Crime

“An excellent reputation for crime work…where members are active in high-profile and serious cases”

Legal 500 2016

“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.

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Brendan Kelly QC

Associate MemberYear of Silk: 2008
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Michelle Colborne QC

Associate MemberYear of Silk: 2010
Andrew O'Byrne

Andrew O'Byrne QC

Head of the Criminal GroupYear of Silk: 2006
John Hedgecoe

John Hedgecoe

Year of call: 1972
Geoff Lowe

Geoffrey Lowe

Year of call: 1975
philip andrews

Philip Andrews

Year of call: 1977
Antony Longworth

Antony Longworth

Year of call: 1978
Andrew Long

Andrew Long

Year of call: 1981
David Bruce

David Bruce

Year of call: 1982
Brian McKenna

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

Year of call: 1986
john oates

John Oates

Year of call: 1987
Jane Dagnall

Jane Dagnall

Year of call: 1987
Tim Brennand 2

Timothy Brennand

Year of call: 1987
Bunty Batra 2

Bunty Batra

Year of call: 1988
Paul O'Shea

Paul O'Shea

Year of call: 1989
Raquel Simpson

Raquel Simpson

Year of call: 1990
david watson

David Watson

Year of call: 1990
Zia Chaudhry

Zia Chaudhry MBE

Year of call: 1991
Alison Dorell

Alison Dorrell

Year of call: 1992
Andrew Green

Andrew Green

Year of call: 1992
Tim Ashmole

Timothy Ashmole

Year of call: 1992
Ben Jones Colour

Ben Jones

Year of call: 1993
David Polglase

David Polglase

Year of call: 1993
Joanna Rodikis

Joanna Rodikis

Year of call: 1993
Guy Mathieson

Guy Mathieson

Year of call: 1993
myles wilson

Myles Wilson

Year of call: 1993
richard orme

Richard Orme

Year of call: 1993
Dermot Hughes

Dermot Hughes

Year of call: 1993
Rachael Harrison

Rachael Harrison

Year of call: 1993
mark connor

Mark Connor

Year of call: 1994
steven wild

Steven Wild

Year of call: 1994
nigel booth

Nigel Booth

Year of call: 1994
Craig Lowe colour

Craig Lowe

Year of call: 1994
John Chukwuemeka

John Chukwuemeka

Year of call: 1994
Megan Rhys

Megan Rhys

Year of call: 1994
paul treble

Paul Treble

Year of call: 1994
Iain Simkin

Iain Simkin

Year of call: 1995
Gordon Stables 2

Gordon Stables

Year of call: 1995
Ian Goldsack 2

Ian Goldsack

Year of call: 1997
Zillah Williams

Zillah Williams

Year of call: 1997
Andrew Bailey Colour

Andrew Bailey

Year of call: 1997
Simeon Evans

Simeon Evans

Year of call: 1997
Simon Parry

Simon Parry

Year of call: 1997
Dafydd Roberts

Dafydd Roberts

Year of call: 1998
Alexandra Simmons

Alexandra Simmonds

Year of call: 1998
David James

David James

Year of call: 1998
Clare Thomas colour

Clare Thomas

Year of call: 1998
Phil Astbury 2

Philip Astbury

Year of call: 1999
jonathan turner

Jonathan Turner

Year of call: 1999
Katy Appleton

Katy Appleton

Year of call: 2000
alison whalley

Alison Whalley

Year of call: 2000
nicola quinney

Nicola Quinney

Year of call: 2001
oliver king

Oliver King

Year of call: 2001
Laura Marshall

Laura Marshall

Year of call: 2001
David Pojur

David Pojur

Year of call: 2001
Robert Cline

Robert Cline

Year of call: 2002
Louise McKloskey colour

Louise McCloskey

Year of call: 2002
richard thyne

Richard Thyne

Year of call: 2002
paul smith

Paul Smith

Year of call: 2002
Cheryl Mottram

Cheryl Mottram

Year of call: 2002
rebecca smith

Rebecca Smith

Year of call: 2002
Ben lawrence

Ben Lawrence

Year of call: 2003
Abigail Hudson

Abigail Hudson

Year of call: 2003
Catherine Rimmer

Catherine Rimmer

Year of call: 2004
Debra White colour

Debra White

Year of call: 2005
Philip Clemo

Philip Clemo

Year of call: 2007
Peter Gilmour

Peter Gilmour

Year of call: 2007
Hannah Walker

Hannah Walker

Year of call: 2008
Laura Nash

Laura Nash

Year of call: 2009
David Baines Colour

David Baines

Year of call: 2009
Jessica Southcote-Want

Jessica Southcote-Want

Year of call: 2010
Zara Baqri

Zahra Baqri

Year of call: 2010
Charlotte Johnson

Charlotte Johnson

Year of call: 2013
Gemma Maxwell

Gemma Maxwell

Year of call: 2014
Hunter Gray

Hunter Gray

Year of call: 2015
Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones

Year of call: 2016
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Matthew Burdon

Year of call: 2016
RObert Edwards

Robert Edwards

Year of call: 2016