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Top Ranked Chambers UK Bar 2021
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.

Recent notable cases and news

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

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

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

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

Ali Bajwa QC and Christian Wasunna represent man acquitted of 2018 murder

Ali Bajwa QC and Christian Wasunna, members of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team, were instructed by Sinead Zaman of Powell Spencer Solicitors.

8 April 2021

David Emanuel QC obtains leave to appeal 18 years out of time in successful appeal against conviction and sentence

David Emanuel QC of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team represented the Defendant. David was instructed by Correna Platt of Stephensons Solicitors.

1 April 2021

Our Kate Aubrey-Johnson awarded Highly Commended Award in ECPAT UK's Children's Champion Awards

Congratulations to our Kate Aubrey-Johnson of the Garden Court Chambers Youth Justice & Child Rights Team who was awarded the Highly Commended Award at Every Child Protected Against Trafficking (ECPAT) UK's 'Children's Champion Awards'

23 March 2021

Defend our Freedom to Protest - Why the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is Dangerous

Blog by our Jacob Bindman, Russell Fraser and Zehrah Hasan, members of the Garden Court Chambers Protest Law Team.

18 March 2021

Garden Court Chambers welcomes Zayd Ahmed to the Crime Team as third six pupil

We are delighted to announce that Zayd Ahmed has joined the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team as a third six pupil.

10 March 2021

Administrative Court overturn conviction for refusing to provide name and address in relation to suspected breach of Coronavirus Regulations

Tom Wainwright of the Garden Court Criminal Defence and Protest Teams represented Neale instructed by Patrick Ormerod of Bindmans Solicitors.

23 February 2021

Our Kate Aubrey-Johnson acts in case that clarifies the only route of appeal for victims of modern slavery

30 January 2021

Lord Chief Justice quashes Stansted 15 convictions

Owen Greenhall of the Garden Court Crime and Protest Rights Teams was instructed to represent the appellants.

29 January 2021

Kate Aubrey-Johnson and Joanne Cecil appointed by the Lord Chancellor to the Expert and Advisory Panel for the Independent Review of Criminal Legal Aid

29 January 2021

Extended sentence quashed in the Court of Appeal

Our Stella Harris of the Garden Court Criminal Defence Team acted for the appellant, instructed by Javed Chughtai, Partner at EBR Attridge.

26 January 2021

Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team call for urgent action to limit spread of Covid in the courts

19 January 2021

Government announces children will be exempt from the recent extension to custody time limits

Joanne Cecil of the Garden Court Chambers Youth Justice & Child Rights Team has worked tirelessly to achieve this fantastic result.

15 January 2021

Jury acquits defendant of manslaughter with verdict delivered in just over two hours

James Scobie QC of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team represented the defendant.

6 January 2021

Anya Lewis and Sam Robinson of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team to be appointed Queen’s Counsel

Garden Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Anya Lewis and Sam Robinson of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team will be formally appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2021.

17 December 2020

High Court significant victory for victims of trafficking and modern slavery in DPP v M

Brenda Campbell QC and Sam Parham of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team have secured a significant victory for victims of trafficking and modern slavery in DPP v M in the Divisional Court.

15 December 2020

Court of Appeal upholds suspended sentence for animal rights activist

Michael Goold of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team represented the defendant.

9 December 2020

Appeal against sentence allowed due to double counting and too high an uplift for aggravating factors

Shahida Begum of the Garden Court Criminal Defence Team was assigned by the Registrar to represent the applicant who had lodged his own grounds of appeal.

2 December 2020

GBH case dismissed following successful defence application

Sam Parham, of the Garden Court Criminal Defence Team, was instructed by Cislyn Spence at Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson.

2 December 2020

Defendant found not guilty of murder, police officer’s imagery comparison evidence excluded

Bernard Tetlow QC led Shahida Begum, both of the Garden Court Criminal Defence Team, and were instructed by Tahir Mahmood and Yusuf Khan of Abrahams Law Solicitors.

18 November 2020

Defendant found not guilty of murder at Kingston Crown Court

James Scobie QC led Sam Robinson, both members of Garden Court Criminal Defence Team and were instructed by Vanessa Wiggins of Bark and Co Solicitors.

17 November 2020

Clare Wade QC wins 'Barrister of the Year' at Women in Law Awards 2020

Congratulations to our Clare Wade QC of the Garden Court Criminal Defence Team who has won Barrister of the Year at the Women in Law Awards 2020!

12 November 2020

Nineteen-year-old found not guilty of murder and manslaughter at Reading Crown Court

Hossein Zahir QC led Alex Rose, both of the Garden Court Criminal Defence Team, instructed by Mohammed Zeb and Nawal Asskoumi of Stuart Miller Solicitors.

11 November 2020

Undercover Policing Inquiry - James Scobie QC opening statement

James Scobie QC of Garden Court Chambers leads Piers Marquis of Doughty Street Chambers, instructed by Paul Heron of Public Interest Law Centre, representing Lois Austin, Richard Chessum, 'Mary', Dave Nellist, Hannah Sell & Youth against Racism in Europe.

6 November 2020

Undercover Policing Inquiry - Rajiv Menon QC opening statement

Rajiv Menon QC is instructed by Richard Parry of Saunders Law & Jane Deighton of Deighton Pierce Glynn.

4 November 2020

Defendant found not guilty of murder, manslaughter and attempted robbery at the Central Criminal Court

James Scobie QC led Daniel Jameson, both members of the Garden Court Criminal Defence Team, and were instructed by Mohammed Zeb and Nawal Asskoumi of Stuart Miller Solicitors.

3 November 2020

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

All notable cases and news

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.

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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

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

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

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

Jacqueline Vallejo

Year of Call: 1997

Nick Wrack

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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

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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

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

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

Fatima Jichi

Year of Call: 2019

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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