9th October, 2023

Five Criminal team members have been ranked in the Legal 500

The criminal team in Chambers has been described as “excellent” in the 2024 Legal 500 rankings, including in “more niche expertise in areas such as cash seizures, anti-social behaviour orders and sexual harm prevention orders”.

Members have been singled out for praise:

Jaime Hamilton KC both prosecutes and defends, and his practice includes representing police officers in criminal proceedings. Geoff Whelan handles a wide range of serious criminal cases including murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to supply, rape and other serious sexual offences, and fraud – in addition to his defence practice, he prosecuted an 80-year-old defendant who was convicted of rape and other serious sexual offences over a 30-year period against six victims. Helen Longworth is skilled in handling serious fraud, money laundering, serious sexual offences, and gang-related drug trafficking cases, and Vanessa Thomson is another notable name in the set with expertise in serious sexual offence cases.”

And our incredible clerks have also had rave reviews:

‘The service provided by 9 St John Street and the clerks is always of an extremely high quality. Chris Swann, the senior criminal clerk, deserves a special mention. He is always willing to go over and above to assist both counsel and their instructing solicitors.’

‘The clerks are always a phone call away and go above and beyond to provide an excellent service. Chris Swann in particular is fantastic.’

‘The service in the clerks room is second to none and they are always there when you require their services; no task is too small for them. They are always welcoming and happy to assist you.’


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