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The law is reason, free from passion.

(Aristotle)

9 King's Bench Walk was founded in 1974 by the late Ali Mohammed Abbas who was the first Head of Chambers. Upon his death in 1979, his brother Ali Mohammed Azhar became Head of Chambers and remained so until August 2014 when he sadly passed away.

Following Mr Azhar’s death his daughter Shabeena Azhar and his Son in law Jonathan Mole were elected as Joint Heads of Chambers and they continue to lead chambers, upholding the traditions and commitment for which this set is so well regarded.

9 King’s Bench Walk takes great pride in the provision of a quality service of the highest standard to all of our clients. Chambers continues to expand, both in numbers and in the number of areas of specialisation by our members and we are now able to offer experienced counsel in Criminal, Family, Civil, Immigration, Commercial and Employment matters. Chambers can also accept instructions by way of Direct Public Access and Licenced Public Access.

We have particular expertise in the areas listed below:

  • Homicide and Manslaughter
  • Rape
  • Sexual offences
  • Violent Crime and public order
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Serious Fraud
  • Sharia Law cases
  • Childrens Act cases
  • Domestic Violence
  • Ancillary relief
  • International Law
  • Human Rights
  • Asylum cases
  • Commercial Law
  • Property Law
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Boundary disputes
  • Insurance Law
  • Employment law
  • Personal Injury cases
  • Mental Health
  • Direct Public Access
  • Licenced Public Access

Our friendly and approachable clerks can be contacted at any time on the following numbers:

020 7353 9564 (8.45pm – 6.15pm) or out of business hours on 07940491479 (Gary Wright)

We can provide overnight and next morning representation, in Courts throughout the South, including during weekends and Public Holidays Chambers has full conference facilities available but in view of the limited access to our building we can offer alternative arrangements for disabled clients, such as conferences at their home or at solicitors offices.

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9 KBW Bill Gatward successfully prosecutes masseur accused of sexual assault.
A Brighton masseur who told one of his clients she “would be surprised what goes on within these four walls” after he sexually assaulted her is now facing a lengthy prison sentence.

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Surinder Singh Gohlan joins 9 KBW.
Surinder Singh Gohlan joins 9 KBW. 9 KBW is delighted to announce that Surinder Singh Gohlan has joined the 9 KBW team from July 1st 2021. Surinder specialises in defence crime at all levels and we are very pleased to welcome him on board.

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Hospital Managers Power of Discharge
Chambers are pleased to announce that Robyn Murdo-Smith will be appointed an Associate Hospital Manager with North East London NHS Foundation Trust on 1st July 2021.

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High Court upholds decision to refuse to extradite to Turkey on multiple grounds
On 21 June 2021 Lord Justice Dingemans and Mr Justice Johnson handed down a judgment dismissing Turkey’s appeal against District Judge Zani’s refusal to extradite a Kurdish activist. The District Judge had refused the request on the basis there would be no fair trial, the requested person would be prejudiced because of his beliefs, and he would be likely to suffer cruel and inhuman treatment because of Turkey’s policy of prolonged solitary confinement for persons they regard as “terrorists”.

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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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