It is with great pleasure that we announce that Counsel John Clifford has been successful in his application to join the Serious Fraud Office Counsel Panel at level B and Efstathios Divaris and Charles Drinnan both at level C.
9 King's Bench Walk is offering two funded 12 month criminal pupillages from October 4th 2021.
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]
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..
9 KBW are delighted to announce further success in an application to upgrade on the Crown Prosecution Service London and South East Advocate Panel.
Chambers are very pleased to announce that Charles Drinnan has been successful in his application to upgrade to level 2 on the CPS London and South East General Crime Panel. Our warmest congratulations.
Efstathios Divaris successful in his application to join the Crown Prosecution Service Extradition Panel
9 KBW are pleased to announce further success with Efstathios Divaris now joining our Extradition Panel team at level 1. Warmest congratulations from all at 9KBW
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.
9 KBW is delighted to announce more success in applications to the Crown Prosecution Service Advocacy Panel
It is with great pleasure that we announce that Counsel 9 KBW have been successful in their applications to upgrade to the next level on the CPS London and South East Advocate Panel;
John Ojakovoh prosecutes former chief executive to conviction and sentence in £1 million fraud at Reading Crown Court
John Ojakovoh prosecuted to conviction and sentence a former chief executive who falsely claimed to be a qualified accountant and who defrauded her company of more than £1 million over a period of more than five years
9 KBW is delighted to announce that Maria Buckingham has been successful in her application to join the Crown Prosecution Service Advocates Panel at Level 1.
9 KBW is delighted to announce success by four members in their applications to join the Regulatory Panel, Level C, for Health and Safety and Environmental Law.
It is with enormous pleasure that we announce that Counsel Ben Edwards, Sophie Quinton-Carter, Claire Stevenson and Charles Drinnan have been successful in their applications to join the Regulatory Panel for Health and Safety and Environmental Law.
Maria Buckingham, following the successful completion of her pupillage at 9 KBW, has joined us as a tenant from March 2019
Sophie Kay explores the landmark appeal by Sally Challen of her murder conviction in a two-part series of articles.
Sophie Kay explores the landmark appeal by Sally Challen of her murder conviction in a two-part series of articles. This case highlights the potential for further development of homicide defences. Read more: https://www.9kbw.com/about-us/9kbw-law
Claire Stevenson successfully represents OFSTED in a six-day tribunal hearing before the First-tier Tribunal (Health, Education and Social Care Chamber)
The provider appealed after their registration to provide childcare at two nursery settings was cancelled. The appellant had a poor inspection history. Over eight years, there had been a number of inspections, resulting in numerous breaches of the Early Years Foundation Stage, and notices being issued, which were not complied with.
Claire Stevenson successfully prosecutes a disqualified childminder, charged with two offences: 1) childminding whilst suspended (section 69 of the Childcare Act 2006); and 2) childminding whilst unre
Concerns were raised following an inspection which obtained an “Inadequate” judgment. Despite numerous visits, phone calls and letters, the Early Year Regulatory Inspector was unable to establish contact with the defendant and conduct monitoring visits.
Charles Drinnan defended a week-long trial concerning the supply of class A and B drugs at Woolwich Crown Court.
Maria Buckingham, a pupil with 9 KBW, was successful in her defence of a man charged with three counts of: threatening with a bladed article, possession of a bladed article
Chambers congratulates successful applicants for the CPS Advocate Panel and Specialist CPS Advocate Panels
9 KBW is delighted to announce more successful applications by members for both the General and Specialist CPS Panels
Mr. Drinnan, acting for the Appellant, renewed an application to the full Court for leave to appeal sentence after it was refused by the Single Judge.
John Ojakovoh secures convictions on all counts in international cyber fraud trial at Reading Crown Court
John Ojakovoh prosecuted in a trial at Reading Crown Court arising from a US-UK investigation after US public sector pensioner members of Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS) were the victims of fraudulent attempts to divert pensions totalling the equivalent of some £15,000 per month in a scam which cost OCERS nearly £200,000 to put right.
John Clifford secures convictions of three Defendants operating within an Albanian Organised Criminal Network involved in people smuggling, fraudulent documentation
Charles Drinnan succeeds for the Isle of Wight Council, the Respondent in an Appeal against an enforcement notice under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
The Appellant appealed against an enforcement notice served by the Council over numerous dangerous fire safety issues in four properties on the Island – an important issue in the aftermath of the Grenfell fire
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.
John Clifford secures conviction after trial in Operation Trident investigation into importation of firearms from Slovenia. Package intercepted containing a number of pistols and fully automatic machine gun at courier depot
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
John Clifford secures conviction in Organised Crime Division case on prohibited firearm, ammunition and possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
Charles recently represented a Shisha bar in Acton in an emergency closure order brought by the Met Police.
The defendant, a 37-year-old male, lured an intoxicated female aged 25 into a cubicle in the men’s toilets in the B@1 cocktail bar in the Caledonian Road.
9 KBW is delighted to announce further success in applications to the Crown Prosecution Service Specialist Panels for the Serious Crime Group
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.
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.
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.
On April 11th 2018 9 KBW will be hosting a seminar for Criminal Defence Solicitors on the important topic of Police Disclosure. The event will provide presentations by criminal law specialist practitioners on the following; Why All The Secrecy?
9 KBW is delighted to welcome Charles Drinnan as our latest tenant, following the successful completion of his pupillage. Charles specialises in criminal, regulatory and civil law and his full profile can be found on our members page.
Dominic Woolard secures acquittal at Aylesbury Crown Court for defendant stopped by police with 1KG of cocaine inside his jumper
Verdicts were returned in Aylesbury on 21st February after a 6 week trial that followed a 2 year surveillance operation into the wholesale supply of cocaine in the buckinghamshire area.
John Ojakovoh (Leader) and Graeme Molloy (Junior) prosecuting for the CPS International Justice and Organised Crime Division following a National Crime Agency investigation recently
9 KBW are delighted to announce that all of our members who applied this year for upgrading on the Crown Prosecution Service Advocate Panels were successful.
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.
Graeme was instructed by the Crown to prosecute in the sentence of Andrzejv Gajowniczeka, a Polish National, who had pleaded guilty to racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm and distress
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.
Chambers are delighted to announce that following their successful applications, Julian Jones has joined panel A and John Ojakovoh Panel B of SFO External Counsel. Many congratulations to both of them.
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.
John Ojakovoh has been instructed to prosecute in R v Esteves at Blackfriars Crown Court
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.
Anna Ling acts for Nursing and Midwifery Council in case against nurse who is struck off for dishonestly causing others to believe he was a surgeon for 7 years
Instructed by the NMC, Anna Ling presented 7 day contested hearing against Nurse Kevin O'Flanagan
John Ojakovoh prosecuting for the CPS Specialist Fraud Division and the DWP secured convictions on all nine counts of fraud and deception in the case of R v Faycal Ariouat
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.
Chambers is pleased to welcome back Anna Ling following her time abroad working with a Public Defender’s Office in California, USA.
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.
Shabeena Azhar, led Junior for the Crown, secures multiple convictions in sham marriage case at Croydon Crown Court
Ms Azhar, Joint Head of Chambers, led by Jonathan Polnay for the Crown, prosecuted an all-female gang and an absent male, who were found guilty of conspiring to assist unlawful immigration
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.
Ms Azhar, junior for the Crown, has begun the case involving five women in an all-female gang accused of conspiring together with an absent male to assist unlawful immigration.
A 9 KBW Prosecution team comprising Julian Jones (leader) and Jeremy Rendle (junior) recently secured a "full house" of convictions on an indictment against two defendants
Paul Douglass prosecutes city lawyer convicted of racially aggravated common assault and sexual assault
Alastair Main, a city lawyer and former captain of London Rowing Club, was convicted at Wimbledon Magistrates Court on 3rdJanuary of racially aggravated common assault and sexual assault.
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.
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.
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.
John Ojakovoh secures the acquittal of his client on a £5 million+ fraud charge at Chelmsford Crown Court
John Ojakovoh successfully defended his client against a charge of Cheating the Public Revenue of which the client and three co-defendants stood accused.
Duncan Atkinson Q.C. T.C. [6 KBW] and John D. Clifford successfully appeal a terminatory ruling in the Court of Appeal
Claire Stevenson, following the successful completion of her pupillage at 9 KBW, has joined us as a
Sophie Quinton Carter, following a successful third six after leaving the Crown Prosecution Service,
Paul Douglass, acting as a junior alone, prosecuted a conspiracy to supply opium on a commercial scale throughout the UK.
In the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Sophie Quinton-Carter successfully prosecuted a nurse who slapped a vulnerable patient in retaliation for being struck herself.
Michael Otshudi and Joseph Smith were sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court on Friday 12.02.2016
Daniel Cohen secures unanimous acquittal of defendant charged with conspiracy to supply 1.1 tonnes of cannabis resin
Daniel Cohen successfully defended one of seven defendants charged with conspiracy to supply 1,147 kg of cannabis resin, following a trial lasting over four months at Snaresbrook
9 King;s Bench Walk's Sophie Quinton-Carter Blog on becoming a criminal barrister ....
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
John Ojakovoh prosecuting at Blackfriars Crown Court secured the conviction of a 19-year-old defendant who bit off part of a man’s ear on a night bus home from
This has been published in Archbold 2016 (paragraph 32-30). The case concerns the new offence of Causing Serious Injury by Dangerous Driving for which there are no sentencing guidelines
In January 2015 John Clifford and Robyn Murdo-Smith were approached by Police Constable Danny Phillips of the Metropolitan Police Training School at Hendon for assistance with a training course about the preparation of witness statements
9KBW are delighted to welcome Claire Stevenson on commencement of her pupillage. We wish her every success in the coming year.
Barrister Jeremy Rendle of Chambers of S Azhar & J Mole, 9 King's Bench Walk prosecuted Michael Covington who burgled a number of premises
Paul Brennan successfully defended a man charged with obstructing a Constable. Police had taken the defendant’s mobile phone after he had used it to film his friend being restrained by police.
John Clifford prosecuted at trial this sophisticated immigration fraud which involved fraudulent University documentation issued to students who applied for Post Study Work visas
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
Paul Douglass has successfully prosecuted a 59 year old defendant who was convicted by a jury after an 8 day trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court of 13 counts of sexual activity with his 15 year old niece
A 72 year old man was convicted of a series of historic sexual offences against his own daughter and her friend in a case recently prosecuted by Julian Jones
Lincoln Crawford convicted and sentenced in case prosecuted by Julian Jones
Chambers are delighted to announce that Robert Evans will now join our team of Grade 4 CPS Prosecutors Many congratulations Robert
On 6th May James Dick acted in the Court of Appeal for a man, subject to suspended sentence, said to be part of a shoplifting gang responsible for taking almost £ 10,000 worth of goods
Catherine Picardo appeared for the Respondent at Southwark Crown Court where a serving Detective Constable’s appeal
Paul Douglass, Robyn Murdo Smith, Catherine Picardo, Bill Gatward, our intern Claire Stephenson and Hendon Volunteer Police Cadets, all took roles in a mock trial held at Inner Temple for Police Officers (see our front page of the website showing them in action)
John Clifford and Robyn Murdo Smith delivered a lecture to police officers at Hendon College. John Clifford said afterwards “Robyn organised Mock Trials when he was a Police Sergeant I asked him if
On 19th March 2015 Darren Scott was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment for attempted murder and three charges of fraud
On Monday 9th March 2015, a jury convicted Amish Kansagra of one count of attempted murder. He was acquitted of two counts of assault. Julian was instructed by the CPS RASSO Unit
Anna Ling acts for Nursing and Midwifery Council in case against nurse who is struck off for posting racially offensive messages on Facebook
The nurse who posted on Facebook that there were more Muslims in the northeast of England than in Kabul
Julian Jones prosecutes the trial of Amish Kansagra at Kingston Crown Court. Mr Kansagra is charged with attempted murder
John Clifford prosecuting at the Old Bailey secured a guilty verdict on the Mayfair fantasist who attacked writer during a friendly massage
John Clifford is prosecuting an attempted murder case in which a conman attacked a writer whilst giving him a massage in his Mayfair home
Anthony Matacchieri, 39, from Huntingdon, was found guilty of possessing an illegal breed..
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.
John Ojakovoh secures acquittal in 'meat cleaver' section 18 trial, R v I at Snaresbrook Crown Court December 2014
John Ojakovoh secured the acquittal of his client on a count of wounding with intent despite what was said to be overwhelming evidence linking him to an attack with a meat cleaver....
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....
Julian Jones prosecuted the trial of Andrew Gordon who was today convicted of the attempted murder by shooting of two rival gang members
concerned cyber crime case involving use of Malware virus......
violent disorder case on Andover Estate in Islington
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Drugs Evidence - Scientific Fact or Just a Matter of Opinion?
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.
9 KBW urgently requires junior tenants and third six pupils with a view to tenancy.
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
An unprecedented attempt to hold the first ever completely secret criminal trial in the UK is blocked by the Court of Appeal
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)
21 May 2014 Operation Cotton
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
9 KBW makes donation to the campaign fund to Judicially review the Ministry of Justice proposals for two tier contracting...
Daniel Burke lawyer for Nigel Evans pleads for legal aid cuts to be stopped to prevent miscarriages of justice
Encourage your MP to sign the Early Day Motion http://bit.ly/1gQ1Zfj
Ministry of Justice Report on review of ways to reduce distress of victims in trials of sexual violence.
Today, the MOJ published a report making the following main recommendations:
The members of 9KBW Chambers Crime Team wish to make their position clear with regard to the action currently being taken by our Members
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
The well known and well liked Irishman from County Kerry who joined 9KBW in autumn 2001
Closing date 5pm 14th March
9KBW are delighted to welcome Anna Ling as a new tenant after successful completion of her pupillage
Last year Richard Wood successfully appeared for the Crown in an appeal against conviction in R v Smith (Joseph Alexander)
Warmest congratulations to Mr John Clifford and Mr Julian Jones now both CPS Grade 4 Counsel
John Ojakovoh secures the acquittal of his client in a 7-week VAT fraud trial at Canterbury Crown Court
John Clifford secures the conviction of 9 Defendants at Isleworth Crown Court in a case concerning a conspiracy
Ms Catherine Picardo Joins us this month
Threshold criteria for the removal of a child in care proceedings
9KBW is looking to recruit juniors and established practitioners in crime family and immigration.
Julian Jones, prosecuting, secures a full house of convictions in an inter - gang firearms case.
Chambers are pleased to announce that Sam Roake has accepted an invitation to join Chambers as a tenant after completing his Third Six.
Julian Jones was instructed by the CPS as Led Junior Counsel for the Respondent in the appeal against conviction by Colin McGhee
How many times have we all heard the old mantra "the court has to take the prosecution's case at its highest"
James Dick representing mentally ill Appellant subject to IPP whose minimum term is halved by the Court of Appeal.
Robert Evans successfully prosecutes in the trials of two defendants.....
Regine Dassa for First Respondent in guidance case before the President of the Family Division...
Andrew Dickens successfully prosecutes David McMillan for large scale importation and distribution of heroin
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