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General Crime

‘A serious outfit with the ability to take on very high-level cases’ - Legal 500 2017

Containing ‘a wealth of high-end experience’ in criminal law, ‘chambers is providing the full package at a time when others fail or fall by the wayside’. - Legal 500 2016

Chambers is recognised nationally as a leading criminal set and our members are able to provide representation at all levels of seniority across the full spectrum of criminal offending. Our practitioners have an unwavering commitment to provide advice and representation of the highest calibre coupled with advocacy that is frequently recognised by the judiciary, solicitors and clients to be of the very highest quality.


2 April 2020

COVID 19: Everything you need to know at the Criminal Bar during the Pandemic

Charlotte Newell QC and Phoebe Bragg have put together...

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25 March 2020



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6 February 2020

Louise Oakley joins 5KBW

Chambers are delighted to welcome Louise Oakley who has...

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16 January 2020

Charlotte Newell appointed Queen’s Counsel

Chambers are delighted to say that the Lord Chancellor...

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15 January 2020

The interests of justice? When should the court issue a witness summons?

Jonathan Higgs QC had this article published in the...

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1 November 2019

5KBW awarded Crime Set of the Year at Chambers UK Bar Awards

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Chambers...

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5 September 2019

5KBW shortlisted for Chambers UK 2019 Bar Awards

Chambers are delighted to have been shortlisted for the...

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Recent Cases

  • R v R [Snaresbrook Crown Court] 2020

    Actual Bodily Harm & Two Assaults

    Agreed a basis of plea with the Crown on day one but this was dismissed by the learned Judge. Defendant was acquitted unanimously of all charges.

  • R v B [Wood Geen Crown Court] 2019

    s.20 GBH Allegation

    Represented a doorman who faced a s.20 GBH allegation having pushed a customer to the floor and caused them to sufferserious bleed on the brain – hung jury.

  • R v K [Lewes] 2019


    Sam Willis, led by Paul Walker, defended in this five-week trial involving allegations of stalking. The prosecution evidence consisted of 74,000 pages of Facebook extracts and computer downloads. The ability to analyse large quantities of digital evidence was crucial to the defence case - it led to a 40-page defence bundle being placed before the jury to provide context and balance to the 550-page prosecution bundles.

  • R v. K [Snaresbrook] 2019

    Supply Drugs

    Sam Willis acted for this defendant accused of supplying cannabis. The case involved careful analysis of evidence served late by the prosecution, including a report by a drugs expert, mobile telephone downloads and forensic drug analysis.

  • R v. L [Woolwich] 2019


    Sam Willis was instructed in this two-day trial. The case involved alibi evidence, and required carefully-planned cross-examination of a Police Constable purporting to recognise the defendant from poor quality CCTV. During the first trial, the jury had to be discharged - the prosecution dropped the charges just before the re-trial was due to begin.

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