Chambers has an expert understanding of the appeals process. From appealing a conviction or confiscation order, or simply providing advice, our barristers are equipped with the technical knowledge to ensure the strongest case is always put forward.
We have over 70 years’ experience defending and prosecuting an enormous range of criminal cases, combining straightforward practical advice with vigorous advocacy skills. Our members are therefore well-equipped to handle appeals and prosecutions brought in by the HMRC, NCS, DWP, SFO, RCPO, FCA, and the CPS. This includes regulatory cases and criminal defence appeals.
Our team will assist in making appeals to appellate bodies, including the Crown Court, the Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal, European Court of Human Rights and the Supreme Court. Although there is no automatic right of appeal against a conviction, we can accept instructions to advise whether sufficient grounds for an appeal exist.
Our members are experienced at absorbing huge volumes of complex material and can successfully identify the central issues of any case. Members can help answer client questions, draft documents and robustly and tactfully argue a client’s case before the court.
Many Commonwealth countries still acknowledge the Privy Council, which comprises judges of Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, as their ultimate appellate court.
Chambers has a long tradition of acting in cases before the Privy Council. Many of these cases have involved defendants on death row.
RA v UK – ‘Sarah’s Case’ is an on-going landmark challenge to Her Majesty’s Government under Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights, before the European Court of Human Rights (‘ECtHR’). The case arose after a decision was made to prosecute a victim of rape for perverting the course of justice, after she falsely retracted her true complaint. The Lord Chief Justice blocked an appeal to the UK Supreme Court hence the current proceedings before the ECtHR.