KBG Chambers Criminal Team are ranked Tier 3 in the Legal 500 2024 Edition
KBG Chambers is widely regarded as a ‘strong set in the South West‘ for criminal work.
Nicholas Lewin is a ‘brilliant barrister‘ with considerable experience in Crown Court cases - he has a track record of defendants with mental health issues and intermediary needs and, notably, is a retired naval officer with Court Martial experience. Katie Churcher’s practice is evenly split between defence and prosecution work - she is regularly instructed in cases involving serious violence, allegations of historic sexual abuse, and major drug offences and recently acted for the defence in a complex case concerning the rape of a teenage girl by a man previously sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Michael Brown‘s experience includes cases involving rape, firearms offences, drug conspiracies, armed robbery, blackmail, and false imprisonment, while ‘formidable trial advocate‘ Ali Rafati is a ‘standout‘ on the Western Circuit for his experience in serious sexual or violent offending, as well as complex drugs and fraud cases.
Ali Rafati – Tier 2 - ‘Ali is a formidable trial advocate and a standout barrister in his field in the South West. He is particularly effective in cross-examination of witnesses at trial and in closing speeches to the jury. His knowledge of the law and application to any case is second to none.'
Michael Brown – Tier 2 – ‘A compelling and charismatic advocate who can adapt to every professional and lay client. He is able to explain the most complex points in understandable and relatable language and builds relationships with lay clients from any walk of life.'
Nicholas Lewin – Tier 3 - ‘Nick is a brilliant barrister; he is tenacious and will go above and beyond what you might expect of counsel. He is also a big personality and clients love his directness and sense of humour.'
Katie Churcher – Tier 3 - ‘One of her strengths is her ability to communicate with vulnerable defendants. She is also excellent in cross-examination.'
‘Colin Palmer is the best clerk in the business and goes above and beyond.’
A good service from the clerks room. Rebecca Shepherd and Colin Palmer are standout clerks in this chambers.’
‘KBG is a great set, not one bad barrister amongst them.’
‘KBG Chambers is a strong set in the South West. They have a broad depth of suitable, experienced and talented counsel to instruct in any criminal case.’
‘Excellent strength in depth.’‘A strong clerks room which functions well.’