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Queen’s Counsel (QCs)

Our QCs 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 QCs 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 QCs, barristers and solicitor advocates, are regulated by the Bar Standards Board.

Meet our Queen’s Counsel

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

David Aubrey QC, Head of Advocacy

David Aubrey, QC
David Aubrey QC

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 QC

Stephen Leslie, QC
Stephen Leslie QC

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.

Michael Wood QC

Michael Wood, QC
Michael Wood QC

Call: 1976
Silk: 1999
Specialist areas: Fraud (VHCC), SFO, Murder

Michael has been primary defence QC in complex frauds, murders and inquests, including MTIC, boiler room, advance fee and fraudulent trading.

John Burton QC

John Burton, QC
John Burton QC

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 QCs will travel to represent you anywhere in England and Wales.

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