Welcome from the Head of our Criminal Barrister Group

The St Philips Chambers Criminal Group is one of the leading criminal barrister teams in the country for criminal law. We boast a team of 7 King’s Counsel and 36 juniors allowing us to provide both strength and depth of representation and, of course, the highest levels of advocacy.

Our members appear in all types of criminal Courts in the Country from the Magistrates’ Court to the Supreme Court (formerly the House of Lords). The cases in which members of the group are instructed regularly feature in the law reports and in the press. Members of the team are also regularly listed in the Legal 500 and Chambers Directories as being “leaders in their field.”

We are both criminal defence barristers and prosecution barristers. Our caseload includes cases of murder, manslaughter (including corporate manslaughter), terrorism, serious sexual offences, fraud, business crime and large-scale drug conspiracies. Members of the group also appear in many matters of lesser criminality which nevertheless have devastating consequences for those facing such charges. Our sub-group headings give more detail about the cases we deal with and the services we offer.

Many members of the Group are listed as preferred counsel by key national defence firms as well as the Attorney General, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Serious Fraud Office.

The team is well represented in the judiciary with a significant number of members sitting part-time as either Recorders in the Crown Court or Deputy District Judges in the Magistrates’ Court.

We are committed to the profession and the development of necessary skills. Individual members of the group have roles on the Bar Council and within the Criminal Bar Association. The group also has a substantial number of advocacy trainers for the Midland Circuit and the Inns of Court.

We deal with publicly funded and privately funded cases. Many of our group are Public Access and Direct Access trained. This allows for direct instruction by members of the public in appropriate cases without the need for the instruction of a solicitor as well, or direct instruction from another professional.

‘The strongest spread of counsel at all levels in criminal work, including the best selection of silks in the Midlands.’ Legal 500 2023

“The premier set for crime in Birmingham. Many of its members go to the bench or take silk. It is a breeding ground for high-quality advocates.” Legal 500 2023

“The clerking is brilliant. They are absolutely on top of their game.” Chambers & Partners 2022

“St. Philips Chambers is a large set of chambers, offering enormous depth in the criminal department. Their training programmes are well presented, informative and hugely popular.” Legal 500 2022

“Strength in depth in all areas of practice. Strongest criminal team in the Midlands.” Legal 500 2022

Our Crime Barristers:

Please get in touch with our dedicated criminal clerking team with any questions regarding our service and expertise.

Andrew Rourke, James Withers, Su Turner Gilbert, Hannah Rae and Somaya Shaikh.

crime@st-philips.com +44 (0)121 246 0200










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