9 King's Bench Walk

Founded on Belief, Passion & Integrity.

A warm welcome to the website of 9 KBW, Chambers of Shabeena Azhar and Jonathan Mole.

9 KBW specialise in high level and general crime, offences of serious violence, child abuse, rape cases and fraud, immigration, particularly those cases linked with criminal charges, traffic and regulatory work. We offer services under the direct public access rules in many areas of law.

We appear in courts at all levels, Crown Court and Magistrates Courts, Court of Appeal and the High Court, First Tier and Upper Tribunal, Nursing and Midwifery Tribunals, County Court and other tribunals.

Whether you simply require advice or need representation at trial or tribunal hearings, we offer you a wealth of expertise and choice of Counsel.

9 KBW is a Chambers founded on belief in the rule of law, the right of all individuals to be expertly represented and the administration of justice. Those solid foundations were laid down over 40 years ago and we continue to base our service firmly upon those simple, but vital, principles

In recent years Chambers has recognisably developed its specialisms and expanded in numbers, improved the quality and experience of our membership and, as a consequence, the level of cases we are currently instructed in is of a standard that is exceptional.

We are keen to share our members experience through seminars and workshops and we are currently in the process of expanding upon our acclaimed training programme for Police Officers in London and the South East, known as the OIC Roadshow. Full details of our events programme and the training offered will be available on the website shortly. In the interim, for further information, please contact either Robyn Murdo-Smith or John Clifford via the clerks e mail.

We continue to promise our clients standards of excellence, commitment, dedication and a quality of representation that is of the highest order.

Our clerking and administration team are highly experienced and will be happy to discuss areas of work with Solicitors and members of the public alike. We are friendly and approachable and will always put the needs of the professional and lay client first


Robyn Murdo-Smith Secures Acquittal
Robyn Murdo-Smith instructed by Senan Boland of Cantaris Locke Solicitors, secures acquittal for a client charged with causing Grievous Bodily Harm following a deep cut to the complainant’s thigh.

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Ms Anna Ling
Chambers is pleased to welcome back Anna Ling following her time abroad working with a Public Defender’s Office in California, USA.

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9 KBW are pleased to announce that John Clifford and Julian Jones have again been appointed to the approved Crown Prosecution Service specialist Rape List for London and the South East.

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Shabeena Azhar, led Junior for the Crown, secures multiple convictions in sham marriage case at Croydon Crown Court
Ms Azhar, Joint Head of Chambers, led by Jonathan Polnay for the Crown, prosecuted an all-female gang and an absent male, who were found guilty of conspiring to assist unlawful immigration

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R -v- Olivia Brandford & ors
John Clifford and Jim Dick succeed in having Duress conviction upheld in case which provides valuable guidance on the defence of duress. R-v- Olivia Brandford & Ors now reported Archbold 2017 para. 17-120.

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