Leading Barristers Chambers
Advocacy & Advisory Specialists in Criminal, Civil and Family Law
We are a long established Leading Barristers' Chambers, founded in 1966. We have a wealth of expertise in all areas of criminal law, appearing and advising in cases involving Commercial Crime, Serious & Organised Crime, Terrorism and Regulatory offences.
Chambers also provide expert legal assistance in Children Law matters and related Family Proceedings, Licensing, Prison Law, matters of Professional Discipline and Judicial Review. Individual members have expertise in Personal Injury, Civil Actions Against the Police and Employment disputes.
Members of Chambers appear in all levels of Court throughout the UK and other Jurisdictions. With approaching 50 Barristers, including Queen's Counsel, we are able to provide high quality advocacy and advisory services to our clients in our specialist areas.
Please note, that it is with regret, and following numerous enquiries, that 5KBW do not have any QC's or juniors willing to accept VHCC cases under the new revised rates.
Congratulations to Sarah Forshaw QC on her nomination for Crime Silk of the year 2013. The award dinner takes place at The London Hilton Hotel on 3rd October.
Chambers are delighted to welcome Irshad Sheikh who joins us from 187 Fleet Street with immediate effect.
Chambers are delighted to welcome Alistair MacDonald QC who joins us with immediate effect. We also congratulate him on his election as Vice Chair of the Bar for 2014.
On Saturday 18th May, Circuit Leader Sarah Forshaw QC addressed a full meeting of the S.E.C.in respect of the MOJ consultation on Legal Aid. A transcript of her speech can be found here.
Sarah Forshaw QC appears on Radio 4 Law in Action about Duress and Battered Woman Syndrome
Mark Heywood QC successfully prosecuted the mental health patient, Nicola Edgington, of the murder and attempted murder of two women in Bexleyheath
All in Chambers would like to congratulate Sarah Forshaw on her election as Leader of the South Eastern Circuit.
Sarah Forshaw QC has been asked to speak at the Australian Bar Annual Conference in Rome between 2nd and 6th July 2013, together with the Master of the Rolls, The Rt Hon Lady Justice Heather Hallett DBE and the Chair of the Bar.
We are pleased to welcome Hannah Wyatt and Charlotte Hole as our newest members. Both join 5KBW following completion of pupillage.
Chambers are delighted to have again achieved ranking status in the latest Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession. Congratulations to Sarah Forshaw QC, Mark Heywood QC, Ian Glen QC, Jonathan Higgs QC, Sue Rodham, Stephen Chippeck and James Martin.
5KBW's Ian Glen QC appeared in the ITV1 Exposure documentary regarding historic sexual abuse claims against the late Sir Jimmy Savile.
5KBW's Mark Heywood QC appears on Unreliable Evidence, Radio 4, talking about Joint Enterprise with Simon Natas from ITN Solicitors, Francis Fitzgibbon QC and hosted by Clive Anderson.
Mark Heywood QC in Supreme Court murder decision.