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New Park Court Chambers

"Regarded as ‘one of the most prominent sets for crime in the North of England’."
- Legal 500 2015

Private Client

"Clients 'would strongly recommend New Park Court Chambers to anyone looking for a strong criminal or regulatory lawyer'."
- Chambers and Partners 2016

Homicide

Offences relating to homicide, the gravest of crimes, require the most experienced of criminal advocates.

New Park Court Chambers has an impressive array of QCs together with a team of senior juniors who together have a wealth of experience in relation to offences of murder and manslaughter and our members are regularly instructed in most serious and high profile cases.

All cases involving murder or manslaughter will apply pressure on the legal teams involved. Our advocates excel at releasing the pressure on those instructing by proving tactical and evidential advice at an early stage.

Members have experience in all types of homicide offence including multi-handed murder cases, terrorism offences and corporate manslaughter.

Our expertise in this area has meant that we can advise our clients easily on the instruction of experts and we have working relationships with numerous experts in the fields of pathology, psychology and blood distribution experts.

Funding can be an issue in even the most serious of homicide cases and chambers can offer advice on how to approach applications to extend funding orders, either to cover the instruction of counsel or to cover instruction for expert witnesses.

Please click on the individual barrister profiles for full details of the many high profile cases in which our members have been instructed in.

  • Robert Smith QC 1971 (QC 1986)
  • Robert Smith QC 1971 (QC 1986)

    1971 – Called to the Bar 1986 – appointed Queen’s Counsel 1989 – 1992 – Member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board 1982 – 2008 – Recorder of the Crown Court 1994 – 2008  Deputy Judge of the High Court [Queen’s Bench Division and Chancery Division] Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple 2011 […]

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  • Alistair MacDonald QC 1983 (QC 2000)
  • Alistair MacDonald QC 1983 (QC 2000)

    Appointments 2015 – Chairman of the Bar Council 2014 – Vice Chairman of the Bar Council 2012 Leader of the North-Eastern Circuit 2011 Joint Head of Chambers, 16 Park Place, Leeds 2008 Serious Fraud Office Panel 2007-2012 Director of Continuing Education North-Eastern Circuit 2007 Master of the Bench Gray’s Inn 2000 QC 1996 Serious sexual […]

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  • Simon Jackson QC 1982 (QC 2003)
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    Recorder 2005 Specialist Areas of Practice: Regulatory, Professional Discipline [GMC] & Inquests BACKGROUND MATERIAL RE: OTHER REGULATORY WORK Simon Jackson QC: ‘Strongly recommended in Health & Safety/Regulatory’: Legal 500 2011-2012” The Health and Safety work has involved representing both individuals and corporate clients. Simon Jackson acted for a builder and care home proprietor in relation […]

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  • Dafydd Enoch QC 1985 (QC 2008)
  • Call: 1985 2004: Appointed Recorder of the Crown Court 2008: Appointed Queens Counsel. 2010: Serious sexual offences ticket. 2000-2015: Tenant at 23 Essex Street. 2010-2015: Deputy Head of Chambers at 23 Essex Street. 2015: Tenant at New Park Court Chambers, Leeds. Practice Overview Principal practice areas: Prosecution and defence of heavyweight crime of all types; professional disciplinary/regulatory. […]

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  • Robert Woodcock QC 1978 (QC 2009)
  • Robert Woodcock QC has been practising criminal law all his professional life and is deemed an expert within the field. Widely respected amongst his peers for his considerable experience both defending and prosecuting murder, organised crime, serious sexual offences and fraud. He is a highly skilled performer in all aspects of his craft and his jury speeches […]

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  • Paul Greaney QC 1993 (QC 2010)
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    Paul Greaney QC is recommended in the leading legal directories for (a) crime, (b) inquests and public inquiries, (c) regulation and professional discipline and (d) sports law in the following terms: “A brilliant and measured advocate who gets outstanding results… a top class operator [Crime] … a fantastic advocate [Inquests and Public Inquiries] … A […]

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  • Nicholas Lumley QC 1992 (QC 2012)
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    Nick is a specialist criminal and regulatory law advocate. He is recommended in the Legal 500 2017 as ‘unflappable, charming, and always has the ear of the court’. In the Legal 500 2016 for ‘an ability to think on his feet with an astute tactical brain.’ He also recommended in the Legal 500 2015 for ‘prosecuting […]

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  • Jason Pitter QC 1994 (QC 2014)
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    Jason Pitter QC was Called – 1994 – (QC 2014) Gray’s Inn – LLB (Hons) King’s College London Practice Areas  Complex and serious crime (in particular with a medico-legal and scientific element) Complex Road Traffic related homicides Health and safety Regulatory Professional Misconduct Coronial Law Public Law   Recommendations Routinely recommended in the professional directories in […]

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  • Michael Hodson 1977
  • Michael Hodson 1977

    Michael Hodson defends as a specialist in rape and serious sexual offences, serious violent crime and misconduct in public office. His experience spans more than 25 years across all the criminal courts to the highest in the land and in all major areas of crime. He is a skilled, powerful and fearless advocate who is […]

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  • Peter Schofield 1982
  • Peter Schofield 1982

    Peter Schofield specialises in criminal work and has a flourishing practice in defence work in and around Newcastle. He has been instructed to defend in a variety of heavyweight criminal cases, including robbery and serious violence. Peter has a particular interest in crime relating to children, encompassing physical violence and sexual abuse including rape. As […]

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  • Ian Brook 1983
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    Ian Brook has practised in crime, since called, in the UK, in 1983, mainly at Hardwicke Building, London, Trinity Chambers, Trinidad, West Indies, and, since 2008, in Yorkshire where he was born, at New Park Court Chambers. He is of dual nationality and holds Trinidadian, as well as UK Citizenship. He was admitted as an Attorney-at-Law, […]

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  • Sharon Beattie 1986
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    Recommendations: Chambers and Partners 2018 (Professional Discipline): “Approachable and thorough in her preparation.” “Very experienced in some quite challenging fact scenarios. She’s a very capable advocate.” Legal 500 2017 (Regulatory, Health and Safety and Licensing): “Very experienced in medical disciplinary matters”. Chambers and Partners 2017 (Professional Discipline): “She’s really impressive, a fantastically organised advocate. She […]

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  • Alec Burns 1988
  • Alec Burns 1988

    Alec has a broad criminal practice, both prosecuting and defending in cases varying from shoplifting to murder.  In recent years his caseload has been made up of more serious offending; sex offences, serious violence and fraud   He also has wide experience of dealing with the ancillary matters inevitably linked to such cases:  Public Interest Immunity, […]

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  • Nick Cartmell 1990
  • Nick Cartmell 1990

    Nick Cartmell was called to the Bar in 1990. Nick’s practice is exclusively defence based and he is regularly instructed in both legally aided and private matters including Murder, Fraud and Rape and Money Laundering cases. Nick regularly appears in the Crown Court on both the North Eastern and Midlands Circuits. Nick is willing to […]

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  • Andrew Espley 1993
  • Called – 1993 – Gray’s Inn Appointments and memberships: Appointed CPS Grade 4 prosecutor.  RASSO list.  Appointment to both lists recently renewed. Immediate past Senior of the Kent Bar Mess Committee Member since 2006 Member: South Eastern Circuit, Central London Bar Mess, Central Criminal Court Bar Mess Approved Pupil Supervisor since 2002 Recent cases: 2016 […]

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  • Gavin Doig 1995
  • Gavin Doig 1996

    Gavin Doig is a busy and experienced criminal practitioner with expertise in conducting trials involving all areas of serious crime, including homicide, serious sexual offences, arson, armed robbery, conspiracy to rob and complex drug investigations for both Crown and defence. He has been instructed as a Leading Junior on a number of occasions. Gavin has developed […]

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  • Thomas Moran 1996
  • Thomas Moran specialises in serious crime and is instructed by the prosecution and a wide range of defence solicitors. He has taken instructions on a number of occasions as a leading junior and has been led in numerous homicide cases for the prosecution and the defence. Tom has acted in a number of appeals to […]

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  • Chris Smith 1997
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    LL.B. (Hons) – Law & Criminology – Keele Inns of Court School of Law – Hardwicke Scholar Called – 1997 – Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn Authorised Pupil Supervisor / Accredited Advocacy Trainer (North Eastern Circuit) Chris Smith is a highly-regarded and popular criminal law specialist able to combine an extensive knowledge of law and procedure […]

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  • Vincent Ward 1998
  • Vincent Ward 1998

    Called – 1998 Vincent Ward practices in criminal law and civil law. In criminal law he represents both prosecution and defence and is a grade 3 prosecutor for the CPS for whom he has prosecuted cases of serious violence and homicide. He has defended in cases involving homicide, serious fraud, large scale drug supply, large […]

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  • Franklyn Zakers 1999
  • Franklyn Zakers 1999

    Franklyn Zakers: • Murder Trials • Conspiracy Trials (drugs related) Family: • Interim, final and appeal hearings • Private and Public law including Children Act matters such as: contact, residence, prohibitive steps and specific issue orders • Domestic Violence • Licensing under the previous Licensing Act 1964 and now under the Licensing Act 2003 including: […]

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  • Lee Fish 2003
  • Lee Fish 2003

    Lee Fish prosecutes and defends serious crime. He is regularly involved in cases of homicide, serious sexual allegations and fraud. He is also regularly instructed in regulatory cases by the prosecution and defence. He has particular experience in environmental and health and safety prosecutions. Lee is has also been keen to share his experience by […]

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  • Nicholas De La Poer 2003
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    Described as “a silk in the making”, “a phenomenal barrister”, “wonderfully persuasive” and “brutally effective”, Nicholas De La Poer specialises in criminal law and regulatory work. DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS Chambers and Partners 2018 Nick is listed in two categories in the Chambers and Partners 2018: Crime and Financial Crime: Crime: “Known for his expertise in serious fraud […]

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  • Matthew Donkin 2004
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    Called – 2004 – Inner Temple LLB (Hons), University of Leicester, 2002. BVC, University of Northumbria, 2004. Level 4 Prosecutor. Matthew Donkin is a much sought-after barrister, trusted to conduct cases of gravity and complexity.  His dedication to the preparation of his cases has resulted in a terrific record of success for his clients.   Having […]

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  • Jeremy Barton 2004
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    Jeremy Barton joined Chambers in 2015, having previously been a tenant at 2 King’s Bench Walk chambers in London. Having built up a successful practice both defending and prosecuting, Jeremy has obtained vast experience across a range of criminal offences and has earned a reputation for successfully managing both difficult and challenging defendants. He frequently […]

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  • Fiona Lamb 2010
  • Fiona Lamb

    AREAS OF PRACTICE Fiona Lamb completed a reduced pupillage at Farringdon Chambers in London under the supervision of Ian Henderson. Fiona began tenancy after only 9 months of pupillage. She joined New Park Court Chambers in February 2016 after 16 months of practice on the South Eastern Circuit. Fiona stays on as a door tenant with […]

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  • Peter Byrne 2012
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    Peter Byrne started his legal career in 1993 in the Police Prosecutions Department of Irwin Mitchell Solicitors in Sheffield. He qualified as a Solicitor at Bridge Sanderson Munro in Doncaster before coming to Leeds to work for McCormicks (which became Clarion LLP) and most recently Lester Morrill. Peter has been involved in almost every type of […]

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  • Mohammed Rafiq – 1980
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    Mohammed Rafiq is a highly accomplished and experienced legal professional

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