Criminal Law

Criminal Law

At the heart of Drystone Chambers’ practice is a dedicated team of specialist advocates who defend and prosecute in trials of serious, complex and high profile criminal cases.

From the provision of initial Advice during investigations, through to advocacy at Court, we ensure our clients are given the best representation at every stage. Members of the team practice in all Courts; from the Magistrates' Court to the Supreme Court and provide truly national coverage. As well as our base in London we have a strong links with court centres in the North West, South West, East Anglia, Lincolnshire and across the South East of England.We have acted in many landmark cases of recent years, including:

  • The 21/7 terrorist trial
  • The "Soham murders"
  • SFO and FCA prosecutions
  • Damilola Taylor murder
  • The Ahmed ‘honour killing’ murder
  • The first ever non-jury Crown Court trial
  • The Oxford sexual grooming trial
  • Largest ever mortgage fraud
  • Millennium Dome robbery
  • Largest ever cocaine importation
  • First large-scale servitude case

Drystone Chambers have a deserved reputation for their legal knowledge, advocacy and client care and have over 20 of our barristers listed in Chambers UK, this is reflected in what the directories say about us. We have taken arguments at trial and on appeal that have changed the course of the criminal law on issues including:

  • Recklessness and arson
  • serious sexual offences
  • bad character
  • joint enterprise and murder/manslaughter
  • gross negligence manslaughter
  • confiscation
  • public interest immunity
  • reverse burdens of proof
  • inferences from silence
  • autrefois convict
  • abuse of process
  • kidnapping
  • the admissibility of expert evidence, including lip-reading and facial mapping

We regularly lecture on current topics in the criminal law. Recent lectures have included joint enterprise, recklessness and handling vulnerable witnesses. Many teach Advocacy and are accredited Advocacy trainers.