In this chapter we highlight 43 silks and 11 juniors for their outstanding work in a wide range of matters, including high-profile corporate and financial crime proceedings, confiscations, and serious fraud cases.
Most highly regarded:
Cloth Fair Chambers achieves six listings this year.
John Kelsey-Fry QC stands out as “one of the very best silks in the field” thanks to his decades of experience in high-profile international criminal fraud disputes.
Alison Pople QC is “extremely popular with clients” and considered a go-to for financial, commercial and corporate crime matters.
With more than 40 years of experience in the field, Nicholas Purnell QC earns acclaim as an authority on criminal law.
QEB Hollis Whiteman is home to three silks listed here.
Adrian Darbishire QC is among the top names of the white-collar crime bar and comes highly recommended for his in-depth experience representing corporations and individuals in complex fraud claims.
Mark Ellison QC is an “extremely clever silk” who “gives great fraud advice” and excels in high-profile bribery and corruption cases.
William Boyce QC enjoys praise as a “phenomenal advocate” who possesses a wealth of experience in cross-border corporate and financial crime matters.
6 KBW College Hill also sees three silks highlighted in this chapter.
David Perry QC is celebrated for his long-standing practice with one peer effusing, “He is the number one criminal silk out there.”
Duncan Penny QC is a “brilliant criminal fraud specialist” with vast experience in banking and corruption cases.
Louis Mably QC is “simply wonderful” and “highly intellectual” silk with profound expertise in multijurisdictional criminal litigation.
Three Raymond Buildings earns an impressive seven listings.
Patrick Gibbs QC is a “tremendously bright advocate” and “a real star in the field” who shines in the full range of criminal fraud proceedings.
Hugo Keith QC is an “absolutely fantastic practitioner” who is “very calm, respected and busy”. He is revered for his expertise in deferred prosecution agreements and extraditions.
Trevor Burke QC is highlighted by peers for his “enormous experience at home and in overseas jurisdictions” in complex financial crime disputes.
Matrix Chambers performs well with three nominations.
Clare Montgomery QC is “one of the most brilliant criminal barristers in the market” who “knows the law inside and out”.
Alex Bailin QC is a top-notch silk who “continues to impress in the financial and regulated sectors where he applies his extremely deep knowledge incredibly well”.
Tim Owen QC is noted for his extensive experience representing domestic and international clients in a spectrum of complex criminal fraud cases.
The “excellent” Jonathan Laidlaw QC at 2 Hare Court is a “very slick and smooth advocate” with a strong track record in high-profile criminal cases.
Christopher Coltart QC possesses a “great reputation for revenue fraud cases” and is highly esteemed for his “sensible, logical, reasoned and well-thought-out approach”.
Martin Evans QC from 33 Chancery Lane is “excellent on POCA matters” and considered a “leading thinker” on corporate crime. He is “brilliant for confiscation” and a “go-to for money laundering cases”.
Kennedy Talbot QC receives praise from peers as a “walking encyclopaedia for POCA cases” and is touted for his “personable approach and deep intelligence”.
Three Raymond Buildings receives three nominations.
Neil Saunders is an “absolutely first-class advocate” who is “head and shoulders above the rest for criminal fraud and investigations”. One respondent adds, “He knows his way around the fraud world very well.”
Saba Naqshbandi is an outstanding junior who earns plaudits for her expertise in multijurisdictional criminal fraud proceedings.
Nicholas Yeo is well versed at handling large-scale financial crime disputes for an array of high-profile international clients.
At QEB Hollis Whiteman, Ben FitzGerald is a “truly splendid practitioner” with significant experience in complex SFO matters.
Miranda Hill from 6 KBW College Hill is a “remarkable advocate” who stands out for her work on financial and corporate crime proceedings.
Rachel Kapila from Cloth Fair Chambers is renowned for her adept handling of fraud, corruption and bribery cases.