Criminal Law

“Church Court Chambers is an established criminal set which undertakes both defence and prosecution work at all levels including silk” Legal 500, 2024

Chambers has a committed and talented team of King’s Counsel and Juniors barristers who specialise in criminal law, prosecuting and defending at the highest level. In addition to being accomplished advocates, our Members understand the need for excellent client care and fostering strong relationships with both the lay and professional client. Our barristers are renowned for the exceptional quality of their written and oral advice, in addition to the meticulous preparation of their cases.

We have been involved in some of the most high-profile domestic criminal cases of recent times including the high-profile murder of Sabrina Nessa and the Vietnamese Lorry Death Case where the defendants faced 39 counts of manslaughter.

We have been instructed in international cases involving evidence and witness handling from wide ranging jurisdictions. Examples include The Caymans, Mauritius, Qatar, the United States of America, Gibraltar, Cyprus and many more. Recently, members were involved with the Cyprus Rape Case, which went to the Cyprus Supreme Court.

Whether you are looking for counsel to advise on private prosecutions or to diligently and effectively defend at trial, the Church Court clerks will be able to guide you to the right person to meet your needs. Many of our Members are graded by the CPS.

We can offer counsel who are fluent in other languages. In particular, we have counsel who are fluent in Russian, Spanish, French, Bengali, Welsh, Creole. Many of our counsel have trained both in the UK and Internationally. They have undergone additional training in USA, European jurisdictions and various other areas. Several are qualified to teach the art of advocacy and cross-examination techniques, including dealing with vulnerable witnesses

Barristers at Church Court accept instructions in respect of all criminal offences on behalf of both the Prosecution and Defence. Specific offences include those listed below:

  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Terrorism
  • Kidnapping
  • Firearms offences
  • Robbery
  • Knife crime
  • Serious organised crime
  • Human Trafficking
  • Drug trafficking and importation
  • Money laundering
  • Fraud
  • Cybercrime
  • Sexual offences
  • Driving offences
  • Misconduct in public office
  • Crime with cross jurisdictional issues
  • Modern Day Slavery

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