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Criminal Defence

Winners of the Legal 500 Crime Set of the Year Award, Garden Court’s Crime Team has defended in many landmark cases.

Our barristers regularly defend individuals charged with the most serious offences. Members have particular expertise in defending in the following areas:

The multidisciplinary expertise within Chambers means that we are able to call on other specialists as appropriate. 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.

What others say

A large and expanding set of chambers with an excellent reputation”

Solicitors praise the individuals here for their commitment to social justice and pronounce them to be “confident and highly competent advocates.”

Chambers UK Bar Guide

Notable Cases

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

A selection of our 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