Overview

6KBW College Hill has held a pre-eminent position in criminal law for over 70 years. We have been at the forefront of the expansion of the criminal law into related areas of public and civil law. Our chambers includes many of the leading practitioners in their fields.

Our chambers includes many of the leading practitioners in their fields

We act in many of the most significant, sensitive, and high-profile cases heard in the UK, Europe, and around the world. Many of the landmark cases in crime, extradition, and the proceeds of crime have been argued by our members.

History

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6KBW College Hill was established in the 1930s. During World War II, work was disrupted when members were called up to serve. In the mid 1940s, chambers regrouped under the leadership of John Buzzard QC. Housed at 6 King’s Bench Walk in the Inner Temple for some 50 years, we moved to our current address on College Hill in June 2013: hence “6KBW College Hill”.

Post-war, chambers established itself as a leading set in the fields of criminal and public law. John Buzzard appeared in some of the most notable criminal trials and appeals of the time, and was a preeminent extradition lawyer. Fellow member, John Leonard became a dominant force in crime-related judicial review.

In the 1970s and 1980s chambers went from strength to strength, counting among its members some of the leading advocates of their generation. In 1981, one of our members, Ann Curnow, became the first woman to be appointed Senior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court.

Our commitment to scholarship

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Our commitment to academic scholarship and publication is long-standing.

In the 1960s, John Buzzard QC became a leading contributor to Archbold, Criminal Pleading, Evidence and Practice, and a co-author of Phipson on Evidence. In 1973, another member of chambers, Stephen Mitchell became Archbold’s General Editor, a role he fulfilled until 1988.

This legacy is ingrained in 6KBW College Hill today. David Perry QC serves as the General Editor of Blackstone’s Criminal Practice, to which numerous members of chambers contribute. We publish regularly in the Criminal Law Review and other leading journals, as well as responding to Law Commission publications, and contributing to practitioner texts. You can read more about our publications here.

Former members and associates

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Former members of 6KBW College Hill include a number of members of the judiciary and figures in public life:

  • Sir David Green CB, QC, Director of the Serious Fraud Office
  • Senior District Judge (Chief Magistrate) Arbuthnot
  • Bruce Houlder CB QC, former Director of Service Prosecutions
  • Roy Amlot QC, former Chairman of the Bar
  • The Hon. Mr Justice Sweeney
  • His Hon. Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC, the Recorder of London
  • Her Hon. Judge Wendy Joseph QC
  • His Hon. Judge Anthony Leonard QC
  • Her Hon. Judge Joanna Korner CMG QC
  • His Hon. Judge Mark Dennis QC
  • His Hon. Judge Chris Hehir
  • District Judge Annabel Pilling
  • District Judge Kwame Inyundo

We also count among our associates a number of leading practitioners in foreign jurisdictions, including particularly strong links with Hong Kong, Mauritius, the Cayman Islands and Gibraltar.