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Chambers UK Bar 2021: Top Ranked
Chambers UK Bar 2021: Top Ranked
Legal 500 2022: Top Tier Set
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.

The Garden Court Chambers Crime Team has been shortlisted as 'Crime Set of the Year' at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2021.

Areas of Expertise

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

In 2021, our crime team was shortlisted for Crime Set of the Year at the Chambers Bar Awards. In 2015 our crime team won the Legal 500 Crime Set of the Year Award and we have since been shortlisted for this award a further two times. We are proud to have 20 Queen’s Counsel in our team. We have the highest number of ranked silks at the Bar in Chambers & Partners.

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.

Recent notable cases and news

Tom Wainwright successfully appeals conviction of HS2 protestor for protecting wildlife

Tom Wainwright, of the Garden Court Chambers Protest Team, represented the appellant. Tom was instructed by Simon Natas and Anna Renou of ITN Solicitors.

17 November 2021

Lee Sergent secures not guilty verdicts for man accused of attempted murder

Lee Sergent, of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team, was instructed by Kevin Williams of GT Stewart Solicitors.

15 November 2021

Anya Lewis QC and Stella Harris secure acquittals for murder

Anya Lewis QC and Stella Harris secure acquittals at half time for two young men (aged 17 and 18 respectively) charged with murder and grievous bodily harm with intent.

9 November 2021

Garden Court secures number one rankings in Chambers UK Bar Guide 2022

21 October 2021

Michael Ivers QC secures acquittal on all three counts of murder, manslaughter and robbery

Michael Ivers QC of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team led Kevin Metger of Great James Street Chambers and Zaheer Afzal of St Philips Barristers instructed by Aftab Zahoor of Clayton Solicitors.

19 October 2021

CPS drop terrorism charges against alleged anarchist

Tom Wainwright leading Owen Greenhall of Garden Court Chambers represented Mr Shone, instructed by Tayab Ali and Patrick Ormerod of Bindmans LLP.

18 October 2021

Dexter Dias QC Appointed Deputy High Court Judge

Garden Court is very pleased to announce that our colleague Dexter Dias QC has been appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge.

30 September 2021

Tom Wainwright secures acquittal in ‘punishment shooting’ trial

Tom Wainwright, of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team, was instructed by Kellie Dent and Nick Ives from Mary Monson Solicitors.

30 September 2021

Clare Wade QC appointed to conduct an independent review of the law around domestic homicides

Clare Wade QC of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team – who was lead counsel in the high-profile case of Sally Challen – will examine the need to reform the law before presenting her findings and recommendations to the Lord Chancellor.

9 September 2021

Lucie Wibberley secures acquittal for defendant accused of intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article

Lucie Wibberley of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team represented the defendant, instructed by Sandra Riordan of PSP Solicitors.

2 September 2021

Garden Court Chambers Crime Team shortlisted for Crime Set of the Year by Chambers Bar Awards 2021

We are delighted to announce that the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team has been shortlisted by the Chambers Bar Awards 2021 for Crime Set of the Year.

27 August 2021

Another XR Conviction Overturned

Shina Animashaun of the Garden Court Chambers Protest Team successfully overturned XR conviction for client Neil Traynor. He was instructed by Adeela Khan of Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson.

12 August 2021

Another XR protestor conviction quashed at the Old Bailey

Tom Wainwright of the Garden Court Chambers Protest Team represented Helen Allen. He was instructed by Jenny Winter of Birds Solicitors.

6 August 2021

Extinction Rebellion Conviction Overturned at the Old Bailey

Shina Animashaun of the Garden Court Chambers Protest Team successfully overturned XR conviction for client Amelia Halls. He was instructed by Adeela Khan.

6 August 2021

All-female legal team secure acquittal of defendants alleged to have carried out retaliatory gangland shooting

Minka Braun and Lucie Wibberly, both of the Garden Court Crime Team, represented defendants alleged to have carried out a retaliatory gangland shooting. Both were acquitted after trial.

4 August 2021

Tom Wainwright secures acquittal for HS2 rebellion protestor after trial collapses due to CPS disclosure failures

Tom Wainwright of the Garden Court Chambers Protest Team was instructed by Hollie Collinge of Kellys Solicitors.

3 August 2021

Acquittal secured for man charged with murder, robbery, kidnap and GBH

Michael Ivers QC represented the main defendant leading Dominic Thomas at 25 Bedford Row instructed by Rose Nelson at O'Keefes Solicitors.

23 July 2021

Protestor acquitted of causing criminal damage on a joint enterprise basis at Brazilian Embassy

Audrey Cherryl Mogan of the Garden Court Protest Team represented the protestor instructed by Lydia Dagostino of Kellys Solicitors.

23 July 2021

Ali Naseem Bajwa QC represents young man acquitted of double murder at the Old Bailey

Ali Naseem Bajwa QC, a member of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team was instructed by Sinead Zaman of Powell Spencer Solicitors.

12 July 2021

Tessa Buchanan wins Legal Aid Barrister of the Year and Audrey Cherryl Mogan wins Legal Aid Newcomer of the Year at 2021 LALY Awards

Garden Court Chambers is delighted to announce that two of our barristers won awards at the annual Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards on 6 July 2021.

8 July 2021

Brenda Campbell QC secures acquittal for child of murder & manslaughter

Brenda Campbell QC of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team, leading David Rhodes of Doughty Street Chambers, represented the child. They were instructed by Jude Lanchin of Bindmans LLP.

6 July 2021

Supreme Court upholds right to disruptive protest on highway

The Appellants were represented by Henry Blaxland QC and Owen Greenhall, both members of the Garden Court Chambers Protest Team, and Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh of Matrix Chambers. They were instructed by Raj Chada of Hodge, Jones and Allen solicitors.

25 June 2021

Undercover Policing Inquiry refers first suspected miscarriages of justice

Owen Greenhall represented three anti-apartheid movement campaigners whose cases were referred to the panel. Owen is led by Matthew Ryder QC of Matrix Chambers. They are instructed by Mike Schwarz of Hodge Jones & Allen.

23 June 2021

Lucie Wibberley speaks at The Scottish Criminal Law Channel's roundtable discussion on the pandemic's impact on the Courts

Lucie Wibberley, of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team, spoke at The Scottish Criminal Law Channel's Virtual Roundtable Discussion entitled 'Have we done well with court business in Scotland during the pandemic?' that aired on Thursday 27 May 2021.

28 May 2021

Garden Court Crime Team responds to Law Commission Consultation on Intimate Image Abuse

The Garden Court Criminal Defence Team has responded to the Law Commission's Consultation on Intimate Image Abuse.

28 May 2021

Murder acquittal following fatal stabbing

Michael Ivers QC of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team represented the defendant. Michael led Rhiannon Crimmins of Furnival Chambers instructed by Rizvan Anwar of Arcadian Law.

27 May 2021

Stephen Lue, Tessa Buchanan and Audrey Cherryl Mogan shortlisted at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2021

We are delighted to announce that Stephen Lue, Tessa Buchanan and Audrey Cheryl Mogan of Garden Court Chambers have been shortlisted at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2021.

18 May 2021

XR protestor acquitted following Tube shut down

Susan Wright of the Garden Court Protest Team represented the protestor, instructed by Lydia Dagostino of Kellys Solicitors.

12 May 2021

Rap and the State’s double whammy: Lack of expert challenge to racist stereotyping

Keir Monteith QC is a member of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team and Chair of the Garden Court webinars on prosecuting rap.

10 May 2021

Undercover Policing Inquiry - Witness statement read in full by James Scobie QC on behalf of "Mary"

James Scobie QC of Garden Court Chambers delivers witness statement at Tranche 1 (Phase 2) of the Undercover Policing Inquiry on behalf of “Mary” who was spied upon by Detective Constable Richard Clark.

4 May 2021

Appeals allowed for Extinction Rebellion Protests

Owen Greenhall and Audrey Cherryl Mogan, members of the Garden Court Chambers Protest Team, represented the appellants. They were instructed by Raj Chada (HJA) and Lydia Dagostino (Kellys).

4 May 2021

Undercover Policing Inquiry - Opening statement on behalf of other non-police, non-state Core Participants

Kirsten Heaven of the Garden Court Chambers Inquiries Team delivers opening statement at Tranche 1 Phase 2 of the Inquiry.

23 April 2021

All notable cases and news

The Team

Judy Khan QC

Year of Call: 1989

Year of Silk: 2010

Henry Blaxland QC

Year of Call: 1978

Year of Silk: 2002

Michael Turner QC

Year of Call: 1981

Year of Silk: 2002

Stephen Kamlish QC

Year of Call: 1979

Year of Silk: 2003

James Scobie QC

Year of Call: 1984

Year of Silk: 2010

Bernard Tetlow QC

Year of Call: 1984

Year of Silk: 2011

Ali Bajwa QC

Year of Call: 1993

Year of Silk: 2011

Rajiv Menon QC

Year of Call: 1993

Year of Silk: 2011

Peter Wilcock QC

Year of Call: 1988

Year of Silk: 2012

Clare Wade QC

Year of Call: 1990

Year of Silk: 2018

David Emanuel QC

Year of Call: 1996

Year of Silk: 2019

Keir Monteith QC

Year of Call: 1994

Year of Silk: 2019

Sam Robinson QC

Year of Call: 2002

Year of Silk: 2021

Marguerite Russell

Year of Call: 1972

Patrick Roche

Year of Call: 1977

Nerida Harford-Bell

Year of Call: 1984

Alex Taylor-Camara

Year of Call: 1989

Carol Hawley

Year of Call: 1990

Peter Rowlands

Year of Call: 1990

Mark Gatley

Year of Call: 1993

Edward Grieves

Year of Call: 1995

Minka Braun

Year of Call: 2000

Sam Parham

Year of Call: 2000

Christian Wasunna

Year of Call: 2000

Allison Bailey

Year of Call: 2001

Stella Harris

Year of Call: 2002

Alex Rose

Year of Call: 2003

Tom Wainwright

Year of Call: 2003

Joanne Cecil

Year of Call: 2005

Shahida Begum

Year of Call: 2008

James Mehigan

Year of Call: 2008

Thalia Maragh

Year of Call: 2009

Jacob Bindman

Year of Call: 2010

Emma Fenn

Year of Call: 2010

Russell Fraser

Year of Call: 2010

Michael Goold

Year of Call: 2010

Susan Wright

Year of Call: 2013

Franck Magennis

Year of Call: 2016

Associate Members

Mark George QC

Year of Call: 1976

Year of Silk: 2009

Mary McKeone

Year of Call: 1986

Pete Weatherby QC

Year of Call: 1992

Year of Silk: 2012

Kamran Choudhry

Year of Call: 2001

Sareta Ashraph

Year of Call: 2002

Anna Morris

Year of Call: 2006

Terry McGuinness

Year of Call: 2009

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