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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
"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"
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.
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].
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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."