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:

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:

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.

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

Michelle Colborne QC

Year of Silk: 2010

John Hedgecoe

Year of call: 1972

Geoffrey Lowe

Year of call: 1975

Antony Longworth

Year of call: 1978

Andrew Long

Year of call: 1981

David Bruce

Year of call: 1982

Brian McKenna

Year of call: 1983

Keith Harrison

Year of call: 1983

Jonathan Dickinson

Year of call: 1986

Julian Taylor

Year of call: 1986

Jane Dagnall

Year of call: 1987
Tim Brennand 2

Timothy Brennand

Year of call: 1987

John Oates

Year of call: 1987
Bunty Batra 2

Bunty Batra

Year of call: 1988

Paul O'Shea

Year of call: 1989

David Watson

Year of call: 1990

Raquel Simpson

Year of call: 1990
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Simon Reevell

Year of call: 1990

Zia Chaudhry MBE

Year of call: 1991

Tim Savage

Year of call: 1991

Andrew Green

Year of call: 1992

Timothy Ashmole

Year of call: 1992

Alison Dorrell

Year of call: 1992

David Polglase

Year of call: 1993

Dermot Hughes

Year of call: 1993

Myles Wilson

Year of call: 1993

Ben Jones

Year of call: 1993

Richard Orme

Year of call: 1993

Joanna Rodikis

Year of call: 1993

Megan Rhys

Year of call: 1994
steven wild

Steven Wild

Year of call: 1994
John Chukwuemeka

John Chukwuemeka

Year of call: 1994

Mark Connor

Year of call: 1994

Paul Treble

Year of call: 1994

Craig Lowe

Year of call: 1994

Nigel Booth

Year of call: 1994

Gordon Stables

Year of call: 1995

Ian Goldsack

Year of call: 1997

Andrew Bailey

Year of call: 1997
Zillah Williams

Zillah Williams

Year of call: 1997

Simeon Evans

Year of call: 1997

Simon Parry

Year of call: 1997

Dafydd Roberts

Year of call: 1998

Clare Thomas

Year of call: 1998

David James

Year of call: 1998
Alexandra Simmons

Alexandra Simmonds

Year of call: 1998

Philip Astbury

Year of call: 1999
alison whalley

Alison Whalley

Year of call: 2000

Oliver King

Year of call: 2001

Laura Marshall

Year of call: 2001

Nicola Quinney

Year of call: 2001

David Pojur

Year of call: 2001
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Louise Reevell

Year of call: 2001
Robert Cline

Robert Cline

Year of call: 2002

Richard Thyne

Year of call: 2002

Paul Smith

Year of call: 2002

Rebecca Smith

Year of call: 2002

Louise McCloskey

Year of call: 2002

Cheryl Mottram

Year of call: 2002

Abigail Hudson

Year of call: 2003

Ben Lawrence

Year of call: 2003

Catherine Rimmer

Year of call: 2004

Debra White

Year of call: 2005

Philip Clemo

Year of call: 2007

Peter Gilmour

Year of call: 2007

Hannah Walker

Year of call: 2008
Douglas Lloyd

Douglas Lloyd

Year of call: 2008

Laura Nash

Year of call: 2009

David Baines

Year of call: 2009

Jessica Southcote-Want

Year of call: 2010

Zahra Baqri

Year of call: 2010
Charlotte Johnson barrister at St John's Buildings

Charlotte Johnson

Year of call: 2013

Gemma Maxwell

Year of call: 2014

Hunter Gray

Year of call: 2015

Thomas Sherrington

Year of call: 2015

Fatima Zafar

Year of call: 2015
Robert Edwards

Robert Edwards

Year of call: 2016

Kevin Jones

Year of call: 2016

Matthew Burdon

Year of call: 2016

Martyn Walsh

Year of call: 2017

Tom Hughes

Year of call: 2017

Richard Davies

Year of call: 2017
Maria Brannan - Barrister

Maria Brannan

Year of call: 2017

Kate Spence

Year of call: 2013

Jemma Gordon

Year of call: 2015

Niamh Ross

Year of call: 2016