Crime

Overview

The Six Pump Court Criminal Law Team has universally recognised and long-established excellence at all levels in all aspects of advisory and advocacy work within the broad context of criminal practice. As a leading set in this area, its members are regularly instructed both to prosecute and defend, a feature ensuring a balanced, informed and incisive approach.

Areas with which our criminal law barristers are particularly associated include homicide, complex fraud and serious sexual offences, together with regulatory, inquest, disciplinary and other tribunal work, and the more varied assistance often required by private clients.

The Criminal Law Team was established and took deep and proud root almost one hundred years ago in Kent and Sussex where it established a reputation second to none and from which emerged eminent Silks, Circuit, High Court and Court of Appeal Judges. The reputation and practice of the criminal law barristers in the Team has now expanded throughout England and Wales, and offshore. With 4 Queen’s Counsel and 22 highly rated Juniors, the Team offers the depth and breadth of experience that ensures efficient, imaginative and robust representation in any case, irrespective of gravity or complexity. Furthermore, as an integral part of a true ‘mixed set’, the Team has a proven track record beyond mainstream crime dating back many decades, something of particular relevance in the context of quasi-criminal/criminal-civil litigation, advice and representation.

Our Criminal Law Barristers are also members of other Teams within Chambers and operate in the narrower fields of Environmental, Health and Safety and Regulatory prosecutions by the CPS and other agencies. Senior Members of the Team act in the most sensitive of cases and are often brought in to lead in the Court of Appeal.

Our Criminal Law Barristers are expertly managed by a dedicated Clerks’ Room which insists in each case that the client’s expectations are understood and advanced. The Clerks have built up ‘second to none relationships’ with the list offices at the many court centres where members of the Team appear and are well positioned to overcome listing difficulties should they arise.

Criminal Law Barristers at Six Pump Court accept publicly or privately funded and direct access work.

Testimonials

"Six Pump Court is ‘an excellent set’ with a notable presence in Kent, where members of the team prosecute and defend in a range of high-profile criminal cases"

― Legal 500 [2022] – Leading Set (Crime)

"A popular set with an impressive profile in Kent and a strong bench of silks and juniors. Its barristers regularly prosecute and defend a range of serious criminal cases, including murders, drug conspiracies and sexual assault. They win praise from interviewees for their advocacy skills as well as their client care."

― Chambers UK Bar Guide [2021] – Leading Set (Crime)

"…a strong practice across the full spectrum of criminal law, and is particularly well recognised for its expertise in homicide and sexual offence cases. Its team of highly qualified silks and juniors are experienced in both prosecution and defence work and also regularly take on major cases relating to drug trafficking, fraud and animal cruelty. The set wins high praise overall from instructing solicitors, with one remarking: “The quality of the advocacy is very high, but their client manner is also excellent and the clerks will go out of their way to help you if they can."

― Chambers UK Bar Guide

Latest news

8th July 2022

Emin Kandola secures acquittal in ‘Haymaker’ punch causing grievous bodily harm case

Emin Kandola has secured the acquittal of a man charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (Section 18).

22nd June 2022

Daniel Stevenson prosecutes attempted murder of girl stabbed 22 times

Daniel Stevenson was instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service in the case of R v Shaba.

22nd June 2022

John FitzGerald secures acquittal in million pound drug importation trial

John Fitzgerald was instructed by Karamjit Singh of Bark & Co Solicitors.

31st May 2022

Youth with severe learning disabilities acquitted of murder

Richard Barraclough QC defended a young man with severe learning disabilities on trial for murder at Sheffield Crown Court.

31st May 2022

Nike goods stolen from articulated lorry following arrest of driver

The long running saga of the Nike load stolen after the driver of the articulated lorry was arrested for drink driving has come to an end.

31st May 2022

Important appeal concerning Trading Standards authority to prosecute certain offences

On 20th July the Court of Appeal is to hear an important appeal concerning Trading Standards authority to prosecute certain offences.

12th May 2022

Five defendants convicted of conspiring to smuggle 35 people into the UK – Nina Ellin and Craig Evans prosecuting

Nina Ellin, leading Craig Evans successfully prosecuted a large people smuggling gang who attempted to smuggle 35 people of all ages into the UK

6th May 2022

Richard Wright QC invited to join the UK Covid-19 Inquiry

The Chair of the Inquiry, Baroness Heather Hallett has invited Richard Wright QC to join her legal team supporting the preparation and delivery of the UK Covid-19 Inquiry.

14th April 2022

John FitzGerald, led by Edward Henry QC, secure acquittal in Croydon Crown Court murder trial

John Fitzgerald was instructed by K Singh of Bark & Co.

11th February 2022

New edition of Halsbury’s Laws of England published with Simon Taylor QC a Consultant Editor

The fifth edition of Volume 47 of Halsbury’s Laws of England has been published by LexisNexis.

1st February 2022

Richard Barraclough QC defends in murder cases

In R v Fullard, the defendant was charged with attempted murder and firearms offences.

26th January 2022

Ben Irwin and Amy Nicholson appointed as Recorders

Congratulations to our colleagues Ben Irwin and Amy Nicholson who have been appointed as Recorders.

12th January 2022

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes murder trial – Nina Ellin prosecuting

Nina Ellin led by Jonas Hankin QC successfully prosecuted Arthur Labinjo-Hughes' step-mother (Tustin) and father (Hughes).

30th November 2021

Guilty verdicts in Luton stabbing murder

Richard Wright QC leading Ben Irwin prosecuted this case, tried before the Honourable Mr Justice Goss at Luton Crown Court.

24th November 2021

Sentencing in Ashford drugs murder trial

In a case prosecuted by Richard Barraclough QC, a teenager has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

8th November 2021

Tenancy opportunities – Criminal Law

Chambers invites applications for tenancy from established practitioners.

8th November 2021

David Fuller – Oliver Saxby QC defending

The trial of David Fuller concluded last week. Mr Fuller was charged with two offences of murder dating back to the late 1980s and a host of sexual offences committed whilst he worked in hospitals.

15th October 2021

Thomas Stern secures section 18 acquittal for man accused of leaving his victim unconscious

Thomas Stern has secured a section 18 acquittal for a man accused of leaving his victim in prolonged disorder of unconsciousness.

1st October 2021

Amy Nicholson joins Six Pump Court

Chambers is delighted to welcome Amy Nicholson to our Crime team.

29th September 2021

Six Pump Court barristers recommended in nine areas of law in the Legal 500 2022

Six Pump Court has been recommended in 9 areas of law in the Legal 500 2022 with 62 individual recommendations.

Our crime team

Stephen Hockman QC

Stephen Hockman QC

Call: 1970, QC: 1990
Richard Barraclough

Richard Barraclough QC

Call: 1980, QC: 2003
Oliver Saxby QC

Oliver Saxby QC

Call: 1992, QC: 2013
Simon Taylor QC

Simon Taylor QC

Call: 1997, QC: 2021
Richard Wright QC

Richard Wright QC

Call: 1998, QC: 2013
Paul Hogben

Paul Hogben

Call: 1993
Nina Ellin

Nina Ellin

Call: 1994
Danny Moore

Danny Moore

Call: 1994
Tom Dunn

Tom Dunn

Call: 1998
Thaiza Khan

Thaiza Khan

Call: 2006
Ben Irwin

Ben Irwin

Call: 2006
Craig Evans

Craig Evans

Call: 2010
Mark Davies

Mark Davies

Call: 2017