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.

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

philip andrews

Philip Andrews

Year of call: 1977

Antony Longworth

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

john oates

John Oates

Year of call: 1987

Jane Dagnall

Year of call: 1987
Tim Brennand 2

Timothy Brennand

Bunty Batra 2

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
Zia Chaudhry

Zia Chaudhry MBE

Alison Dorrell

Year of call: 1992

Andrew Green

Timothy Ashmole

Ben Jones

Year of call: 1993

David Polglase

Year of call: 1993
Joanna Rodikis

Joanna Rodikis

Guy Mathieson

myles wilson

Myles Wilson

richard orme

Richard Orme

Dermot Hughes

Rachael Harrison

Rachael Harrison

mark connor

Mark Connor

steven wild

Steven Wild

Year of call: 1994
nigel booth

Nigel Booth

Craig Lowe

John Chukwuemeka

John Chukwuemeka

Year of call: 1994
Megan Rhys

Megan Rhys

paul treble

Paul Treble

Gordon Stables 2

Gordon Stables

Year of call: 1995
Ian Goldsack 2

Ian Goldsack

Zillah Williams

Zillah Williams

Year of call: 1997

Andrew Bailey

Year of call: 1997
Simeon Evans

Simeon Evans

Simon Parry

Simon Parry

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

jonathan turner

Jonathan Turner

Katy Appleton

alison whalley

Alison Whalley

nicola quinney

Nicola Quinney

Year of call: 2001
oliver king

Oliver King

Laura Marshall

David Pojur

David Pojur

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

rebecca smith

Rebecca Smith

Year of call: 2002

Ben Lawrence

Abigail Hudson

Year of call: 2003

Catherine Rimmer

Debra White

Philip Clemo

Philip Clemo

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

Zara Baqri

Zahra Baqri

Charlotte Johnson

Year of call: 2013

Gemma Maxwell

Fatima Zafar

Fatima Zafar

Hunter Gray

Hunter Gray

Year of call: 2015
Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones

Year of call: 2016

Matthew Burdon

Robert Edwards

Niamh Ross

Tom Hughes

Year of call: 2017

Martyn Walsh

Year of call: 2017