Chambers welcomes talented trio

New Park Court is delighted to announce that Simon Kealey QC, Jessica Strange and Ashleigh Metcalfe have joined Chambers as tenants. All will be based primarily at Chambers’ Leeds office but will be accepting instructions across the North East and nationally.

Simon Kealey QC was appointed Queens Counsel in 2017 and is an extremely popular advocate who enjoys a busy criminal and regulatory practice. Simon is instructed in serious and complex criminal cases including murder, manslaughter, serious fraud, drugs offences, people trafficking and sexual offences cases. Chambers and Partners 2019 describes him as a “respected practitioner who is highly regarded for his advocacy in serious criminal cases.” and ‘‘he will be a top player in silk – he is the complete package.”

Jessica Strange’s practice also focuses on criminal law including those involving serious violence, serious sexual offences and drug supply. She regularly deals with cases involving young and vulnerable people. Jessica was called to the Bar in 2003 in Middle Temple and has practised for many years as an advocate and solicitor in the East Midlands.

Ashleigh Metcalfe was called to the Bar in 2014 and since completing her pupillage 2016 she has developed a strong criminal law practice, both defending and prosecuting trials in the Crown, Magistrates and Youth Court. Ashleigh is routinely instructed to represent defendants facing serious allegations and has become accustomed to dealing with young and vulnerable clients.

Simon, Jessica and Ashleigh were formerly members at Zenith Chambers. With such distinguished careers, their arrival enhances our ability and commitment to continue to bring the high quality, specialised skills of our members to clients based not just in the North East but further afield.

New Park Court Chambers Director, Tim Coulson, says:

“We are thrilled to welcome Simon, Jessica and Ashleigh to Chambers. We continue to see an increasing demand for our services throughout the country; the addition of Simon, Jessica and Ashleigh, all renowned advocates among peers and former colleagues, will further develop the strength of our offering in the region and elsewhere.”

Simon Kealey QC
Call 1991
QC 2017


Jessica Strange
Call 2003


Ashleigh Metcalfe
Call 2014


5th Mar 2019


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