5SAH has 4 silks and more than 45 barristers specialising in criminal prosecution work.  The team are ranked in Chambers and Partners and have leading individuals ranked in The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

5SAH has a long-standing reputation and specialism in prosecution work. 5SAH prosecution barristers are instructed in the most serious, complex and cutting-edge cases. They are highly skilled at witness handling with expertise in cases involving vulnerable witnesses.

'A well-regarded set equipped to handle all criminal cases..'

'They regularly undertake substantial matters including murder, human trafficking and corporate fraud cases. Recent matters of note include R v Porter, a prosecution case involving multiple counts of making and distributing indecent images of children.'

Chambers and Partners 2021 & 2020

Members are instructed on behalf of all the main prosecuting authorities, including: Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), National Crime Agency (NCA), CPS Complex Casework Unit, CPS Serious Fraud Division, CPS Proceeds of Crime Unit, HMRC, UK Border Agency, Local Authorities and the Attorney General of Jersey.

5SAH Prosecution barristers have been instructed in some of the most high-profile financial crime cases in recent years. These have included being instructed by the SFO in the investigation into Rolls Royce, leading to a Deferred Prosecution Agreement. Edmund Burge QC prosecuted two of HMRC’s ten most important cases of 2018, in a list released by HMRC in December 2018.

5SAH Prosecution barristers are experts at advising on disclosure, particularly in light of the digital disclosure and downloads issues that are now at the forefront of all prosecution bodies’ minds. Publications include co-authoring ‘Tackling Disclosure in the Criminal Courts – A Practitioner’s Guide’. Members have acted as disclosure counsel in some of the most high profile criminal cases of recent years, including the prosecution of Andrew Coulson and others for “phone hacking”, and the prosecution of Levi Bellfield for the abduction and murder of Milly Dowler.

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

Chambers and Partners 2019

5SAH has been a market leader in private prosecution work for a number of years. Our specialist barristers have been instructed in some of the recent leading cases in this area. One of our junior barristers is also ranked within the expert's 'Spotlight table' within Financial Crime - Private Prosecution, in Chambers and Partners.

We offer a team of expert barristers who undertake work in this area and have significant knowledge of all aspects of pursuing a private prosecution from the advisory stage and throughout the case.  

5SAH prides itself on its expertise, in cross-border cases involving other jurisdictions, including non-EU countries. Members are frequently instructed in cases which have an international dimension and are familiar with the procedures relevant to obtaining evidence from abroad and the issues surrounding how such evidence can be deployed in an English court.

Members of 5SAH have the knowledge and experience needed to handle all ancillary matters which flow from prosecuting a case. This includes all types of confiscation cases and Civil Recovery which encompasses the two forms of civil process which may lead to the forfeiture of assets from those who may never have been convicted in a criminal court.

5SAH prosecution barristers act for clients in all types of serious criminal cases, including:

  • Fraud
  • Murder and manslaughter
  • Serious violence
  • Public order offences
  • Sexual offences
  • Female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • Terrorism
  • Forensic evidence
  • Modern slavery offences
  • Harassment and intimidation
  • Kidnap and false imprisonment
  • Serious domestic violence
  • Drug trafficking
  • County line cases
  • Knife and firearms offences
  • Human trafficking and other immigration offences
  • UK border agency offences
  • HMRC criminal offences
  • Money laundering
  • Theft and robbery
  • Driving offences
  • Culture-based cases
  • Local authority negligence cases
  • Extradition & International criminal law

The clerks’ room is ‘client-focused, efficient, friendly, accommodating’, and ‘work with solicitors to ensure clients are satisfied’.

Chambers and Partners 2020

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

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