2 Harcourt Buildings is one of the country's leading specialist criminal chambers. With thirty nine barristers, including Queen's Counsel, we have a strong tradition of producing advocates of the highest quality and members of the judiciary.
In January 2018 our members Benedict Kelleher and Hannah Duncan were appointed as Circuit Judges - the latter is believed to be the youngest Crown Court Judge in the history of the English bench.
Chambers prosecutes and defends in the most serious, complex and demanding criminal cases.
Members of chambers have particular expertise in the following areas:
- Murder and other homicide
- Serious fraud
- Police operations against organised crime and drug trafficking
- Child abuse
- Non-accidental head injuries in infants ("shaken baby syndrome")
Members of chambers prosecute and defend daily in the London Crown Courts and regularly appear before the Court of Appeal and in judicial review proceedings in the High Court. We also have a strong presence on the South Eastern and Western Circuits.
We pride ourselves on the quality of the service we offer to clients, both lay and professional, with members of Chambers renowned for the excellence of their advocacy, case preparation and advisory skills.
Our clerking team provides a friendly and efficient service and has developed excellent working relationships with our instructing solicitors. We also welcome direct access clients.