- Year of Call
Murder, Manslaughter and Non-fatal Violence:
Regularly instructed to defend in matters involving the most serious violence including two recent allegations of Murder.
Grade 3 CPS Panel Advocate
R v H
Defending in a case involving the Murder of a vulnerable adult who was beaten to death and attempts made to dispose of the body by burning.
R v M
Instructed to defend in an allegation of Murder involving a Defendant with serious mental health difficulties who was alleged to have killed his mother.
R v O
Defending in a three week Trial where it was alleged members of a drug gang had used knives, firearms and rape in the course of what the Prosecution categorised as a drugs ‘turf war’
R v M
Defending in a case involving a gang using a chemical substance to seriously injure the victim in the course of an armed robbery
Serious Sexual Offences
Will defends in cases of serious sexual offences and is capable of dealing with the multitude of issues that arise in such cases. Experienced in cases of a historic nature and those involving the youngest and most vulnerable Complainants and Defendants.
R v C
Successfully defending a young man who it was alleged had raped his former partner
R v O
Defending in a case involving the kidnap and rape of a vulnerable female by gang of three males.
R v K
Successfully defending a serving Royal Marine who had been accused of serious sexual assault
R v G
Defending a male who had been accused of the attempted Rape of an elderly female in a public toilet. The Defendant had serious mental health issues.
Fraud, Commercial Crime, Confiscation and other Dishonesty Offences
Defends those charged with the full range of dishonesty offences often including the analysis of accounting information and expert evidence.
R v H
Successfully resisting Confiscation proceedings following conviction for drugs
R v G
Defending a large scale conspiracy to burgle involving a gang that had committed over 40 offences across three counties
R v S
Resisting confiscation Application made in excess of one million pounds
Corporate Manslaughter, Health and Safety and Regulatory Offences
Regularly acts for individuals or companies being prosecuted by agencies other than the Crown Prosecution Service. Will is fully aware of the commercial aspects and sensitivities of such matters.
R v G
Instructed as Special Advocate by the Court in relation to a Trading Standards and DEFRA prosecution relating to the disposal of animal carcasses
Providing advice to a company regarding its use of industrial/agricultural vehicles during an investigation by VOSA
R v S
Defending a Trading Standards relating to an extensive Illegal Money Lending Operation involving over a million pounds.
Regularly defends those charged with involvement in the supply of illegal drugs at all levels up to and including the most serious and complex cases involving significant quantities of drugs and money.
Recent cases have included investigations undertaken by both Serious and Organised Crime Agency and the National Crime Agency.
R v H
Successfully defending a Defendant who was found to have a large quantity of cocaine in the boot of his car. The Defendant asserted that the drugs had been ‘planted’, a proposition that was ultimately accepted by the Jury.
R v R
Defending a man facing allegations of the industrial production of Cannabis. It was asserted that the Cannabis was grown as a ‘hobby’ and whilst technically guilty of the offence it was in any way related to the drug trade. A Newton Hearing was resolved in favour of the Defendant who received a nominal sentence. Confiscation proceedings which followed were also successfully resisted.
Defending in a large scale conspiracy to supply Cocaine involving 18 Defendants.
R v A
Defending in a large scale conspiracy to supply Heroin and Crack Cocaine from the London area to Devon. The case involved numerous Defendants and a Police investigation that had taken over a year.
General Violence against the person
Will has many years of experience in dealing with offences of violence and disorder. This includes those involving serious injury and large scale public disorder.
R v B
Successfully defending in a large scale Affray on licensed premises
R v P
Successfully prosecuting allegation of Wounding with Intent where a young man had been the subject of an unprovoked stabbing
R v H
Successfully defending a man charged with Wounding with Intent in relation to a ‘glassing’ on licenced premises
R v P
Defending a man charged with GBH in relation to a ‘road rage’ incident
Biographical and Other Information
- Previously Solicitor in Northern Ireland (2001) and England and Wales (2003)
- Experienced as a Solicitor in the fields of criminal litigation, employment law and commercial law.
- Experienced in the practices and processes of Police and other investigating agencies
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 KC
Year Of Call : 1991
Simon Laws KC 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 2020View Profile
Paul Cavin KC
Year Of Call : 1995
Paul is a Door Tenant of Walnut House, with family connections to the South West. He is also Head of Chambers at 2 Harcourt Buildings in London. Paul 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.
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
Due to an extended period of illness, Peter is not currently practicing or accepting any new instructions.
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 2024 – Leading Junior Tier 1
Chambers & Partners 2024 – Band 3
Recorder (Crown Court) 2023
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 Four 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 has developed a diverse practice across Chambers’ family, criminal and civil teams, representing clients throughout the South West. He prides himself on his attention to detail, being approachable and offering pragmatic advice.
Sam completed his pupillage under the supervision of Hugh Cornford and accepted tenancy from Walnut House in October 2021. Furthermore, Sam successfully obtained his public access qualification in October 2022.
Year Of Call : 2021
Zoe recently completed a successful pupillage at Walnut House and as a result was offered a tenancy which she accepted. 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 email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 2017
Azzam has a mixed Civil, Criminal and Family practice at Walnut House.View Profile
Adrian Chaplin (1990; HoC)
Simon Laws KC (1991)
Paul Cavin KC (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)
Azzam Bhatti (2017)