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Star Individuals, Robert Smith QC and Paul Greaney QC lead the rankings for top tier set New Park Court in Chambers and Partners 2021.


New Park Court retains its standing on the North Eastern Circuit and ‘The Regions’ and leads the rankings in the 2021 edition of Chambers and Partners as a Band 1 set for Crime, with both Robert Smith QC and Paul Greaney QC named as ‘Star Individuals’. A total of 13 members of the New Park Court Criminal Team are ranked barristers.  The directory also ranks the New Park Court Professional Discipline Team in The Regions (Bar) section as able to ‘offer copious expertise in the medical and police spheres, drawing on a strong profile in criminal law.’

The client service provided by the New Park Court Staff is also mentioned in the latest edition. Teresa Pugh, Practice Director, is “always accommodating and willing to do what she can to help out” and ‘’We enjoy working with the chambers because of its clerking strengths – one of the strongest clerking teams around.”

Tim Coulson, Chambers Director and CEO said, ‘I am delighted than so many members continue to be recognised in this way; clearly it takes extraordinary ability both to reach such heights and to stay there year after year. I am particularly pleased for those recognised for the first time and for our excellent clerking team.


Robert Smith QC (Star Individual) – “Absolutely brilliant. His preparation is just beautiful.

Alistair MacDonald QC – “He is absolutely phenomenal in court, in preparation and in his intellectual ability.” “His court presentation techniques make complex evidence clear and understandable for a jury, and his cross-examination of witnesses is formidable.”

Robert Woodcock QC – “A dangerous opponent.

Paul Greaney QC (Star Individual) – “Paul Greaney QC brings great insight into the fundamental issues of the case and is able to communicate the complexities in a highly effective and straightforward way. He also displays superb advocacy skills during legal arguments.” “He is a class act, massively hard-working and hugely prepared.”

Nicholas Lumley QC“He is a good operator and has a very sensible and down-to-earth manner.” “Very strong and calm in court.” “His cross-examination of witnesses is perfect.”

Jason Pitter QC“He has a great deal of empathy and is excellent with clients. In court he is also amazing.”

Simon Kealey QC“Respected and liked by the judiciary,”

Nicholas de la Poer QC (New Silk) – “He is very bright and a go-to for complex frauds.”

Tom Storey – “He is excellent – very intelligent and presents his cases fantastically well.”

Geraldine Kelly“She is very analytical in her prosecution of a case. She is fantastic.”

Chloe Fairley – “She is good with judges and juries.” “She is brilliant on general crime.”

Matthew Donkin – “His written work is very thorough and he is meticulous in his preparation.”

Adam Birkby – “He has very good judgement.”


Professional Discipline

Paul Greaney QC – : “He is very authoritative and very good on his feet; a leader in the field.” “An outstanding advocate – genuinely a silk you turn to for professional discipline work.” “Tremendously well respected, the go-to man.”

Jason Pitter QC – :“He is affable, very calm and measured. He has a nice style with juries and he is an attractive advocate.” “Incredibly hard-working and accommodating. He is good with clients and an excellent lawyer.”

Sharon Beattie – “She is an extremely good advocate. She prepares cases well and deals with tricky opponents.” “An expert in regulatory law. She is very experienced and knowledgeable. Great with solicitors and witnesses.”

Financial Crime

Paul Greaney QC – “A QC with considerable gravitas and exceptional technical capabilities; he is without doubt one of the leading advocates.” “His written work is always first class, as are his advocacy skills. He is very personable, down to earth and a pleasure to work with.”

Nicholas de la Poer QC: “He is intelligent, tactically astute and an excellent court performer.”

Inquests and Public Inquiries

Paul Greaney QC – “The best advocate I’ve seen on his feet: all others in the room tend to pale in comparison even if they are very good. He is also very good on the detail, and has a lovely way with clients and a particular bearing in court which commands a huge amount of respect.”


Lee Fish – “He is incredibly personable, very well skilled and an excellent performer.” “He’s thoroughly versed in environmental law.”


Robert Smith KC

Call 1971 | Silk 1986

Alistair MacDonald KC

Call 1983 | Silk 2000

Paul Greaney KC

Call 1993 | Silk 2010

Nicholas Lumley KC

Call 1992 | Silk 2012

Jason Pitter KC

Call 1994 | Silk 2014

Simon Kealey KC

Call 1991 | Silk 2017

Nicholas de la Poer KC

Call 2003 | Silk 2020

Sharon Beattie KC

Call 1986 | Silk 2021

Tom Storey KC

Call 1993 | Silk 2024

Geraldine Kelly

Call 1996


Chloe Fairley

Call 2004

Lee Fish

Call 2003

Matthew Donkin

Call 2004

Adam Birkby

Call 2006

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