A leading London-based criminal chambers

“Always do the right thing even when the right thing is the hard thing.”

Bryan Stevenson

Alex Shanks successfully defended in a case where his lay client was…

"Drystone Chambers is a 'go-to set' with excellent barristers and a good depth of counsel."


The Legal 500 2023

"Drystone Chambers is sufficiently large to offer a range of counsel with various specialisms to cover most courts in England and Wales."


The Legal 500 2023

"They have a depth of talent and expertise,"


Chambers & Partners 2023

"There are very experienced clerks who communicate efficiently and effectively and keep us informed."


Chambers & Partners 2023

"They are a well-organised clerks' room. They are quick to help and have lots of experience."


Chambers & Partners 2023

''Drystone Chambers is a good reliable set"


Legal 500 2023

"The Clerks are helpful and experienced"


Legal 500 2023

Drystone is its people.

Not just its silks and juniors, associates, pupils, clerks and support staff but each individual who, physically or virtually, walks through our door.

Our commitment to our clients, professional and lay, is unconditional. Whether the case is small or large, criminal or regulatory, to instruct a member of Drystone is to instruct Drystone itself – an unrivalled source of collective experience and knowledge.

I am immensely proud to have been elected to lead this set. The Bar faces many challenges. I know Drystone is equal to them.

Allison Summers KC

Benjamin Disraeli famously said “There are three kinds of lies. Lies, damned lies, and statistics”. However used correctly numbers illuminate the truth; here are some about our criminal justice system.

59,687
Cases awaiting trial in Crown Court

2,400
Number of criminal barristers (approximately)

35%
Percentage of the Judiciary who are women

51%
Percentage of women in population in England and Wales

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