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. There is a wealth of experience amongst members who act in high-profile cases.

Chambers has maintained a steadfast commitment to the junior bar, even through 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.

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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….”

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