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3PB Barristers enjoys a sterling reputation on the Western Circuit for high levels of quality and consistency across its broad criminal practice. It has an enviable track record of handling high-profile and demanding criminal cases, including murder, fraud, drug and sex offences. Instructing solicitors single out the set's efficiency and excellent client service as strengths, observing that the practitioners are "extremely reliable with great diversity, and are able to get to grips with cases at a frightening speed."
Client service: "The clerking service is one of the main attractions of 3PB. It is the best that I have dealt with in 20-plus years of doing this work." Chambers director Stuart Pringle manages the criminal clerking team from Winchester.
Nigel Lickley QC – Band 1
A leading criminal silk who is also head of chambers at 3PB. He has vast experience as both a prosecutor and defender on a wide range of cases including regulatory crime, white-collar fraud and violent offences.
Strengths: "A very good jury advocate who is great on the human interest side of cases." "A very high-profile barrister with a really brilliant eye for detail who can think outside the box."
Recent work: Acted for the prosecution in the case of a bigamous husband who killed his wife and other parties who perverted the course of justice by assisting him.
Michael Parroy QC – Band 3
Highly experienced barrister with a diverse criminal practice. He is instructed on a range of matters including drug cases, white-collar crime and serious violent offences, and has particular expertise in confiscation and restraint of assets.
Strengths: "He is outstanding - a Rolls-Royce practitioner."
Recent work: Instructed by the CPS to act in R v Dennis and Wilson, a major drug importation case.
Adam Feest QC – New Silk
New silk who both defends and prosecutes serious violent and sexual offences. He has additional experience acting in cases of drugs, fraud and deception.
Recent work: Prosecuted a case of aggravated burglary of an elderly victim by a gang of masked intruders.
Richard Onslow – Band 2
A very experienced senior junior who has appeared at tribunals ranging from local magistrates' courts all the way up to the Privy Council. He handles a broad spectrum of serious criminal cases including drug and sexual offences, human trafficking and violent crime, and also takes on police disciplinary matters.
Strengths: "He is brilliant - hugely experienced and a consummate performer."
Recent work: Successfully defended a client who was accused of participating in a gang rape.
Nicholas Cotter – Band 3
Has a general criminal and regulatory practice, and is active on both the Western and South Eastern Circuits. He has a track record of acting in cases involving fraud, organised crime and serious sexual offences.
Strengths: "Completely unflappable, he has an extremely good temperament in court. Destined for great things." "A very capable advocate."
Recent work: Represented the organised crime division of the CPS in Operation Greenless, a cross-border NCA prosecution involving indecent images of vulnerable individuals.
Robert Grey – Band 3
A well-regarded senior junior who is regularly instructed in complex drugs, fraud and sexual offences cases. He both prosecutes and defends, and also offers specialist expertise in proceeds of crime.
Strengths: "He is extremely experienced and a very good advocate." "He provides an excellent service."
Recent work: Successfully defended a former scoutmaster against charges arising from historic sex allegations.
Tom Horder – Band 3
Has a robust practice in regulatory offences that sees him instructed by a range of parties including public sector bodies, companies and private individuals. Also handles cases concerning violent crime and sexual abuse.
Strengths: "Very able, a rising star."
Recent work: Defended the then leader of Dorset County Council in the first ever prosecution brought under the Localism Act 2011, aimed at dealing with alleged political corruption.
David Reid – band 3
A respected practitioner whose general crime practice sees him both defend and prosecute a wide range of matters. His recent work includes instruction in murder cases, serious sexual offences and drug-related crimes.
Strengths: "The right man for a very serious case."
Timothy Bradbury – Band 3
Senior junior with a strong reputation for his skilful prosecutions on behalf of HMRC as well as other government bodies. He has expertise as a defender and prosecutor in all manner of tax cases, fraud and regulatory crime.
Recent work: Instructed by the CPS Specialist Fraud Division in relation to a multi-handed cyber repayment fraud case involving an international organised crime group.
Chambers & Partners UK - 2016:
Crime – Western (Bar) – Band 1
3PB Barristers' breadth of expertise and the calibre of its client service have secured it a leading position on the Western Circuit. It has an impressive caseload of complex and high-profile criminal cases. Instructing solicitors are keen to praise the "personal service" provided, noting that "each case the members deal with really is important to the set, so they go out of their way to assist even if it makes significant work for them."
Client service: "The clerks are first-class. You are able to rely upon them completely," reports an instructing solicitor. Winchester-based Stuart Pringle leads the criminal clerking team.
Nigel Lickley QC
A prominent criminal advocate on the Western Circuit, who both prosecutes and defends clients on cases ranging from health and safety to white-collar fraud.
Strengths: "He is an incredibly experienced, very senior silk." "He is thoroughly bright and can get points across to laymen. He is also very well prepared."
Recent work: Instructed by CPS Wessex to act as prosecution counsel in a case involving a father killing his baby.
Michael Parroy QC
A veteran practitioner with a broad criminal practice. He advises on matters involving rape and other serious sexual offences and defends and prosecutes drug importation, financial fraud and tax offence cases.
Recent work: Acted as prosecution counsel in R v Parker, a case arising from the Leveson Inquiry.
He defends and prosecutes murders, rapes and other serious criminal offences.
Strengths: "He is very able and has a powerful advocacy style." "He knows his briefs inside out. His analytical ability is amazing."
Recent work: Acted in a case concerning allegations of wilful neglect brought against a nursing home manager.
Has a wealth of experience in a broad range of criminal cases, including child cruelty, sexual offences and physical violence. He is also instructed in police disciplinary cases.
Strengths: "His strengths are his experience, advice and advocacy. He is a fearless advocate in court and has a striking courtroom presence."
Recent work: Instructed as defence counsel in Operation Vanguard, a significant cocaine supply case.
An experienced junior who is instructed to act on behalf of both claimants and defendants in criminal cases relating to drugs, fraud, serious violence and arms trafficking offences.
Strengths: "He has a real capacity for hard work, an emphasis on polished, fluent advocacy and an effective courtroom style."
Recent work: Appeared before Chelmsford Crown Court in a high-value VAT and income tax fraud case.
Has a broad criminal practice, but is particularly highly praised for his expertise in fraud, serious sexual offences and drugs cases.
Recent work: Instructed in a large-scale drugs importation case in which £800,000 of counterfeit tobacco was imported from China.
A Winchester-based criminal advocate who both defends and prosecutes in cases concerning murder, conspiracy to defraud and serious sexual offences.
Strengths: "He has a pleasant manner and a smooth, understanding advocacy style."
Recent work: Acted as lead prosecution junior in a high-value Ponzi fraud.
Praised by instructing solicitors for his expertise in cases concerning fraud, drugs and other serious criminal offences.
Strengths: "He has a particular skill in dealing with extremely demanding clients. He is very committed to his work and is very accessible when it comes to seeking advice or updates."
Recent work: He was instructed by the Specialist Fraud Division to prosecute a criminal group who organised an online attack on HMRC's systems.
Market Perception – Crime Group
"each case the members deal with really is important to the set, so they go out of their way to assist even if it makes significant work for them."
"The clerks are first-class. You are able to rely upon them completely"
Chambers & Partners UK - 2015: Crime - Western Bar - Band 1 Set
3PB has continued to provide the breadth and quality of service that impresses market commentators, "getting almost impossible results time after time." The number of high-quality advocates means that they are able to prosecute and defend on matters across the board from the set's bases in Bournemouth, Bristol and Winchester.
Nigel Lickley QC
Highly regarded for his experience and expertise across the full range of serious crime. He prosecutes and defends on the most challenging and high-profile cases on the Western Circuit.
Expertise: "He is the full package - he's super-clever, relates to the jury well, and is exceptionally good face to face with clients, particularly with vulnerable clients."
Recent work: Defended in R v Dennehy, a high-profile triple murder and double attempted murder case.
Michael Parroy QC
Has a broad criminal practice covering a wide range of serious crime, including homicides, serious sexual offences and financial fraud cases.
Expertise: "He is a tireless worker with great attention to detail."
Joseph Giret QC
Enjoys a successful practise in the criminal courts. Has represented soldiers as a specialist military advocate as well as advising on murder, terrorism, fraud, sex and sports law cases.
Expertise: “iron first in a velvet glove”
Recent work: High profile cases include the ‘Stansted Airport Hijacking’ case [hijacked aircraft flown from Kabul Airport to Stansted Airport] and ‘Liquid Bombs Plot’ [conspiracy to simultaneously blow up several aircraft on transatlantic flights from Heathrow Airport].
Prosecutes and defends in cases ranging from fraud and theft to money laundering and drugs importation. He is widely praised for his expertise in cases concerning the ill treatment or neglect of vulnerable adults.
Expertise: "He has excellent analytical abilities and is always calm under pressure."
Recent work: Instructed in a complex four-handed cut-throat murder which involved torture of the victim, and the disposal and burning of the body.
Has a smooth style of advocacy, a tenacious approach and vast experience, which has won him a significant following of instructing solicitors. He both defends and prosecutes, and is particularly visible in serious heavyweight crime cases.
Expertise: "He directs cross-examination in a way that pulls juries with him. He is excellent in front of the jury."
Recent work: Prosecuted two serving police officers for rape and misconduct.
Both prosecutes and defends a wide range of criminal cases, including those relating to serious sexual offences, drugs and fraud.
Expertise: "He is a great problem solver and a reliable professional. He creates a lot of confidence in his clients with his ability to make everything seem effortless." "He knows what is in the client's best interests and is not afraid to fight for it."
Recent work: Instructed in a multi-handed mortgage fraud.
Has a mixed prosecution and defence practice with particular expertise in fraud, drugs conspiracy cases and violent crime.
Expertise: "He is a great advocate, well suited to top-end, serious cases.
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted an arms dealer arranging the export of a multimillion-pound shipment of munitions from North Korea to Azerbaijan, in breach of the 2008 export control order.
Has extensive experience across the full breadth of serious crime work. His caseload regularly includes cases relating to homicides, serious sexual offences and GBH.
Expertise: "He has a great presence in court." "He grasps the technical aspects of the case very quickly."
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted in a multimillion-pound Ponzi fraud and throughout the subsequent confiscation proceedings.
Covers the full range of criminal offences, and is best recognised for his expertise in regulatory criminal cases. He receives regular instructions from local authorities, government bodies and insurers in relation to cases concerning health and safety, trading standards, environmental, aviation and maritime issues.
Expertise: "His advocacy is very good and he impresses with his knowledge of legislation and case law in niche areas."
Recent work: He defended a hospital doctor accused of sexual assault.
Chambers & Partners UK: Crime - Western Circuit – Band 1 set
3PB has offices in Bournemouth, Bristol and Winchester, ensuring a strong presence throughout the Western Circuit. Its crime team impresses sources through the depth and breadth of quality evident in its members. The barristers here are not simply expert advocates, but also “good all-rounders” with outstanding advisory abilities and client care skills. The forward-thinking approach of the set is evidenced by its ability to embrace new technologies to increase efficiency. Its barristers prosecute and defend in all serious criminal matters including serious sexual cases, drug conspiracies, Proceeds of Crime Act matters and fraud.
Client service: “Whether the client is vulnerable or confident, shy or difficult, they always have the capacity and the compassion to deal with them - even when the client is at their most challenging.” “The rapport with all of the clerks is excellent and they are very obliging, helpful, charming and knowledgeable. If they say they will do something – they do it.”
Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide 2014
Legal 500 Bar Directory – Rankings For 2016 Recommendations and Quotes
Crime - Leading silks
Nigel Lickley QC - He has experience prosecuting in high-profile cases
Fraud - crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading silks
Michael Parroy QC - He prosecutes in MTIC and money laundering cases
Fraud - crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading juniors
Sheena Cassidy - She advises the CPS on confiscation issues
REGIONAL BAR: WESTERN CIRCUIT
Crime – Leading silks
Nigel Lickley QC Gets to the heart of the matter instantly.
Adam Feest QC - An excellent advocate, who has a very good manner with clients.
Nick Robinson - Extremely diligent in his approach to cases.
Robert Grey - Recommended for serious sex, drugs and fraud trials.
Timothy Bradbury - Well known for fraud prosecutions.
Tom Horder - An excellent advocate with a strong courtroom presence.
David Reid - He has a terrific work ethic and is extremely bright.
Richard Onslow - A fearless advocate, who is skilled in case presentation.
Legal 500 Bar Directory – Rankings For 2015 Recommendations and Quotes
Crime - Leading silks
Nigel Lickley QC - Noted for prosecuting and defending in murder trials.
Fraud - crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading silks
Michael Parroy QC - Always well prepared and highly respected by senior judges
REGIONAL BAR: WESTERN CIRCUIT
Western Circuit - Crime – Leading juniors
Nick Robinson - Known for his defence work in the Crown Court, and his practice has an emphasis on serious crime
Robert Grey - He is particularly strong in complex sex, drugs and fraud cases
Timothy Bradbury - His practice includes fraud, drugs importation and serious violent and sexual offences cases
Tom Horder - He is led, and often leads, in some of the most complex cases, including those involving serious violence
Adam Feest - His varied practice includes serious violence, public order, fraud and drugs offences.
David Reid - He prosecutes and defends, and has particular experience in representing defendants with learning difficulties
Richard Onslow - A first-class trial advocate
Legal 500 Bar Directory – Rankings For 2014 Recommendations and Quotes
3PB is a ‘great set of chambers' that is ‘very responsive to clients’ needs' and provides barristers that are ‘straightforward, practical and good value for money'’
FRAUD: CRIME (INCLUDING MONEY LAUNDERING AND ASSET FORFEITURE)
Sheena Cassidy - 3PB ‘A fantastic, astute barrister with an eye for the detail and a great approach to clients.’
REGIONAL BAR: WESTERN CIRCUIT
Ranked as a leading set Tier 2 in the Western Circuit
CRIME – LEADING SET
3PB is rated as a ‘premier division' set for crime. It has particular expertise in POCA cases. Other areas of expertise include corporate manslaughter and heavyweight fraud.
CRIME - LEADING SILK
Nigel Lickley QC - 3PB ‘Extremely forceful and convincing.’
CRIME - LEADING JUNIORS
Timothy Bradbury - 3PB ‘One of his strong suits is his prosecution work for HMRC in tax fraud cases.’
Adam Feest - 3PB ‘Recommended for cases regarding ill treatment and neglect of vulnerable adults.’
Robert Grey - 3PB ‘Experienced in sex, drugs and fraud cases.’
Tom Horder - 3PB ‘Particularly highly regarded for his ability to handle the most serious and complex cases.’
Richard Onslow - 3PB ‘Always well prepared, and deals with pre-trial matters promptly.’
David Reid - 3PB ‘Experienced in a range of serious cases, including sexual offences, murder, fraud and money laundering.’
Nick Robinson - 3PB ‘He specialises in sexual offence cases, particularly those involving children and historical allegations of misconduct.’
Chambers director (and Crime Practice Director) Stuart Pringle is recommended by the Legal 500 UK Bar Directory 2014 as being ‘efficient and on the ball'
Recommended by the Legal 500 Directory 2013/14 for its expertise at London Bar: "Ranked as a leading chambers in Crime"
Recommended by the Legal 500 Directory 2013/14 for its expertise in Western Circuit: "3PB has a large regional presence. Nigel Lickley QC, Christopher Parker QC and Robert Grey attract praise, as does Tom Horder, who is ‘very good at explaining procedure and tactics to clients’. Nick Robinson is ‘a very confident and knowledgeable advocate’, and Timothy Bradbury is ‘highly regarded by the judiciary’. Richard Onslow, David Reid, Adam Feest and Nicholas Rowland also stand out."
Criminal law has been practised at 3PB for about 100 years and during that time we have grown to be one of the country’s largest Criminal Law Groups, earning a reputation as being a leader in the field, particularly on the Western Circuit.
We can offer representation at every level of seniority. We undertake the entire range of defence cases for our professional clients and in prosecution work we are regularly instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service, Her Majesty's Customs and Excise, the Department of Work and Pensions (formerly the Department of Social Security) and other authorities.
Within the Group we are able to offer expertise in:
- Murder and Manslaughter
- Rape and Sexual Offences
- Offences against the person, including Grievous and Actual Bodily Harm
- International Drug Trafficking and related Customs and Excise Offences
- Human Rights
- Criminal Damage
- Driving Offences
- Public Order Offences
- Theft and Robbery
- Fraud and Revenue
In addition Members of Chambers are able to advise on the following:
- Evidence and Mitigation
- Indictment Drafting
- Police Codes of Conduct
Members regularly appear in the higher courts, on appeal, and in judicial review cases related to criminal actions.
We pride ourselves on our reputation and have in the past been quoted in law directories as offering a "Rolls Royce" service.
We are committed to the following:
- Legal aid work
- Sympathetic representation
- A professional approach
- First-rate clerking
- Quality advocacy
Consultations and conferences can take place at any of the four Chambers centres, at the professional client's office, at court or at prison, depending upon the requirements of the case.
Members of Chambers are regularly instructed to attend London Court Centres, and all of the main Western Circuit court centres, including Bristol, Southampton, Winchester, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Salisbury, Exeter, Plymouth, Dorchester and Truro.
Chambers is also accredited by the Law Society to offer Continuing Professional Development courses and we welcome enquiries about current courses we have to offer in any one of our practice group areas.