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Daniel Cohen successful in Court of Appeal case

Daniel Cohen successfully appealed to the Court of Appeal against his client's sentence for assault by penetration. The sentence was found to be manifestly excessive and accordingly, was reduced by 18 months.

George Skinner joins the CPS Advocate Panel

Chambers are delighted to announce that George Skinner, one of Chambers current pupils, has been successful in his application to join the London and South-East Advocate Panel at Level 1.

9KBW supports the CBA with No Returns in AGFS Criminal Cases.

9KBW fully supports the Criminal Bar Association's position that neither the level of remuneration offered nor the government’s proposed timetable for implementation represent an adequate response to the crisis that has enveloped the criminal Bar following years of inadequate funding of the criminal justice system.

Clara Sibanda accepts the offer of Tenancy

Chambers is delighted to announce that Clara Sibanda has accepted our offer of Tenancy, following the successful completion of her Probationary Tenancy. Clara is a Criminal and Regulatory Practitioner.

Samuel March joins 9KBW as a Tenant

Chambers is delighted to announce that Sam March has accepted our offer of Tenancy, following the successful completion of a Probationary Tenancy. Sam is a Criminal and Regulatory Practitioner.

9 KBW is recruiting pupils for 2022/2023

9 KBW is pleased to say that we are offering three new criminal pupillages for October 2022. Full details can be found on the Pupillage Gateway and the link to download an application form is on the Pupillage Recruitment Page of this website.

Laura Paisley

Laura Paisley secures suspended sentence for offences of Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent and Attempted Robbery

GMC v Dr U

Claire Stevenson successfully represented Dr U before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (‘MPTS’) who found that Dr U’s fitness to practise is no longer impaired. The MPTS revoked the order of suspension on Dr U’s registration with immediate effect.

Chambers Announcment

Chambers is pleased to announce that the Lord Chancellor has appointed James Dick as a Fee-paid Judge of the Employment Tribunals sitting in England. James will continue his practice in Chambers prosecuting serious criminal offences.

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.

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.

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”.

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.

John Clifford of 9 King’s Bench Walk prosecutes National Crimes Agency firearms case, in the Crown Court, which was subsequently referred to the Attorney-General for an unduly lenient sentence.

Darren Dixon, a firearms supplier who was jailed after an arsenal of lethal weapons were found in his home, has had his sentence increased to eleven years. Metropolitan Police At a hearing on Wednesday 26 May, the Court of Appeal ruled that his previous sentence of eight years was unduly lenient and the Judge added three years to his jail term.

9 KBW warmly welcomes our new Tenant, Suzanne Fewins.

Chambers is delighted to welcome Suzanne Fewins to the 9KBW team, following successful completion of a Third Six Pupillage. Suzanne specialises in Crime and Regulatory work and her full profile can be found here. Congratulations Suzanne from all at 9KBW

Andrew Cohen joins 9 KBW

9 KBW is delighted to welcome Andrew Cohen, a specialist Criminal Defence practitioner, to Chambers. Andrew has a wealth of experience in defending criminal cases at every level as well as a particular expertise in Appellate work.

Third Six Pupillages

9 KBW is offering three third six pupillages in 2021. Please see our Recruitment page to see what 9 KBW can offer you in an exciting year ahead

9KBW welcomes new tenant Louis Maskell

9KBW is delighted to welcome Louis Maskell as a member of 9 KBW, following the successful completion of his pupillage. Louis will be a welcome addition to our Criminal and Regulatory teams.

Lessons from the Spanish flu and other pandemics

John Clifford co-authors article in Counsel magazine which takes a look at how the sometimes competing concerns of public safety and open justice were met during previous pandemics [August 2020]

R –v- Suleyman, Woolwich Crown Court, June 2020

John Clifford secures the conviction of Osman Suleyman in case involving the use of considerable violence in the context of prolonged serious sexual offending. When the victim refused to engage in sexual intercourse..

TRAIN AT HOME - Virtual OIC Roadshow

On 21 May 2020, during the current global pandemic, 9 KBW’s OIC Roadshow successfully presented its first virtual training to newly qualified Direct Access Detective Constables based with Metropolitan Police Romford.

Laura Paisley joins 9KBW

9 KBW is delighted to welcome Laura Paisley as our latest tenant, following the successful completion of her pupillage. Laura specialises in criminal and regulatory law and her full profile will be uploaded shortly.

9KBW Roadshow team receive commendation from Borough Commander

On 1st December 2017 Lambeth Borough Commander Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Wood commended 9 KBW for it’s ‘Selflessness and Generosity’ in providing training to police officers. In providing the training Robyn Murdo-Smith and John Clifford were assisted by Chambers colleagues James Dick, Sophie Quinton-Carter, Ben Edwards, Tom Aiken and Charles Drinnan.

James Dick appointed as Rape List Counsel

Congratulations to Jim Dick on his successful application to join the Rape and Serious Sexual Abuse Panel Counsel list. Chambers are delighted to see a valuable addition to the strong team of Rape List Counsel at 9KBW.

9 KBW OIC Roadshow and Mock Trials feature in The Times

Chambers highly successful Roadshow and Mock Trial programme was featured in an article by “The Brief” on August 9th 2017. The article outlined the growth of the Roadshow from birth to present day and showcased the work our tireless team undertake in the training of police Officers.

Tom Aitken joins the 9KBW Team

Chambers are delighted to announce that, from August 7th 2017, Tom Aitken will be joining 9KBW as a tenant following his third six Pupillage with us.

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.


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.

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.

9KBW mentor to Success!

Ben Edwards and Sophie Quinton-Carter volunteered as mentors for this year’s National Bar Mock Trial Competition, in which over 200 schools from across the country compete.

9KBW goes international!

Sophie Quinton-Carter and Ben Edwards took a trip across the pond to New York City in November to judge at the prestigious Empire international mock trial competition.

9KBW Police Officer Training Roadshow

Chambers members, over the course of the last year, have assisted in providing training to a number of Metropolitan boroughs in CID and CSU and running exercises in a mock Court setting which has helped to develop officer skills and knowledge.

Operation Pibera - R-v- Alford & Ors

John Clifford & James Dick successfully prosecuted 13 Defendants in Operation Pibera which concerned a conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between London, Hampshire and Kent.


On 16th March 2016 a member of 9KBW, Robyn Murdo-Smith, visited the death camps at Auschwitz with officers of the Metropolitan Police, members of

Offer of Pupillage

9KBW are delighted to welcome Claire Stevenson on commencement of her pupillage. We wish her every success in the coming year.

He burgled where?

Barrister Jeremy Rendle of Chambers of S Azhar & J Mole, 9 King's Bench Walk prosecuted Michael Covington who burgled a number of premises

Robyn Murdo-Smith secures an acquittal for a client charged with Grievous Bodily Harm with intent

The defendant had been charged in a case where it was alleged that he had acted in a joint enterprise to attack a man resulting in very serious injuries to his face. The other man was also charged with a separate GBH with intent where the victim had been struck on the head with a scaffolding pole leading to life threatening injuries. After a four day trial at Luton Crown Court the defendant represented by Robyn was acquitted on 17th July 2015 but the Co -Defendant was convicted and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment


9 KBW are looking for new members at all levels, experienced and able criminal practitioners and 3rd six pupils. See our recruitment page for more details.

Wonga Pay Day Loan Fraud

Mr Murdo-Smith is currently instructed as defence counsel in a multi-handed case scheduled for trial in March 2015 at the Old Bailey. It involves an alleged fraud against Wonga the Pay Day Loan....


Are you new to Criminal Advocacy? Then come to an evening with members of 9 KBW, listen to our speakers and chat to experienced members who know just how you feel. Talk to highly experienced defending and prosecuting Counsel. Ask the questions that worry you. CPD accredited

Lord Chancellor thwarted

Lord Chancellor prevented from turning legal aid into "an instrument of discrimination", after three judges found his reforms over residency test requirements to be unlawful.


Chambers are very pleased to welcome two new tenants, Robyn Murdo-Smith who joins us from Holborn Chambers and Graeme Molloy from Cartwright Clark Solicitors


This year saw the 10th anniversary of the London Legal Walk and the addition of 9 King’s Bench Walk to the ranks of those participating for 2014.


Court of Appeal has ruled that the Legal Aid Agency (LAA, formerly the Legal Services Commission)

London Legal Walk 2014

The members of 9 King’s Bench Walk are delighted announce that they have entered a team to participate in the 2014 London Legal Walk

9KBW and the fight to save legal aid

9 KBW did not appear in any Criminal Court on Friday March 7th 2014. On that date our members took the decision that whilst our clients interests are of paramount importance

Vital new case about bail

How many times have we all heard the old mantra "the court has to take the prosecution's case at its highest"

Barmark Award

9 KBW are very pleased to announce that we are now one of only a few Chambers in London and the South East to be awarded Barmark status by the Bar Council










George Skinner is awarded the Neville Laski from the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.
This award is made by Inner Temple as part of the Inn’s Pupillage Awards. The award takes its name from former Judge, Kings Counsel and a Bencher of Inner Temple, Neville Laski. Congratulations from all at 9 KBW

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Callum Morgan successful in application to join the CPS Advocate Panel
Warmest congratulations to Callum Morgan who was successful in his application to join the General Crown Prosecution Service Advocate Panel at level 1

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Stephen Wells and Samuel March successful in first ever private prosecution for Advocates for Animals.
In its first ever private prosecution, taken to trial, Advocates for Animals instructed Stephen Wells (Leading Junior) and Samuel March to represent a client against a company director of a rehoming service company

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Further success for 9 KBW in applications to join the Crown Prosecution Service Advocate Panel
Chambers are delighted to announce that Clara Sibanda, Charles Austin-Groome and Sapna Devi have all been successful in their applications to join the Advocate Panel at Level 1. Warm congratulations to all.

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Daniel Cohen successful in Court of Appeal case
Daniel Cohen successfully appealed to the Court of Appeal against his client's sentence for assault by penetration. The sentence was found to be manifestly excessive and accordingly, was reduced by 18 months.

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