Private Prosecutions

“A highly esteemed set instructed in the most serious cases.”

Chambers UK 2024

“A very strong set, with a high intellectual calibre.”

Legal 500 2023

"An elite set with a second-to-none reputation."

Legal 500 2020

The right to bring a private prosecution is long-established in our criminal justice system. As resources of the police and the Crown Prosecution Service are increasingly stretched, there has been a rise in these prosecutions before the courts.

Private prosecutions are now regularly brought by corporations who have fallen victim to fraud and by individual victims of crimes where the statutory prosecuting authorities have been unable or unwilling to proceed.

We are highly experienced in bringing and defending private prosecutions both on behalf of individuals and corporations in both large and smaller cases.

We have been involved in some of the most significant cases in this growth area for many years.

Find the right barrister

To find the right private prosecutions barrister, and to discuss any possible instructions, please contact our clerks on +44 (0)20 7400 6400 or email


Leading Supreme Court case on the lawfulness of the DPP's policy to take over and discontinue private prosecutions that do not satisfy the Full Code Test in the Code for Crown Prosecutors.


Manslaughter following the death of a climber on Mount Everest.


Multi-million pound fraud following theft from a hedge fund of a computer code used in trading algorithms.

Sport Entertainment & Media Group Ltd

Fraud and perjury prosecution brought by a football agent in respect of a player transfer deal.


Perverting the course of justice prosecution brought by the wife of an arms broker.


Prosecution of an unregulated will-writer for fraudulent trading.


Conspiracy to defraud brought by the Federation about Copyright Theft against operator of 'Surfthechannel'.


The first ever private prosecution for rape.

“The best set for business crime”  Legal 500 2020

“Chambers is filled with highly experienced, intellectually rigorous, and approachable trial advocates, who are reliably excellent for general crime, financial crime, and extradition matters. “  Legal 500 2020

“An elite set with a second-to-none reputation.”  Legal 500 2020

“With no weak links Three Raymond Buildings is a leading set for business and regulatory crime, has an excellent reputation…”  Legal 500 2019

“The set has got a lot of good, top-end people and the breadth of quality has to be seen to be believed.”  Chambers UK 2020 

“A top-drawer set celebrated for its strong bench of experts in crime and its excellent track record of significant successes.” Chambers UK 2019

Private Prosecutions barristers

King's Counsel

James Lewis KC

Call: 1987 / Silk: 2002

Barrister - James Lewis KC

Hugo Keith KC

Call: 1989 / Silk: 2009

Barrister - Hugo Keith KC

Simon Farrell KC

Call: 1983 / Silk: 2003

Barrister - Simon Farrell KC

Amanda Pinto KC

Call: 1983 / Silk: 2006

Barrister - Amanda Pinto KC

Patrick Gibbs KC

Call: 1986 / Silk: 2006

Barrister - Patrick Gibbs KC

Helen Malcolm KC

Call: 1986 / Silk: 2006

Barrister - Helen Malcolm KC

Stephen Walsh KC

Call: 1983 / Silk: 2009

Barrister - Stephen Walsh KC

Hugh Davies OBE KC

Call: 1990 / Silk: 2013

Barrister - Hugh Davies OBE KC

James Hines KC

Call: 1982 / Silk: 2015

Barrister - James Hines KC

Jonathan Ashley-Norman KC

Call: 1989 / Silk: 2016

Barrister - Jonathan Ashley-Norman KC

Alisdair Williamson KC

Call: 1994 / Silk: 2017

Barrister - Alisdair Williamson KC

Richard Wormald KC

Call: 1993 / Silk: 2019

Barrister - Richard Wormald KC

Matthew Butt KC

Call: 2002 / Silk: 2020

Barrister - Matthew Butt KC

Rachel Barnes KC

Call: 2004 / Silk: 2022

Barrister - Rachel Barnes KC

Saba Naqshbandi KC

Call: 1996 / Silk: 2024

Barrister - Saba Naqshbandi KC
Junior Barristers

Neil Saunders

Call: 1983

Barrister - Neil Saunders

Edmund Gritt

Call: 1997

Barrister - Edmund Gritt

Guy Ladenburg

Call: 2000

Barrister - Guy Ladenburg

Nicholas Yeo

Call: 1999

Barrister - Nicholas Yeo

Sarah Le Fevre

Call: 2001

Barrister - Sarah Le Fevre

Luke Ponte

Call: 2003

Barrister - Luke Ponte

Rachel Scott

Call: 2004

Barrister - Rachel Scott

Robert Morris

Call: 2008

Barrister - Robert Morris

Heather Oliver

Call: 2010

Barrister - Heather Oliver

Patrick Hill

Call: 2010

Barrister - Patrick Hill

John Greany

Call: 2012

Barrister - John Greany

Rebecca Hadgett

Call: 2015

Barrister - Rebecca Hadgett

Genevieve Woods

Call: 2016

Barrister - Genevieve Woods

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