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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 Announcement on No Returns Policy
Because we believe that without decisive action by the Criminal Bar the MOJ will continue to systematically destroy the Criminal Justice System we at 9 KBW stand firm with our colleagues in taking that action.

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Paul Douglass secures acquittal of foster carer in historic sex abuse trial
Paul Douglass represented a client in his 70s alleged to have sexually abused two females he and his wife fostered in the late 1990s. The female complainants came forward independently in 2013 and 2015 respectively and there was no evidence of collusion.

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Claire Stevenson defends client in the first trial Snaresbrook Crown Court has heard, in the past 23 years, raising the defence of insanity
Claire acted for the defence in the trial of a 26 year old man at Snaresbrook Crown Court on the 3rd April 2018. The defendant was facing a three-count indictment, one of affray, and two of racially aggravated public order offences.

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John Ojakovoh and Mark Sookram secure convictions in tax fraud trial at Luton Crown Court
John Ojakovoh (Leader) and Mark Sookram (Junior) prosecuted for the CPS Specialist Fraud Division in a trial at Luton Crown Court arising from an HMRC investigation into fraudulent Gift Aid claims made by the charity for which the defendant had acted as Pastor and Chair of Trustees.

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9 KBW is delighted to announce success in applications to the Crown Prosecution Service Specialist Panels for the Serious Crime Group and Fraud
It is with great pleasure that we announce that Counsel John Clifford, John Ojakovoh and Graeme Molloy have been successful in their applications to join the Serious Crime Group and Daniel Cohen in his application to the Specialist Fraud Panel.

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