The go-to Chambers for complex and high-profile matters, QEB Hollis Whiteman is favoured for these technically challenging and security-sensitive cases.


QEB Hollis Whiteman has a particularly high level of expertise and experience in prosecuting and defending Terrorism Trials at all stages of the proceedings and in relation to all types of alleged terrorist activity, having undertaken such cases for many years. We are regularly asked to give advice in relation to terrorism-related matters from the investigation stage and have been involved in several GovernmentIn iquires involving Terrorism. This area of practice is extremely sensitive and complex and we are very proud of our reputation for excellence in this field.

Our Experience

Chambers has experience at the highest level in this field.  With a large group of former and current Senior and Junior Treasury Counsel, members have vast expertise specific to this area of law.

Our Barristers have been involved in some of the most significant Terrorism Trials of recent times, including: the prosecution of a mother who took her young son to Syria to live with ISIS; the first successful prosecution based entirely on the distribution of extremist material on the Internet; one of the first terrorist fundraising cases in this country for a terrorist purpose abroad (Chechnya); and the case concerning the highest-ranking Al-Qaeda Operative prosecuted in the UK.

We appear in cases that shape the law; we appeared in the case of R v Gul, in which the Supreme Court considered for the first time the definition of Terrorism in the context of international law and conventions incorporated into domestic law.

We are regularly asked to give Terrorism-related advice pre-charge, throughout the criminal process to the Supreme Court and have been involved in several Government inquiries involving Terrorism, including the Saville Inquiry (the Bloody Sunday Inquiry) and The Iraq Inquiry (Chilcot Inquiry).


Recent Cases

R v Ziad (2021)

Sean Larkin QC prosecuted a man for disseminating terrorist material using a variety of social...

R v Hashem Abedi

Jocelyn Ledward was instructed as Junior Prosecution Counsel in this prosecution for 22 counts of...


Jocelyn Ledward Appointed as a Recorder

QEB Hollis Whiteman is pleased to announce that the Queen has appointed Jocelyn...

Jocelyn Ledward Appointed as Senior Treasury Counsel

We have great pleasure in announcing that the Attorney General has today appointed Jocelyn...

Julian Evans to be appointed Queen's Counsel

We are delighted to announce that the Queen has approved the Lord Chancellor’s...


R v Manning: Sentencing considered during the period of the pandemic

Philip Stott considers R - v -  Manning and the observations of the Lord Chief Justice on sentencing during Covid-19 A recent ‘unduly lenient’ sentencing reference to the Court of Appeal – R v Manning – provided an opportunity...

Criminal Courts: Coping with Covid-19

Edmund Smith  of  Kingsley Napley  and  Kerry Broome  of QEB Hollis Whiteman review how the administration of criminal justice has changed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and what this might mean for the future.  ...

The Coronavirus Act, and the emergence of a 'Virtual Court' - perhaps without Juries?

This briefing note from Edward Henry QC , Susannah Stevens , Philip Stott with the assistance of Anna Bond and John Morrison  provides an expert and detailed exposition of the procedural and legislative changes implemented by the...