Criminal Defence

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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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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

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

Defendant acquitted of murder and manslaughter at Old Bailey

Icah Peart QC of Garden Court Chambers led George Gross, and was instructed by Jamie Ritchie of Moss & Co, representing Chaise Gray.

29 November 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

Garden Court Crime Team encourages all members of the Criminal Bar Association to vote in favour of action in the ballot launched today

We call on all our colleagues at the Criminal Bar to join us.

24 May 2019

Defendants at Old Bailey acquitted of attempted murder following shooting in Burnt Oak

The first defendant was represented by Tom Wainwright of Garden Court, instructed by Nawal Asskoumi of Stuart Miller Solicitors. The second defendant was represented by James Scobie QC of Garden Court, instructed by John Kaye at Carson Kaye.

15 May 2019

Kurdish protesters found not guilty of affray

The defendants were represented by Michael Goold and Russell Fraser, both of Garden Court Chambers, instructed by Sevim Tonbul of Morgan Has Solicitors.

3 May 2019

Client found not guilty of £1.4 million fraud allegations after 6-week 'Gatwick Airport Parking' trial

Keir Monteith QC and Shahida Begum were instructed by Shahid Khan and Abraar Ayaz at Advice Wise Solicitors.

12 April 2019

Inquest jury finds police failings led to death of detained man

The family of Lee Sparks was represented by Owen Greenhall of the Garden Court Crime and Civil Liberties teams. He was instructed by Lochlinn Parker of ITN Solicitors.

3 April 2019

Hillsborough trial jury find club safety officer guilty of safety breach and fail to reach verdict on match commander, David Duckenfield

Following eight days of deliberation the jury in the Hillsborough trial have delivered a guilty verdict against Graham Mackrell, the Sheffield Wednesday FC secretary and safety officer at the time of the disaster.

3 April 2019

Defendant found not guilty of multi-handed class A drug conspiracy

Keir Monteith QC and Shahida Begum of Garden Court were instructed by Guven Ates of Morgan Has solicitors to represent CI in a multi handed Class A drug conspiracy.

15 March 2019

YouTube star Ally Law avoids custody for breaking into Big Brother house

Ally Law was represented at his sentencing hearing by Tom Wainwright of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team when he was given a community order for two counts of aggravated trespass.

6 March 2019

New Tredegar man acquitted of murdering convicted child killer, David Gaut

Ali Naseem Bajwa QC of Garden Court Chambers represented the defendant, Darran Evesham, who was acquitted of murdering the convicted child killer, David Gaut.

19 February 2019

The 'Stansted 15' have today been kept out of prison following their conviction last year for Endangering Safety at an Aerodrome

Nine of the Defendants were represented by members of the Garden Court Crime Team – Dexter Dias QC, Tom Wainwright, Owen Greenhall, Terry Munyard, Susan Wright, Abigail Bache and Jacob Bindman, all instructed by Raj Chada of Hodge, Jones and Allen.

6 February 2019

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