At St Pauls Chambers, we have a team of highly respected and accomplished barristers at all levels who have substantial experience in the Prosecution and Defence of complex crime both in the Crown Court and Appeal Courts.

Terrorism

Our Terrorism team are regularly instructed to prosecute and defend high-profile and complex terrorism cases, involving offences including possession of material useful to a terrorist, dissemination of terrorist material online, making explosive devices, and planning or committing acts of terrorism. Such offences encompass complex and expert evidence such as computing analysis, telephone download analysis, explosives, firearms, and social development of various extreme terrorist groups, both in the United Kingdom and other countries.

We present sensitive and distressing material to juries such as beheadings and shootings motivated by terrorism and distributed online with the aim of encouraging others to do the same. The defendants range from disillusioned youths to sophisticated and highly educated extremists. Many defendants have psychological and psychiatric issues. We have expertise in cases involving extreme terrorist groups of all kinds, particularly Islamic State and Extreme Right Wing white supremacists.

Homicide

We have experienced Barristers at all levels in homicide cases. Often such cases will involve gang-land feuds, firearms and ballistic experts, and complex pathology, as well as cell-site and telephone evidence. With our specialist knowledge, gained over many years and many cases, both for the Prosecution and Defence, we can advise on the tactical decisions to be made, with their inherent sensitivity, from beginning to end of proceedings.

In child and infant fatalities and serious injury cases, we have a wealth of Silks and Junior criminal barristers with specialist skills in cross-examination of experts in paediatrics, neurology, neuropathology, retinal abnormalities, and orthopaedics. Our expert criminal advocates also have much experience in dealing with ‘Munchausen by proxy’ cases. The cross-over with our family team means that we can deal with all aspects of cases where there has been an infant or child fatality, including any care proceedings.

Corporate Manslaughter and Health & Safety prosecutions

There is a wealth of knowledge and experience in Chambers in dealing with specialist Health and Safety prosecutions and regulations, including cases of corporate manslaughter. At all levels, we have barristers with the skills and knowledge to deal with the particular types of experts relied upon in such cases.

Serious and organised crime

Our criminal team have been instructed for many years in the most complex serious and organised crime cases locally and nationally. We prosecute and defend in the largest drugs importation conspiracy prosecutions, involving covert recordings and observations, international evidence, extradition from all parts of the world, telephone and cell-site, and complex sequences of events involving multiple defendants and the National Crime Agency.

We are also regularly instructed in high-profile, multi-defendant, child sexual exploitation cases involving sexual grooming, rape, and trafficking of children for sexual purposes. Equally, we have represented and prosecuted numerous defendants who have lied to the court and made false allegations of sexual abuse.

Proceeds of Crime Act

The criminal team has many years of experience in dealing with serious fraud and the Proceeds of Crime Act goes hand in hand with such proceedings. We are therefore highly skilled and knowledgeable in representing both sides of a case in complex restraint of assets applications and confiscation proceedings following conviction.

“The clerking team is responsive, extremely approachable and knowledgeable”

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"St Pauls Chambers is a dynamic set which is particularly renowned for undertaking all aspects of serious crime."


Complex Crime Barristers

Sam Green KC

Sam Green KC

Joint Head of Chambers

Call: 1998 Silk: 2015

Nigel Sangster KC

Nigel Sangster KC

Call: 1976 Silk: 1998

Richard Barraclough KC

Richard Barraclough KC

Call: 1980 Silk: 2003

Simon Myerson KC

Simon Myerson KC

Call: 1986 Silk: 2003

Bryan Cox KC

Bryan Cox KC

Call: 1979 Silk: 2005

Jane Bewsey KC

Jane Bewsey KC

Call: 1986 Silk: 2010

John Harrison KC

John Harrison KC

Call: 1994 Silk: 2016

Jonathan Sandiford KC

Jonathan Sandiford KC

Call: 1992 Silk: 2020

Cameron Brown KC

Cameron Brown KC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2020

Nicholas Worsley KC

Nicholas Worsley KC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2023

Denise Breen-Lawton

Denise Breen-Lawton

Joint Head of Chambers

Call: 2000

Jeremy Barnett

Jeremy Barnett

Call: 1980

Derek Duffy

Derek Duffy

Call: 1997

Alasdair Campbell

Alasdair Campbell

Call: 1999

Licensing

Andrew Stranex

Call: 2000

Jane Brady

Jane Brady

Call: 2001

James Bourne-Arton

James Bourne-Arton

Call: 2001

Danielle Graham

Danielle Graham

Call: 2003

Hal Watson

Hal Watson

Call: 2003

James Lake

James Lake

Call: 2005

Helen Chapman

Helen Chapman

Call: 2006

Hannah Hinton

Hannah Hinton

Call: 2008

Angus MacDonald

Angus MacDonald

Call: 2009

George Hazel-Owram

George Hazel-Owram

Call: 2012

Kristina Goodwin

Kristina Goodwin

Call: 2013

Frances Pencheon

Frances Pencheon

Call: 2015

Jessica Heggie

Jessica Heggie

Call: 2017

Harry Crowson

Harry Crowson

Call: 2018

Ellie Guildford

Eleanor Guildford

Call: 2021

Contact Us

Chambers is centrally located within walking distance of the train station, secure car parks and the Courts.

Contact Us

St Pauls Chambers
Park Row House
19-20 Park Row
Leeds
LS1 5JF

For out of hours assistance please call the senior clerk on 07854170429.

The switchboard will open from 08:30 until 17:30

Phone: +44 (0)1132 455 866
Email: [email protected]
CJSM: [email protected]

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