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Chambers & Partners UK: 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.


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.

Ian Lawrie QC
A criminal and regulatory specialist noted for his expertise in cases relating to the marine sector, including collision cases and pollution work.
Expertise: "He is a great jury advocate, admired for his expertise on both prosecution and defence."
Recent work: Instructed to represent Torbulk at an inquest in connection with the sinking of the vessel 'Swanland' and the loss of the majority of her crew.
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].


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.”
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Legal 500 Bar Directory – Rankings For 2015 Recommendations and Quotes


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

Fraud - (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading juniors
Oliver Powell - He prepares his cases consummately.


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


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'’

Sheena Cassidy - 3PB ‘A fantastic, astute barrister with an eye for the detail and a great approach to clients.’

Ranked as a leading set Tier 2 in the Western Circuit

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.

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

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."

R v Alcantara
Representation of a Brazilian ‘flasher’ who was acquitted on a technical mens rea defence.

R v Blake [2011] Cardiff Crown Court.
Represented defendant charged in connection with very large scale cocaine distribution. Drugs arrived in Kent, processed in Dorset and distributed from Wales.

R v Brady [2005] 1 Cr App R 5 CA
Briefed on behalf of the defence. A leading case on protection against self-incrimination. Statements obtained under compulsory questioning can be passed from one law enforcement authority to another. It was held that the DTI or the official receiver could disclose material obtained under s235 Insolvency Act 1986 to the Inland Revenue without an order of the court or notice to the person who provided it.

R v Brand [2012] Winchester Crown Court.
Represented defendant charged with murder where much of the evidence was concerned with low-level DNA found on the victim’s clothing. Defendant was one of three brothers and alleged that one of his brothers was the murderer. DNA which could have come from all three was found on the clothing.

R v Carroll
Acted for a schizophrenic Defendant the Daily Mail dubbed ‘The Goldilocks Burglar’.

R v Chisanga
Acted for the Appellant in an appeal against sentence. The Court of Appeal quashed a life sentence for rape and replaced it with 10 years determinate.

R v Gaud
Represented a surgeon who upon discovering he had hepatitis deceived his employers by submitting patients blood as his when asked to give samples.

R v Gibbon & others
Junior in a 9 handed conspiracy to supply cocaine. The prosecution was brought following the recording of 150 hours of audio surveillance material. The evidence raised PII difficulties.

R v Graham
Acquittal of a self confessed stalker on a ‘reasonable in all circumstances’ defence.

R v Gray [2007]
Briefed for the defence in a murder trial at the Central Criminal Court. A case where much of the evidence was forensic in nature and the manner of putting the various pieces together would determine the outcome.

R v Jelley & Nunn
Junior in a £3 million ‘ponzi scheme’ conspiracy to defraud. The case involved over 30 Complainants who had been coaxed into investing in an illegal property venture.

R v Lammali [2011] Bournemouth Crown Court.
Acted for defendant charged with conspiracy to rob. Gang robbed isolated farmhouse looking for cash. Found cash but also a large number of firearms which were taken, some of which were sold to the underworld.

R v Legister [2011] Central Criminal Court.
Briefed on behalf of defendant charged with murder (Operation Trident). Crown’s case was that she was guilty of the offence by reason of her knowledge that a murder was to be committed and her offer to allow the perpetrators to park the firearm at her premises immediately after its commission. Acquitted.

R v Lloyd
Defence of a teenager charged with sexually assaulting 2 minors aged 8 and 9. The case involved cross examination of 4 children under the age of 10.

R v McAndrew-Bingham [1999] 2 Cr. App. R.293 -
the admissibility of video evidence of chief in child abduction cases

Briefed by the HSE to prosecute offences concerning a death of an employee in an electricity sub-station.

R v Mirzayari & others [2006]
Briefed for the defence in a large cocaine conspiracy centred in Dorset.

R v Ndidi & others
Junior in a 2 month 5 handed kidnap, rape and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs trial.

R v Robinson [2000] 5 Archbold News 2 CA -
withdrawal from joint enterprise

R v Royal Ordnance and Manson
Briefed by the HSE to prosecute offences concerning an explosion in an ordnance factory.

R v Sneath & others [2005] -
Briefed for the defence in a conspiracy to import large quantities of cocaine from South America. The cocaine had been turned into a liquid which was then allowed to soak into elaborate wooden doors. A chemical process was then utilised to return the cocaine to powder upon arrival in the UK.

R v Tabak
Bristol. Murder. Prosecution junior. Four week trial.

R v Tattum [2010] Winchester Crown Court.
Led junior in a very complicated “shaken baby” case. Considerable attention from both sides was focused on the triad of injuries that have long been regarded as diagnostic or highly suggestive of non-accidental injury.

Samuel Robie v The Queen
Junior for the Appellant in an appeal against conviction to the Privy Council. The Appellant had been convicted of murder in Jamaica and sentenced to 15 years hard labour.