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'If you are serious about getting the very best representation then you need look no further than 5 KBW' - Chambers UK 2019

“a truly wonderful set” that has barristers who “prepare everything early and give huge confidence to clients.”  - Chambers UK 2020


"Chambers UK Bar Awards 2019 -- Winners -- Crime Set of the Year"


‘A powerhouse of talent’, 5KBW is ‘home to some of the biggest names’ at the Criminal Bar.' - Legal 500 2020

‘The ‘fantastic’ 5KBW has dealt with many high-profile criminal cases over the last year and is ‘fast becoming a leading Chambers thanks to the ability and experience of its Counsel’ - Legal 500 - 2019


"Chambers UK Bar Awards 2018 - Winner - Crime Silk of the Year - Mark Heywood QC"



Latest News

Double Stabbing. Not Guilty Murder Verdict

13 February 2020

Sarah Forshaw QC successfully defended a young man who has been cleared of a double stabbing at the...

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Louise Oakley joins 5KBW

6 February 2020

Chambers are delighted to welcome Louise Oakley who has joined us with immediate effect. Louise was...

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Not Guilty of Murder

30 January 2020

Natasha Wong QC and Valeria Swift successfully defended man accused of murdering his friend in a...

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Charlotte Newell appointed Queen’s Counsel

16 January 2020

Chambers are delighted to say that the Lord Chancellor has today announced that Charlotte...

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The interests of justice? When should the court issue a...

15 January 2020

Jonathan Higgs QC had this article published in the December Criminal Law Review. A link to the...

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Wandsworth stabbing killer, 21, guilty of murder

15 January 2020

Catherine Farrelly instructed by CPS Homicide Unit and led by Crispin Aylett QC prosecuted Fernando...

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Sarah Forshaw QC succeeds in important Court of Appeal case...

14 January 2020

Sarah Forshaw QC succeeds in important Court of Appeal case on S.100 / s.41 and cross-admissibility...

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Attempted Murder Acquittal

14 January 2020

Valeria Swift,  acting as sole counsel, secured the acquittal of her client for attempted...

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Black cab rapist John Worboys jailed for life after...

18 December 2019

Jonathan Polnay represented the Crown in this case involving the notorious serial rapist and Black...

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Stranger rapist conviction

26 November 2019

Catherine Farrelly secures conviction of stranger rapist who attacked two women earlier this year....

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