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New Park Court Chambers retains Band 1 ranking for Crime in Chambers & Partners 2023


New Park Court retains its standing on the North Eastern Circuit and ‘The Regions’ and leads the rankings in the 2023 edition of Chambers and Partners as a Band 1 set for Crime, with Paul Greaney KC also recognised as a star individual alongside Robert Smith KC.

Thirteen members of the New Park Court Criminal Team are ranked barristers.  The directory has highlighted Chambers’ strengths in inquests and enquires stating “They are good chambers, and deserve their place in band 2.”

For Professional Discipline “New Park Court Chambers has great strength in depth and offers counsel to handle cases of the most complex and sophisticated nature.”

The set is equipped to handle a wide range of complex inquests such as those involving the police and medical practitioners, in which members draw on their coronial, criminal and professional disciplinary experience.”

The client service provided by the New Park Court Staff has also been commented on in the latest edition.

“Under the direction of chief executive Rob Wagg, New Park Court Chambers looks set to continue on its upwards trajectory. The strong clerking team is supported by an excellent administration.”

“The clerks are very approachable and professional.”

“The clerks are experienced, helpful and accommodating.”

“All the clerks are personable and approachable. There is always a prompt response received to any questions or queries raised and an excellent service provided.”


“New Park Court Chambers has a wide range of counsel from the top silks to eager juniors. They are all are very capable.”

Robert Smith KC (Star Individual)

“He is very experienced and has a very good reputation.”

“He is a class act.”

Alistair MacDonald KC

“Alistair is a brilliant all-rounder, meticulous in terms of preparation, good with clients and a fantastic advocate.”

“His ability in cross-examination of scientific witnesses is extraordinary.”

“Alistair is extremely tenacious.”

Robert Woodcock KC

“Robert is a persuasive advocate.”

Paul Greaney KC (Star Individual)

“Paul is a star.”

“He is a very high-profile and very able silk.”

“He is excellent.”

Nicholas Lumley KC

“Nicholas is an excellent counsel.”

“He commands respect in the courtroom. He prepares thoroughly and is able to convey the most complex of points in a jury-friendly manner.”

“He has a focus and delivery that makes him impressive as an advocate.”

Jason Pitter KC

“Jason is a measured, classy and stylish performer.”

“He has an excellent ability to communicate to juries.”

“He is a brilliant silk. He is very bright and great with all clients.”

Nicholas de la Poer KC

“Nicholas is excellent.”

“He is a good operator.”

Simon Kealey KC

“Simon is an impressive and polished advocate.”

“He is able to present complex issues effectively and persuasively with a confidence achieved through solid preparation and mastery of the evidence.”

Tom Storey

“Tom’s knowledge of the law is amazing.”

“He is very thorough in his preparation, never leaving any stone unturned.”

“Tom is a very careful and thorough advocate.”

“Tom brings an impressive intellect and conscientious approach to all of his cases.”

Geraldine Kelly

“Geraldine is very bright.”

“She steadfastly works on her cases.”

“She is thorough in her preparation.”

“Geraldine is very experienced.”

Chloe Fairley

“Chloe is an extremely hard-working and talented individual with excellent interpersonal skills.”

Matthew Donkin

“Matthew is very hard-working.”

“He is a good operator.”

Adam Birkby

“His tactical awareness and ability to carve through a case, cutting to the issue, is impressive to behold.”

“Adam’s preparation and mastering of the paperwork is meticulous.”

Inquests & Inquiries

“They are good chambers, and deserve their place in band 2.”

Paul Greaney KC

Band One Silk – “A top performer,” who “has a very good manner and is very efficient.”

Professional Discipline

“New Park Court Chambers has great strength in depth and offers counsel to handle cases of the most complex and sophisticated nature.

Jason Pitter KC

“Jason is a very persuasive advocate and is measured and thoughtful.”

“Jason is one of the best advocates I have ever had the privilege of working with. His level of detail is exceptional, as are his ability to put a client’s defence forward, and his techniques in cross-examination.”


Lee Fish

“Lee is an exceptional barrister. Very bright and very able. I couldn’t speak highly enough of him.”

Health & Safety

Paul Greaney KC

“Paul is an advocate of the highest level, he commands the courtroom.”

“He is an excellent and efficient barrister.”

Financial Crime

Paul Greaney KC

“He is a very skilled cross-examiner.”

Nicholas de la Poer KC

“Nicholas is a very intellectual barrister.”


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

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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