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Jaime Hamilton KC

Year of call 1993, Gray's Inn

Year of Silk 2019  

Areas of Expertise
Criminal, Inquests & Public Inquiries

Crime: Band 2
"Jaime is excellent: our KC of choice."
"Jaime is an excellent advocate. He is clear, succinct and a strong presenter of a case to a jury."
"Jaime is very impressive. Juries love him."

Chambers and Partners 2024

Crime: Ranked Legal 500 2024 Edition

Legal 500 2024

Crime (Northern Bar): Leading Silk
"He is extremely conscientious, and a calm and focused advocate." "He is very thoughtful and works hard. He prepares very well thought-out submissions and skeleton arguments."

Chambers and Partners 2022

Crime (Northern Bar): Leading Silk
"He is just splendid - extremely hard-working, conscientious, and he has great clarity of thought. He is strategically clear and he presents his cases forcefully."

Chambers and Partners 2021

Crime – Northern (Bar): New Silks
"He's entirely dependable and straightforward - a really safe pair of hands."

Chambers and Partners 2020

Crime: Leading Silk Band 3
"Experienced in defending in cases involving serious sexual offences."

Legal 500 2020

Crime – ranked Tier 1
‘Experienced in defending in cases involving serious sexual offences.’

Legal 500 2019

Crime – Northern (Bar): Leading Barrister (Band 2)
"A very good prosecutor; very fair and has very sound judgement."
"He has a very calm and knowledgeable manner in court and you would be in safe hands with him."

Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2019

'Recommended for sexual offences cases.'

Legal 500, 2017

‘Substantial experience in sexual offence cases.’

Legal 500, 2016


Legal 500 2012

"recommended for serious criminal defence matters."

Legal 500, 2011

“Is a very strong advocate with wide experience of serious crime including conspiracy"

Legal 500 2008

“A skilled and powerful advocate”

Legal 500 2006

"A strong junior advocate”

Legal 500 2005

Areas of Practice

Jaime Hamilton was appointed a KC in 2019. He has practised at 9 St John Street since the beginning of his second six of pupillage. He has been a pupil supervisor to three pupils and is now the Deputy Head of Chambers.

Throughout his career he has undertaken both prosecution and defence instructions. Jaime has acquired a reputation as a calm, concise and eloquent advocate, qualities which have led to him taking Silk.

In recent years he has acted as leading junior and led junior in a wide range of cases on both sides of the courtroom. As can be seen from his CV below, he has conducted cases involving homicide, drugs, serious and organised crime, firearms and fraud.

Over time he developed a practice whereby he was frequently instructed in cases of serious sexual offending, where he excelled in the focussed and sympathetic cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses. This particular area of practice has led to him provide training and lectures to the world renowned forensic expert courses provided by St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Clinic.

Another area of repeated defence instructions is in cases with substantial Proceeds of Crime  elements, usually fraud or drugs. He has been instructed in the High Court on enforcement proceedings. Within the complexities of confiscation he will endeavour to find a simple way to navigate through.

His practical use of the law, demonstrated by his conduct of Proceeds of Crime Act cases, is further illustrated by his appearances in the Court of Appeal where he is often complimented for the clarity of his submissions. He has dealt with appeals concerning fresh evidence, Serious and Organised Crime Prevention Orders and renewed applications for leave.

Due to his extensive experience of cases involving serious and organised criminal conspiracies he is particularly adept at dealing with disclosure and PII issues.

Appearing both as an advocate and an expert witness in the General Medical Council, Jaime has experience of professional discipline. He has represented police officers charged with criminal offences. He has also appeared in numerous cases relating to fraudulent activity prosecuted by authorised regulatory bodies.

Prescribed Information

Jaime Hamilton KC is a practising barrister, regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about Jaime Hamilton KC can be found here

Jaime Hamilton KC clerks will provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that he offers. Jaime Hamilton KC accepts instructions on legal aid rates where those are available, details of which can be found here.  For other work, Jaime Hamilton KC usually charges a brief fee plus refresher fees for court hearings, with advisory, conference and other preparation work charged at an hourly rate. Jaime Hamilton KC aims to return paperwork within 14-21 working days, however his professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales.

Other Information

Jaime has been actively involved in life on the Northern Circuit, having been both Junior and Secretary. He has been particularly involved in advancing the cause of both sides of the profession in relation to publicly funded work. This has seen him provide assistance whenever called upon by either the Circuit or the CBA.

He is also otherwise known as "View From the North" due to his blog about legal matters and his presence on Twitter. He has been quoted in The Times on issues he has covered in his blog. He has provided advice to television production companies and writers about issues relating to the law and crime in general.

Given his reputation for public speaking he has addressed meetings of both solicitors and barristers about funding and has provided lectures and seminars across a variety of topics. He has also delivered after dinner speeches to regional law societies and other organisations.


Junior of The Northern Circuit 1997
Northern Circuit Secretary 2009-2011
Attorney General of the Northern Circuit

Scholarships and Prizes

Pryce-Calcott Award (UCW)Raymond Bax Scholar (Gray's)


LLB, UCW Aberystwyth

Specialist Areas of Practice:


Inquests & Public Inquiries

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Criminal CV [PDF]

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