9 Bedford Row

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9 Bedford Row

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Head of Chambers: Steven Kay QC
Chambers Director: Martin Secrett
Senior Clerk: Paul Outen
24-hour Duty Clerk: 07971 153 192
Tenants: 61

THE CHAMBERS 9 Bedford Row is widely respected as one of the leading sets specialising in all aspects of criminal law. Whilst it is a progressive and proactive set it still retains its traditional core values. At the heart of its business is the commitment to providing a professional, approachable and result-driven service to its clients. Chambers uses modern technology and traditional knowledge based resources to provide the best possible support to members of chambers and clients.

This continues to be Chambers core practice area covering offences ranging from murder to burglary. Chambers has a well-respected group of practitioners with extensive experience of prosecuting and defending murder, manslaughter, terrorism, firearms, fraud, drug trafficking, cybercrime, modern slavery, knife crime and sexual offences.
Disciplinary/Regulatory: Chambers has substantial experience and a proven record of acting in this specialist arena covering work as diverse as anti-corruption, safeguarding and anti-doping in areas such as healthcare, police and sport.
Extradition: Chambers provides advice and representation for requested people and foreign governments at all levels involving the European Arrest Warrant system, requests from Category 2 territories outside the EU, and from states seeking a special extradition arrangement. Chambers has specialist knowledge and unique experience in international criminal law and is instructed in requests involving war crimes and crimes against humanity. Chambers’ experience means that it is especially well placed to advise and appear in cases which raise issues of political motivation or abuse of process. Chambers has a dedicated Interpol Red Notice Desk.
Financial & Corporate Law: Global initiatives against bribery and corruption have brought additional complexity to business — with organisations affected by legislation not just in their home countries, but also in local markets around the world. A number of Chambers’ barristers have worked in specialist prosecuting authorities such as the SFO and FCA, while others have worked for HNW individuals and heads of state. Members are experienced in POCA, restraint and confiscation hearings and have advised on Unexplained Wealth Orders.
Firearms: Chambers has an outstanding reputation in the areas of firearms licensing and gun control, hunting and conservancy. Members advise and represent individuals and organisations in this field and are regularly instructed in criminal cases that involve forensic analysis of firearms.
Immigration: Chambers accepts instructions in matters before the First-tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and High Court, including appeals, error of law hearings, emergency injunctions, substantive judicial review matters and unlawful detention. Members of Chambers also cover a range of delicate asylum cases involving unaccompanied minors, sexual orientation claims, human trafficking and religious persecution.
International: Members of Chambers, including the Head of Chambers, Steven Kay QC, have appeared in some of the highest-profile cases heard in international courts and their experience and reputation guarantees access to a broad network of legal experts across Europe and beyond. Chambers has expertise in international and domestic human rights law, international crisis management, and cross-border complex financial crime, including bribery and corruption law.
Licensing: This has always been an important practice area within Chambers, especially firearms, because of the overlapping expertise gained from criminal and regulatory law.
Mediation: Counsel can be instructed to act as a mediator in civil and commercial disputes, community mediations, workplace mediations and in pre/post conflict situations
Military: Chambers has an outstanding reputation in the area. Chambers has a number of members who are ex-military and take pride in providing high quality advice and presentation to military personnel and their families. Members have appeared in many Courts Martial hearings in England and abroad and represented interested parties at Inquests.
Private Prosecution: Barristers practising in this area are members of the Private Prosecutors Association, are widely respected and experienced in this rapidly developing area of law, and are able to offer a comprehensive service.
Public Access: Many members accept instructions direct from the public under the Bar Council Public Access Scheme. Members are able to provide this service over a diverse legal spectrum, from Chancery and Commercial Court actions to private prosecutions and motoring offences. Some members are also licensed to conduct litigation.
Road Traffic: Members are specialists in the field of road traffic defence. Chambers advises and represents clients in a wide range of driving related cases, from causing death or injury by dangerous driving to speeding.
Sports Law: Members regularly appear in front of, and on the panels of, the British Horseracing Authority, England Boxing, the FA, RFU and Sports Resolutions.

LANGUAGES Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Gujerati, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili and Tamil


Steven Kay QC (1977) (QC-1997)+A

Anthony Berry QC (1976) (QC-1994) A

Elizabeth Marsh QC (1979) (QC-1999) A

Abbas Lakha QC (1984) (QC-2003) A

Ignatius Hughes QC (1986) (QC-2009)

Lee Karu QC (1985) (QC-2010) A

Jane Bickerstaff QC (1989) (QC-2012) A

Justin Rouse (1982) (QC-2015) +A

Peter Glenser QC (1993) (QC-2018) A

Patricia May (1965)

David Burgess (1975)

John Traversi (1977) A

Stephen Mejzner (1978)

Louis French (1979)

David Hughes (1980) A

John King (1983) A

Jollyon Robertson (1983) A

Gary Summers (1985) A

Simon Stirling (1989) +A

Zacharias Miah (1990) A

Jonathan Akinsanya (1993) A

Alex Krikler (1995)

Anne Faul (1996) A

Lawrence Selby (1997) A

Yogain Chandarana (1997) A

Gillian Higgins (1997) A

Graeme Logan (1998) A

Katrina Charles (2000)

Will Noble (2000)

Mustapha Hakme (2000)

Diana Wilson (2001)

Dr Anthony Richardson (2001)

Daniel Higgins (2003)

Sean Sullivan (2004) A

Max Hardy (2004) A

Ruth Becker (2004)

Rhiannon Sadler (2004) A

Richard Paton-Philip (2005) A

Corinne Bramwell (2005) A

Lennart Poulsen (2006) A

Jessica Clarke (2006)

Aneurin Brewer (2008) A

Stuart Allen (2008)

Joe Holmes (2009) A

Tessa Shroff (2009)

Sarah Bafadhel (2009) A

Ben Joyes (2010)

Kirsty Sutherland (2010)

Kabir Sondhi (2010) A

Jonathan Swain (2010)

Caroline Macpherson (2011) A

Alex Tinsley (2011) A

Andrea Becker (2012)

Alexandra Matthews (2012)

Joshua Kern (2013) A

Nutan Fatania (2013)

Katie Mustard (2014)

Stefan Hyman (2015) A

Scott Smith (2015)

Emma Heath (2016)

Matthew Simpson (2018)

Michael Brady QC*

Michael Hartman*

Tim Higginson*

Nadim Bashir*

Nick Worsley *

Nicholas Truelove*

Sarah Magill*

Prof William Schabas OC*

Colleen Rohan *

Dov Jacobs*

Gregor Guy-Smith *

Jens Dieckmann*

Margaret Owen OBE*

Dr Dan Plesch*

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Anthony Berry QC
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Elizabeth Marsh QC
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Jane Bickerstaff QC
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Justin Rouse QC
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Crime: International Criminal Law

Steven Kay QC
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Jonathan SwainExtradition
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Abbas Lakha QCFinancial Crime
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Gillian HigginsCrime: International Criminal Law
Joe HolmesCrime: International Criminal Law
Sarah BafadhelCrime: International Criminal Law
Steven Kay QCCrime: International Criminal Law

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