New Park Court has one of the most established and widely experienced criminal teams on the North-Eastern Circuit and routinely receives instructions in major criminal cases attracting nationwide media attention.

Our Crime Team comprises of highly skilled and experienced advocates who focus on complex casework within the spectrum of criminal proceedings and can offer advice at the investigatory stage through to Crown Court or Appeal Court proceedings.

Such casework can include:

  • Homicide & Manslaughter – the prosecution and defence of complex medico-legal cases and/or cases with a complicated scientific element and multiple expert evidence.
  • Non-Accidental Head Injury in Children – instructed for both the prosecution and defence of such cases where the ‘triad’ of signs and their interpretation have arisen.
  • Organised Crime – instructed for the prosecution and defence of ‘operational’ cases involving significant sums of fraud and money laundering, drugs conspiracies and gangland murders.
  • Road Traffic Offences – defendant representation in cases where the accused has been charged with death by dangerous or death by careless driving.
  • Serious Sexual Offences.
  • Terrorism – instructed by the prosecution and defence at both advisory and trial stage for defendants charged with terrorism offences.

Our expertise in business crime includes the following allegations which companies or individuals may face:

  • Advisory – retained by individuals and major FTSE 100 index and FTSE 200 companies in an advisory capacity.
  • Bribery & Corruption – instructed in cases where companies and individuals have been charged under the Bribery Act 2010.
  • Confiscation – instructed in complex and high value confiscation proceedings.
  • Corporate & Gross Negligence Manslaughter – act for companies, care homes and nurseries charged with Corporate/Gross Negligence Manslaughter.
  • Cross-border / International – act in major investigations across EU countries and the United States.
  • Environmental – instructed in cases following investigations into the illegal handling, storage and export of hazardous waste.
  • Health & Safety – instructed for the prosecution and defence of companies on health and safety charges arising out of fatalities and serious injuries in the workplace and other breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
  • Licensing – act on behalf of those applying for licences and also for Police Forces. Firearms appeals also undertaken.
  • Money Laundering – instructed in complex money laundering issues, involving significant sums.
  • Serious Fraud – act for the prosecution and defence of individual and corporate defendants under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.
  • Trading Standards – instructed for the prosecution and defence of companies charged with trading standards offences such as trade description, counterfeiting and piracy.

All members of our team accept instructions in both publicly and privately funded work.

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For more information please contact Wayne Stevens on 0113 2035505 or email for help.

Robert Smith QC
Call: 1971 Silk: 1986

I was Called to the Bar in 1971 and commenced practice on the North Eastern Circuit at 5 King's Bench Walk. These chambers had produced many 'high...

Alistair MacDonald QC
Call: 1983 Silk: 2000

Alistair Macdonald QC prosecutes and defends in the most serious crime cases including murder and serious drugs offences including industrial scale...

Simon Jackson QC
Call: 1982 Silk: 2003

Simon Jackson QC is regularly instructed in serious criminal cases, principally homicide, regulatory cases, (including corporate manslaughter),...

Dafydd Enoch QC
Call: 1985 Silk: 2008

Dafydd is instructed in the Prosecution and defence of heavyweight crime of all types; professional disciplinary/regulatory. He regularly appears...


Robert Woodcock QC
Call: 1978 Silk: 2009

Robert Woodcock QC, known by many as Bertie, was born in 1953, called to the Bar in 1978 having been educated in Cheltenham and Bristol, and took Silk...

Paul Greaney QC
Call: 1993 Silk: 2010

Scope of Practice Serious crime, principally financial crime homicide and organised crime, including crime with an international and/or terrorism...

Nicholas Lumley QC
Call: 1992 Silk: 2012

Nicholas Lumley QC is a specialist criminal and regulatory law advocate. His expertise covers cases involving Homicide, Serious fraud, Drug...

Jason Pitter QC
Call: 1994 Silk: 2014

Jason was called to the Bar in 1994 and commenced pupillage in Chambers in 1995 and became a member in 1996 practicing initially in general crime,...

Michael Hodson
Call: 1977

Michael Hodson was called to the Bar in 1977, soon demonstrating he is a formidable criminal advocate for both sides with a great facility with...

Jamie Adams
Call: 1978

Jamie is a highly successful criminal defence practitioner and has been involved in numerous difficult and complex cases of all types throughout a...

Peter Schofield
Call: 1982

Peter Schofield specialises in criminal work and has a flourishing practice in defence work in and around Newcastle. He has been instructed to defend...


Ian Brook
Call: 1983

As an Ag. Puisne Judge in Trinidad, Ian tried 11 capital murder cases. Of 34 years call, he now defends and prosecutes general crime, specialising in...


Sharon Beattie
Call: 1986

Sharon is consistently rated as a leading individual by Chambers Directory and comments include: "...a real top class performer…she’s seen and...


Stephen Uttley
Call: 1984

Stephen Uttley was called to the bar in 1984. He defends exclusively in serious crime. He will fight unfalteringly on behalf of his clients and has an...

Alec Burns
Call: 1988

Alec practices exclusively in crime, and is based in Newcastle. Alec prosecutes and defends in the all types of criminal cases. Most of his work tends...

Nick Cartmell
Call: 1990

Nick's practice is exclusively defence based and he is regularly instructed in both legally aided and private matters including Murder, Fraud and Rape...


Elyas Patel
Call: 1991

Elyas is a former Sweet and Maxwell Law Prize Winner (London) and Gooderson Memorial Award Winner (University of Cambridge). He has been a member of...

Andrew Espley
Call: 1993

Andrew defends and prosecutes serious criminal cases. Andrew has led for the Crown in a five week two handed murder. He has appeared on both sides in...

Gavin Doig
Call: 1995

Gavin Doig was elected Head of Chambers (Newcastle) in February 2016. Gavin is a pre-eminent junior criminal counsel in Newcastle upon Tyne. In the...

Stuart Graham
Call: 1995

Stuart has extensive experience practicing in the Crown Court including the higher level and complex cases of Drug Conspiracies, Complex Frauds,...

Chris Smith
Call: 1997

Chris Smith has twenty years of trial experience. In 2003, after spending his early practising years in London, he set about establishing himself...

Vincent Ward
Call: 1998

Vincent was called to the bar in 1998 and has a Masters degree in mental health law. In his well-established criminal practice he accepts instructions...

Christopher Rose
Call: 1999

Christopher practises in high level, serious and complex crime. He is a hugely experienced trial advocate, appearing in criminal courts across the...

Franklyn Zakers
Call: 1999

Franklyn Zakers is an experienced advocate specialising in family law and crime. He is known for his down to earth approach to clients and his calming...

Nicholas de la Poer
Call: 2003

Nick specialises in criminal law and regulatory work. Described as "a silk in the making", "a phenomenal barrister", "wonderfully persuasive" and...

Lee Fish
Call: 2003

Lee Fish prosecutes and defends serious crime. He is regularly involved in cases of homicide, serious sexual allegations and fraud. He is also...

Chloe Hudson
Call: 2003

Chloe’s practice encompasses criminal and regulatory work. Her particular areas of specialism are include those cases with a medical aspect and...

Chloe Fairley
Call: 2004

Chloe is an outstanding and persuasive advocate with an exceptional ability to put both professional and lay clients at ease. Chloe has built a strong...

Matthew Donkin
Call: 2004

Matthew Donkin is a much sought-after barrister, trusted to conduct cases of gravity and complexity. His dedication to the preparation of his cases...

Barry Robson
Call: 2004

Barry was originally a partner at a high profile solicitors’ practice in Newcastle. In 1994 he became the first Solicitor Advocate to regularly...


Jeremy Barton
Call: 2004

Jeremy joined chambers in 2015 having previously spent 10 years practising in London at 2 King’s Bench Walk. He specialises in criminal work,...


Paul Green
Call: 2005

Paul had a career in the military before working as a Probation Officer, he was called to the bar in 2005, practising as a solicitor until joining...


Adam Birkby
Call: 2006

Adam Birkby is a highly respected specialist in criminal, regulatory and disciplinary law. Whether being led by the pre-eminent silks on circuit,...

Eleanor Fry
Call: 2007

A tenacious advocate, Eleanor Fry deals with a broad range of complex and sensitive matters in the criminal and family jurisdictions, often with...

Ben Campbell
Call: 2008

Ben Campbell joined New Park Court Chambers in 2009. Since then he has developed a significant practice with a focus on crime and regulatory work. A...

Nick Lane
Call: 2008

Nick Lane is a specialist criminal advocate who defends and prosecutes in broadly equal measure. His practice includes the full range of criminal...

Graham O'Sullivan
Call: 2009

Graham O'Sullivan was educated at City of London School, Cambridge University and City University, London. He was called to the bar in 2009, joining...

Nicoleta Alistari
Call: 2009

Nicoleta has a common law practice with emphasis on crime. She prosecutes and defends in a wide range of cases including cases involving scientific...

James Gelsthorpe
Call: 2009

James has been practising at the Bar since 2011. He prosecutes and defends in serious cases in the Crown Court, both on his own and as junior counsel...


Jessica Slaughter
Call: 2009

Jessica is a specialist criminal barrister. She prosecutes as a level 3 CPS panel advocate and defends in complex criminal cases. Having prior...


Fiona Lamb
Call: 2010

Fiona completed a reduced pupillage at Farringdon Chambers in London under the supervision of Ian Henderson. Fiona began tenancy after only 9 months...

Peter Byrne
Call: 2012

Peter has over 20 years' experience of conducting criminal cases before the courts, including the Court of Appeal, ranging from motoring to murder. He...

Felicity Hemlin
Call: 2011

Felicity Hemlin has an established criminal and family law practice. She has experience both prosecuting and defending serious cases in the Crown...

Claire Anderson
Call: 2011

Claire joined chambers in October 2013 upon the successful completion of her pupillage. She practices solely in Criminal Law. She is a junior...

Neil Jones
Call: 1978

Neil Jones, born 1956, educated Bede School, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Called Grays Inn 1978. Initially private practice Newcastle then 32...

Georgina Goring
Call: 2012

Georgina Goring is a persuasive jury and professional tribunal advocate who has developed a successful practice in criminal,...

Mohammed Rafiq
Call: 1980

Mohammed left the bar in 1988 to pursue a career as a solicitor. He developed his own successful practice having offices in Leeds, Bradford and...

Richard Holland
Call: 2012

Richard Holland read law at St Anne's College, Oxford and studied at BPP Law School, Leeds. Called to the bar in 2012, he is a confident advocate who...


Mark Robinson
Call: 2005

Mark Robinson was called to the Bar in 2005 after completing the Bar Vocational Course at the University of Northumbria. Mark then worked as a...


Amy Levitt
Call: 2015

Amy became a member of Chambers in April 2017 after successfully completing her pupillage under the supervision of Nicholas De La Poer. Prior to...


Joe Culley
Call: 2010

Joe became a member of Chambers in January 2018. Called to the Bar in 2010 Joe developed five years' experience of Civil advocacy in County Court...


Maryam Ahmad
Call: 2013

Maryam completed her pupillage in Chambers under the supervision of Chloe Hudson and Jeremy Barton. Prior to commencing pupillage, Maryam worked on...


John Hobley
Call: 2015

John became a member of Chambers in September 2017 having successfully completing his pupillage under the supervision of Lee Fish.


Ryan Donoghue
Call: 2015

Ryan is currently undertaking his second six pupillage in Chambers and accepts instructions in criminal, civil and family matters.


Danielle Gilmour
Call: 2017

Danielle is currently undertaking her second six pupillage in Chambers and accepts instructions in criminal, civil and family matters.

Teresa Pugh
Practice Director
0113 2035504

Wayne Stevens
Senior Practice Manager, Crime & Regulatory
0113 2035505

Bryan Barclay

Bryan Barclay
Practice Manager
0113 4874271

Callum Byrne
Practice Manager
0113 2035502

Karen Guy
Practice Manager
0113 4874270

Alyson Hailes

Alyson Hailes
Practice Manager
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