“Westgate Chambers is home to a number of talented criminal barristers who handle the full range of criminal and regulatory cases. Members at the set have prosecuted and defended individuals in some of the biggest cases seen in Sussex and the surrounding area. Cases handled include serious sexual offences, fraud and homicide.”
Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide 2018
Client service: James Still is the senior clerk at the set.
Andrew Jefferies QC
Known for his work across the full range of serious crime. He has acted in cases which receive considerable national attention, and has managed to secure acquittals in many cases relating to severe crimes.
Strengths: “He keeps going from strength to strength. He gets good results and he works very hard.”
Continues to be instructed in highly complex and serious criminal cases, including murder, drug offences, child abduction and child sexual exploitation. He acts for both the prosecution and the defence, and has been instructed in a number of cases concerning road accidents and motor deaths.
Strengths: “He’s very meticulous, very careful and highly articulate.”
Recent work: Instructed in a case concerning a man charged with the sexual assault and attempted kidnapping of a woman at knife point.
An experienced and accomplished criminal barrister who is well known for his work across all areas of criminal law. He is a specialist in cases concerning white-collar fraud, firearms and animal welfare.
Strengths: “The way he dealt with the judge was very good, and he kept the jury involved very well. His closing speech was exceptional.”
Highly experienced advocate with a range of expertise in cases concerning serious violence, child and adult sexual offences and homicide. Handles cases as both prosecution and defence counsel.
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted a teacher charged with the rape of a 14-year-old student.
Known for the quality of her practice defending clients facing serious sexual offence charges. She is adept at handling vulnerable witnesses and defendants, and is also extremely strong in managing cases with an international aspect. Her work with nervous or vulnerable defendants is also praised.
Strengths: “She is really good. She is very fair and a really effective advocate.”
A versatile criminal barrister whose practice covers all areas of serious crime, from historic and current sexual offences to drug conspiracies. Acting for both the prosecution and defence in equal measure, she has an excellent record in cases concerning sexual offences.
Strengths: “Her preparation is very good and she is a very strong advocate.”
Handles a broad range of serious crime and fraud matters. A Grade 4 prosecutor, he also defends cases and can offer further assistance as a qualified mediator.
A specialist in defending cases relating to severe violence and sexual offences. He also regularly handles cases concerning money laundering and firearms possession.