Crime: General Crime

"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

"QEB Hollis Whiteman houses 'a huge number of very talented and bright barristers' with considerable expertise in prosecuting and defending high-profile criminal cases'."
Legal 500 (2013) Crime

Our criminal expertise ranges across the spectrum from major, serious crimes such as terrorism and murder to less serious offences.

At QEB Hollis Whiteman, many of our barristers specialise in defending individuals against serious criminal charges ranging from murder, terrorism and serious sexual offences to drugs offences and armed robberies.

Several of our junior barristers also specialise in defending individuals charged with less serious matters, such as road traffic offences.

In addition to advising and representing individuals in criminal matters, we regularly advise professionals charged with misconduct at disciplinary hearings and before professional tribunals.

Notable cases:

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

Re: Dr F (2015)
Adrian Darbishire QC defends GP acquitted of sexual assault
Adrian Darbishire QC

R v Sheikh (Tito) (2014)
Roger Smart and Rachna Gokani were instructed for the prosecution in the case of R v Tito Ibn Sheikh.
Roger Smart | Rachna Gokani

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 7933 8855 or