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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.

Please click here for our standard terms of business.

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Laura Paisley joins 9KBW
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R –v- Marcus Walters – Kingston Crown Court – August 2018
John Clifford secures conviction after trial in Rape and ABH case where victim met Defendant through mutual friend on evening in question at her address. All three were drinking before Defendant followed victim upstairs and made unwanted

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R –v- Sher-Afgan Khattak – Kingston Crown Court [Operation Meaning]
John Clifford secures conviction in Organised Crime Division case on prohibited firearm, ammunition and possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

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