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LATEST NEWS - Arthur Blake and Sarah Dines further strengthens 3PB's legal expertise

25th October 2016

Arthur Blake (Call 1988) and Sarah Dines (Call 1988), both formerly of 1 Gray's Inn Square, have joined 3PB's London chambers and further add strength and ... read more

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Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2017:

THE SET 
3PB Barristers enjoys a sterling reputation on the Western Circuit for high levels of quality and consistency across its broad criminal practice. It has an enviable track record of handling high-profile and demanding criminal cases, including murder, fraud, drug and sex offences. Instructing solicitors single out the set's efficiency and excellent client service as strengths, observing that the practitioners are "extremely reliable with great diversity, and are able to get to grips with cases at a frightening speed." 

Client service: "The clerking service is one of the main attractions of 3PB. It is the best that I have dealt with in 20-plus years of doing this work." Chambers director Stuart Pringle manages the criminal clerking team from Winchester.

SILKS 

Nigel Lickley QC – Band 1
A leading criminal silk who is also head of chambers at 3PB. He has vast experience as both a prosecutor and defender on a wide range of cases including regulatory crime, white-collar fraud and violent offences.
Strengths: "A very good jury advocate who is great on the human interest side of cases." "A very high-profile barrister with a really brilliant eye for detail who can think outside the box."
Recent work: Acted for the prosecution in the case of a bigamous husband who killed his wife and other parties who perverted the course of justice by assisting him.

Michael Parroy QC – Band 3
Highly experienced barrister with a diverse criminal practice. He is instructed on a range of matters including drug cases, white-collar crime and serious violent offences, and has particular expertise in confiscation and restraint of assets.
Strengths: "He is outstanding - a Rolls-Royce practitioner."
Recent work: Instructed by the CPS to act in R v Dennis and Wilson, a major drug importation case.

Adam Feest QC – New Silk
New silk who both defends and prosecutes serious violent and sexual offences. He has additional experience acting in cases of drugs, fraud and deception.
Recent work: Prosecuted a case of aggravated burglary of an elderly victim by a gang of masked intruders.

JUNIORS 

Richard Onslow – Band 2
A very experienced senior junior who has appeared at tribunals ranging from local magistrates' courts all the way up to the Privy Council. He handles a broad spectrum of serious criminal cases including drug and sexual offences, human trafficking and violent crime, and also takes on police disciplinary matters.
Strengths: "He is brilliant - hugely experienced and a consummate performer."
Recent work: Successfully defended a client who was accused of participating in a gang rape.

Nicholas Cotter – Band 3
Has a general criminal and regulatory practice, and is active on both the Western and South Eastern Circuits. He has a track record of acting in cases involving fraud, organised crime and serious sexual offences.
Strengths: "Completely unflappable, he has an extremely good temperament in court. Destined for great things." "A very capable advocate."
Recent work: Represented the organised crime division of the CPS in Operation Greenless, a cross-border NCA prosecution involving indecent images of vulnerable individuals.

Robert Grey – Band 3
A well-regarded senior junior who is regularly instructed in complex drugs, fraud and sexual offences cases. He both prosecutes and defends, and also offers specialist expertise in proceeds of crime.
Strengths: "He is extremely experienced and a very good advocate." "He provides an excellent service."
Recent work: Successfully defended a former scoutmaster against charges arising from historic sex allegations.

Tom Horder – Band 3
Has a robust practice in regulatory offences that sees him instructed by a range of parties including public sector bodies, companies and private individuals. Also handles cases concerning violent crime and sexual abuse.
Strengths: "Very able, a rising star."
Recent work: Defended the then leader of Dorset County Council in the first ever prosecution brought under the Localism Act 2011, aimed at dealing with alleged political corruption.

David Reid – band 3
A respected practitioner whose general crime practice sees him both defend and prosecute a wide range of matters. His recent work includes instruction in murder cases, serious sexual offences and drug-related crimes.
Strengths: "The right man for a very serious case."

Timothy Bradbury – Band 3
Senior junior with a strong reputation for his skilful prosecutions on behalf of HMRC as well as other government bodies. He has expertise as a defender and prosecutor in all manner of tax cases, fraud and regulatory crime.
Recent work: Instructed by the CPS Specialist Fraud Division in relation to a multi-handed cyber repayment fraud case involving an international organised crime group. 

Chambers & Partners UK - 2016:
Crime – Western (Bar) – Band 1

THE SET

3PB Barristers' breadth of expertise and the calibre of its client service have secured it a leading position on the Western Circuit. It has an impressive caseload of complex and high-profile criminal cases. Instructing solicitors are keen to praise the "personal service" provided, noting that "each case the members deal with really is important to the set, so they go out of their way to assist even if it makes significant work for them."
Client service:  "The clerks are first-class. You are able to rely upon them completely," reports an instructing solicitor. Winchester-based Stuart Pringle leads the criminal clerking team.

SILKS

Nigel Lickley QC

A prominent criminal advocate on the Western Circuit, who both prosecutes and defends clients on cases ranging from health and safety to white-collar fraud.
Strengths:  "He is an incredibly experienced, very senior silk." "He is thoroughly bright and can get points across to laymen. He is also very well prepared."
Recent work:  Instructed by CPS Wessex to act as prosecution counsel in a case involving a father killing his baby.

Michael Parroy QC
A veteran practitioner with a broad criminal practice. He advises on matters involving rape and other serious sexual offences and defends and prosecutes drug importation, financial fraud and tax offence cases.
Recent work:  Acted as prosecution counsel in R v Parker, a case arising from the Leveson Inquiry.

JUNIORS

Adam Feest
He defends and prosecutes murders, rapes and other serious criminal offences.
Strengths:  "He is very able and has a powerful advocacy style." "He knows his briefs inside out. His analytical ability is amazing."
Recent work:  Acted in a case concerning allegations of wilful neglect brought against a nursing home manager.

Richard Onslow
Has a wealth of experience in a broad range of criminal cases, including child cruelty, sexual offences and physical violence. He is also instructed in police disciplinary cases.
Strengths:  "His strengths are his experience, advice and advocacy. He is a fearless advocate in court and has a striking courtroom presence."
Recent work:  Instructed as defence counsel in Operation Vanguard, a significant cocaine supply case.

Timothy Bradbury
An experienced junior who is instructed to act on behalf of both claimants and defendants in criminal cases relating to drugs, fraud, serious violence and arms trafficking offences.
Strengths:  "He has a real capacity for hard work, an emphasis on polished, fluent advocacy and an effective courtroom style."
Recent work:  Appeared before Chelmsford Crown Court in a high-value VAT and income tax fraud case.

Robert Grey
Has a broad criminal practice, but is particularly highly praised for his expertise in fraud, serious sexual offences and drugs cases.
Recent work:  Instructed in a large-scale drugs importation case in which £800,000 of counterfeit tobacco was imported from China.

David Reid
A Winchester-based criminal advocate who both defends and prosecutes in cases concerning murder, conspiracy to defraud and serious sexual offences.
Strengths:  "He has a pleasant manner and a smooth, understanding advocacy style."
Recent work:  Acted as lead prosecution junior in a high-value Ponzi fraud.

Tom Horder
Praised by instructing solicitors for his expertise in cases concerning fraud, drugs and other serious criminal offences.
Strengths:  "He has a particular skill in dealing with extremely demanding clients. He is very committed to his work and is very accessible when it comes to seeking advice or updates."
Recent work:  He was instructed by the Specialist Fraud Division to prosecute a criminal group who organised an online attack on HMRC's systems.

Market Perception – Crime Group

"personal service"
"each case the members deal with really is important to the set, so they go out of their way to assist even if it makes significant work for them."
"The clerks are first-class. You are able to rely upon them completely"


Chambers & Partners UK - 2015: Crime - Western Bar - Band 1 Set

3PB has continued to provide the breadth and quality of service that impresses market commentators, "getting almost impossible results time after time." The number of high-quality advocates means that they are able to prosecute and defend on matters across the board from the set's bases in Bournemouth, Bristol and Winchester.

SILKS

Nigel Lickley QC
Highly regarded for his experience and expertise across the full range of serious crime. He prosecutes and defends on the most challenging and high-profile cases on the Western Circuit.
Expertise: "He is the full package - he's super-clever, relates to the jury well, and is exceptionally good face to face with clients, particularly with vulnerable clients."
Recent work: Defended in R v Dennehy, a high-profile triple murder and double attempted murder case.

Michael Parroy QC
Has a broad criminal practice covering a wide range of serious crime, including homicides, serious sexual offences and financial fraud cases.
Expertise: "He is a tireless worker with great attention to detail."
 
Joseph Giret QC
Enjoys a successful practise in the criminal courts. Has represented soldiers as a specialist military advocate as well as advising on murder, terrorism, fraud, sex and sports law cases.
Expertise:  “iron first in a velvet glove”
Recent work:  High profile cases include the ‘Stansted Airport Hijacking’ case [hijacked aircraft flown from Kabul Airport to Stansted Airport] and ‘Liquid Bombs Plot’ [conspiracy to simultaneously blow up several aircraft on transatlantic flights from Heathrow Airport].

JUNIORS

Adam Feest
Prosecutes and defends in cases ranging from fraud and theft to money laundering and drugs importation. He is widely praised for his expertise in cases concerning the ill treatment or neglect of vulnerable adults.
Expertise: "He has excellent analytical abilities and is always calm under pressure."
Recent work: Instructed in a complex four-handed cut-throat murder which involved torture of the victim, and the disposal and burning of the body.

Richard Onslow
Has a smooth style of advocacy, a tenacious approach and vast experience, which has won him a significant following of instructing solicitors. He both defends and prosecutes, and is particularly visible in serious heavyweight crime cases.
Expertise: "He directs cross-examination in a way that pulls juries with him. He is excellent in front of the jury."
Recent work: Prosecuted two serving police officers for rape and misconduct.

Robert Grey
Both prosecutes and defends a wide range of criminal cases, including those relating to serious sexual offences, drugs and fraud.
Expertise: "He is a great problem solver and a reliable professional. He creates a lot of confidence in his clients with his ability to make everything seem effortless." "He knows what is in the client's best interests and is not afraid to fight for it."
Recent work: Instructed in a multi-handed mortgage fraud.

Timothy Bradbury
Has a mixed prosecution and defence practice with particular expertise in fraud, drugs conspiracy cases and violent crime.
Expertise: "He is a great advocate, well suited to top-end, serious cases.
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted an arms dealer arranging the export of a multimillion-pound shipment of munitions from North Korea to Azerbaijan, in breach of the 2008 export control order.

David Reid
Has extensive experience across the full breadth of serious crime work. His caseload regularly includes cases relating to homicides, serious sexual offences and GBH.
Expertise: "He has a great presence in court." "He grasps the technical aspects of the case very quickly."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted in a multimillion-pound Ponzi fraud and throughout the subsequent confiscation proceedings.

Tom Horder
Covers the full range of criminal offences, and is best recognised for his expertise in regulatory criminal cases. He receives regular instructions from local authorities, government bodies and insurers in relation to cases concerning health and safety, trading standards, environmental, aviation and maritime issues.
Expertise: "His advocacy is very good and he impresses with his knowledge of legislation and case law in niche areas."
Recent work: He defended a hospital doctor accused of sexual assault.

Chambers & Partners UK: Crime - Western Circuit – Band 1 set

3PB has offices in Bournemouth, Bristol and Winchester, ensuring a strong presence throughout the Western Circuit. Its crime team impresses sources through the depth and breadth of quality evident in its members. The barristers here are not simply expert advocates, but also “good all-rounders” with outstanding advisory abilities and client care skills. The forward-thinking approach of the set is evidenced by its ability to embrace new technologies to increase efficiency. Its barristers prosecute and defend in all serious criminal matters including serious sexual cases, drug conspiracies, Proceeds of Crime Act matters and fraud.

Client service: “Whether the client is vulnerable or confident, shy or difficult, they always have the capacity and the compassion to deal with them - even when the client is at their most challenging.” “The rapport with all of the clerks is excellent and they are very obliging, helpful, charming and knowledgeable. If they say they will do something – they do it.”
Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide 2014

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Legal 500 Bar Directory – Rankings For 2016 Recommendations and Quotes

LONDON BAR

Crime - Leading silks
Nigel Lickley QC - He has experience prosecuting in high-profile cases

Fraud - crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading silks
Michael Parroy QC - He prosecutes in MTIC and money laundering cases

Fraud - crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading juniors
Sheena Cassidy - She advises the CPS on confiscation issues

REGIONAL BAR: WESTERN CIRCUIT


Crime – Leading silks
Nigel Lickley QC Gets to the heart of the matter instantly.

Adam Feest QC - An excellent advocate, who has a very good manner with clients.
Nick Robinson - Extremely diligent in his approach to cases.
Robert Grey - Recommended for serious sex, drugs and fraud trials.
Timothy Bradbury - Well known for fraud prosecutions.
Tom Horder - An excellent advocate with a strong courtroom presence.
David Reid - He has a terrific work ethic and is extremely bright.
Richard Onslow - A fearless advocate, who is skilled in case presentation.

Legal 500 Bar Directory – Rankings For 2015 Recommendations and Quotes

LONDON BAR

Crime - Leading silks
Nigel Lickley QC - Noted for prosecuting and defending in murder trials.

Fraud - crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading silks
Michael Parroy QC - Always well prepared and highly respected by senior judges

REGIONAL BAR: WESTERN CIRCUIT

Western Circuit - Crime – Leading juniors
Nick Robinson - Known for his defence work in the Crown Court, and his practice has an emphasis on serious crime
Robert Grey - He is particularly strong in complex sex, drugs and fraud cases
Timothy Bradbury - His practice includes fraud, drugs importation and serious violent and sexual offences cases
Tom Horder - He is led, and often leads, in some of the most complex cases, including those involving serious violence
Adam Feest - His varied practice includes serious violence, public order, fraud and drugs offences.
David Reid - He prosecutes and defends, and has particular experience in representing defendants with learning difficulties
Richard Onslow - A first-class trial advocate

Legal 500 Bar Directory – Rankings For 2014 Recommendations and Quotes

LONDON BAR

CRIME
3PB is a ‘great set of chambers' that is ‘very responsive to clients’ needs' and provides barristers that are ‘straightforward, practical and good value for money'’

FRAUD: CRIME (INCLUDING MONEY LAUNDERING AND ASSET FORFEITURE)
Sheena Cassidy - 3PB ‘A fantastic, astute barrister with an eye for the detail and a great approach to clients.’

REGIONAL BAR: WESTERN CIRCUIT
Ranked as a leading set Tier 2 in the Western Circuit

CRIME – LEADING SET
3PB is rated as a ‘premier division' set for crime. It has particular expertise in POCA cases. Other areas of expertise include corporate manslaughter and heavyweight fraud.

CRIME - LEADING SILK
Nigel Lickley QC - 3PB ‘Extremely forceful and convincing.’

CRIME - LEADING JUNIORS
Timothy Bradbury - 3PB ‘One of his strong suits is his prosecution work for HMRC in tax fraud cases.’
Adam Feest - 3PB ‘Recommended for cases regarding ill treatment and neglect of vulnerable adults.’
Robert Grey - 3PB ‘Experienced in sex, drugs and fraud cases.’
Tom Horder - 3PB ‘Particularly highly regarded for his ability to handle the most serious and complex cases.’
Richard Onslow - 3PB ‘Always well prepared, and deals with pre-trial matters promptly.’
David Reid - 3PB ‘Experienced in a range of serious cases, including sexual offences, murder, fraud and money laundering.’
Nick Robinson - 3PB ‘He specialises in sexual offence cases, particularly those involving children and historical allegations of misconduct.’

Chambers director (and Crime Practice Director) Stuart Pringle is recommended by the Legal 500 UK Bar Directory 2014 as being  ‘efficient and on the ball'

Recommended by the Legal 500 Directory 2013/14 for its expertise at London Bar: "Ranked as a leading chambers in Crime"

Recommended by the Legal 500 Directory 2013/14 for its expertise in Western Circuit: "3PB has a large regional presence. Nigel Lickley QC, Christopher Parker QC and Robert Grey attract praise, as does Tom Horder, who is ‘very good at explaining procedure and tactics to clients’. Nick Robinson is ‘a very confident and knowledgeable advocate’, and Timothy Bradbury is ‘highly regarded by the judiciary’. Richard Onslow, David Reid, Adam Feest and Nicholas Rowland also stand out."


Criminal law has been practised uninterrupted at 3PB for more than 100 years and our Criminal Law Group rightly enjoys a formidable reputation for its legal experience, advocacy and client care. Consisting of seven silks and thirty six juniors we offer an unrivalled expertise in all areas of criminal law, including advising in high profile, complex and serious criminal cases.

We offer a comprehensive service from first appearance in the magistrates’ court through to appeal hearings in the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the European Court. Our members are available to advise both at short notice and out of hours and often do so at the very earliest stage of criminal proceedings for both prosecution and defence cases.

Our members have prosecuted and defended in some of the most infamous and important criminal law trials, and examples include:

  • R v Vincent Tabak - Murder of Joanna Yeates. Nigel Lickley, Q.C. led Nicholas Rowland in the prosecution of Vincent Tabak for the murder of Joanna Yeates at Bristol Crown Court.
  • R v Wright (aka the Milkman) - the defendant was said to be the head of one of the largest and most sophisticated organisations ever to be involved in the large scale importation of cocaine into the UK.
  • R v Clark - the first prosecution brought for solicitation to murder over the internet.R v Sharon Carr -a sixteen year old girl convicted of murdering and mutilating in macabre fashion, when only twelve.
  • R v Rathmalane - the murder of one Buddhist monk by another, referred to in the national press as "the body in the suitcase” trial.

We are rightly regarded as one of the leading sets in the field of Proceeds of Crime and in recent years have developed a particular strength in heavyweight fraud. Many of our Criminal Group members also have expertise in regulatory work involving matters as diverse as fisheries, animal welfare, health and safety, Jockey Club disciplinary hearings and proceedings before the General Medical Council.

Our Criminal Group includes no less than nineteen members who sit as recorders, eight category 4 prosecutors and three standing counsel to HMRC. Our group size and geographical reach allows us to offer a comprehensive service from first appearance in the magistrates’ court through to appeal hearings in the Court of Appeal, House of Lords and the European Court.

Our members are on hand to advise both at short notice and out of hours and often do so at the very earliest stage of criminal proceedings for both prosecution and defence. We have first-rate conference facilities available at our chambers in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Bournemouth, Oxford and Winchester. Equipped with modern conferencing technology we are able to link to anywhere in the world.

We are accredited by the Law Society to offer Continuing Professional Development courses.