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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 2021
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

Lee Sergent secures acquittal for lorry driver accused of smuggling cocaine worth £1.5 million

Lee Sergent of the Criminal Defence Team represented the defendant.

28 October 2020

Defendant found not guilty of attempted murder and wounding with intent in a case involving a death

Bernard Tetlow QC led Shahida Begum, both of the Garden Court Criminal Defence Team, and were instructed by Arlene Mansoor of Shearman Bowen Solicitors.

16 October 2020

The Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill 2020

Blog post by Jacob Bindman of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team.

8 October 2020

Shina Animashaun featured on Channel 4 News - How Britain’s legal system still fails to understand young black people

2 October 2020

Debunking prosecution myths: “Gang” stereotypes, joint enterprise & racist driven stop & searches

Blog post by Keir Monteith QC, Audrey Cherryl Mogan and Shina Animashaun, all members of the Garden Court Criminal Defence Team.

28 September 2020

Not guilty verdict at the Old Bailey for attempted murder following an incident involving an alleged attempt to shoot a Jewish man in Stamford Hill

Alex Rose was instructed by Mohammed Zeb and Nawal Asskoumi at Stuart Miller Solicitors.

25 September 2020

Clare Wade QC shortlisted for Barrister of the Year & Woman of the Year by Women in Law Awards 2020

Congratulations to our Clare Wade QC of the Garden Court Criminal Defence Team who has been shortlisted by Women in Law Awards 2020 for Barrister of the Year and Woman of the Year!

10 September 2020

Garden Court Criminal Defence Team Statement on Extended Operating Hours - An Unworkable and Discriminatory Scheme

4 September 2020

Drill music, gangs and prosecutions – challenging racist stereotypes in the criminal justice system

By Shina Animashaun and Russell Fraser of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team.

28 August 2020

Rapper Ceon Broughton wins appeal against manslaughter conviction following festival death of Louella Fletcher-Michie

Ceon Broughton was represented by Stephen Kamlish QC of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team leading Richard Thomas of Doughty Street Chambers instructed by Alastair Lyon of Birnberg Peirce Solicitors.

18 August 2020

'Justice in a Pandemic' - Shina Animashuan & Danielle Manson on Channel 4 News with The Secret Barrister

Shina Animashaun and Danielle Manson of the Garden Court Criminal Defence Team featured on Channel 4 News alongside The Secret Barrister in the final part of a four-part Channel 4 feature on the criminal justice system, entitled 'Justice in a Pandemic'.

24 July 2020

Convictions quashed as Court of Appeal refuse to sanction “sea change in the meaning of consent” in sex cases

David Emanuel QC of the Garden Court Criminal Defence Team represented the appellant instructed by Shaun Draycott of Draycott Browne Solicitors.

24 July 2020

Garden Court Chambers - Crime team statement on the right to trial by jury

Garden Court Chambers is implacably opposed to any dilution of the right to jury trial, whether temporary or permanent. Replacing a jury with a judge and two magistrates or reducing the number of jurors from twelve to seven is no solution to the problem a

1 July 2020

Not guilty verdict for Murder and Attempted Murder at Old Bailey following death of man hit by car

Keir Monteith QC instructed by Ali Has of Morgan Has.

23 June 2020

Expert guidance published by the Howard League and Garden Court Chambers on keeping children out of custody during the Covid-19 pandemic

By Kate Aubrey-Johnson of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team and Laura Janes, Legal Director at Howard League for Penal Reform.

18 May 2020

The Criminal Cases Review Commission refers the murder conviction of Gary Walker

David Emanuel QC of the Criminal Defence Team drafted the application, instructed by Steven Bird of Birds Solicitors.

18 May 2020

Covid-19 - In defence of trial by jury

Statement by the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team.

12 May 2020

COVID-19: a protocol to assist solicitors who are working remotely and advising suspects in relation to police interviews

Please circulate to all of your professional contacts working within the criminal justice sector.

1 April 2020

COVID-19 Bulletin - Law & Practice - 30.03.20

Updates on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on law and practice.

30 March 2020

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

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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 activitsts 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.

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The Team

Judy Khan QC

Year of Call: 1989

Year of Silk: 2010

Ian Peddie QC

Year of Call: 1971

Year of Silk: 1992

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

Stephen Kamlish QC

Year of Call: 1979

Year of Silk: 2003

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

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

Michael Ivers QC

Year of Call: 1991

Year of Silk: 2016

Di Middleton QC

Year of Call: 1997

Year of Silk: 2017

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

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

Mark Gatley

Year of Call: 1993

Edward Grieves

Year of Call: 1995

Sean Horstead

Year of Call: 1996

Anya Lewis

Year of Call: 1997

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

Sam Robinson

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

James Mehigan

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

Tom Stoate

Year of Call: 2011

Alia K. A. Mohammad

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

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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