'Regularly sought out to handle high-profile matters.' Chambers UK 2017
'It attracts the most significant and substantial criminal instructions on both the prosecution and defence sides.' Chambers UK 2017
'Fantastic barristers at all levels.' Chambers UK 2017
An outstanding criminal set with quality at every level, QEB Hollis Whiteman is undoubtedly amongst the elite.
QEB Hollis Whiteman is proud to be acknowledged by Chambers UK and The Legal 500 as a top-tier Criminal Set. Over the past 2 years we have been awarded Crime Set of the Year both by Chambers UK and The Legal 500. We are the current holders of the Legal 500 award. We are frequently instructed in the most serious, high-profile and complex cases and are often involved in cases that are precedent setting, altering the law or the way it is interpreted. We offer recognised excellence and exceptional expertise at all levels of counsel and at all stages of the criminal process.
At the core of our practice is our specialist knowledge and advocacy. We continue to provide some of the country’s finest advocates to prosecute and defend at all stages of the criminal process from pre-charge, through the Magistrates' Court, the Crown Court, the Court of Appeal, the High Court and beyond to the Supreme Court. Our wealth of experience and the breadth of our expertise make us the Chambers of choice in this field, at every level.
We offer recognised excellence and exceptional expertise throughout all years of call. Our Silks and Treasury Counsel are frequently the first choice of those seeking to instruct the highest level of criminal law expertise and advocacy. Our acclaimed team of junior barristers draw on the skills and experience of those senior members to provide legal and tactical advice and top class advocacy. Together, our barristers and our clerking team bring a unique level of professionalism to their respective roles, providing exceptional client care from the start of a case through to its conclusion.
Our work encompasses the most serious, complex and high-profile criminal cases. These include amongst others: murder; terrorism; corruption; corporate manslaughter; serious sexual offences; serious organised crime (including major drugs conspiracies); people smuggling; and armed robbery.
We are routinely instructed in the highest profile cases from the outset; we are well placed to manage the tactical, evidential and practical issues that arise as a case progresses from its inception to conclusion. Our expertise in other fields enables us to represent clients as cases progress through other fields and tribunals such as regulatory proceedings and inquests. We are particularly adept at dealing with cases for and against professionals
QEB Hollis Whiteman accepts instructions on both a private and legally-aided basis and many of its members are qualified to accept instructions on a public access basis. Members of Chambers regularly provide services to pro bono organisations such as the Bar Pro Bono Unit and the Innocence Network UK.
Crime Set of the Year, Legal 500 2018
Crime Set of the Year, Chambers UK 2016
'Undoubtedly one of the elite group of top criminal sets.' Legal 500 2017
'A top-flight set from the quality of its senior silks to its diligent pupils.' Legal 500 2017
'The go-to set for the full range of criminal practice, both prosecution and defence.' Legal 500 2017
'The very talented barristers here are known for their superior advocacy skills and their approachability.' Chambers UK 2017
R v Butler and Gray (2016)
Edward Brown QC, Ben Fitzgerald and Philip Stott prosecute father for murder of his 6-year old daughter and her mother for child cruelty and perverting the course of justice.
R v Clarence (2015)
Zoe Johnson QC prosecuted a mother that had killed three of her children, who all had spinal muscular atrophy.
R -v- Goodman (2014)
Defended Clive Goodman, former News of the World royal editor.
R v Hall (2014)
Represented former broadcaster Stuart Hall who was acquitted of 15 counts of historic rape.
R v Hutchinson-Foster (2013)
Edward Brown QC & Philip Evans successfully prosecuted Hutchinson-Foster, who was found guilty of supplying a gun to Mark Duggan, who 15 minutes later was shot dead by police.
R v McCluskie (2013)
Crispin Aylett QC successfully prosecuted Tony McCluskie for the murder of his sister and former Eastenders actor.
R v Dobson & Norris (2012)
Prosecuted the two men convicted of the murder of Stephen Lawrence, in the 2012 trial. Mr Ellison also conducted the subsequent report published in 2014 by the Home Office. Read the Ellison Report HERE
R v BellField (2008)
William Boyce QC defended the notorious English serial killer.
David Spens QC is instructed to represent an ex-commando who is accused of murdering an 83 year...
Eleanor Laws QC led Philip McGhee in the defence of former football coach, Barry Bennell,...
Crispin Aylett QC led Nicholas Corsellis in the prosecution of a 24 year old man after a...
Zoe Johnson QC acted for the prosecution of serial killer Mark Dixie - Having been convicted of...
Crispin Aylett QC led the prosecution of Mr Brizzi for the murder of a police officer - P.C...
David Jeremy QC prosecutes a woman, 47 who claimed she had lost her home...
Polly Dyer, with HHJ Hopmeir, considers recent case Law on confiscation.
Should a series of tax cheats be charged as a single count or as a series of individual counts?
Corporate Crime analysis: Edward Henry, a barrister at QEB Hollis Whiteman specialising in crime, business crime and regulatory law analyses the recent findings of the Lammy Review on Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) defendants.
Adrian Darbishire QC considers the effect of the decision in R v Sellu on the guidance that should be given on the nature of intelligence in manslaughter cases.View Article