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

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 3 Paper Buildings for more than 100 years and our Criminal Group rightly enjoys a formidable reputation. Consisting of nine silks and thirty-five juniors we offer an unrivalled strength in depth in all areas of criminal law.

Our members have prosecuted and defended in some of the most infamous and important criminal trials of recent years. 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 corporate manslaughter and 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 centres in London, 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 and our Criminal Group provides an annual series of lectures across the country.