice areas, its reputation for excellence is best demonstrated by their involvement in every recent major criminal trial, whether in fraud, organised crime or murder. Chambers are renowned heavy-weight defenders in all aspects of financial and white-collar crime. Members frequently defend large-scale prosecutions brought by the FCA, SFO and NCA. Advice is provided at every stage including pre-charge, post-charge and investigation. Chambers’ criminal expertise includes quasi civil-crime such as POCA proceedings, high-value restraint proceedings, data protection law, the legality of search warrants, costs law, civil actions and civil liberties law (including actions against the police) and all aspects of regulatory law (including professional disciplinary and environmental law). Excellence extends to the high quality of the clerking and administration team who have an exemplary reputation.

Criminal: Experts in defending serious crime including homicide, organised crime, drug trafficking, money laundering, terrorism and extreme sexual violence. Several members act for UK nationals facing criminal prosecutions in other jurisdictions. Chambers’ private client specialists are renowned for their success in ‘reputational management’ and their ability to mitigate the impact of criminal charges on clients’ careers/personal lives.
Fraud & Financial Litigation:Specialists in defending individuals and corporations against all allegations of business crime and fraud (including cross-jurisdictional prosecutions). Representation is provided at every stage (including pre-charge/investigation stage) and all preliminary hearings including restraint, confiscation and civil recovery/injunction matters. Chambers offers specific advice on regulatory compliance, risk management and corporate governance/training.
Professional Disciplinary & Regulatory: Members regularly defend individuals appearing before professional bodies, disciplinary tribunals and regulatory authorities including healthcare professionals, solicitors, police officers, accountants, sports players and sports organisations. Chambers practice in all aspects of contentious regulatory work including (but not limited to) environmental law and health and safety law, acting for employees, directors and companies.  
Civil Liberties & Human Rights: As a ‘defence only’ set protecting civil liberties is a fundamental cornerstone of Chambers’ ethos. Members have extensive experience acting for persons facing human rights infringements including actions against the police and public authorities, extradition law, international law, inquests, public inquiries, public and administrative law. Chambers is routinely instructed in significant public inquiries and challenges to public body decisions. 

INTERNATIONAL WORK Chambers works at the forefront of international criminal law. Its work includes defending war crimes (often in international war tribunals), defending the extradition of high-profile individuals, defending offences against states including espionage and terrorism and defending overseas freezing/forfeiture orders. Chambers acts and advises in all aspects of international criminal law (including human rights breaches) and regularly acts for individuals, governmental organisations and NGOs.


George Carter-Stephenson QC (1975)

Paul Mendelle QC (1981)

Jeremy Dein QC (1982)

Nigel Sangster QC (1976)

Courtenay Griffiths QC (1980)

Diana Ellis QC (1978)

Peter Doyle QC (1975)

Paul Keleher QC (1980)

David Hooper QC (1971)

Rudi Fortson QC (1976)

John Cooper QC (1983)

Tom Price QC (1985)

Paul Hynes QC (1987)

Jo Sidhu QC (1993)

Tyrone Smith QC (1994)

Adrian Eissa QC (1988)

Simon Pentol QC (1982)

Nicola Howard QC (1995)

Melanie Simpson QC (1998)

Jonathan Mitchell (1974)

Chester Beyts (1978)

Colin Wells (1987)

Helen Valley (1990)

Arlette Piercy (1990)

Emma Akuwudike (1992)

Harry Potter (1993)

Warwick Aleeson (1994)

Aisling Byrnes (1994)

Osman Osman (1995)

Carolina Guiloff (1996)

Daniel Murray (1996)

Samantha Riggs (1996)

Nathaniel Rudolf (1996)

Sebastian Gardiner (1997)

Dermot Keating (1997)

Dominic Thomas (1998)

Mark Stevens (1998)

Beth O’Reilly (1999)

Michael Neofytou (1999)

Ben Smitten (1999)

Laurie-Anne Power (2000)

Geoffrey Payne (2000)

Sheryl Nwosu (2000)

Sonal Dashani (2002)

Michael Gomulka (2002)

Monica Stevenson (2004)

Rebecca Randall (2005)

Matt Radstone (2005)

Paul Lazarus (2017) (HCA 2005)

Daniel Chadwick (2006)

Sam Blom-Cooper (2006)

Lisa Wilson (2006)

Alex Jamieson (2007)

Priya Malhotra (2007)

David Wood (2007)

Alex Di Francesco (2008)

Rob Shaw (2008)

Emma Stuart-Smith (2009)

Sushil Kumar (2009)

Abimbola Johnson (2011)

Duncan Jones (2012)

Henry Dickson (2012)

Leon Lynch (2012)

Laura Collier (2013)

Tom Flavin (2013)

Zeenat Islam (2013)

Natasha Lloyd-Owen (2013)

Vida Simpeh (2014)

Joy Lewis (2014)

Kerrie Ann Rowan (2015)

Nicholas Murphy (2015)

Tobias Smith (2016)

Chantel Gaber (2017)

Leila-Zoe Mezoughi (2018)