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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 murder, manslaughter, serious violence, gang crime, cybercrime, child abuse, rape cases and other sexual offences, 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.

Chambers offers a wealth of experience in Regulatory Law and Immigration matters and Counsel regularly prosecute and defend on behalf of a wide range of professional regulatory bodies, both within the private and government sectors, assisting with very large, high profile and complex investigations.

We appear in Immigration and Regulatory Courts and Tribunals at all levels, Crown Court and Magistrates Courts, Court of Appeal and the High Court, First Tier and Upper Tribunal, Nursing and Midwifery 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 more than 45 years ago and we continue to base our service firmly upon those simple, but vital, principles

In recent years Chambers has recognisably developed its specialism’s 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 provide our now acclaimed programme of events for Police Officers in London and the South East, known as the OIC Roadshow, details of which can be found under the OIC Roadshow heading on our website. Training is provided for those at the most senior levels as well as those most junior. Mock trials are also and increasingly a part of our wide programme of events. If you would like further information, contact details are on the dedicated page. We are very proud of a programme.

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 and fee levels with Solicitors and members of the public alike. An indication of fees charged generally, by our members, can be found under the About Us heading then under our Fee Scales page. We are friendly and approachable and will always put the needs of the professional and lay client first.

Currently, all of our staff are mainly working remotely, but we continue to offer the same standard of professional, dedicated clerking and administration that we are renowned for. Our clerks can be contacted by using Chambers contact details, or through the mobile numbers provided for any urgent out of hours matters.

If a meeting becomes essential, 9 KBW has undertaken a Covid-19 Risk Assessment which can be found under the About Us section of the website. Procedures for any attendance at 9 KBW can be found within that assessment.



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Suzanne Fewins achieves not guilty result for defendant in drink driving case.
Suzanne Fewins achieves a great not guilty result for a client who stated that they could not provide a specimen of blood, in a drink driving case, due to a fear of needles, despite having tattoos.

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Robyn Murdo-Smith prosecutes case where witness is given Sherriff’s Award.
In a recent sentence Robyn Murdo-Smith drew the Sentencing Judge’s attention to the brave citizenship demonstrated by a witness, a student who, fearing a possible stabbing, called police and followed the offender until police stopped him. The Judge made a £200 Sherriff’s Award to the public spirited young man.

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Laura Paisley defends at sentence for a defendant already serving an extended sentence for child sex offences.
Laura Paisley represented a client, currently serving an extended sentence for Child sex offences, who was charged with four further historic child sex offences.

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9KBW’s Dominic Bardill makes a successful half-time submission in the Defendant’s absence, in a s.20 case at Uxbridge Magistrates Court.
It was alleged that the Defendant had carved a noughts & crosses symbol onto the stomach of the Complainant. Dominic brought to the Bench’s attention, the significant inconsistencies within the Crown’s evidence. In addition, he highlighted numerous significant failings in the investigation; including that the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 Code of Practice (Para 3.5) had been seriously breached by investigators.

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9KBW’s Tom Aitken successfully argues against deportation on the basis of Article 3 of the ECHR.
The successful appeal was against the decision of the SSHD who refused to revoke a deportation order made in the early 1990s. The Appellant re-entered the UK in 2006 in breach of the deportation order and remained in the UK since. The Appellant suffered with serious heart problems and despite providing detailed medical evidence the SSHD refused to revoke the deportation order

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