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"Impressed solicitors note that the individuals at the set represent an amazing level of excellence."

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"Members have considerable experience of defending murder, terrorism and sexual offences cases, as well as other serious criminal matters."

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“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."

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Top Ranked in Chambers UK Bar 2019
Legal 500 Top Tier Set 2019
Winner Legal 500 Crime Set of the Year 2015
Shortlisted Legal 500 Crime Set of the Year 2018

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. We have a strong presence at the Central Criminal Court, where our barristers are instructed on a daily basis.

Areas of Expertise

  • Murder and violent crime
  • Sexual offences
  • Terrorism
  • Protest and public order
  • Baby-shaking
  • High-value frauds and confiscation
  • Criminal appeals

In 2015 our crime team won the Legal 500 Crime Set of the Year Award and we have since been shortlisted for the award a further two times. We are proud to have 18 Queen’s Counsel in our team, all of whom are recognised as leading individuals by the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide. We have the highest number of ranked silks at the Bar.

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.

Latest News

Coronavirus - Bail and custody time limits protocol for protecting the rights and lives of prisoners and their families

Drafted by Lucie Wibberley, Victoria Meads, Patrick Roche and Keir Monteith QC of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team

24 March 2020

Defendant twice cleared of murder in ‘Chelmsford Chainsaw’ case

Lucie Wibberley and Keir Monteith QC of Garden Court Chambers were instructed by Sinead Zaman of Powell Spencer Solicitors

16 March 2020

Stephen Simblet and Allison Munroe of Garden Court Chambers appointed Queen’s Counsel today

Garden Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Stephen Simblet and Allison Munroe of Garden Court Chambers have been formally appointed Queen’s Counsel today.

16 March 2020

Defendant unanimously acquitted in eight handed gangland shooting trial

Peter Rowlands of the Garden Court Criminal Defence Team was instructed by Guven Ates of Morgan Has.

11 March 2020

Defendant unanimously acquitted of murder and manslaughter

The defendant was represented by Bernard Tetlow QC of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team leading Nick Worsley of St Paul’s Chambers, instructed by Sav Khan of Eldwick Law.

11 March 2020

Client acquitted of two attempted murders at the Old Bailey

James Scobie QC of Garden Court led Emma Goodall of Doughty Street Chambers and was instructed by Phaedon Georgiou of Joseph Hill Solicitors.

23 January 2020

Trial collapses as judge rules defendant has no case to answer in prosecution for 'assault' by sound

Icah Peart QC and Owen Greenhall of Garden Court were instructed by Raj Chada of Hodge Jones and Allen Solicitors to represent Mr Farrar of the IWGB Union.

16 January 2020

Judge persuaded to stay proceedings

Lee Sergent of the Garden Court Crime Team was instructed by Aideen McMahon of GT Stewart Solicitors to represent the defendant.

15 January 2020

£2 million confiscation order reduced to £148,000

Keir Monteith QC of the Garden Court Crime Team was instructed by Harsha Rupasinghe and Anoushka Twining of Lloyds PR Solicitors to represent Mr Metua.

15 January 2020

MS patient found not guilty of cultivating cannabis for medical use

Tom Wainwright of Garden Court represented the patient, Lesley Gibson, instructed by Tayab Ali of ITN Solicitors.

6 January 2020

Murder acquittal at the Old Bailey

One of the defendants was represented by Brenda Campbell QC and Stella Harris of Garden Court.

20 December 2019

Peter Wilcock QC and Emma Fenn of Garden Court secure acquittal in murder case

Peter Wilcock QC and Emma Fenn of Garden Court Chambers have secured the acquittal of a man who was accused of murdering a leading member of a county lines drug gang.

13 December 2019

Court of Appeal quashes convictions of the Oval Four

Judy Khan QC, Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers, represented the appellants instructed by Jenny Wiltshire of Hickman & Rose and Steven Bird of Birds Solicitors.

5 December 2019

Garden Court barristers join the JUSTICE Working Party on Racial Disparity in Youth Justice

Maya Sikand, Kate-Aubrey Johnson and Danielle Manson of Garden Court have been appointed to the JUSTICE Working Party, 'Racial Disparity in Youth Justice'

20 November 2019

Vulnerable youth defendant acquitted after successful appeal against conviction and re-trial

Shahida Begum of the Garden Court Crime Team led John Connolly of Thompsons Solicitors and was instructed by Mutahir Ahmed of Thompsons Solicitors.

11 November 2019

Judy Khan QC wins Crime Silk of the Year at Chambers Bar Awards 2019

We are delighted to announce that Judy Khan QC has won Crime Silk of the Year at the Chambers Bar Awards 2019.

1 November 2019

Manslaughter acquittal in shaken baby case

Rajiv Menon QC and Jacob Bindman represented Ravinder Deol, instructed by Sara Alessandrini of O’Keeffe’s Solicitors.

25 October 2019

Abdul Lounici found Not Guilty of double murder

James Scobie QC and Catherine Oborne of Garden Court were instructed by Nawal Asskoumi of Stuart Miller Solicitors, represented by Abdul Lounici. Lounici was acquitted by the jury on 17th October 2019.

21 October 2019

Garden Court Chambers ranked in Band 1 in Chambers UK Bar Guide 2020

We are delighted to have once again been ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers UK Bar Guide 2020.

17 October 2019

Acquittal of conspiracy to cheat HMRC following six week trial at Southwark Crown Court

The defendant was represented by Mark Gatley of Garden Court.

9 September 2019

Judy Khan QC shortlisted for Crime Silk of the Year and Stephanie Harrison QC shortlisted for Human Rights and Public Law Silk of the Year by Chambers Bar Awards 2019

Winners of the awards will be announced at a ceremony on 31 October 2019 at the Hilton on Park Lane.

6 September 2019

Lucie Wibberley debates reform of law on misconduct in public office on BBC Radio 4 'Unreliable Evidence'

Lucie Wibberley of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team has appeared on BBC Radio 4's 'Unreliable Evidence' programme to debate reform of the law on misconduct in public office, drawing on her experience of representing clients prosecuted for t

16 August 2019

Supreme Court challenge to lawfulness of UK facilitation of the death penalty in the US

Jacob Bindman is representing the intervener, Reprieve, led by Mark Summers QC at Matrix Chambers. They are instructed by Rosa Curling of Leigh Day in the expedited appeal at the Supreme Court.

5 August 2019

Defendant acquitted of four offences of human trafficking and exploitation in major modern slavery trial

Bill Evans and Russell Fraser of Garden Court represented the defendant, instructed by Jim O'Keeffe of O'Keeffe Solicitors.

30 July 2019

Clients found not guilty of high profile people smuggling allegation after 6 week trial

James Scobie QC and Keir Monteith QC were instructed by Pan Symeou of Faradays Solicitors.

22 July 2019

Joanne Cecil wins Legal Aid Barrister of the Year and Una Morris wins Legal Aid Newcomer of the Year at 2019 LALY Awards

Garden Court Chambers is delighted to announce that two of our barristers won awards at the seventeenth annual Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards.

11 July 2019

Defendant at Old Bailey acquitted of murder and manslaughter following 10-week trial relating to fatal arson attack in Shooters Hill

Brenda Campbell QC was instructed by GT Stewart Solicitors and Advocates to represent the defendant, Kurtis Freeman.

3 July 2019

John Letts and Sally Lane spared jail following ‘terrorism funding’ trial for sending money to son, Jack Letts, in Syria

Henry Blaxland QC and Tom Wainwright were instructed by Tayab Ali, Itpal Dhillon and Anna Renou of ITN Solicitors.

21 June 2019

Keir Monteith QC persuades Court of Appeal to grant full credit for pleading guilty at the plea and trial preparation hearing

Keir Monteith QC was instructed by Mohsin Ariff at Lloyds PR Solicitors.

21 June 2019

Garden Court Chambers welcomes new tenants Hugh Mullan and Gerwyn Wise to the Crime Team

We are delighted to announce that Hugh Mullan and Gerwyn Wise have joined the Garden Court Crime Team as tenants.

14 June 2019

Sally Challen walks free after prosecutors accept lesser plea of manslaughter for killing abusive husband in coercive control case

Clare Wade QC and Lucie Wibberley of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team represented Sally Challen, instructed by Harriet Wistrich of Birnberg Peirce & Partners.

10 June 2019

Unanimous not guilty verdict for experienced solicitor accused of perverting the course of justice

James Scobie QC was instructed for the Defendant by Julie Ferguson of Levales Solicitors LLP.

30 May 2019

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