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Serious & Organised Crime

Chambers has a formidable reputation in the prosecution and defence of allegations of serious and organised crime, with our practitioners providing advice and representation of the very highest quality in the most serious high-profile criminal trials of this nature throughout the UK and abroad. 


11 June 2019

Criminal gang who ran an £8 million drugs supply operation across the UK facing jail.

Charlotte Newell leading Dickon Reid have secured the...

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26 October 2018

Mark Heywood QC awarded Crime Silk of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards

All at 5KBW congratulate our Joint Head of Chambers Mark...

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Recent Cases

  • R v Shariashvili & 6 Ors [Isleworth CC] 2019

    Consp to Facilitate Illegal Immigration in the UK (Trial 1)

    Mr Martin was leading Counsel for D1 with Peter Eguae as his Junior. This case (Operation MANDEBRAS) related to a Home Office Investigation into a suspected Organised Crime Group facilitating persons into the UK, through abuse of the ‘common travel area’ with the Republic of Ireland.

    Legal issues involved consideration of the underlying immigration offences relied upon by the Crown, Cross-admissibility as between the different counts and whether the Crown had fallen foul of indicting a single conspiracy when it appeared that there were multiple agreements at play.

    Following extensive legal argument at the close of the Crown’s case (and the close of all the evidence) the indictment was left with only one substantive offence against the main defendants for the Jury to consider from what had been significantly wider allegations. As a result the Jury were discharged and a retrial was ordered for that one remaining Count against the 4 defendants.

  • Operation Suina [Kingston] 2019

    £8m nationwide Drug Supply operation

    Charlotte Newell led Dickon Reid in this 2 month Prosecution of an organised crime network involving 11 Defendants for a multi-million pound nationwide Class A drug dealing operation, the proceeds of which were laundered through a series of sham companies.

    News report here.

  • Operation Italici [C.C.C] 2019

    Importation of Anabolic Steroids from India & Singapore

    Ben Holt has successfully prosecuted a case involving the importation of unlicensed anabolic steroids (AAS) from India and Singapore. The gang imported more than 40 tonnes of illicit anabolic steroids and is said to be ‘the most prolific of its kind ever uncovered'. One member of that gang was also linked to another gang involved in the production and distribution of steroids from an underground AAS factory in the United Kingdom. Five Defendants were convicted following two six week trials. 

    Instructed by the CPS Organised Crime Division; investigated by the NCA in Belfast.

    News Report Here

    News Report Here

  • R v B & ors [Inner London] 2019

    Conspiracy to Supply Drugs

    Jeffery Israel led Aska Fujita representing the third defendant in this six-handed, eight-week trial. Aska represented her client, charged with 14 counts of conspiracy to supply drugs worth over £3.5m and possession of criminal property, from the outset. The evidence consisted of +100k pages of evidence and unused material. Instructed by Sternberg Reed.

    News report here.

  • R v X [Central Criminal Court] 2018

    Conspiracy to commit GBH with intent

    Nick Robinson acted for this 16 year old defendant who was accused of conspiring to commit GBH with intent. The case concerned a large fight outside a 16th birthday party in east London, which escalated to the point that the victim was fatally stabbed by a co-defendant. The defendant was said to be part of group who chased the victim before attacking him when he fell to the ground. Instructed by Talia Coles of Edwards Duthie.

    News report here

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