Criminal Prosecution


187 Chambers offers a range and depth of experience in prosecuting cases of the utmost gravity. We are able to provide skilfully judged and timely advice for any aspect of an investigation and prosecution.

Our barristers are leaders in prosecuting murders, complex frauds, corporate and financial crimes and cases with an international dimension. Members of Chambers are especially able to draw on decades of experience in leading large prosecution teams to success in the criminal courts. They also represent the State in related civil proceedings involving Asset Recovery and Confiscation.

Our criminal prosecution barristers have prosecuted some of the highest profile cases in recent decades involving:

  • Murder
  • Organised crime
  • Fraud
  • International drugs conspiracies.

Our prosecution barristers regularly act for the principal government agencies:

CPS (incorporating RCPO) HMRC (HM Revenue & Customs) Serious Fraud Office (SFO) DWP (Dept of Work & Pensions)
Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) RASSO HM Treasury Solicitors HSE (Health & Safety Executive)

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Why choose 187 Chambers?

  • Our barristers have prosecuted some of the highest profile cases
  • Our barristers are particularly skilled at handling sensitive inquiries and operations
  • Many of our junior barristers have been appointed to the panels of the principal prosecuting agencies
  • We offer experienced jury advocates to prosecute cases involving the full range of offences, including murder, fraud, violence, drugs, sexual offences and dishonesty
  • We are friendly, very approachable and will give you clear, practical advice and guidance
  • We are available at any stage of the process to guide you or the investigation team should the need arise
  • Our barristers are specially trained to support and work with vulnerable clients and witnesses.

187 Chambers Barristers

Our prosecution barristers provide the highest level of advice and representation.

Members of 187 Chambers are particularly experienced in prosecutions which involve public interest immunity, sensitive issues relating to disclosure and multi-agency co-operation.

Public Prosecution

187 Chambers is a leading criminal set with a long-established history of handling prosecutions. We are highly committed to the work we undertake on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and have a strong and dedicated team of criminal barristers.

Our barristers have unrivalled experience in the prosecution of the highest profile cases brought before the courts in this country during the last two decades and beyond.

Chambers has a large team of criminal barristers committed to prosecution work, working on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service and other Government agencies. Members of the team undertake prosecution work in the full range of cases and often represent the Crown Prosecution Service and the Attorney General in the Supreme Court (House of Lords), as well as in the Administrative Court in related public law challenges.

Specialist Panels

187 specialist barristers are regularly instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) teams both in London and further afield. The teams our barristers work with include the London and the Eastern Region’s Complex Casework Units dealing with Homicide, Rape and Serious Sexual Offences.

Our barristers provide advice, often at the early stages of a case to assist with case direction and strategy. Our specialist teams work with many agencies and organisations including the Serious Fraud Office, the Health & Safety Executive, the Environment Agency and Local Authorities, as well as the Treasury Solicitor, the Intelligence Services, the National Crime Agency and the Police. We are renowned for building close working relationships with the teams in these agencies and being highly praised for our approachability as well as going the extra mile to ensure cases are well-presented and successful.

We are used to dealing with highly sensitive issues and vulnerable witnesses. Members of our Chambers hold the necessary security clearance levels to handle cases involving complex disclosure.

Private Prosecution

Private prosecutions can be brought by any individual or company and they proceed in the same way as a prosecution brought by the Crown. Private prosecution is often quicker and more focussed.

Private prosecutions are suitable for individuals or companies who have been the victims of criminal acts committed against them by others where the prosecution authorities have failed or refused to act. Members of Chambers have a great deal of experience in mounting these cases and have close ties with solicitors’ firms that specialise in providing this bespoke form of prosecution, making the whole process easier and very effective.

The cost of pursuing prosecutions privately will depend on the volume of evidence, the level if investigative work required and the complexity of the issues within the case.

Choosing a private prosecution will allow you closer involvement and control over each decision made.

Our specialist criminal barristers are available to offer advice on:

  • The prospects of success for your case
  • Applying for and resisting the issue of a summons
  • Applying to the Director of Public Prosecutions to take over and stop a prosecution.
  • Costs recovery.