Mark McDonald

Mark McDonald has a formidable reputation within criminal law. He specialises in criminal defence and has experience across all offences. Mark has led in a number of trials involving serious offences. Mark is regularly instructed in cases involving murder, serious assaults, rape, organised crime and Terrorism. He is known for the thoroughness of his preparation, […]

Harry MacDonald

Harry is an established advocate enjoying a busy practice. He specialises in the prosecution and defence of serious crimes. He has acted, either as led junior or as junior alone, in a wide range of cases consistently involving the gravest allegations of violence, drugs, dishonesty and sexual offending. Harry has particular experience of the complex […]

Charlotte Bennett

Charlotte appears daily in the Magistrates’ Court, the Youth Court and the Crown Court. She has developed experience in a wide range of criminal matters including violent offences, drug offences and driving offences. Charlotte has also acted for the requested person in extradition proceedings. During pupillage Charlotte assisted her supervisor on a multi-handed, cut throat […]

Kane Sharpe

Kane appears daily in the Crown, Magistrates’ and Youth courts across a broad range of criminal matters including violence, dishonesty, drugs, possession of weapons and public disorder. As well as a busy general crime practice, Kane has court experience of matters with a quasi-criminal or civil aspect, including Sexual Harm Prevention Order and civil Closure […]

Iwona Boesche

“Iwona will always go that extra mile in securing the best possible outcome for each client.” Banks & Partners Solicitors Iwona has a wide-ranging criminal practice and appears daily in Crown, Magistrates’ and Youth Court. She defends in cases involving sexual offences, offences of violence and dishonesty, knives and firearms, as well as road traffic […]

Sahara Fergus-Simms

A meticulous advocate who is experienced in representing vulnerable clients and those with complex needs across a range of practice areas. Sahara acts as led junior and junior alone accepting instructions on a publicly funded or private basis. She covers a range of criminal defence work encompassing: drug offences, organised crime, violent offences and financial crime. Sahara’s measured […]

Lisa Freeman

The Legal Directories say: “Has extensive knowledge of the law and procedure around POCA and linked proceedings, which she complements with her strong advocacy. From the outset she is able to pick the issues that will make a difference to the outcome of the case.” Chambers and Partners (2020) UK Bar Guide: POCA & Asset […]

Sam Stockwell

“Sam deftly unpicked the prosecution evidence and put in a lot of over-night work to be in a position to present tightly argued written submissions which were virtually unanswerable.” – Opponent “Though Sam is a tenacious advocate, his manner is always measured. He appears to absorb and reflect pressure well; he works hard.” – Opponent […]

Joanna Staples

Throughout Joanna’s career she has “provided her clients with a first-class service” and is “meticulous in the detail of the cases in which she in instructed”. This approach has led her to being instructed in the most serious of criminal cases, trusted by her instructing solicitors and lay clients alike to “go above and beyond” […]

Rishy Panesar

Rishy has been instructed over the entire spectrum of serious criminal cases that have been heard in the Court of Appeal all the way down to the Youth Court. He advises at all stages of the criminal process including at the pre-charge investigation stage and throughout the whole criminal justice process. The cases he has […]