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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. In its drive towards digital working Chambers uses modern technology and traditional knowledge based resources to provide the best possible support to members of chambers and clients. Chambers uses modern technology and traditional knowledge based resources to provide the best possible support to members of chambers and clients.

WORK UNDERTAKEN 

Crime: 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. In serious crimes, the set focuses particularly on active case management and team leadership. When prosecuting, it provides a full case preparation service, aiming for a robust, efficient and effective trial. Defending, it can advise solicitors on case preparation and management at an early stage – on occasion before charge. Chambers has specialised youth and sexual offences teams who are fully trained in dealing with children and vulnerable witnesses whether victims, witnesses or defendants. The set has direct access to leading experts in forensics – in areas such as DNA, blood spattering, fingerprints, fibres, handwriting, ballistics, voice and facial analysis, and mobile telephony.

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, social work, police and sport.

Dispute Resolution: Chambers has a small team of experienced commercial litigation barristers, with a range of expertise across a broad range of areas including civil fraud and asset tracing, company law, contractual disputes and insolvency cases. It regularly appears in commercial cases in the Business and Property Court, Commercial Court, Insolvency and Companies Court as well as the Central London County Court and local County Courts. Chambers has extensive experience working closely with solicitors, accountants and other professional advisors and prides itself on its collaborative and accessible approach. Some of its members are licensed to litigate.

Extradition: The set's barristers advise requested persons prior to arrest and provide representation throughout proceedings, from first appearance at Westminster Magistrates’ Court to the conclusion of any appeal before the High Court or the Supreme Court. Its Members were instructed in the UK’s only referral to the Court of Justice of the European Union concerning the European arrest warrant scheme. Despite the UK’s departure from the bloc, EU law will continue to influence domestic extradition proceedings and the team has particular knowledge in this area. In the Trade and Cooperation Agreement 2020 (TACA), the UK and EU agreed new surrender provisions creating a bespoke Arrest warrant, which is modelled on a similar arrangement between the EU and Norway/Iceland. Whilst extradition requests from the EU continue to be ‘processed’ under Part 1 of the Extradition Act, there are notable differences between the Framework Decision, which created the European arrest warrant, and the new Arrest warrant. This creates fertile territory for litigation on topics such as proportionality, human rights and dual criminality. Through othe set's relationship with industry publication Crimeline, its Members have the led the way in analysing the new security cooperation measures. The set's expertise has been recognised since its Members are instructed in some of the first Arrest Warrant cases before the UK courts.

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. The set has direct access to Forensic accountants when required.

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 its 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. In 2020 Chambers set up the UK Bribery Act International Advisory Service.

INTERPOL Red Notices: In January 2021, the Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Act 2020 came into force. This allows individuals to be arrested on INTERPOL Red Notices where certain ‘trusted partners’, including Australia, Canada, Norway, Switzerland and the United States of America, seek detention for purposes of extradition for serious offences. The team is based in London and can swiftly advise and provide representation to individuals arrested under this scheme. Its specialist Interpol Red Notice Desk aims at helping individuals to find out more about personal information held by Interpol, notices pending or issued and how to seek their removal.

Investigations: Members of the team have experience of both International and Domestic Investigations. The team specialises in investigating and advising both individuals and corporates on all aspects of criminal and regulatory law but with particular experience in fraud, money laundering, bribery and corruption, cartel offences, facilitation of tax evasion, insider dealing and market abuse.

Members of the team investigate and advise on corporate crime. These issues often surface following internal audits, or a whistle-blower (including financial journalists) coming forward.

Some members have experience of high level employment investigations and some conduct serious private criminal investigations such as suspected murder/manslaughter.

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 Court 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. They advise and represent 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, Gymnastics Ethics Foundation, RFU and Sports Resolutions.

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

Members
  • Steven Kay QC (1977) (QC-1997)+A
  • Anthony Berry QC (1976) (QC-1994) A
  • Abbas Lakha QC (1984) (QC-2003) A
  • Ignatius Hughes QC (1986) (QC-2009)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Lawrence Selby (1997) A
  • Gillian Higgins (1997) A
  • Graeme Logan (1998) A
  • Katrina Charles (2000)
  • Will Noble (2000)
  • Mustapha Hakme (2000)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Rebecca Steels (2018)
  • Adam Kirke (2018)
  • Lucy Kinder (2020)
  • Douglas Wotherspoon (2020)
  • Michael Brady QC*
  • Michael Hartman*
  • Tim Higginson*
  • Nick Worsley *
  • Matthew Bolt*
  • Nicholas Truelove*
  • Sarah Magill*
  • Matthew Simpson*
  • Prof William Schabas OC*
  • Colleen Rohan *
  • Dov Jacobs*
  • Gregor Guy-Smith *
  • Jens Dieckmann*
  • Margaret Owen OBE*
  • Dr Dan Plesch*
  • * Door Tenant
  • A Public/Direct Access
  • +Recorder

9BR Chambers rankings

UK Bar Guide 2022
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London (Bar)
Crime
1 Set
11 Ranked Barristers
Set
Crime
4
Crime
4
Band 4
Silks (KC)
Jane Bickerstaff KC
1
Jane Bickerstaff KC
1
Band 1
Abbas Lakha KC
2
Abbas Lakha KC
2
Band 2
Anthony Berry KC
4
Anthony Berry KC
4
Band 4
Justin Rouse KC
4
Justin Rouse KC
4
Band 4
Peter Glenser KC
5
Peter Glenser KC
5
Band 5
Juniors
Max Hardy
4
Max Hardy
4
Band 4
Tessa Shroff
4
Tessa Shroff
4
Band 4
Corinne Bramwell
5
Corinne Bramwell
5
Band 5
Daniel Higgins
5
Daniel Higgins
5
Band 5
Will Noble
5
Will Noble
5
Band 5
Sean Sullivan
6
Sean Sullivan
6
Band 6
Crime: International Criminal Law
5 Ranked Barristers
Silks (KC)
Steven Kay KC
Steven Kay KC
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Juniors
Ben Joyes
Ben Joyes
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Gillian Higgins
Gillian Higgins
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Joe Holmes
Joe Holmes
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Sarah Bafadhel
Sarah Bafadhel
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Extradition
2 Ranked Barristers
Juniors
Jonathan Swain
3
Jonathan Swain
3
Band 3
Stuart Allen
3
Stuart Allen
3
Band 3
Financial Crime
1 Ranked Barrister
Silks (KC)
Abbas Lakha KC
4
Abbas Lakha KC
4
Band 4
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