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5 King's Bench Walk

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Head of Chambers: Sarah Forshaw QC, Mark Heywood QC
Senior Clerk: Lee Hughes-Gage
Tenants: 56

THE CHAMBERS Founded in 1966 5KBW is recognised nationally as a leading criminal chambers and continues to excel. Chambers provide representation at all levels of seniority across the full spectrum of criminal offending. Members have an unwavering commitment to provide advice and representation of the highest quality coupled with advocacy that is frequently recognised by the judiciary, solicitors and clients to be of the very highest quality.

Serious Organised Crime:

Chambers has a formidable reputation in the prosecution and defence of allegations of serious and organised crime, with practitioners providing advice and representation of the very highest quality in the most serious high-profile criminal trials of this nature throughout the UK.

Sexual Offences:
Chambers enjoys an unparalleled reputation when it comes to the prosecution and defence of sexually motivated crime. Chambers have many advocates who are regularly instructed to provide cogent and expeditious advice at the very earliest stage and then successfully see the case through to completion. Cases include those involving historic offending, child cruelty, internet offending, child abduction, stranger rape and serial rape.

Homicide & Corporate Manslaughter:
Members regularly appear for both the prosecution and defence in the most serious and high-profile homicide cases including, serial killers, matters of terrorism, gangland executions, multi-defendant murders, baby shaking murders, gross negligence manslaughter and corporate manslaughter. That wealth of experience has earnt Chambers a first-class reputation amongst its peers and in the legal directories, with many members recognised as being leaders in this field.

Fraud & Financial Crime:
Chambers’ practitioners are routinely instructed in significant cases involving matters of financial offending - including fraud, bribery, money laundering and other financial offences. Members act for both the prosecution and defence, including cases involving the S.F.O & F.C.A. Representing individuals, (including directors) as well as Companies who are accused of financial offences. Often, members are instructed prior to charge, and are instructed to advise during the investigation stage. From tax/VAT/MTIC frauds to bribery, mortgage frauds to insider trading and corruption, Chambers offers experience and expertise to all those who are under investigation in relation to financial offences.

Confiscation, Civil Recovery & Asset Forfeiture:
Chambers has a long established tradition of expertise within the areas of asset recovery, civil fraud and confiscation and the dedicated team of barristers are able to navigate their way through this technical and ever evolving world from advice to representation at all levels. Frequently appearing in matters of Restraint, providing advice and assistance at every stage, Civil Recovery Orders and Cash Forfeiture Orders. Barristers are repeatedly instructed in post-conviction confiscation matters where benefit figures and the value of realisable assets are in contention.

The team is headed by a deputy coroner who brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to Chambers and members have also acted in specialist roles as ‘Counsel to the Inquiry’ in complex cases. The team also boasts Queen’s Counsel. All members provide exemplary advice and representation in all aspects of this work. Cases include: deaths in the workplace, deaths in military actions, hospital deaths involving allegations of medical negligence, fatal sporting injuries, homicides, road traffic accidents and deaths in custody or at the hands of the authorities.

Regulatory & Professional Disciplinary:
Chambers undertakes a wide range of regulatory and professional discipline cases. Members provide expert advice and representation to many professions and at all levels, from healthcare, education and finance sectors, to assisting police officers. Dealing skillfully and effectively with all stages of disciplinary proceedings of any type, from employers’ internal disciplinary procedures to proceedings before regulators.

Members of Chambers are frequently instructed for their expertise both to prosecute (including the provision of pre-charge advice) and defend in the most serious and sensitive terrorist cases. Members are also instructed in relation to all terrorism law related applications, from control orders to orders relating to assets. As such, Chambers offers Counsel who are experienced and recognised for their ability to deal with the political, religious and cultural issues raised by terror related cases coupled with unquestionable ability to provide expert trial representation at both Silk and Junior level.


Sarah Forshaw QC (1987) (QC-2008)

Mark Heywood QC (1985) (QC-2010)

Jonathan Higgs QC (1987) (QC-2011)P

Anthony Orchard QC (1991) (QC-2011)

Natasha Wong QC (1993) (QC-2017)P

Danny Robinson QC (1993) (QC-2019)

Alistair MacDonald QC (1983) (QC-2000)

Ria Banerjee (2012)

Samantha Bonner (2013)

Phoebe Bragg (2015)

Pieter Briegel (1986)

James Brown (1999)

Gordon Carse (2002)

Stephen Chippeck (1988) P

Andrew Collings (1987)

Mark Dacey (1985)

Orla Daly (2000)

William Davis (2003) P

Ian Dear (1999)

Peter Eguae (2011) P

John Fairhead (1978)

Catherine Farrelly (1999)

Gregory Fishwick (1996) P

Edmund Fowler (1992)

Aska Fujita (2011)

Charlotte Hole (2009)

Ben Holt (2006)

Martin Hooper (1988)

Jeffrey Israel (2000) P

Paul Jackson (2002)

Senghin Kong (2008) P

James Martin (2003) P

Rishi Nathwani (2006)

Charlotte Newell (1994)

Bartholomew O’Toole (1980)

Chaterine Pattison (2000)

Jonathan Polnay (2000) P

Dickon Reid (2005)

Jonathan Reuben (2012)

Nick Robinson (2007)

Sue Rodham (1989)

Fiona Ryan (2009)

Simon Sandford (1979)

Irshad Sheikh (1983)

Xenia Stavrou (1998)

Christopher Sutton-Mattocks (1975)

Valeria Swift (2003)

Benjamin Temple (1997)

Pauline Thompson (1998)

Jack Triggs (2014)

Paul Walker (1993)

Samuel Willis (2015)

Elizabeth Wilson (2013)