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Criminal defence

Our criminal defence barristers have defended in – and won – many of the landmark cases that have defined modern criminal law.

The Garden Court Chambers Crime Team regularly defend individuals charged with the most serious offences. Members have particular expertise in the following areas:

We have a strong presence at the Central Criminal Court, with members regularly instructed in the most serious criminal cases on a daily basis.

In 2015 our crime team won the Legal 500 Crime Set of the Year Award and we have since been shortlisted a further two times for the Legal 500 Crime Set of the Year Award.

We are proud to have 17 Queen’s Counsel in our team, all of whom are recognised as leading individuals by the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide.

The multidisciplinary expertise within Chambers means that we are able to call on other specialists. A number of us also practise in the fields of judicial review (in particular, challenges to youth court practice and procedure), extradition, inquests into deaths in custody, actions against the police and public authorities and prison law.

We continue to actively lobby Government on policy proposals affecting the criminal Bar, in keeping with our ethos of defending access to justice.

What others say

“The barristers are extremely reliable and have great talent. They are highly professional and I would have confidence instructing them in any case.”

“The clerks are easy to get on with, reliable, extremely well organised and quick to respond to calls and e-mails. They work to a very high and professional standard”.

Chambers UK Bar Guide

Notable Cases

Landmark Supreme Court joint enterprise case (2016)
R v Ameen Jogee & Ruddock v Jamaica (Supreme Court and Privy Council) UKSC 2015/0015; JCPC 2015/0020
The most important criminal case of recent decades which found that the joint enterprise law had been wrongly interpreted for 30 years. Significant media coverage, including by the
BBC, Guardian and Independent.

The Hatton Garden raid (2016)
Represented two defendants accused of their roles in the Hatton Garden safety deposit box raid, described by the judge to be the “biggest burglary in English legal history.” Covered by the BBCThe Guardian and The Telegraph.

The Omagh Bombing Case (2016)
R v Seamus Daly
Defended the only suspect in the Omagh Bombing, Seamus Daly, who was accused of murdering 29 people. The prosecution case against Mr Daly collapsed after cross-examination of the prosecution’s key witness. Reported by the BBC, the Guardian, the Independent and Sky News.

Acquittal of broker in LIBOR trial (2016)
Darrell Read found not guilty of conspiring to defraud by manipulating the LIBOR rate. The case has been widely reported, including in the Guardian and the BBC.

Stacey Hyde cleared of murder in retrial (2015)
Successfully appealed the conviction of Stacey Hyde, previously convicted of murder in 2010. Reported by the Telegraph, the BBC and the Guardian.

Karissa Cox cleared of child abuse (2015)
Two parents found innocent of child abuse after their baby was removed and adopted. Extensive national press coverage, including in the Guardian and Independent.

Collapse of terror trial against Bherlin Gildo (2015)
Case collapsed against Swedish national as prosecution offers no evidence. The case has received widespread media coverage, including by The Guardian and The Telegraph.

Team members