Ranked in Chambers and Partners for their expertise, the criminal team has a strong and robust set of criminal barristers able to handle any case.

Our barristers are often instructed in the most sensitive cases and the most serious. 

The team of criminal barristers at 5SAH have expertise in prosecuting and defending in cases covering the full spectrum of criminal offences, including the most serious and complex cases. 

A well-regarded set that handles both high-profile and complex prosecution and defence criminal cases. Members have significant experience of handling serious criminal matters such as sexual assault, murder and gang-related cases.

Chambers and Partners 2019


  • Chambers and Partners rank the team in Band 4 for their expertise in criminal work.

  • Individually our expertise continues to be recognised with four of our junior barristers ranked within Chambers and Partners and two within the Legal 500. 

  • Mark Cotter Q.C. is ranked in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500.

"The set does high-level, sophisticated work, and has a great range of barristers." 

Chambers and Partners 2019

5SAH has 2 silks and more than 45 barristers specialising in criminal work, with particular experience of the courts in London and the South East. Members act for clients in all types of serious criminal cases, including:

  • Murder and manslaughter.
  • Offences against the person.
  • Offences of serious violence and public order offences.
  • Sexual offences.
  • Modern slavery offences.
  • Harassment and intimidation.
  • Kidnap and false imprisonment.
  • Drug trafficking.
  • People trafficking and other immigration offences.
  • Fraud.
  • Money laundering.
  • Theft and robbery.

"The clerking team is good and exhibits a high level of professionalism." "Gary Norton is the first junior clerk."

Chambers and Partners 2019

The criminal team pride themselves in providing the highest quality of advice and advocacy for their clients. Our barristers have an in-depth knowledge of criminal procedure and are often instructed in cases involving voluminous and complex evidence. The criminal team advise and consult with their instructing solicitors at the earliest stage possible, to allow them to cure any deficiencies and enhance the likelihood of a successful outcome for the client. They provide frequent communications throughout the case in the preferred mode demanded by their clients, be it by telephone, e-mail, data transfers or face-to-face conferences.

To discuss your case further, please contact our experienced clerks at 5 St. Andrew’s Hill.