Judy Khan QC

Year of Call: 1989 | Year of Silk: 2010

"She is highly collaborative; clients and solicitors trust her sound judgement."

Chambers UK, 2022 (Crime, Star Individual)

"Her witness handling and advocacy are focussed, measured and persuasive. She engages the trust of trial judges and of the jury. All round a superb advocate."

Legal 500, 2022 (Crime, Tier 1)

"The respect she commands from fellow advocates and judges is there for all to see."

Chambers UK, 2021 (Crime, Band 1)

"Incredibly hard-working, she lives and breathes her cases. An incredible jury advocate."

Chambers UK, 2020

"An excellent and impressive advocate" who "works tirelessly on a case."

Chambers UK, 2019


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Legal 500 2022: Leading Silk
Ranked in Chambers UK Bar 2022

Judy Khan QC has experience of criminal defence work across a wide spectrum of criminal cases. She has been instructed as leading counsel in cases involving allegations of murder, attempted murder, kidnap, fraud, money laundering and large-scale importation/supply of drugs.

She also has extensive experience of cases involving sexual allegations, including historical sexual abuse. Judy finds representing young and vulnerable defendants particularly rewarding.

She spent two years representing a number of families at the Hillsborough Inquests; she led a team of barristers who dealt with the medical and pathology evidence. She has also defended, both as leading and junior counsel, in cases involving allegations of baby-shaking.

Judy won Crime Silk of the Year at the Chambers Bar Awards 2019. 

Criminal Defence


Judy is a criminal silk and her practice crosses a spectrum of serious crime. She is predominantly briefed in murder cases, often involving gang-related killings committed by young defendants. She also specialises in cases involving serious sexual allegations.

Notable Cases

Past notable cases can be viewed below. Click here to see a list of recent notable cases.

R v M and others (Central Criminal Court)
Defendant acquitted of murder - alleged gang-related shooting.

R v R and others (Central Criminal Court)
Successfully argued that identification evidence should be excluded, which resulted in the Crown offering no evidence against four defendants in a double murder/attempted murder. Alleged gang-related shooting. This case was reported in the Evening Standard.

R v H (Isleworth CC)
Secured acquittal of retired vicar facing historical allegations of child abuse.

R v K (Leeds Crown Court)
Represented one of three convicted murderers accused of attempting to murder war criminal, Radislav Krstic, in Wakefield prison. The case was widely reported in the national press, including by the BBC. Acquitted of attempted murder, convicted of section 18 wounding.

R v G and others (Central Criminal Court)
Represented one of nine youths accused of murder. Boy chased and stabbed by gang in Home Park in Sydenham. Acquitted of murder. Convicted of manslaughter. This case was reported by the BBC.

R v H
Represented a serving army officer accused of rape. Acquitted.

R v O (Central Criminal Court)
Murder and conspiracy to rob. Robbery of Matalan store, in which the manager was allegedly murdered.

R v G (Central Criminal Court)
Murder/manslaughter, section 18. Defended an ambulance-man accused of murdering his three-month-old son. The defendant was acquitted of the serious charges on the indictment - including murder/manslaughter. The case involved highly technical expert medical evidence from leading specialists in a wide variety of fields.

R v H (Central Criminal Court)
Represented one of two 15 year olds accused of murdering a paedophile. Acquitted of murder, convicted of manslaughter.

R v C (Central Criminal Court)
Multi-handed murder trial - defendant allegedly involved in execution style shooting.

R v C and others (Central Criminal Court)
Leading Counsel. Murder and attempted murder. Seven-handed gangland shooting in Streatham High Road. Successfully opposed a witness anonymity application. Defendant acquitted after submissions of no case to answer at close of prosecution case.

R v W and others (Woolwich Crown Court)
Leading Counsel. Operation Eaglewood. Money-laundering operation in which defendants were alleged to have laundered in excess of 100 million pounds worth of criminal proceeds from a large number of criminal gangs and organisations across the south east of England.

R v B (Winchester Crown Court)
Rape. Chef/Student acquitted of raping a criminal solicitor, who was too intoxicated to recall any of the events. Widely reported in national press.

R v K-B (Cambridge Crown Court)
Instructed as junior counsel. Double murder of two children by their mother.

R v H and others (Southwark Crown Court)
Leading Counsel. Operation Sunbird. Fraud and money laundering - represented a company director who laundered in excess of 14 million pounds.

R v A and others (Wood Green Crown Court)
Defendant acquitted of alleged involvement in gang rape, which culminated in the complainant being doused in caustic soda.

R v S (Central Criminal Court)
Murder - baby shaking. Detailed written submissions to the CPS resulted in no evidence being offered.

R v B (Central Criminal Court)
Prosecution accept guilty plea to manslaughter, based on Alcohol Dependency Syndrome/diminished responsibility.

R v T (Court of Appeal)
CCRC referral on fresh evidence. Indecent assault conviction from 1995 overturned.

R v O (Harrow Crown Court)
Leading Counsel - baby shaking - child cruelty.

R v A (Nottingham Crown Court)
Murder trial. Conviction appealed in relation to the proper application of section 101(1)(e) - admission of co-defendant’s bad character.

R v B (Kingston Crown Court)
Conspiracy to manufacture amphetamine sulphate.

R v A and others (Reading Crown Court)
High profile case concerning the murder of Mary Ann Leneghan and attempted murder of another in Prospect Park, Reading.

R v M and others (Bristol Crown Court)
Multi-handed conspiracy to murder involving co-ordinated shootings in Bristol and Croydon.

R v M and another (Central Criminal Court)
Murder allegedly involving members of the So Solid Crew.

R v and others (Central Criminal Court)
Murder at Notting Hill after party. Case involved complex issues of law concerning the admission of hearsay evidence from an anonymous witness.

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Notable Cases & News

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

17 June 2022

Stephanie Harrison QC, Chair and Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers, comments on the Nationality and Borders Bill receiving Royal Assent

29 April 2022

Garden Court Crime Team statement on no returns action

30 March 2022

Garden Court secures number one rankings in Chambers UK Bar Guide 2022

21 October 2021

Garden Court Chambers Crime Team shortlisted for Crime Set of the Year by Chambers Bar Awards 2021

We are delighted to announce that the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team has been shortlisted by the Chambers Bar Awards 2021 for Crime Set of the Year.

27 August 2021

Justice Committee call for evidence: The Future of Legal Aid - Response of Garden Court Chambers

Garden Court submission to Parliamentary Justice Committee Inquiry into future of legal aid. Legal Aid is at a critical point in its history and its future is beyond being described as a “crisis”. It needs urgent significant additional funding if it is to

19 October 2020

Judy Khan QC, Stephanie Harrison QC and Liz Davies appointed as Joint Heads of Garden Court Chambers

Garden Court Chambers is pleased to announce that Stephanie Harrison QC and Liz Davies have been newly elected as Joint Heads of Chambers. They join Judy Khan QC who continues as Joint Head of Chambers.

27 January 2020

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

Judy Khan QC wins Crime Silk of the Year at Chambers Bar Awards 2019

We are delighted to announce that Judy Khan QC has won Crime Silk of the Year at the Chambers Bar Awards 2019.

1 November 2019

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

Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield to go on trial for manslaughter by gross negligence

The trial of Mr Duckenfield is currently listed to start on 10 September.

29 June 2018

Judy Khan QC, Maya Sikand, Joanne Cecil and Shu Shin Luh shortlisted for Legal 500 Bar Awards 2018

Garden Court is delighted to announce that four of our barristers have been shortlisted for the Legal 500 Bar Awards 2018.

27 November 2017

Hillsborough Review backs ‘Hillsborough Law’

Seventeen barristers from Garden Court Chambers were involved in the Hillsborough inquests, representing 80 families of those who died.

1 November 2017

'Flexible' Operating Hours pilot postponed until next year following concerns raised by Garden Court Chambers Crime Team and legal profession

On 18 September 2017 the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team sent an open letter to Lord Justice Fulford.

18 September 2017

Hillsborough disaster: criminal charges against six people

Seventeen barristers from Garden Court Chambers represented 80 families at the Hillsborough inquest.

29 June 2017

Leslie Thomas QC, Judy Khan QC and Marc Willers QC elected as Joint Heads of Chambers

Garden Court is delighted to announce that Leslie Thomas QC, Judy Khan QC and Marc Willers QC have been elected as Joint Heads of Chambers.

31 January 2017

Garden Court and Stephanie Harrison QC shortlisted for Human Rights and Public Law awards

Garden Court has been shortlisted at the Chambers Bar Awards, whilst Stephanie and our Public Law Team are shortlisted at the Legal 500 Awards.

21 October 2016

Ched Evans not guilty of rape after re-trial

Judy Khan QC and David Emanuel of the Garden Court Chambers Crime team defended Ched Evans at the re-trial.

14 October 2016

Garden Court Chambers recognised for “outstanding achievement” following Hillsborough inquests

Garden Court Chambers Hillsborough inquest team wins Outstanding Achievement Award at Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2016.

8 July 2016

Hillsborough inquest concludes 96 fans were unlawfully killed

Garden Court Chambers represented 77 families at the inquests.

26 April 2016

Chambers UK Bar Guide ranks Garden Court in Band 1

Garden Court Chambers recognised as a leading set for immigration, social housing, civil liberties, police law, Court of Protection, crime and inquests and public inquiries.

30 October 2015

Garden Court wins Legal 500 crime set of the year award

The winners in these awards are chosen by the Legal 500 as a result of thousands of interviews with firms, sets and counsel.

8 October 2015

Garden Court Chambers ranked Band 1 in Chambers UK 2014

We are once again delighted to have been ranked as a leading set by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers UK 2014 directory.

31 October 2013

18 Garden Court barristers instructed on Hillsborough Inquest

Garden Court Chambers are pleased to announce that 18 Garden Court barristers have been instructed on the Hillsborough inquest.

18 October 2013

Judy Khan QC represents TV actor acquitted of sexual assault

Judy Khan QC secured the acquittal of a young TV star charged with sexually assaulting another teenager.

27 March 2013

Garden Court barristers recognised in Black Letter Law directory

Garden Court Chambers was delighted to learn that a record number of members of Chambers have been identified in the latest edition of Black Letter Law Directory. In total, 12 barristers have been highlighted for being in the news or as notable practition

15 January 2013

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