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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.

News

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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11 November 2019

5KBW delighted to welcome Rupert Kent

Chambers are delighted to welcome Rupert Kent who joins us with immediate effect from...

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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 K [Lewes] 2019

    Stalking

    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.

  • Operation Augusta [Southwark] 2019

    Violent disorder arising from a “Free Tommy Robinson” protest

    Aska Fujita prosecuted 18 defendants charged with violent disorder arising from a “Free Tommy Robinson” protest on 9th June 2018. The investigation included over 400 witness statements and 200 hours’ of CCTV, BWV and police evidence gatherer footage, which Aska reviewed. All defendants pleaded guilty.  Instructed by the CPS Complex Casework Division.

    News report here.

  • R v M [Woolwich Crown Court] 2019

    Assault on an Emergency Worker

    Sam Willis acted for this defendant who was acquitted after a three day trial. The defendant was of good character and was seen on police 'bodyworn video' striking a police constable to the throat. The issue for the jury was self defence.

  • R v G [Cambridge] 2019

    Battery

    Sam Willis prosecuted this assault allegation, where the defendant was unfit to be tried. After legal submissions on the correct procedure to follow, the Magistrates heard the evidence and found that there had been a physical assault as alleged. Further submissions were then made on the proper disposal of the case.

  • R v S [Reading] 2019

    Obstructing a Police Constable

    Sam Willis acted for this defendant, accused of obstructing a police officer during a stop and search. Following submissions on the grounds required before an individual can be searched, the District Judge acquitted the defendant.

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