Chambers and Partners’ London Crime table lists the UK’s best criminal barristers. This section recognises the barristers who excel at prosecuting or defending those charged with the most serious criminal offences, including violent, sexual and serious organized crime, and terror offences. We do not separate the table into prosecution and defence specialists, but specify in our editorial where a barrister predominantly practises in one or the other. This is a market where rhetorical flourish is often as highly prized as legal acumen, and many of our top ranked silks and juniors are particularly well known for their sophisticated approach to cross-examination and closing speeches. Among those represented here are the members of illustrious chambers including 2 Bedford Row, 2 Hare Court, 3 Raymond Buildings, 6KBW College Hill and QEB Hollis Whiteman – these have consistently distinguished themselves at the very top of the market for both the depth and quality of their talent. They are home to stalwarts of the criminal Bar such as Jonathan Laidlaw QC, Patrick Gibbs QC, David Perry QC, Eleanor Laws QC, and many others.
Chambers and Partners additionally provides coverage of barristers specialising in serious criminal fraud, in our Financial Crime section, as well as a spotlight table for International Criminal Law. Barristers appearing in our Crime rankings may also have regulatory practices which are covered in closely related sections including Professional Discipline, Health & Safety and Financial Services.