Specialist Criminal & Regulatory Barristers

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

East Anglia: 01245 280 880

Violent Crime

Red Lion Chambers has a distinguished pedigree defending and prosecuting in cases involving violent crime.

Ranked as a top tier set in crime, our members are acknowledged for their expertise and technical knowledge in all aspects of criminal case work law.

Renowned for the commitment we show to our clients, our barristers have an excellent track record for the diligence and care they apply to each case. Whether defending or prosecuting, we approach each case with a vigorous understanding of the law.

Violent crime trials will inevitably vary in complexity, many often involve analysis of telephone evidence, expert cell site and DNA patterns. From short-term trials for assault, to multi-handed trials involving days or weeks of complex and/conflicting evidence, we are equipped to take on any case.

Steadfast in our determination to achieve results for our clients, our team bring an unrivalled skillset to this area of law. We have vast and long-standing expertise in advocacy and complex criminal trials that include:

  • tactical awareness
  • persuasive advocacy
  • highly refined skills in the examination and cross-examination of witnesses
  • precision in legal argument
  • jury engagement


Areas of law undertaken by Chambers:

  • attempted murder and manslaughter; 
  • Grievous bodily harm (GBH) and the full range of assaults; 
  • domestic violence and abuse;
  • aggravated burglary and robbery;
  • kidnapping and false imprisonment;
  • child abuse; 
  • organised crime;
  • multi-handed conspiracy;
  • violent disorder and other serious public order offences, sometimes leading to catastrophic injury or death.


Notable cases

Colin Deferia – Alleged hire of contract killers to execute his daughter’s former partner. -Jenni Dempster leading Michael Skelley 

Punch for Punch – Man died following Punch for Punch game. -David Etherington QC (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/man-accused-killing-dad-single-6126147 )

Tohel Uddin – Woman tortured and murdered by family members.  David Etherington QC   (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/12063519/Shahena-Uddin-murder-Family-jailed-in-harrowing-domestic-abuse-case.html

R v S – Represented mother charged in so-called ‘baby-shaking’ case. Case involved 10 paediatric experts. Jenni Dempster

R v Aravindan Balakrishnan - Maoist cult leader who was accused of a campaign of rape, slavery, violence, torture, false imprisonment and child cruelty, spanning 30 years.  Adam Wiseman  (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/maoist-cult-chief-aravindan-balakrishnan-claims-challenge-to-his-leadership-caused-space-shuttle-a6750691.html)

Walker – Attempt by man to throw a police man off the A1 footbridge  Robert Woodcock QC  (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jun/29/policeman-feared-for-his-life-tussle-footbridge-court-michael-walker-jailed-a1-newcastle)  


For More Information or To Instruct Us

Identifying the right barrister and ensuring their early involvement can be 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.

Our barristers regularly undertake privately funded, direct access and legal aid, work.

To discuss your options in more detail and for more information about 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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East Anglia

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