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Heads of Chambers: Simon Denison QC
Senior Clerk: Andrew Barnes
Clerks: Mark Essex (Deputy Senior Clerk), Richard Summerscales (First Junior Clerk), Lizzie Miller (Clerk), Detroit Peart (Clerk)

The Chambers
6KBW College Hill holds a pre-eminent position in criminal and public law and has been at the forefront of the expansion of the criminal law into related areas of civil law. 6KBW is renowned for cases concerning financial crime, public law, extradition, proceeds of crime, asset forfeiture, inquests and public inquires. Members frequently appear in the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights in cases involving some of the most important and high-profile issues.

Work Undertaken
Crime:

6KBW is universally acknowledged as one of the leading sets in the field. Historically, 6KBW’s work has included: the trial of the killers of Stephen Lawrence and the ensuing review which led to the undercover policing inquiry, the 21/7 and airline bomb plots, the ‘phone hacking’ trials, Marine A, Rolf Harris, advisory work arising from the Hillsborough inquest, John Worboys and Carl Beech.

Corporate & Financial Crime:
6KBW’s strength in handling serious and complex financial crime is longstanding. Members have acted in all the landmark financial crime cases of the last 20 years: Barclays Bank, Rolls- Royce, BAE Systems, Mabey & Johnson, Polly Peck, British Airways price fixing, Tchenguiz, Adoboli. Members have been instructed to defend and prosecute corporates and individuals in the SFO’s large, high-profile ‘blockbuster’ investigations including: Rolls-Royce, Barclays, GSK, Tesco, Alstom, Libor, Euribor, Soma Oil, Unaoil, ENRC, McKenzie v SFO, Tata Steel, Quindell Plc, G4S and Airbus.

Administrative & Public Law:
6KBW has a strong public law presence and leads the field in cases concerning national security; policing; prisons and prosecutorial decisions. Recent cases include: Ibrahim, Mohammed, Omar & Abdurahman v UK (ECtHR: Article 6 challenge by the 21/7 bombers), Beghal v DPP (Supreme Court: challenge to police terrorism powers), Stott v Justice Secretary (Supreme Court: challenge to extended determinate sentences), S1 and Ors v Home Secretary (Court of Appeal: leading case on ECtHR extraterritoriality in nationality deprivation decisions), KBR v SFO (High Court: concerning the territorial scope of the SFO’s powers, pending appeal to the Supreme Court) and R (Soma Oil) v SFO (High Court: challenging prosecutorial decision making).

Extradition:
6KBW has an excellent reputation in extradition, frequently acting for requested persons and judicial authorities in the most high-profile cases. Members are regularly instructed in leading extradition cases in the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. Chambers has been instructed to act for individuals in a high number of complex Russian extradition cases, including the leading case of Shmatko v the Russian Federation, in which a businessman’s extradition was refused on appeal. Members’ first-class knowledge of both extradition and broader European criminal law is an asset to its clients.

International:
Members often provide advice and representation to governments, corporates and individuals in numerous jurisdictions around the world. Chambers’ work has included: the trial of Donald Tsang, former Chief Executive of Hong Kong, the trial of the Kwok Brothers (Hong Kong) and the trial of McKeeva Bush, former President of the Cayman Islands. Members are also frequently instructed in appeals to the Privy Council.

Inquests & Public Inquiries:
Members have had a long association with high profile inquests, having acted in the Tunisia and Deepcut inquests, and have represented families at the inquests arising from the terror attacks at London Bridge, Westminster Bridge and Manchester Arena. Chambers has a strong presence in public inquiry work, assisting in the Undercover Policing Inquiry, Al-Sweady, Leveson, Grenfell Tower, and the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

POCA & Asset Forfeiture:
6KBW has acted in most of the Supreme Court cases of the last decade. Recent work includes: Ahmad (2014), Eastenders (2014), GH (2015), Guraj (2016), McCormick (2016), and Gibson (2018). Members currently act in multi-million-pound restraint and forfeiture applications, including requests from many foreign jurisdictions. Where judicial review involves a POCA element, 6KBW is the obvious choice (recently involved in Krager, Necip, Takkar v MoJ, E v HMP Hatfield; Emu). Involvement in civil recovery includes: Azam, O’Docherty, Hymans, Agidi, Surin and Abacha.

Members

Simon Denison QC(1984)

James Curtis QC (1970)

John Ryder QC (1980) P

David Perry QC (1980)

Aftab Jafferjee QC(1980)

Sasha Wass QC (1981) P

Duncan Penny QC 1992)

Sarah Whitehouse QC (1993) P

Jonathan Hall QC (1994)

Tony Badenoch QC (1996)

Annabel Darlow QC (1993)

Duncan Atkinson QC (1995) P

Gareth Patterson QC (1995)

Jacob Hallam QC (1996)

Louis Mably QC (1997)

Timothy Cray QC (1989)

Alison Morgan QC (2000)

Martyn Bowyer (1984)

Kate Wilkinson (1998)

Miranda Hill (1999)

Esther Schutzer-Weissmann (2000) P

Simon Ray (2001)

Melanie Cumberland (2001)

Paul Jarvis (2001) P

Alex Chalk (2001)P

Peter Ratliff (2003)P

Brett Weaver (2003)

Rosemary Davidson (2004)

Ben Lloyd (2004) P

Victoria Ailes (2005)

Michael Bisgrove (2006) P

Alistair Richardson (2006)

William Hays (2006)

Lucy Organ (2006) P

Dan Pawson-Pounds (2007) P

Adam Payter (2008) P

Richard Evans (2008) P

Paul Humpherson (2010)

Lyndon Harris (2010)

Katherine Hardcastle (2011)

Rosalind Earis (2012)

Tom Williams (2013)

Sahil Sinha (2014)

Mohsin Zaidi (2015) P

Alex Du Sautoy (2017)

Vincent Scully (2017)

Karl Laird (2018)

Ailsa McKeon (2018)

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