Specialist Criminal & Regulatory Barristers

London: 020 7520 6000 | chambers@18rlc.co.uk

East Anglia: 01245 280 880

Drugs & Organised Crime

Red Lion Chambers has an outstanding reputation defending and prosecuting in large-scale conspiracy trials. The set is home to some of the most pre-eminent advocates in this area, offering top-level expertise and experience in cases that involve:

  • violent crime
  • murder, including contract killing
  • robbery
  • money laundering
  • firearms
  • kidnapping
  • human trafficking
  • international criminal gangs
  • importation and distribution of class A and B drugs
  • covert distribution networks

Our members have a wealth of experience overseeing high-profile criminal trials at home and internationally.  Persuasive and skilled in cross examination, members boast outstanding skills in all areas of advocacy. 

We seek to provide a robust service to all clients and thus place huge emphasis on the quality of our case preparation, particularly in lengthy and complex cases.

We have solid technical knowledge and work alongside our instructing solicitors and clients to ensure the best possible case is put forward.

High profile cases

R v CM

A large-scale conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs and to launder the proceeds. The conspiracy involved importation of enormous quantities of cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis into the UK in the back of lorries carrying fruit and vegetables. The cash seized during the police operation totalled over £1million.

Op Mime

Leading Prosecution Counsel against four defendants involved in the trafficking of 35 illegal entrants (that included families with children) treated and disguised as freight cargo. 

R v De’Oliveira & Ors

Involved the infiltration and covert surveillance of two major organised crime groups involved in the receipt, repressing and onward sale of high quality cocaine.

R v A (Jan 2016) – Central Criminal Court

Instructed to represent the lead defendant in fraud/money laundering trial arising out of an earlier massive drug importation case (4 tonnes of cannabis) involving the same defendant. The defendant was said by prosecution to be head of a “criminal empire” and was kept under surveillance by NCA officers for a period of over two years. Drugs were said to have a street value of over £20m. The defendant pleaded guilty to the drugs charges and was sentenced to eight years and eight months imprisonment.  The prosecution then charged him, along with his wife, sister and brother with laundering the proceeds of his crimes. Confiscation proceedings are ongoing with a benefit figure said to be over £4m. Instructed by Edwards Duthie Solicitors, London.

R v R and others

Five defendants accused of committing child sex, and child sex exploitation offences in Chelmsford and south Essex - Matthew Sorel-Cameron

For More Information or To Instruct Us

Identifying the right barrister and ensuring their early involvement is essential to maximising the prospects of a positive outcome. With our expert understanding of the criminal justice system, we guide our clients through the legal process.

To discuss your options in more detail and for more information regarding our transparent fees’ structure, please contact our clerking team, led by Chambers Director, Mark Bennett.

  • For specific case enquiries, or to hear more about our services, please contact our clerking team.
  • If you are a professional client and would like to discuss in-house training and seminar opportunities, please contact Jennifer Ukaegbu.

Chambers UK - Crime

”The clerks are very dependable," and “always anxious to help.”


Chambers UK - Fraud

"Red Lion Chambers both prosecutes and defends serious fraud cases, securing involvement in some of the causes célèbres of the day such as the BAE Systems corruption affair and the pharmaceuticals cartel investigation."

Chambers UK - Crime

"Red Lion Chambers offers clients a great deal of experience and a high level of professionalism. Observers note that it has proved skilful in maintaining the standards of its members over the years and it is widely expected to thrive in this period of uncertainty at the Criminal Bar."

Chambers UK - Fraud

"Substantial number of talented criminal fraud practitioners."

Chambers UK - Crime

"When instructing barristers from Red Lion Chambers, you always know that you will get a safe pair of hands. The large group of capable barristers specialises in the full range of criminal and related regulatory work."

Chambers UK - Crime

"Likeable, knowledgeable, responsive and proactive clerks."

Chambers UK - Crime

"Because Red Lion Chambers has that strength and depth, if you cannot obtain your barrister of choice, there is always someone of equal stature and ability to then take on the case."

Chambers UK - Fraud

"Red Lion Chambers is viewed as "one of the prestige sets" and is a popular choice for fraud work."

Chambers UK - Fraud

"The clerks are very helpful and always do their very best to accommodate us at short notice. They work closely with the members, so they are very good at knowing who you will like and who you will want."

Chambers UK - Fraud

Home to some of the most cogent, eloquent and outstandingly prepared advocates."

Legal 500 - Crime

"Around 80 members dedicated exclusively to the full range of crime work."

Chambers UK - Fraud

"You can't go wrong at Red Lion Chambers if you are facing a serious, high-value fraud matter. Its team is well versed in all aspects of white-collar crime, and excels when defending lengthy and labyrinthine fraud trials. It also proves equally strong on the prosecution side ..."


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