Directory recommendations

Chambers & Partners and Legal500 have given Karim Khalil QC their highest accolade – a ‘rated individual’ recommendation each year. See below for this and previous years comments:


Chambers & Partners 2020 directory states: "An impeccably polished and very smooth advocate. He gets every point right ".
Legal 500 recommends Karim, stating "Particularly recommended for gross negligence manslaughter cases".


Chambers & Partners 2019 directory states: "He is meticulous, thoughtful, a superb strategist and a spell-binding advocate".
Legal 500 recommends Karim, stating "A spellbinding advocate".


He is considered by his peers to be one of the leading figures in his practice area. He has significant experience of taking on some of the highest-profile, most sensitive and high-value cases. He has particular expertise in cases concerning fraud and murder.
"He's extremely charming".  "He's absolutely fantastic".


"Standout criminal silk with established practices in London and the South East. He has a varied practice, prosecuting and defending major cases of actual and attempted murder, firearms possession and sexual offences". "He is phenomenal". "A supreme lawyer".


"A commanding Criminal advocate on the South Eastern Circuit. He has extensive experience of handling severe criminal matters, such as mass homicide, corporate manslaughter and possession of firearms cases." Client feedback states: "He is extremely amazing - judge material. He is probably the best criminal silk on circuit." 


“Has a presence and authority enhanced by his time sitting as a recorder at the Old Bailey. His highly respected practice encompasses the full range of serious criminal offences, including fraud and murder.” Legal 500 also recommend Karim, stating "He is particularly experienced in cross-examining a wide range of scientific experts."


"Highly recommended for his superb handling of serious criminal cases. His caseload encompasses a wide range of work, from homicides to complex frauds. Clients state that "...he certainly has that skill on his feet - he's able to hold the court's attention perfectly."


Chambers & Partners 2013 directory states: Is singled out for his “persuasive court manner” which he deploys to great effect in a range of serious criminal trials. Work highlights include acting for the defence in R v Page, a murder case involving complex forensics issues. Legal500 also recommend him, stating in their 2012 directory: “handles large-scale VAT and tax fraud cases”


Chambers & Partners 2012 directory states: Karim Khalil QC is now joint head of the set. Sources speak highly of his service ethic: "His attention to detail and preparation are second to none." High-profile work is a given, as illustrated by his appearance for the defence in the murder trial of R v Tucker.


Chambers & Partners 2011 directory states: “is a barrister who regularly appears in some of the nation's most publicised cases. He recently prosecuted in the high-profile R v Chandler, Clarke & Stewart, a case concerning a teenager who was tortured and murdered in scenes copied from a horror film” Legal500 have also recognised Karim's ability by recommending him, stating in their 2011 directory “At 1 Paper Buildings, Karim Khalil QC is recognised as a ‘dominant’ practitioner on circuit and has a leading heavyweight practice”


Chambers & Partners 2010 directory states: “He’s everything you could want in a silk” say interviewees, who are particularly impressed with his “ability to relate to clients and speak to them in a way they understand without making them feel small.” “One source reported having to sit on their hands to keep from applauding his awesome courtroom presence and outstanding advocacy skills.”