Four newly appointed QCs expand the Doughty Street team of Silks to 29

Doughty Street Chambers are delighted to announce that David Bentley, Joe Stone, John Jones and Stephen Cragg have been appointed Silks in a ceremony that took place on 27th March.

David Bentley QC is a highly regarded criminal specialist, noted by clients for 'carving out a strong reputation'. He has substantial experience defending over a wide range of serious offences. He is frequently called on to advise on and conduct complex appeals (several following referral from the CCRC), and has appeared as counsel in a number of successful and noted appeals.

Joe Stone QC specialises in criminal defence and human rights. He has extensive trial experience in allegations of murder, serious sexual assaults, armed robbery involving cash in transit vans, possession/use of firearms, Class A drug importations and money laundering with a strong international element. Joe has a reputation as a committed and tenacious defence barrister who will take on and argue a case however unpopular.

The "excellent" John RWD Jones QC, commands respect from sources as a result of the great technical knowledge he displays, particularly in extradition law. The cases of Julian Assange, Deborah Dark, Andrew Symeou and Ejup Ganic are examples of the high-profile extradition cases he has tackled in recent times. War crimes and counter-terrorism also feature heavily in his caseload, and he has appeared at the Yugoslav Tribunal five times. (Chambers and Partners 2013). Few Counsel worldwide have as vast experience in the field of international criminal law as John.

Stephen Cragg QC "is steeped in years and years of public law." His claimant practice centres around cases of criminal justice, and police and prison law. He draws wide praise from sources, who comment that "he has a great attention to detail," "turns work around to very tight deadlines and always does an excellent job." As leader of the police team, Stephen Cragg QC "has a wealth of experience" and is an "excellent police action lawyer." (Chambers and Partners 2013).

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