"A terrific range of counsel is available at this set, which in a little over 20 years has created a strong identity at the Bar" Chambers & Partners 


The Criminal Team is the largest practice team at Doughty Street Chambers and comprises 61 practitioners with specialist expertise in the most serious and complex criminal trials and appeals, extradition and international criminal law.  Our criminal team can also draw on the expertise of colleagues in Doughty Street's public law team, police law team, and others, meaning that unlike many other criminal sets we can provide a holistic view on the increasingly complex and multi-disciplinary legal problems clients face.


We are particularly proud that our Criminal Team is home to 24 Queen’s Counsel - a much higher proportion than most other criminal sets - reflecting the genuinely deep and long-standing expertise of our barristers.  For over 25 years we have provided specialist advice and advocacy of the highest quality in every aspect of criminal law. We have represented defendants in the most difficult, demanding and high profile cases, appearing at every level of the domestic courts throughout the country and in all of the International tribunals. The breadth and diversity of the team, and the quality and commitment of individual members, is second to none.


What we do


At trial we combine substantial forensic expertise with specialist knowledge of human rights in the context of every category of crime. These include terrorism and political crime, homicide, regulatory and financial crime, serious drugs trafficking and serious sexual offences.


In addition to undertaking this range of trial work, we also have a particularly high reputation in appellate work both here and abroad, and also in the international tribunals. Members appear regularly in high profile, complex and important criminal appeals, including capital appeals, in the Privy Council, Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.


The Extradition team has an unrivalled reputation for appearing in many of the most high profile and complex extradition cases. Members of the team have appeared in many of the leading extradition cases before the Supreme Court, House of Lords, Privy Council, High Court and Magistrates' Court, as well as in courts in Northern Ireland, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Caribbean and around the world. Many of the team’s cases involve issues of fundamental human rights and test cases on evolving areas of the law.


In International Criminal Law members of the team have been instrumental in developing an effective, credible and fair international criminal justice system, and have prosecuted and defended many groundbreaking cases in the international criminal courts.


The breadth of experience, talent and commitment within the DSC Criminal Team is exceptional. What makes the Team stand out, and places the set in the first rank, is the range of work covered within the crime rubric. There are other criminal chambers with strong and talented general crime teams. But few if any offer the range and consistent quality of legal expertise in key specialist areas that run from terrorism, homicide and serious fraud and other serious crime through to international and humanitarian law. And all of this is set against the human rights approach that characterises the whole of the Doughty Street Chambers.We are also frequently instructed in criminal related civil cases, judicial review, inquests and public enquiries as a result of the breadth of skills and experience within the team.


Many of our practitioners have written, broadcast and lectured on criminal law and human rights in the UK and overseas. Several are the authors or editors of seminal text books on the criminal law, evidence and procedure, or regular contributors to the professional journals.Members of the DSC Criminal Team are supported in their research by first rate informational technology and knowledge resources, and by a panel of academic experts who are associate tenants at Doughty Street. We have a dedicated clerking team to offer a prompt, proactive and responsive service to solicitors.


For more information about our criminal work, or to discuss our barristers, please email our criminal clerks, led by Tom Street, or call them on the dedicated crime team number which is 020 7400 9088.

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