St Ives Chambers’ Criminal team values fearless and determined advocacy. Its members are regarded for their down to earth, no-nonsense approach to criminal cases. The quality of advocacy within our group is endorsed by both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.

St Ives Chambers’ Criminal group undertakes defence and prosecution work in equal measure.

We offer barristers with expertise across a range of specialist areas including:

  • Assault / Violence
  • Burglary / Robbery / Theft / Shop-lifting
  • Child Abuse
  • Criminal Fraud and Proceeds of Crime
  • Dishonesty Offences
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drugs Offences
  • Murder and Manslaughter cases
  • Road Traffic Deaths
  • Sexual Assault
  • Terrorism, Firearms and Public Disorder Offences

Chambers has maintained a steadfast commitment to the junior bar, even though politically turbulent times. The Criminal group is now enjoying the dividends of that commitment and has developed a reputation for accommodating the rising stars of the junior bar.

The Criminal group of St Ives Chambers has also provided fertile soil for appointments of our senior counsel to the Circuit and High Court Benches in recent years.

We are acutely aware of the erosion in accessibility to legal aid and excessively high contributions on legal aid cases. In such circumstances, we privately negotiate fees that reflect our high standards of advocacy and representation, but still offer value for money.


Legal 500 2024: “The criminal practice group at St Ives Chambers has expertise in prosecuting and defending across a wide range of serious crime cases involving homicide, human trafficking and sexual offences.”

“St Ives Chambers offers an exceptional service. Criminal clerks go above and beyond to ensure that desired counsel is available to conduct both hearings and attend conferences.”

“St Ives are excellent. It has a strong body of juniors dealing with some heavyweight work.”

Chambers and Partners 2024: “St Ives Chambers is an impressive set, noted for its expert handling of cases arising from the full range of criminal offences. Members are well versed in complex and serious crimes such as murders, sexual offences and human trafficking, and are regularly instructed in multi-handed cases. Matters involving drug importation and high-value frauds are also key areas of strength for the team. Tenants at the set have been instructed in matters including a fatal drive-by shooting in Dudley.”

“They have a good clerking team who are upfront and go the extra mile to accommodate in every way.”

“The set has a highly responsive, friendly and capable clerking team.”

Legal 500:  “St Ives Chambers’ criminal practice handles equal amounts of prosecution and defence work, including serious sexual offences, murder, baby-shaking, and multi-handed conspiracies….”