Crime

Three Raymond Buildings has long been recognised as a pre-eminent criminal set. The practice of our members encompasses advocacy and advisory work in every aspect of criminal law, including:

  • serious violent and sexual crime
  • terrorism
  • drug and human trafficking
  • organised crime
  • child exploitation
  • cyber crime
  • breaches of the Official Secrets Act

We prosecute and defend at every stage of the criminal process, from pre-charge advice for prosecuting authorities and individuals and companies subject to investigation, to representation at the highest levels of appeal. Members of Chambers are renowned for the exceptional quality of their written and oral advice and advocacy and the meticulous preparation of their cases. We are instructed regularly in complex, high profile and sensitive cases.

We are recognised for our extensive experience in cases with international or multi-jurisdictional dimensions, both within the UK and abroad. Members of Chambers advise and represent companies and individuals in many European, Commonwealth and foreign jurisdictions, including Australia, the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, the Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, the Republic of Ireland, Turks & Caicos and the United States.

We have had many Junior and Senior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court. Many members are included on the Attorney General’s approved list of prosecutors and a number of senior members sit as Recorders in the Crown Court. Members of Chambers are regularly called upon to advise government bodies and other organisations on changes to the criminal law.

Our combined and individual excellence has been recognised with professional awards, including Crime Set of the Year (2006), Criminal Silk of the Year (Alexander Cameron QC 2007 and Patrick Gibbs QC 2010) and Criminal Junior of the Year (Neil Saunders 2006 and Hugo Keith 2008).

Notable cases

  • Jonathan Aitken (perjury)
  • Jeffrey Archer (perjury)
  • Bailey (‘NDubz’ GBH trial)
  • Jeremy Bamber (whole life sentence appeal)
  • Bakhanov & others (National Hi-Tech Crime Squad’s operation against international ‘phishing’ conspiracy, the first case of its kind)
  • James-Bowen, Cowley, Jones and Donahu (acquittal of four police officers charged with assault on suspected al-Qaida operative Babar Ahmad)
  • Rakesh Bhayani, Nicholas Kutner and others (the Carole Waugh murder)
  • Constance Briscoe (perverting the course of justice in Huhne/Pryce trial)
  • Charles Brooks (perverting the course of justice)
  • Cleary and others (LulzSec hacking group)
  • Max Clifford (indecent assault)
  • Andy Coulson
  • Coysh and others (defence of the largest ever UK importation of amphetamine)
  • John Haase (alleged corruption of a former Home Secretary to secure a pardon)
  • Christopher Huhne
  • Scott Hunt (the ‘body in the lake’)
  • Colonel Kumar Lama (Nepalese torture case)
  • Jamie Marsh-Smith and others (Tottenham Tursk murder)
  • Christopher McDowell (arms dealing)
  • David Norris (murder of Stephen Lawrence)
  • Kenneth Noye (M25 road rage murder)
  • Operation Alpine (child sex abuse)
  • Operation Elveden (illegal payments)
  • Operation Weeting and Pinetree:

Cheryl Carter
Glen Mulcair
Neville Thurlbeck
Neil Wallis

  • Elias Preko (money laundering)
  • S and others (private prosecution; manslaughter on Mount Everest)
  • Securitas Depot Robbery (largest cash robbery in British history)
  • Steven Wright (murder of five prostitutes in Ipswich)
  • PC Christopher Thomas
  • Michael Turner (child rape)

Courts Martial

We have experience in acting for service personnel before courts martial, Inquiries and other criminal tribunals in the United Kingdom and abroad. A notable example includes representing a UK service member in Basra, who was accused of killing a looter in the early stages of the Iraq war.