Criminal Defence

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Winner Legal 500 Crime Set of the Year 2015
Winner Legal 500 Crime Set of the Year 2015

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 were nominated for 'Crime Set of the Year' at the Legal 500 Bar Awards 2023 and are ranked as a leading set in the Legal 500 and Chambers UK Bar Guide.

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 19 King’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

Icah Peart KC secures acquittal in Old Bailey murder trial

Icah Peart KC of the Garden Court Crime Team represented the defendant, leading Justin McLintock of 15 New Bridge Street, instructed by Warren Brazier of EBR Attridge.

30 May 2024

Twanieka Alcindor joins Garden Court Chambers as new tenant

We are delighted to announce that Twanieka Alcindor has joined Garden Court Chambers as a new tenant.

29 May 2024

Mark Robinson secures acquittal for defendant charged with burglary

Mark Robinson of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team was instructed by Ed Caute of FMW Law.

28 May 2024

Mark Robinson secures reduced sentence for 'third-striker' defendant at Snaresbrook Crown Court

Mark Robinson of the Garden Court Crime Team acted for the defendant, instructed by Aika Stephenson of Just for Kids Law.

24 May 2024

Defendants acquitted of attempted murder following five-week trial at Warwick Crown Court

Russell Fraser and Hugh Mullan of the Garden Court Crime Team acted for the defendants.

22 May 2024

Just Stop Oil Protestor who sprayed New Scotland Yard sign cleared of Criminal Damage

Owen Greenhall is a member of the Garden Court Protest Team. He was instructed by Simon Natas of ITN Solicitors.

17 May 2024

Criminal Disclosure Referencer (Third Edition) by Tom Wainwright, Emma Fenn and Shahida Begum out now

The Garden Court Crime Team is pleased to announce that the Criminal Disclosure Referencer, Third Edition, written by Tom Wainwright, Emma Fenn and Shahida Begum is out now.

17 May 2024

Garden Court barristers secure acquittals for clients in multi-million pound fraud

Alex Taylor-Camara and Daniel Jameson were instructed by Morgan Has Solicitors. Helen Butcher was instructed by ADH Solicitors.

16 May 2024

Mark Robinson secures acquittal for defendant in Kingston Crown Court

Mark Robinson secured the acquittal of the defendant, instructed by Natasha Anderson of Anderson Solicitors.

8 May 2024

Mark Robinson successful in application to dismiss for defendant charged with unlawful wounding

Mark Robinson of the Garden Court Crime Team was privately instructed by Iftekhar Hossain of Liberty Legal Solicitors LLP.

8 May 2024

Systemic failures in DNA testing leads to release of Bermudan man wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for more than 10 years

Julian was represented by Icah Peart KC of Garden Court Chambers, Amanda Clift-Matthews of Doughty Street Chambers and Vaughan Caines of Forensica Legal (Bermuda), instructed by The Death Penalty Project at Simons Muirhead Burton LLP.

7 May 2024

Keir Monteith KC holds inaugural lecture at University of Manchester as Honorary Senior Lecturer

Keir Monteith KC is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Manchester within the School of Social Sciences.

3 May 2024

New report 'Compound Injustice' shows rap and drill music used as prosecution evidence for serious charges

A new report, 'Compound Injustice' by experts from The University of Manchester; Professor Eithne Quinn, Erica Cane and Will Pritchard, outlines how rap music is being used as evidence to convict children of serious crimes.

1 May 2024

Garden Court barristers speak at 'Art Not Evidence: Issues and Implications of Prosecuting Rap'

Our Keir Monteith KC chaired the sold out event, with our Owen Greenhall and Audrey Cherryl Mogan of the Garden Court Crime and Civil Liberties Teams speaking.

1 May 2024

Defendant accused of planning execution via Encrochat in multi-million pound drug operation acquitted of conspiracy to murder

James Scobie KC and Tom Copeland of the Garden Court Crime Team represented a defendant in an eight-week trial at the Old Bailey, instructed by John Kaye at Carson Kaye Solicitors.

26 April 2024

Sam Robinson KC and Helen Butcher secure acquittal for conspiracy to murder

Our Sam Robinson KC led Helen Butcher of the Garden Court Crime Team on behalf of the defendant, instructed by Keshina Bouri of Russell Cooke.

26 April 2024

Defendants found with nearly £500,000 cash in baggage acquitted of money laundering

Lucie Wibberley and Russell Fraser of the Garden Court Crime Team represented MT & AU in a 12-day trial at Chelmsford Crown Court, instructed by Ali Has & Dilara Demir of Morgan Has Solicitors.

19 April 2024

Woman acquitted of attempting to pervert the course of justice following murder in Kent

Our Icah Peart KC of the Garden Court Crime Team acted for the defendant, leading Jessie Smith of Doughty Street. Counsel instructed by Tricia O'Sullivan of Sperrin Law.

2 April 2024

Anya Lewis KC secures acquittal for defendant in alleged baby shaking case

Anya Lewis KC of the Garden Court Crime Team led Dale Harris of Bank House Chambers, instructed by Nicole Redfern of GWB Harthills Solicitors.

2 April 2024

Lorna Cservenka appears at Cafcass to deliver training on racial bias issues in hair strand testing

Lorna Cservenka of the Garden Court Family Law Team appeared at Cafcass and delivered a presentation to a team of public law Children’s Guardians on the topic of “Is there racial bias in hair strand testing?”

27 March 2024

Director of Public Prosecutions abandons application to take Iain Duncan Smith ‘Tory Scum’ case to Supreme Court

Tom Wainwright and Elena Papamichael, both of the Garden Court Protest Rights Team, represented Ruth Wood, instructed by Lydia Dagostino of Kellys Solicitors. Owen Greenhall, of the Garden Court Protest Rights Team, represented Radical Haslam, leading Mir

20 March 2024

Henry Blaxland KC, Owen Greenhall and Tom Wainwright appear in Court of Appeal for acquitted protestor in Attorney General’s Reference on ‘belief in consent’ defence

Henry Blaxland KC, Owen Greenhall and Tom Wainwright, of the Garden Court Chambers Protest Rights and Criminal Defence teams, represented the acquitted person, instructed by Lydia Dagostino of Kellys Solicitors.

18 March 2024

Elena Papamichael secures unanimous acquittal for child modern slavery victim after six-week trial

Elena Papamichael is a member of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence and Children's Rights Teams. She was instructed by Darrell Ennis-Gayle at Hodge Jones & Allen.

8 March 2024

Prosecution offers no evidence in class A drugs charge against youth client

Ifẹ Thompson represented LN, instructed by Jeffrey Muhammad of Amosu Robinshaw Solicitors.

19 February 2024

Jury’s acquittal at rape trial ends five year ordeal for man wrongly convicted

David Emanuel KC represented the defendant, instructed by Steven Bird of Birds Solicitors.

19 February 2024

Keir Monteith KC appointed Honorary Senior Lecturer at University of Manchester

We are delighted to announce that Keir Monteith KC has been appointed as an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Manchester within the School of Social Sciences.

15 February 2024

Carol Hawley secures not guilty verdict for defendant in murder trial

Carol Hawley of Garden Court Crime Team acted for the defendant, led by Emma Goodall KC of Doughty Street Chambers, instructed by Joseph Hill Solicitors.

13 February 2024

Michael Ivers KC secures not guilty verdict for defendant in murder trial

Michael Ivers KC of the Garden Court Crime Team led Paul Smith of St John's Buildings. Counsel were instructed by Shakeel Ahmed of Clarkes LLP.

7 February 2024

Marguerite Russell features in Channel 4 documentary on the Miners Strike and police brutality at Orgreave

Marguerite Russell is a founding member of Garden Court Chambers. Marguerite represented the miners in the Orgreave Miners Trial, a landmark case against the State in 1985.

5 February 2024

Ruby Selva secures not guilty verdicts by way of Judge directed acquittals

Ruby Selva of the Garden Court Crime Team, instructed by Vik Lalli of Bhandal Law, secured not guilty verdicts by way of Judge directed acquittals in a EncroChat case.

26 January 2024

Court of Appeal quashes half-century convictions based on racist police officer’s evidence

Henry Blaxland KC, of the Garden Court Criminal Appeals Team, acted for Saliah Mehmet and Basil Peterkin, instructed by Matt Foot of Appeal.

18 January 2024

Mark Robinson successfully obtains a Writ of Habeas Corpus

Mark Robinson of the Garden Court Crime Team, instructed by MMA Solicitors, was successful in obtaining a Writ of Habeas Corpus in the High Court (Administrative Court - Kings Bench Division).

20 December 2023

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.

Stansted 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

Henry Blaxland KC

Year of Call: 1978

Year of Silk: 2002

Icah Peart KC

Year of Call: 1978

Year of Silk: 2002

Michael Turner KC

Year of Call: 1981

Year of Silk: 2002

Dexter Dias KC

Year of Call: 1988

Year of Silk: 2009

James Scobie KC

Year of Call: 1984

Year of Silk: 2010

Rajiv Menon KC

Year of Call: 1993

Year of Silk: 2011

Peter Wilcock KC

Year of Call: 1988

Year of Silk: 2012

Michael Ivers KC

Year of Call: 1991

Year of Silk: 2016

Clare Wade KC

Year of Call: 1990

Year of Silk: 2018

David Emanuel KC

Year of Call: 1996

Year of Silk: 2019

Keir Monteith KC

Year of Call: 1994

Year of Silk: 2019

Hossein Zahir KC

Year of Call: 2005

Year of Silk: 2019

Allison Munroe KC

Year of Call: 1992

Year of Silk: 2020

Anya Lewis KC

Year of Call: 1997

Year of Silk: 2021

Sam Robinson KC

Year of Call: 2002

Year of Silk: 2021

Mark Gatley KC

Year of Call: 1993

Year of Silk: 2022

Edward Grieves KC

Year of Call: 1995

Year of Silk: 2023

Joanne Cecil KC

Year of Call: 2005

Year of Silk: 2024

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

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

Jacqueline Vallejo

Year of Call: 1997

Nick Wrack

Year of Call: 1997

Helen Butcher

Year of Call: 1999

Ruby Selva

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

Stella Harris

Year of Call: 2002

Victoria Meads

Year of Call: 2002

Alex Rose

Year of Call: 2003

Tom Wainwright

Year of Call: 2003

Daniel Jameson

Year of Call: 2004

Lucie Wibberley

Year of Call: 2005

Sarah Hemingway

Year of Call: 2006

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

Twanieka Alcindor

Year of Call: 2015

Shina Animashaun

Year of Call: 2015

Franck Magennis

Year of Call: 2016

Zehrah Hasan

Year of Call: 2016

Elena Papamichael

Year of Call: 2021

Gerard Pitt

Year of Call: 2018

Tommy Seagull

Year of Call: 2018

Fatima Jichi

Year of Call: 2019

Mark Robinson

Year of Call: 2020

Will Hanson

Year of Call: 2021

Alex Ryle

Year of Call: 2022

Ifẹ Thompson

Year of Call: 2020

Associate Members

Stephen Kamlish KC

Year of Call: 1979

Year of Silk: 2003

Pete Weatherby KC

Year of Call: 1992

Year of Silk: 2012

Anna Morris KC

Year of Call: 2006

Year of Silk: 2023

Mary McKeone

Year of Call: 1986

Kamran Choudhry

Year of Call: 2001

Sareta Ashraph

Year of Call: 2002

James Mehigan

Year of Call: 2008

Dr Terry McGuinness

Year of Call: 2009

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