Our sexual offences barristers are recognised and respected across the circuit and beyond in the prosecution and defence of these complex and difficult cases.

Our Members have been instructed in some of the highest profile and complex sexual offences cases, including the successful prosecution of Operation Leaf (Eleanor Williams, who falsely claimed she was raped by multiple men and trafficked by an Asian grooming gang), Operation Lytton (Rochdale Grooming), Operation Stovewood (National Crime Agency into Rotherham Grooming).

Member of chambers are noted for their expertise when dealing with vulnerable witnesses and defendants with particular difficulties – in particular mental health and other cognitive impairments.

Some of our sexual offences barristers are recognised as trainers on the Advocacy and Vulnerable Witness Training Programme, providing specialist training to the judiciary and other legal professionals. Several are on the specialist CPS panel of Rape and Serious Sexual Offences prosecutors.

Chambers is well-versed in the challenges of cases of this nature. When defending, members are attuned to the particular sensitivities connected to these cases, the concerns regarding press reporting, and registration on the Sex Offenders Register.

Sentencing in sex cases is particularly complicated. Our members receive training which means they are up-to date and able to advance arguments on the relevant sentencing provisions.

We are particularly expert in cases relating to:

  • Rape and serious sexual assault
  • Rape within relationship and marriages or other domestic settings
  • Child sexual abuse, both recent and non-recent (historic)
  • Allegations made within a school or other education setting
  • Offences involving an alleged breach of trust
  • Human trafficking
  • Paedophile or grooming rings
  • Offences concerning the use of the internet – “revenge porn”, sexual communication with children, sexting and harassment.
  • Possession and distribution of indecent images of children
  • Prostitution and associated offence
  • Sexual Risk Orders
  • Sexual Harm Prevention Orders, both post-conviction and stand-alone orders
  • Breaches of SROs and SHPOs
  • Offences concerning Notification Requirements and the Sex Offenders Register

If you would like expert guidance on sexual abuse cases, contact our criminal law barristers today. Renowned for their success in high-profile sexual offences cases, our team excels in both prosecution and defence, ensuring discreet and confidential support tailored to your needs. 

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

The Legal 500

Get in touch

For further information and enquiries please contact our clerks team.

Sexual Offences Barristers

Sam Green KC

Sam Green KC

Joint Head of Chambers

Call: 1998 Silk: 2015

Denise Breen-Lawton

Denise Breen-Lawton KC

Joint Head of Chambers

Call: 2000 Silk: 2024

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

Jonathon Sandiford KC St Pauls Chambers

Jonathan Sandiford KC

Call: 1992 Silk: 2020

Nicholas Worsley KC

Nicholas Worsley KC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2023

James Bourne-Arton

James Bourne-Arton KC

Call: 2001 Silk: 2024

Philip Standfast

Philip Standfast

Call: 1980

Derek Duffy

Derek Duffy

Call: 1997

Alasdair Campbell

Alasdair Campbell

Call: 1999

Licensing Law

Andrew Stranex

Call: 2000

Jane Brady

Jane Brady

Call: 2001

Danielle Graham

Danielle Graham

Call: 2003

James Lake

James Lake

Call: 2005

Andrew Nixon

Andrew Nixon

Call: 2006

Helen Chapman

Helen Chapman

Call: 2006

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

Temitayo Dasaolu

Temitayo Dasaolu

Call: 2018

Ayman Khokhar

Ayman Khokhar

Call: 2018

Emma Handley

Emma Handley

Call: 2019

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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