As a leading criminal set with a long-established prosecution heritage, Chambers are delighted to boast three current Treasury Counsel members and six former Treasury Counsel members (three of whom served as First Senior Treasury Counsel).
Members of chambers have unrivalled experience in the prosecution of the highest profile cases brought before the courts in this country over the last 25 years. Significant prosecutions include:
- The News International phone hacking trials.
- The prosecutions of high profile individuals such as Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce; Ali Dizaei; Jeffery Archer and Jonathan Aitken.
- Terrorist cases including the Stock Exchange bomb plot; the IRA’s bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton and of Canary Wharf; the Dirty Bomb plot; the Al Qa’eda “Heathrow bombers” airline plot.
- Numerous high profile murder trials including the Jill Dando case and the trial of the Saudi Prince who murdered his servant in a London hotel.
- Numerous honour killings, including the murders of Shafilea Ahmed, Banaz Mahmopod and Tulay Goren.
- Various Official Secret Act cases including the prosecution of David Shayler.
- Major fraud prosecutions on behalf of the SFO and CPS HQ’s Specialist Fraud Division including a number of Ponzi frauds.
- The prosecution of various MPs and Members of the House of Lords in respect of fraudulent expenses claims.
- The “Millionaire Muggers” (R v Gani & Others);
- The Night Stalker case (R v Delroy Grant).
- Cases following the 2011 London Riots, including the single largest “Operation Withern” trial and the Croydon arson case.
Chambers is highly committed to its prosecution work on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service and other Government agencies such as the Serious Fraud Office and has established a strong and dedicated team of specialist prosecutors, including Queen’s Counsel and Treasury Counsel. Members of the team undertake prosecution work in the full range of cases and often represent the Crown Prosecution Service and the Attorney General in the Supreme Court (House of Lords) and in the Court of Appeal, as well as in the Administrative Court in related public law challenges.
Chambers is well represented on the CPS HQ’s Specialist Advocate Panel, the Serious Fraud Office list of Advocates and on the CPS General Advocate Panel List (at Grades 1 to 4, including a number of Rape Specialists). Members of Chambers’ Prosecution Team are regularly instructed by the Specialist Fraud Division, the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division and the Organised Crime Division and also receive instructions from the Appeals Unit and the ULS Team. They are regularly instructed in London by the various teams which comprise CPS London’s Complex Casework Unit (Homicide, Special Casework and Rape and Serious Sexual Offence Teams) and by London’s Crown Court Teams. Through these instructions, members of chambers prosecute as part of a team, working effectively with CPS lawyers and paralegal officers and with investigating teams from the Metropolitan Police Service, including those from the Specialist Crime and Operations Directorate, such as the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, the Flying Squad, Trident, the Projects Team, the Central Task Force and the Kidnap Unit, in cases which are complex, serious and sensitive. Prosecution Team members are similarly instructed on occasion by other CPS Areas, including CPS South East and CPS East of England.
Members of Chambers’ Prosecution Team regularly provide advice, frequently at a very early or pre-charge stage, leading teams of prosecutors and investigators, advising upon the direction which an often long running investigation might take, case strategy, the formulation of charges, the obtaining and using of evidence, disclosure and PII, restraint and confiscation. Such advice extends not only to the Crown Prosecution Service, but to other prosecuting authorities including the Serious Fraud Office, the Health & Safety Executive, the Environment Agency and local authorities, as well as to the Treasury Solicitor, the intelligences services, the National Crime Agency and the police services. Such cases frequently involve highly sensitive issues with consequent PII considerations. A number of members of Chambers are currently security cleared at SC or DV level and they, and others, have significant experience in the handling of often complex disclosure and PII exercises.