Murder & Manslaughter

Unrivalled expertise in the prosecution and defence of all forms of homicide, we draw from four decades of experience dealing with the most high profile and complex cases in this field.


QEB Hollis Whiteman is the market leader for criminal expertise in dealing with all cases of unlawful killing. These include the most serious cases of murder and manslaughter and all forms of defence thereof.  Our exceptionally talented team of silks and juniors are regularly instructed to both prosecute and defend in the most high profile and complex murder cases in the country. These include contract killings, multi-handed gang murders, historic murders infanticide, and domestic murders, amongst others.  Our experience of manslaughter cases is equally extensive. Cases undertaken often involve Gross Negligence manslaughter, manslaughter cases arising from acts or omissions in a medical/clinical setting, and deaths arising from health and safety breaches.

Our Experience

We have extensive experience working for the prosecution and the defence of homicide.  Our work is invariably high profile and complex.  Counsel of all levels are experienced in the field.  We have former Senior Treasury Counsel, current Senior and Junior Treasury Counsel and Treasury Monitorees in Chambers, appointed by the Attorney General to deal with the most grave offences, who are therefore well versed in dealing with acts of unlawful killing.  Notable murder cases include: the prosecution of the murder of Baby P, who died after suffering more than fifty injuries over a sustained period of time; the prosecution of the highly publicised racially motivated murder of Stephen Lawrence; the successful defence of a well respected horse breeder Kirsti Windsor, for the murder of her on/off lover and alleged disposal of the body on a bonfire; the prosecution of Ben Butler who was convicted for the murder of his daughter, Ellie; the prosecution of Stuart Hazell who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend's 12 year old daughter; the defence of Danilo Restivo of the ritualistic killing and mutilation of a mother of two; the successful prosecution of Stefano Brizzi who had strangled and murdered a police officer after arranging to meet on an Internet dating app; and the murder trial of Tania Clarence for the murder of her three children after struggling to cope with their extreme medical condition. 

Recent and notable manslaughter cases include: the prosecution and defence of  David Naylor and Express Hi-Fold Doors Ltd, a highly technical case involving a BiFold door which collapsed at the Live concert venue in Guildford; the successful defence of a GP for failing to diagnose a rare health condition in a young child; the prosecution of Cherrywood Investments Limited for the death of a carpenter after he fell through a floor; the successful  defence of GP Joanne Rudling for the death of a child after allegedly failing to act to prevent his death; and the pre-charge advice and subsequent prosecution of optometrist Honey-Rose who was convicted after failing to spot an eye condition in an eight year old boy.

It follows from the nature of our work, that we have substantial experience of dealing with experts in a wide and diverse range of specialist subjects.  We are particularly adept at quickly mastering novel and complicated subject matters. Our competence in dealing with clinical matters is enhanced by our substantial work in healthcare regulation.

Furthermore, we pride ourselves on our understanding of mental health issues and our ability to identify those issues in our analysis of particular case, and we are particularly skilled therefore in the presentation of psychiatric defences.

We are acutely aware of the pain and distress that are associated with all cases of this nature, and have been praised in particular, for our professionalism and the sensitive manner in the way in which we deal with these matters both in relation to our clients and the victims' families.

Recent Cases

R v V and K (2018)

Nadesh successfully prosecuted V and K who were convicted of murder and s.18,...

R v Coventry & Others (2018)

Selva Ramasamy QC defended in this multi handed case involving a death by...

R v Wallis & Others (2018)

Tom Baker was led by Annabel Darlow QC for the prosecution in this four-handed murder...

R v Medouni & Kouider (2018)

Ben FitzGerald successfully prosecuted the French couple Ouissem Medouni and Sabrina Kouider for...

R v Page (2018)

Philip Evans QC defends terminally ill Mr Raymond Page, after being charged...

R v Osei-Kofi (2018)

Nicholas Corsellis and Katherine Lloyd successfully prosecute teenager for a stabbing that...


Crispin Aylett QC instructed in R v Lythgoe & Others

Crispin Aylett QC was instructed by Andy Malik, of DJMS Solicitors, on behalf of Christopher...

David Jeremy QC defends Jeffrey Barry on murder charge

David defended paranoid schizophrenic, Jeffrey Barry, charged with the murder of his...