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Top Ranked in Chambers UK Bar 2019
Legal 500 Top Tier Set 2019
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 20 Queen’s Counsel in our team, all of whom are recognised as leading individuals by the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide and the Legal 500.

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.

Notable Cases


Sally Challen murder conviction quashed in “coercive control” case (2019) 
This was the first time the Court of Appeal considered coercive control in the context of the partial defences to murder. See coverage in The Guardian and the BBC.

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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Defendant found not guilty of multi-handed class A drug conspiracy

Keir Monteith QC and Shahida Begum of Garden Court were instructed by Guven Ates of Morgan Has solicitors to represent CI in a multi handed Class A drug conspiracy.

15 March 2019

YouTube star Ally Law avoids custody for breaking into Big Brother house

Ally Law was represented at his sentencing hearing by Tom Wainwright of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team when he was given a community order for two counts of aggravated trespass.

6 March 2019

New Tredegar man acquitted of murdering convicted child killer, David Gaut

Ali Naseem Bajwa QC of Garden Court Chambers represented the defendant, Darran Evesham, who was acquitted of murdering the convicted child killer, David Gaut.

19 February 2019

The 'Stansted 15' have today been kept out of prison following their conviction last year for Endangering Safety at an Aerodrome

Nine of the Defendants were represented by members of the Garden Court Crime Team – Dexter Dias QC, Tom Wainwright, Owen Greenhall, Terry Munyard, Susan Wright, Abigail Bache and Jacob Bindman, all instructed by Raj Chada of Hodge, Jones and Allen.

6 February 2019

Suspended sentence for client who admitted breaching the Worldwide injunction that protects killer Jon Venables

Venables and Thompson were 10 when they tortured and killed James Bulger after abducting the two-year-old from a shopping centre in Merseyside in 1993. In November that year, they became the youngest children ever to be convicted of murder in England.

1 February 2019

21-year-old who pleaded guilty to manslaughter sentenced to two years and three months in “extraordinary” knife death case

Ali Naseem Bajwa QC of Garden Court Chambers represented the defendant, Oluwaseyi Dada. Ali led Jonathan Akinsanya of 9 Bedford Row and they were instructed by Sanjeev Shivalkar of Faradays Solicitors.

31 January 2019

20 year extended sentence quashed on appeal, two years out of time

Michael Goold represented the Appellant, instructed by Verity Fowler of GT Stewart.

28 January 2019

Keir Monteith's submissions in appeal against sentence for 2 counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs successful

Keir Monteith represented Mr Soroh on appeal against sentence for 2 counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs. He was instructed by Joanne Lange of MK Law.

17 January 2019

Keir Monteith, David Emanuel and Hossein Zahir to be appointed Queen's Counsel

On 11 March 2019, the Lord Chancellor will preside over the appointment ceremony where he will formally bestow the title of QC.

11 January 2019

Henry Blaxland QC awarded Crime Silk of the Year by the Legal 500 Awards 2019

Henry Blaxland QC has been awarded Crime Silk of the Year by the Legal 500.

3 January 2019

Henry Blaxland QC shortlisted for Crime Silk of the Year by the Legal 500 Awards 2019

Henry Blaxland QC has been shortlisted by the Legal 500 Awards 2019 for Crime Silk of the Year.

4 December 2018

Kalif Dibbassey acquitted of murder of fellow prisoner at Wormwood Scrubs

James Scobie QC led Mark Fraser of Furnival Chambers and was instructed by Jamie Fisher of Dobsons Criminal Law Solicitors.

28 November 2018

David Emanuel successfully applies for Defendant to vacate his plea for attempted murder at the Old Bailey

David Emanuel of the Garden Court Crime Team was instructed on behalf of the Defendant by Edward Brown of Carson Kaye Solicitors.

26 November 2018

Emma-Jayne Magson granted leave to appeal against conviction for killing boyfriend in light of “fresh evidence”

Clare Wade QC is instructed by Louise Bullivant, Aitken Harter Solicitors on behalf of Emma-Jayne Magson.

23 November 2018

High Court issues guidance on use of case management information in criminal trials

Owen Greenhall acted for the successful appellant KM. He was instructed by Mark Ashford of TV Edwards Solicitors LLP.

12 November 2018

Judge ruled no adverse inference to be held against one very vulnerable defendant in Rotherham grooming gang case due to associated complex mental health issues

Nerida Harford-Bell represented defendant, Tanweer Ali, in the case. She was instructed by Abid Hussain of Hussain Solicitors.

30 October 2018

Client alleged to have conspired to supply £3.8 million worth of cocaine and accused of associated money laundering allegations found 'not guilty'

Keir Monteith was instructed by Mohsin Ariff at Lloyds PR Solicitors on behalf of the defendant, AT. 

29 October 2018

5 young men tried for murder following death of young man after night-time street attack in Greenwich

James Scobie QC, Judy Khan QC, Christian Wasunna and Anya Lewis were all instructed in the case.

19 October 2018

Two 'not guilty' verdicts secured in seven-handed £1 million insurance conspiracy

Keir Monteith represented KN, and was instructed by Pan Symeou of Faradays Solicitors.

16 October 2018

Eighteen year old acquitted of murder

Dexter Dias QC and Alex Rose represented Yigiter Gok, instructed by Ali Has of Morgan Has Solicitors.

2 October 2018

Nineteen year old unanimously acquitted of murder and manslaughter in less than three hours

Alex Rose represented Brandon Akapea, instructed by Guven Ates of Morgan Has Solicitors, with Joel Bennathan QC of Doughty Street Chambers.

2 October 2018

Successful Application to Dismiss in Conspiracy to Supply Case

Elizabeth Garcia, of Garden Court’s crime team, represented one of 12 defendants at Winchester Crown Court, alleged to be involved in a large-scale County Lines drugs supply operation.

21 September 2018

Garden Court Chambers welcomes Bill Evans to the Criminal Defence Team

We are delighted to announce that Bill Evans has joined the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team.

6 September 2018

Surrey Police apologise and trial collapses after defence submissions reveal systemic disclosure failings in Jonathan King sex abuse case

Henry Blaxland QC is instructed by Steve Bird of Bird Solicitors, representing Jonathan King.

7 August 2018

Commons Justice Committee releases damning report on CPS disclosure failings in criminal cases

Emma Fenn of the Garden Court Criminal Defence Team was one of two special advisers to the Committee.

20 July 2018

The CCRC have now decided not to contest judicial review after David Emanuel obtained permission to judicially review the CCRC refusal to refer 2004 murder conviction to the Court of Appeal

David Emanuel was instructed by Steven Bird of Birds Solicitors.

17 July 2018

Three campaigners cleared of disrupting Cardiff defence industry event

The defendants were represented by Audrey Cherryl Mogan, Meredoc McMinn and Camila Zapata Besso.

5 July 2018

Acquittal of four men at Kingston Crown Court for money laundering and evasion of duty offences

Stephen Kamlish QC, Brenda Campbell QC, Jacob Bindman, Emma Fenn and Alia Mohammad represented three of the defendants.

28 June 2018

Asad Malik and London Parking Gatwick Ltd deny allegations to two counts of fraudulent trading and four of engaging in a misleading commercial practice

Keir Monteith was instructed in the case by Abraar Ayez and Shahid Khan of Advice Wise Solicitors. 

19 June 2018

High Court allows appeal on time limit for prosecuting summary offences

Owen Greenhall of the Garden Court Crime Team acted for the appellant.

14 June 2018

AGFS - Garden Court Chambers Crime Team statement on results of CBA ballot

In light of the CBA ballot results, the government’s proposals on the AGFS will now be accepted.

12 June 2018

Garden Court Crime Team calls on Criminal Bar to reject Ministry of Justice offer on AGFS

We call on our colleagues across the Criminal Bar to vote against accepting the MoJ's current proposal.

7 June 2018

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