"The concentration of talent on offer at this set has earned QEB Hollis Whiteman a longstanding reputation as a go-to destination for solicitors with heavyweight criminal cases. It receives extensive praise for the quality of its prosecution and defence work, and for its 'fantastic' range of experience. Its members are sought after to handle serious criminal cases at trial and appellate level, with recent high-profile instructions including the News International phone hacking trial, issues arising from Plebgate and a number of gang murders." Chambers UK (2015) Crime

"Frequently instructed in ‘the most high-profile criminal matters', QEB Hollis Whiteman is ‘unrivalled in the number of quality barristers it has, meaning it can ensure you always get fantastic counsel providing top-drawer representation'." Legal 500 (2014)

QEB Hollis Whiteman is proud to be acknowledged as one of the finest criminal barristers' chambers in the country. Our core practice is providing specialist advocates who prosecute and defend in trials of serious, complex and high-profile crime, in all courts from Magistrates' courts to the supreme court.

Our focus on this area and the breadth of our expertise make us the chambers of choice in this field whether publicly or privately funded.

Our work encompasses the most serious, complex and high-profile criminal cases: murder, terrorism, corporate manslaughter, serious sexual offences and serious organised crime, including major drugs conspiracies and armed robberies.

We are also involved in advising on criminal money laundering and other regulatory matters arising during internal investigations conducted by private clients.

We are able to offer excellence and expertise at all levels. Our exceptional team of junior barristers can draw on the skills and experience of 16 QCs and three Treasury Counsel.

Notable cases:

R v E (2015)
Isobel Coates represents man accused of planning the honour killing of his wife.
Isobel Coates

R v Cash (2015)
Custodial sentence imposed on Finola Cash following the death of her 11 month old son

R v Moore (2015)
Ian Paton prosecutes ingenious fraudster, Neil Moore, for tricking his way out of prison using fake emails
Ian Paton

R v Fiennes (2015)
Killer of James Fiennes admits manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility
Zoe Johnson QC

Doctor Dharmasena (2015)
Zoe Johnson QC successfully defended Doctor Dharmasena in the first ever prosecution brought under the Female Genital Mutila
Zoe Johnson QC

R v Clarence (Tania) (2015)
Prosecution of a mother for killing her three children
Zoe Johnson QC | Jocelyn Ledward

R v P and others (2015)
Secured acquittal of accused of man alleged to be involved in conspiracies to import vast quantities of cocaine into the UK
Nicholas Corsellis

R v Sibley (2014)
Philip Evans defends man acquitted of attempting to murder his grandfathe
Philip Evans

R v Malinovskij (2014)
Edward Brown QC and Ben FitzGerald act for the prosecution in ‘brutal and premeditated’ murder conviction
Edward Brown QC | Ben FitzGerald

R v Curtin and others (2014)
Successful prosecution of the £1.5million robbery of Selfridges Oxford Street.
Roger Smart


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For more information on crime-related matters, please contact the clerks on 020 7583 5766 or barristers@qebholliswhiteman.co.uk