Simon Laws QC
Criminal Queen's Counsel
- Year of Call
Centres his highly regarded practice on homicide, fraud and drug crime, with additional strengths in cases involving sexual offences. He is frequently engaged to defend and prosecute murders and serious drug conspiracies.
“An incredibly bright lawyer with a lovely manner”
Band 1 – Chambers and Partners 2020
Simon Laws QC has practised exclusively in criminal law for 27 years.
He represents both the prosecution and the defence.
In the course of his career he has appeared in a very wide range of criminal cases including war crimes, homicide, frauds, sexual offences, drugs cases and cases involving police officers as defendants.
He has extensive experience in managing large and complex cases for both sides.
From 2008-2010 he was employed by the UN as a prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in a trial of six political and military leaders for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Since taking silk in 2011 he has specialized almost exclusively in homicide cases. He has acted in murders of many different kinds (within families/ by partners/ strangers/ for gain/ revenge/sexual motivation/mentally ill defendants).
He has been ranked by Chambers and Partners for the last 10 years.
He accepts instructions in Public Access cases.
R v M
Prosecution: rape and murder of mother by man of 27.
R v P & W
Prosecution of two men for random attack (by defendants carrying knives and an axe) on unarmed strangers in Tamerton Foliot on New Years Eve.
R v B
Defending man charged with murder following a street confrontation that led to a group allegedly hunting down a man to kill him. B acquitted on a submission of no case to answer after CCTV from Unused material established his innocence.
Biographical and Other Information
- Queen’s Counsel: 2011
- Honorary Research Fellow, University of Exeter, College of Social Sciences and International Studies.
- Also practices as an overseas consultant as part of TWL Legal Consulting Ltd (twl-legal.consulting)
- Has acted as script consultant for dramas with a criminal justice element to tv production companies and for the National Theatre.
- Appeared as prosecution counsel in Channel 4’s Consent in which a real jury tried a rape case.
Criminal Law team members
Year Of Call : 1990; HoC
Adrian is a highly effective and sought-after advocate with extensive experience of heavy-weight and sensitive cases before a broad range of courts and tribunals.
He advises in criminal, misconduct, regulatory and coroner’s court work. He is experienced in appeal cases and judicial review.
Simon Laws QC
Year Of Call : 1991
Simon Laws QC has practised exclusively in criminal law for 27 years. He represents both the prosecution and the defence.
“Centres his highly regarded practice on homicide, fraud and drug crime, with additional strengths in cases involving sexual offences. He is frequently engaged to defend and prosecute murders and serious drug conspiracies”
“An incredibly bright lawyer with a lovely manner”
Band 1 – Chambers and Partners firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Paul Cavin QC
Year Of Call : 1995
Paul Cavin QC specialises in homicide, fraud, corporate crime – particularly bribery and corruption but also money laundering, cyber crime, and proceeds of crime. He is regularly instructed by the CPS and the SFO and was on the Attorney General’s Criminal List for many years. Before his call to the bar he trained as a solicitor at a city firm (where he gained experience in all aspects of commercial law before qualifying in the commercial litigation/fraud group). He is a member of the Private Prosecutors’ Association and the Fraud Lawyers Association.email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 1992
Simon Burns is a specialist in criminal law undertaking prosecution and defence firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 1993
Peter is regularly instructed in cases of murder, manslaughter, attempted murder and other cases of serious email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 1993
Heather was called in 1993 and after having practiced in a leading criminal set in London for 22yrs, moved to the South West in 2015. Heather has prosecuted and defended in large-scale drug cases, gang violence and firearms cases along with rape and serious sexual offences. Heather has also defended and prosecuted as a led junior in murder trials at the Central Criminal Court and as leading junior counsel in numerous trials more recently. Grade 4 and RASSO panel Counsel.firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 1994
Mary is regularly instructed in cases of murder, manslaughter, attempted murder, rape and fraud.
“She’s an extremely good advocate, brilliant at cross-examination and very good tactically; she knows how to destroy the opposition.”
Chambers and Partners 2018
Year Of Call : 2001
Kelly appears for both the Prosecution and Defence in all matters before the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 2003
Lee Bremridge is a criminal barrister experienced in all areas of complex and serious crime. Lee is known for dealing with serious cases, defending and prosecuting in equal firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 2005
Bathsheba is a criminal barrister with a wealth of experience across all areas of complex and serious email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 2006
Joss Ticehurst is instructed to defend and prosecute in cases involving the most serious criminal offences in the Crown Court, particularly those relating to allegations of rape, attempted murder, multi-defendant cases involving drugs and murder, and multi-defendant cases of fraud and drug firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 2007
Dan has wide experience in all aspects of criminal law, quasi-criminal regulatory law, corporate investigations and international war crimes. He specialises in business crime, criminal law, terrorism and private prosecutions, both in court and in an advisory role.
Legal 500 2021 – Ranked Leading Junior Tier 2
Chambers & Partners 2022 – Ranked Band 3
Year Of Call : 2015
Regularly instructed to defend in matters involving the most serious violence including two recent allegations of Murder.email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 2008
Brian prosecutes and defends in all areas of criminal law. His practice encompasses murder, manslaughter, sexual offences, serious violence and organised crime. He is a Grade Three advocate on the Crown Prosecution Service Advocate Panel and is also on the RASSO and Serious Crime Panels.firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 2010
Felicity is a common law barrister with an established and varied practice in all aspects of criminal and civil law. Felicity is thorough, practical and robust in her approach, whilst remaining email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 2019
Evie accepts instructions in both criminal and family law. She regularly appears in the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts where she prosecutes and defends in all stages of proceedings. She also acts for parents in both private and care proceedings from application stage through to contested interim and final hearings.
Since joining Walnut House after successfully completing a twelve-month pupillage in chambers, Evie has continued to enjoy a busy and varied practice. She has been complimented on her pragmatic and personable manner with her firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 2020
Sam joined Walnut House as a pupil under the supervision of Hugh Cornford in 2020 and was made a tenant at Walnut House in October 2021. Developing a general common law practice with an emphasis on family and crime and a particular interest in family law. Prior to training as a barrister Sam worked as a family paralegal with a regional email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 2021
Zoe joined Walnut House in 2021 as a pupil under the supervision of Laura Searle. Prior to pupillage, she worked as a paralegal at a boutique agricultural law firm. During her BPTC, she volunteered as an Appropriate Adult, supporting children in police station interviews, and at Support Through Court, assisting litigants in person with the court process. She has also completed internships assisting a children’s charity with their policy documents, and in the privacy department of an international firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Adrian Chaplin (1990; HoC)
Simon Laws QC (1991)
Paul Cavin QC (1995)
Simon Burns (1992)
Peter Coombe (1993)
Heather Hope (1993)
Mary McCarthy (1994)
Kelly Scrivener (2001)
Lee Bremridge (2003)
Bathsheba Cassel (2005)
Joss Ticehurst (2006)
Dan Pawson-Pounds (2007)
Will Parkhill (2015)
Brian FitzHerbert (2008)
Felicity Payne (2010)
Evie Dean (2019)
Sam Wysocki (2020)
Zoe Kuyken (2021)