Crime

“The criminal group at St John’s Buildings is well versed in cases of serious sexual offences, homicide, large-scale drugs conspiracies and fraud.”

Legal 500 2017

“The range and depth of expertise that its barristers have to offer means they are frequently instructed in high-profile and serious cases on the Northern Circuit and across the UK.”

Chambers and Partners 2016

St John’s Buildings is one of the Northern Circuit’s pre-eminent sets. Its members regularly act on some of the most serious cases in the Crown Court for both the Crown and the defence. Its members are particularly noted for their expertise in high-profile murder cases.”

Chambers & Partners 2015

 

Our Criminal Law team comprises more than 100 junior counsel and six Queens Counsel, operating nationally out of Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool and Chester.  We provide specialist advisory and advocacy services in every aspect of criminal law, including:

  • Murder and manslaughter
  • Serious violent and sexual offences
  • Child abduction and sexual exploitation
  • Drug trafficking
  • Human trafficking
  • Serious and organised crime
  • Fraud and financial crime
  • Road traffic offences
  • Regulatory offences
  • Courts Martial

Members of Chambers regularly appear in some of the most serious and complex cases in the Crown Court,  whether prosecuting on behalf of the CPS,  HM Revenue and Customs or other prosecuting authorities, as well as undertaking similarly high profile and complex defence work.  Examples include:

  • Levi Bellfield (murder of Milly Dowler)
  • Mark Bridger (murder of April Jones)
  • Razaq and others (child sexual exploitation in Rotherham)
  • Ian Watkins and others (child abuse involving former Lostprophets singer)

The range of expertise and wealth of experience we offer is, in our view, unrivalled in the North of England.  Whether the case is being heard in the Magistrates Court, Crown Court or Court of Appeal, members of our criminal team will combine thorough preparation with the very highest standards of oral and written advocacy to provide both instructing solicitors and clients with an exceptional service.

“The clerks, led by Mark Heald, are excellent; they bend over backwards to make sure we get what we want.”

Chambers & Partners 2015

We have an extremely high standard of conferencing facilities within Chambers, including telephone and video-conferencing facilities and, but we are happy to travel to the offices of those instructing us for conferences.  Our modern facilities and our business standards are tailored to delivering a high quality, friendly, and flexible service to meet the demands of all our clients.

Michelle Colborne QC

Year of Silk: 2010

Andrew O'Byrne QC

Year of Silk: 2006
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Jamie Hill QC

Year of Silk: 2006
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Brendan Kelly QC

Year of Silk: 2008

John Hedgecoe

Year of call: 1972

Geoffrey Lowe


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Antony Longworth


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Andrew Long

Year of call: 1981

David Bruce

Year of call: 1982

Brian McKenna

Year of call: 1983
Keith Harrison

Keith Harrison

Year of call: 1983
Julian Taylor

Julian Taylor

Year of call: 1986
jonathan dickinson

Jonathan Dickinson


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John Oates

Year of call: 1987

Jane Dagnall

Year of call: 1987
Tim Brennand 2

Timothy Brennand


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Bunty Batra

Year of call: 1988
Paul O'Shea

Paul O'Shea

Year of call: 1989

Raquel Simpson

Year of call: 1990
david watson

David Watson

Year of call: 1990

Tim Savage

Year of call: 1991
Zia Chaudhry

Zia Chaudhry MBE


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Alison Dorrell

Year of call: 1992

Andrew Green


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Timothy Ashmole


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Ben Jones

Year of call: 1993

David Polglase

Year of call: 1993
Joanna Rodikis

Joanna Rodikis


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Myles Wilson


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Richard Orme


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Dermot Hughes


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Rachael Harrison

Rachael Harrison


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Mark Connor


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Steven Wild

Year of call: 1994
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Nigel Booth


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Craig Lowe


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John Chukwuemeka

John Chukwuemeka

Year of call: 1994
Megan Rhys

Megan Rhys


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Paul Treble


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Gordon Stables 2

Gordon Stables

Year of call: 1995
Ian Goldsack 2

Ian Goldsack


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Zillah Williams

Zillah Williams

Year of call: 1997

Andrew Bailey

Year of call: 1997
Simeon Evans

Simeon Evans


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Simon Parry

Simon Parry


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Dafydd Roberts

Year of call: 1998
Alexandra Simmons

Alexandra Simmonds

Year of call: 1998

David James

Year of call: 1998

Clare Thomas

Year of call: 1998
Phil Astbury 2

Philip Astbury


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Katy Appleton


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alison whalley

Alison Whalley


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nicola quinney

Nicola Quinney

Year of call: 2001
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Oliver King


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Laura Marshall


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David Pojur

David Pojur


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Robert Cline

Robert Cline

Year of call: 2002

Louise McCloskey

Year of call: 2002
richard thyne

Richard Thyne

Year of call: 2002
paul smith

Paul Smith

Year of call: 2002

Cheryl Mottram


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rebecca smith

Rebecca Smith

Year of call: 2002

Ben Lawrence


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Abigail Hudson

Year of call: 2003

Catherine Rimmer


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Debra White


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Philip Clemo

Philip Clemo


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Peter Gilmour

Peter Gilmour


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Douglas Lloyd

Year of call: 2008

Hannah Walker

Year of call: 2008
Laura Nash

Laura Nash

Year of call: 2009

David Baines

Year of call: 2009
Jessica Southcote-Want

Jessica Southcote-Want


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Zahra Baqri


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Kate Spence

Year of call: 2013

Charlotte Johnson

Year of call: 2013

Gemma Maxwell


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Thomas Sherrington

Year of call: 2015

Jemma Gordon


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Fatima Zafar

Fatima Zafar


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Hunter Gray

Hunter Gray

Year of call: 2015
Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones

Year of call: 2016

Matthew Burdon


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Robert Edwards


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Niamh Ross


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Tom Hughes

Year of call: 2017

Martyn Walsh

Year of call: 2017

Richard Davies

Year of call: 2017