Criminal Defence

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C&P 2022 Top Ranked
C&P 2022 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

Defendant with Parkinson's Disease acquitted of attempted murder

Peter Rowlands of Garden Court Chambers acting on behalf of the defendant.

1 August 2022

Tom Wainwright and Shina Animashaun secure acquittal in £20m cryptocurrency money laundering trial

Tom and Shina of Garden Court Chambers were instructed by Anna Sidgwick of Stuart Miller Solicitors.

22 July 2022

David Emanuel QC succeeds in persuading Court of Appeal to reduce sentence

David Emanuel QC of the Garden Court Criminal Defence Team represented the appellant, Kelsey Jones. He was instructed by Shaun Draycott of Draycott Browne Solicitors, Manchester.

13 July 2022

David Emanuel QC secures murder acquittal in retrial after Court of Appeal success

David Emanuel QC of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team led Yusuf Solley from Furnival Chambers and was instructed by Helen Ahmet of SVS Solicitors.

22 June 2022

David Emanuel QC secures murder acquittal in retrial after Court of Appeal success

David Emanuel QC of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team led Yusuf Solley from Furnival Chambers and was instructed by Helen Ahmet of SVS Solicitors.

22 June 2022

Members of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team support escalating proposed CBA action to include days of action

17 June 2022

Convictions quashed by the Court of Appeal after David Emanuel QC brings appeal five years out of time

David Emanuel QC, of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team, acted for NJ and was instructed by Correna Platt at Stephensons.

16 June 2022

Garden Court Chambers mourns the death of Mary Monson

Garden Court Chambers are very much saddened to hear the news that Mary Monson has died after a relatively short illness. We send our heartfelt condolences to her son’s Joseph and Liam.

12 April 2022

Icah Peart QC secures acquittal for murder

Icah Peart QC, of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team, led Martin Liddiard and was instructed by Hockham Suthi of Riley Hayes Solicitors.

4 April 2022

Garden Court Crime Team statement on no returns action

30 March 2022

David Emanuel QC succeeds in Court of Appeal again after successful Criminal Cases Review Commission referral

David Emanuel QC, of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team, acted for Hanif Patel.

11 March 2022

Crown court proceedings in commercial scale cannabis production case stayed as an abuse of process

Lee Sergent and Elena Papamichael, both of the Garden Court Criminal Defence Team, acted for two of the defendants instructed by GT Stewart Solicitors.

11 February 2022

Bristol ‘Kill the Bill’ protester acquitted of riot

Russell Fraser, of the Garden Court Chambers Protest Team, represented JY instructed by Freya Colvin of Hodge Jones and Allen.

8 February 2022

High Court dismisses contempt of court against Insulate Britain activists

Owen Greenhall, joint-convenor of the Garden Court Protest Rights Team, represented three defendants in these committal proceedings.

4 February 2022

Helen Foot, Emma Fenn and Gráinne Mellon appointed as Recorders

We are delighted to announce that Helen Foot (Call: 2008), Emma Fenn (Call: 2010) and Gráinne Mellon (Call: 2010) of Garden Court Chambers have been newly appointed as Recorders by the Queen.

26 January 2022

Tom Wainwright secures acquittal for Black Lives Matter protestor after prosecution drop charge of violent disorder

Tom Wainwright, of the Garden Court Chambers Protest Team, was instructed by Alexandra Riddington of Traymans Solicitors.

17 January 2022

XR protestors cleared by jury in DLR trial

Owen Greenhall joint-convenor of the Garden Court Protest Rights Team represented all three of the defendants. He was instructed by Mike Schwarz at Hodge Jones and Allen. Tom Wainwright acted for a fourth defendant whose case was discontinued.

14 January 2022

Defendant unanimously acquitted of £12 million money laundering duty evasion fraud

Nerida Harford-Bell of the Garden Court Chambers Financial Crime Team represented Michael Howard, instructed by Ghulam Sohail of MPR Solicitors Hounslow.

11 January 2022

Colston statue topplers acquitted

Tom Wainwright of the Garden Court Chambers Protest Team represented Milo Ponsford, the first of four defendants charged with criminal damage for toppling the statue of Edward Colston, the notorious 17th century slave trader.

5 January 2022

Elena Papamichael joins Garden Court Chambers Crime Team

Garden Court Chambers is delighted to announce Elena Papamichael is now a member of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team.

4 January 2022

Keir Monteith QC obtains suspended sentence for client

Keir Monteith QC, of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team, instructed by Graham Rishton of Mary Monsoon Solicitors, obtained a suspended sentence for his client accused of Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) on a police officer.

22 December 2021

Nicola Braganza, Mark Gatley and Liz Davies of Garden Court Chambers to be appointed Queen’s Counsel

Garden Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Nicola Braganza, Mark Gatley and Liz Davies of Garden Court Chambers will be formally appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2022.

22 December 2021

Michael Ivers QC secured acquittal for both murder and attempted murder

Michael Ivers QC secured an acquittal for both murder and attempted murder for Shaan Mir. Mr Ivers QC led Neena Crinnion and was instructed by Richard Cronin of O'Keeffe Solicitors.

21 December 2021

Released after 18 years in prison for a murder he did not commit

David Emanuel QC and Tom Wainwright, of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team, instructed by Steven Bird of Birds Solicitors have secured the acquittal of a man wrongly convicted of murder in 2004 after an unprecedented three appeals.

21 December 2021

Defendant found not guilty of murder at Wood Green Crown Court

Sam Robinson QC, of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team, led Jodie Hitchcock from 3 Temple Gardens. They were instructed by Helen Da Silva of Da Silva Solicitors.

20 December 2021

Christian Climate Action Defendants who climbed atop DLR train in protest acquitted of all charges on International Human Rights Day

Six defendants protesting against government inaction about climate change have been found not guilty by a jury, who found that a conviction would not be a proportionate interference with their right to protest.

10 December 2021

Minka Braun secures acquittal for murder

Minka Braun, of the Garden Court Criminal Defence Team, instructed by Pawan Gill of BH Mohammed Solicitors, has secured the acquittal of M. She was led by Mark Milliken-Smith QC.

8 December 2021

Keir Monteith QC obtains four not guilty conspiracy verdicts

Keir Monteith QC, of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team, was instructed by Subashini Nathan and Mohsin Ariff of Lloyds PR and led Derek Johashen of The 36 Group.

18 November 2021

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

Past Notable Cases

 

Sally Challen murder conviction quashed and manslaughter plea accepted in “coercive control” case (2019) 
Landmark case in which Sally Challen walked free after prosecutors accepted a lesser plea of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, for killing her abusive husband after decades of psychological abuse. Coverage in BBCGuardian and ITV News.

Stanstead 15 kept out of prison following their conviction for endangering safety at an aerodrome (2019)
Defended activists who took action to prevent a deportation flight removing people from the UK and taking those people to countries where their lives were at risk. See coverage in The Guardian.

Jonathan King sex abuse case (2018) 
Represented Jonathan King. Surrey Police apologised and the trial collapsed after defence submissions revealed systematic disclosure failings in sex abuse case of former DJ, Jonathan King. See coverage in The Guardian.
 
Acquittal at Old Bailey in multi-handed gang murder of music producer (2017)
Represented Uzoeme Emeofa, who was alleged to be one of an attacking group that fatally stabbed Dean Pascal-Modeste, an aspiring music producer, 14 times after he was chased to his death, by a group of young men on mopeds and on foot armed with guns and knives. He was acquitted following a seven week trial at the Old Bailey. The case involved extensive cell site, phone billing analysis, forensic evidence and the piecing together of CCTV footage, along with Automatic Number Plate Recognition.

Jailed whistle-blower in plea for press freedoms to take case to European Court (2017)
Unique appeal to the European Court of Human Rights raising issues of constitutional importance: press freedom and whether journalistic sources can remain anonymous or avoid prosecution if their identity is revealed. Trial brought about by Operation Elveden and prosecution for Misconduct in Public office. See coverage in Press Gazette.

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, The 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 BBC, The 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, 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.

Contact team

The Team

Judy Khan QC

Year of Call: 1989

Year of Silk: 2010

Henry Blaxland QC

Year of Call: 1978

Year of Silk: 2002

Icah Peart QC

Year of Call: 1978

Year of Silk: 2002

Michael Turner QC

Year of Call: 1981

Year of Silk: 2002

Dexter Dias QC

Year of Call: 1988

Year of Silk: 2009

James Scobie QC

Year of Call: 1984

Year of Silk: 2010

Bernard Tetlow QC

Year of Call: 1984

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

Michael Ivers QC

Year of Call: 1991

Year of Silk: 2016

Clare Wade QC

Year of Call: 1990

Year of Silk: 2018

Brenda Campbell QC

Year of Call: 2002

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

Hossein Zahir QC

Year of Call: 2005

Year of Silk: 2019

Allison Munroe QC

Year of Call: 1992

Year of Silk: 2020

Anya Lewis QC

Year of Call: 1997

Year of Silk: 2021

Sam Robinson QC

Year of Call: 2002

Year of Silk: 2021

Mark Gatley QC

Year of Call: 1993

Year of Silk: 2022

Richard Harvey

Year of Call: 1971

Michael House

Year of Call: 1972

Marguerite Russell

Year of Call: 1972

Patrick Roche

Year of Call: 1977

Lalith de Kauwe

Year of Call: 1978

Michael Hall

Year of Call: 1983

Nerida Harford-Bell

Year of Call: 1984

Bill Evans

Year of Call: 1988

Piers Mostyn

Year of Call: 1989

Alistair Polson

Year of Call: 1989

Alex Taylor-Camara

Year of Call: 1989

Carol Hawley

Year of Call: 1990

Peter Rowlands

Year of Call: 1990

Edward Grieves

Year of Call: 1995

Jacqueline Vallejo

Year of Call: 1997

Nick Wrack

Year of Call: 1997

Helen Butcher

Year of Call: 1999

Hugh Mullan

Year of Call: 2019

Minka Braun

Year of Call: 2000

Sam Parham

Year of Call: 2000

Christian Wasunna

Year of Call: 2000

Kate Aubrey-Johnson

Year of Call: 2001

Allison Bailey

Year of Call: 2001

Stella Harris

Year of Call: 2002

Victoria Meads

Year of Call: 2002

Alex Rose

Year of Call: 2003

Tom Wainwright

Year of Call: 2003

Abigail Bache

Year of Call: 2004

Daniel Jameson

Year of Call: 2004

Joanne Cecil

Year of Call: 2005

Lucie Wibberley

Year of Call: 2005

Sarah Hemingway

Year of Call: 2006

Alex Grigg

Year of Call: 2007

Giles Newell

Year of Call: 2007

Lee Sergent

Year of Call: 2016

Shahida Begum

Year of Call: 2008

Lyndsey Sambrooks-Wright

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

Owen Greenhall

Year of Call: 2010

Gerwyn Wise

Year of Call: 2010

Catherine Oborne

Year of Call: 2011

Alia Akram

Year of Call: 2011

Susan Wright

Year of Call: 2013

Tom Copeland

Year of Call: 2013

Audrey Cherryl Mogan

Year of Call: 2014

Meredoc McMinn

Year of Call: 2015

Shina Animashaun

Year of Call: 2015

Tihomir Mak

Year of Call: 2016

Franck Magennis

Year of Call: 2016

Danielle Manson

Year of Call: 2016

Zehrah Hasan

Year of Call: 2016

Gerard Pitt

Year of Call: 2018

Elena Papamichael

Year of Call: 2021

Fatima Jichi

Year of Call: 2019

Associate Members

Mark George QC

Year of Call: 1976

Year of Silk: 2009

Stephen Kamlish QC

Year of Call: 1979

Year of Silk: 2003

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

James Mehigan

Year of Call: 2008

Terry McGuinness

Year of Call: 2009

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