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
Warmest congratulations to Callum Morgan who was successful in his application to join the General Crown Prosecution Service Advocate Panel at level 1
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
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.
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.
Following her recent appointment to the FA Regional Discipline Panel, Feryal Ertan has also successfully been appointed to the FA’s National Serious Case Panel, for the forthcoming 2022-2023 football season.
Clara Sibanda, instructed by Reeves & Co, secured a suspended sentence for a defendant convicted of possession with intent to supply Class A and B drugs, as well as possession of criminal property and an offensive weapon.
Samuel March secures acquittal of pro-Palestine protestor charged with possessing item with intent to destroy/damage property
Following a contested trial, Samuel March’s client was acquitted of possessing eight bottles of red paint, water balloons and a funnel with intent to destroy/damage property.
John Clifford secures convictions of three Defendants in a case concerning an Organised Criminal Network [‘OCN’]
John Clifford prosecuted this case, which involved a widespread conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and the seizure of two prohibited firearms, as well as 34 rounds of live ammunition, and over £5k in counterfeit cash.
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.
Daniel Cohen successfully represented a defendant who was charged with the kidnap of his partner at Maidstone Crown Court.
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.
We are delighted to announce that Callum Morgan has accepted our offer of a probationary tenancy. Callum will practice in Criminal and Regulatory Law
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.
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 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.
Louis Maskell and Suzanne Fewins Now level 2 on the CPS Advocate Panel, Chambers are delighted to announce that both Louis Maskell and Suzanne Fewins have been successful in their applications to upgrade to Level 2 on the London and South-East Advocate Panel. We offer our warmest congratulations to each of them.
Laura Paisley secures suspended sentence for offences of Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent and Attempted Robbery
Chambers are both delighted and very proud to announce that Feryal Ertan has been successful in her application to join the Pathway, a positive action scheme for advocates who have the potential to become Treasury Counsel in the future.
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 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.
9KBW is delighted to announce that three pupils will be commencing their 12 month pupillages with us on October 4th 2021.
Jonathan Mole successfully Prosecutes high level County Lines drug dealer who exploited teenagers – sentenced to 9 and a Half Years.
Jonathan Mole was instructed to prosecute in this substantial operation, following a complex joint investigation between the County Line and Gangs team within Kent Police and the Operation Orochi team at the Metropolitan Police.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Laura Paisley defends at sentence for a defendant already serving an extended sentence for child sex offences.
Laura Paisley represented a client, currently serving an extended sentence for Child sex offences, who was charged with four further historic child sex offences.
The successful appeal was against the decision of the SSHD who refused to revoke a deportation order made in the early 1990s. The Appellant re-entered the UK in 2006 in breach of the deportation order and remained in the UK since. The Appellant suffered with serious heart problems and despite providing detailed medical evidence the SSHD refused to revoke the deportation order
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.
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
Chambers is absolutely delighted to announce the appointment of Dave Fardon as Chambers Senior Clerk, from May 1st 2021.
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.
It is with great pleasure that we announce that Feryal Ertan of 9KBW has been successful in her application to upgrade to Level 3 on the CPS London and South East Advocate Panel
Chambers is very pleased to say that two more of our members and Chambers third six pupil are now appointed to the GLD panel; Louis Maskell, Dominic Bardill and Suzanne Frewins. Congratulations to all.
For full details please go to our Recruitment page
Chambers invites applications for Tenancy and Third Six Pupillage for those who want to join a busy, thriving Criminal, Regulatory and Immigration set.
Chambers are delighted to announce that Suzanne Fewins, who we were very pleased to welcome to Chambers recently as a third six Pupil
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 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.
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..
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;
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 Sophie Quinton-Carter and Claire Stevenson 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
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.
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
John Clifford secures convictions of three Defendants operating within an Albanian Organised Criminal Network involved in people smuggling, fraudulent documentation
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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,
In the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Sophie Quinton-Carter successfully prosecuted a nurse who slapped a vulnerable patient in retaliation for being struck herself.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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....
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
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 Clifford secures the conviction of 9 Defendants at Isleworth Crown Court in a case concerning a conspiracy
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.
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.
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