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King’s Counsel (KCs)

Our KCs have years of experience in a wide range of areas, including defending murder, complex fraud and Very High Cost Cases (VHCC).

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Expert criminal defence lawyers for all types of cases

Our KCs provide high quality defence representation for all types of criminal cases across England and Wales. Our criminal defence lawyers accept instructions from defence practitioners and solicitors in private practice for any client who qualifies for criminal legal aid.

All of our criminal defence lawyers, including KCs, barristers and solicitor advocates, are regulated by the Bar Standards Board.

Meet our King’s Counsel

Our KCs are recognised for their excellence in advocacy, defending highly complex criminal cases and as leaders in their specialist areas of law. Some of our KCs also regularly sit as Recorders in the Crown Court.

David Aubrey KC, Head of Advocacy

David Aubrey, QC
David Aubrey KC

Call: 1976
Silk: 1996
Specialist areas: Fraud (VHCC), Murder (VHCC), POCA

David has extensive and substantial practise defending very grave, complex and heavy-weight cases of murder, manslaughter, sexual offences and violence.

Stephen Leslie KC

Stephen Leslie, QC
Stephen Leslie KC

Call: 1971
Silk: 1993
Specialist areas: Fraud (VHCC), SFO, Murder and Serious violence, Drugs

Stephen has built an outstanding track record, noted for being able to easily deal with vast quantities of information in financial frauds and complex cases involving multiple issues.

John Burton KC

John Burton, QC
John Burton KC

Call: 1979
Silk: 2010
Specialist areas: Fraud (VHCC), Murder and Serious violence, Terrorism

John has exclusively practised as a defence barrister for over 43 years. He was The Times ‘Lawyer of the Week’ in 2008 for his success in the Court of Appeal case of Samina Malik, AKA ‘The Lyrical Terrorist’.

Get first-class representation for your defence

Our KCs will travel to represent you anywhere in England and Wales.

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