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  • Martin McCarthy leading Ioana Nedelcu and Claire Davies leading Greg Krieger appear for the first and third Defendant in the largest modern slavery conspiracy in Europe. The case ran for over 4 months at Birmingham Crown Court and involved over 1 million pages of telephone downloads and banking evidence. Reporting restrictions were lifted on 5th of July 2019 and the case received extensive national and international press interest (BBC Report). Instructed by Harris Solicitors and Mann & Co solicitors.
  • Molly Pinkus leading Ioana Nedelcu secure acquittal after successful submissions of no case to answer in a case alleging modern slavery offences. The Defendant, second of eight on the Indictment was charged with conspiracy to traffic people from Romania into the UK, conspiracy to require others to perform forced and compulsory labour and money laundering (over £2 million). The case ran for 6 weeks at Blackfriars Crown Court. At the end of the prosecution case, submissions of no case to answer on all three counts were successful and the Defendant, a man of good character, was released having spent 7 months in custody. Instructed by Mann & co solicitors. Daily Mail report
  • Chris Whitehouse secures acquittal for man with learning disability charged with causing GBH with a firearm
  • Congratulations to Georgina Blower on being re-elected as a member of Lincoln Inn's Bar Representation Committee
  • Chambers is delighted to announce that Jack Jennett has accepted tenancy following his successful pupilliage under the supervision of Molly Pinkus
  • Congratulations to Ian Henderson QC on being ranked, again, in Chambers and Partners 2019. We also congratulate Graham Arnold who is ranked in the Crime: general section and Martin McCarthy who is Chambers first member ranked in the Financial Crime category
  • In line with our continued expansion policy we are delighted to announce that Ronnie Bergenthal has joined Farringdon Chambers
  • Farringdon Chambers supports the CBA recommendation and is currently not accepting instructions on all cases that are subject to a representation order dated on or after 1st April 2018.
  • Farringdon Chambers are delighted to announce the arrival of Miss Melanie Winter and Mr William Chipperfield in line with chambers continued expansion policy.
  • Well done to Natalie Csengeri of Farringdon Chambers, instructed by PILU/Lambeth Law Centre, one of the junior counsel in the cases which successfully challenged the Home Office's unlawful and discriminatory policy of systematically verifying, detaining and removing EU rough sleepers. News articles below:


Farringdon Chambers  has now responded to the MOJ's AGFS consultation.

Click here to download the full response.

  • New Members Join Farringdon chambers. We are delighted to announce:
- Mr John Lucas 1998 call has accepted an invitation to join chambers
- Miss Maya Chopra has accepted an offer of Tenancy
- Mr Neil Matthews has accepted an offer of Tenancy

Farringdon Chambers has today (23/02/2017) released comprehensive fee comparison data that shows an overall cut of 24.5% to fee income as a result of the proposed changes to AGFS.

The data represents a full year examination of granular billing data, looking at the original AF1, PPE, specifics of the case type to decide micro-banding, PTPHs, sentences and SAFs, and special preparation. Every exercise of this nature may be prone to some error; but we believe that this level of detail is more than the LAA can and did provide for modelling of the new system, and our figures are as robust and accurate as possible.

The data is derived from 8 representative Counsel at Farringdon Chambers, ranging from newly qualified barristers having just completed pupillage, right up to 20+ years call. The case mix ranges from predominantly PTPH, standard appearance and Magistrates’ Court appeals, right through to sex cases, paper-heavy frauds and drugs cases.

Farringdon, like many others, are concerned about the effects the proposals will have on the very junior end of the bar. We have therefore also compiled a comparison table of the types of offences that may usually be covered by very junior barristers at guilty pleas and cracks. The table shows that the very junior bar are clearly worse off when covering these guilty pleas and cracked trials, especially where (as with many offences), current higher-level offences are re-classified as “standard” and paid at very low rates, and the definition of a “crack” is re-defined. We also note that the original proposals by the Bar Council[1] to have two levels of “standard” case (basic and enhanced, based on PPE) appear to have been abandoned in the current proposals.

Please click below to download a copy of our fee analysis

  1. - paragraphs 31.6 to 31.9 and 34.


Elizabeth Lambert representing the third applicant in R v AB, CD and EF [2017] EWCA Crim 534 successfully argued along with applicants 1 and 2 that the prosecution was invalid in this case, because it was brought by the respondent Local Authority acting outside of its section 222 powers (s.222 Local Government Act 1972).

The Court of Appeal agreed, and held that the Local Authority could not reasonably have thought that it was expedient for the promotion or protection of the interests of the inhabitants of the area to prosecute the appellants. This case should have been brought by the CPS bearing in mind the public interest considerations. The case involved an alleged £4m fraud on the Legal Aid Agency by a firm of immigration solicitors.

The court made it clear that, for the requirements of section 222 to be met, the alleged criminality must have an actual or potential impact on the inhabitants of the Local Authority’s particular area (above and beyond their interests as citizens of the UK).

The Court of Appeal also deprecated the use of a private financial memorandum of understanding between the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) and the Local Authority as to the funding of the prosecution by the LAA, and the distribution of any confiscation proceeds as “incentivisation payments” (part of which would have benefitted the Local Authority as the prosecuting agency in the event of convictions).

This is the first reported case in modern times where a successful section 222 point has been taken.

  • Ann Cotcher QC and Chris Whitehouse get hung jury in "Panorama" expose of Student Visa Scandal case at Southwark Crown Court - case lasted 8 weeks - re-trial May 2017 everyone else convicted.
  • Ann Cotcher QC and Martin McCarthy secure acquittal in "Operation Aquamarine" at Southwark Crown Court. Extremely complex fraud investigation spanning 6 years.
  • Martin McCarthy and Fiona Lamb secure acquittal in ‘boiler room’ fraud at Southwark Crown Court.

Martin McCarthy, leading Fiona Lamb, instructed by Faradays Solicitors, secured an acquittal on a single count of Conspiracy to defraud after seven weeks in trial. The case concerned the overpricing and selling of coloured diamonds to vulnerable investors amounting to profits for the fraudsters in the region of £1.5m.

  • MURDER ACQUITTAL: Claire Davies led by QC secured acquittal in Murder trial at the Old Bailey.

Claire Davies instructed by Imran Khan and Partners represented the second defendant in an alleged joint enterprise murder, he was acquitted of murder and conspiracy to do GBH and convicted of conspiracy to do ABH. The defendants had been said to be acting in revenge for the robbery of one of their drug runners the day before.