Crime Barristers


Criminal practitioners at 7BR have been providing high quality advocacy and advisory services for more than 60 years.  The excellence of their work has established 7BR as a pre-eminent criminal set, with an enviable reputation nationally and globally.

Members of the criminal team practice in all areas of criminal law including:

  • Murder and serious violent offences
  • Serious sexual crime
  • Terrorism
  • Complex Fraud and Corruption
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Regulatory breaches
  • Restraint and Confiscation

Members of the team are frequently instructed to represent the prosecution and defence at all stages of the criminal process, from compulsory investigatory interviews and pre-charge advice to appellate work.  The team deals with cases of gravity, complexity and sensitivity.

Our criminal team has extensive experience of offshore work and cases involving multiple jurisdictions.  Members have appeared in other common law jurisdictions from Hong Kong to the West Indies and have advised foreign citizens, states and governments and multi-national businesses in cases of homicide, corruption, fraud and money laundering.

Our pedigree, reflected in the number of former members who have been appointed to very senior judicial posts, including a Lord Chief Justice, has enabled us to build a team of the highest quality in strength and depth.


  • R v Michael Philpott & Others (Op Morgan).
  • R v Paul Edwards (News of the World).
  • R v Rima Venclovas [2013] EWCA Crim 2182.
  • R v Ben Blakeley.
  • R v Harjit Toor.
  • R v Kemo Porter & Others (Op Rubytail).


  • Corporate Liability
  • Cross-jurisdictional Crime
  • Cyber-crime
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Exploitation Of Minors
  • International Fraud
  • Murder & Manslaughter
  • Organised Crime Groups
  • Sexual Crimes
  • Terrorism

For more details contact

Call +44 (0) 20 7242 3555 or email:

Steven Wright, Senior Clerk

Alex Coomber Criminal Clerk

James Crighton Criminal Clerk

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Crime Barristers

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Barrister Collingwood Thompson

Collingwood Thompson QC

Call: 1975 | QC: 1998

Barrister Pavlos Panayi

Pavlos Panayi QC

Call: 1995 | QC: 2014

Barrister James House

James House QC

Call: 1995 | QC: 2015

Barrister Andrew Wheeler

Andrew Wheeler QC

Call: 1988 | QC: 2017

Barrister Vanessa Marshall

Vanessa Marshall QC

Call: 1994 | QC: 2018

Barrister David Matthew

David Matthew

Call: 1987

Barrister Gordon Aspden

Gordon Aspden

Call: 1988

Barrister Graham Huston

Graham Huston

Call: 1991

Barrister Luke Blackburn

Luke Blackburn

Call: 1993

Barrister Maryam Syed

Maryam Syed

Call: 1993

Barrister Anwar Nashashibi

Anwar Nashashibi

Call: 1995

Barrister Adrian Langdale

Adrian Langdale

Call: 1996

Barrister Rachel Darby

Rachel Darby

Call: 1997

Barrister Nicholas Cropp

Nicholas Cropp

Call: 1999

Barrister Gareth Weetman

Gareth Weetman

Call: 1999

Barrister Steven Gray

Steven Gray

Call: 2000

Barrister Daniel Bishop

Daniel Bishop

Call: 2007

Barrister Alex Young

Alex Young

Call: 2008

Barrister Ben Isaacs

Ben Isaacs

Call: 2009

Barrister Ayanna Nelson

Ayanna Nelson

Call: 2009

Barrister James Robottom

James Robottom

Call: 2009

Barrister James Macdonald

James Macdonald

Call: 2010

Barrister Helen Compton

Helen Compton

Call: 2011

Barrister Stephen Ferson

Stephen Ferson

Call: 2013

Barrister Vittoria Trigilio

Vittoria Trigilio

Call: 2013

Barrister Jas Jandu

Jas Jandu

Call: 2014

Barrister Emily Mitchell

Emily Mitchell

Call: 2015

Barrister Kitty Geddes

Kitty Geddes

Call: 2016

Barrister Kat Shields

Kat Shields

Call: 2016

Barrister Nia Frobisher

Nia Frobisher

Call: 2016

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