Criminal Law

Wilberforce Chambers has an impressive and widely experienced Criminal Team practising locally. Our team ranges from newly appointed junior members starting out in their careers to the formidable and vastly experienced Bernard Gateshill who was called in 1972.

The Criminal Team is well represented at all levels of practice and has been involved in many nationally publicised high profile cases with members of Chambers acting as both leading juniors and junior counsel.

Examples include two lengthy care home cases involving complicated regulatory issues and an infamous nation-wide brothel/people trafficking case in which leading junior members of the Criminal Team successfully defended all 5 defendants who were acquitted at the re-trial stage following unusual developments and abuse of process arguments.

For the most serious cases the Criminal Team is fortunate to have the highly skilled services of Tim Roberts QC and Richard Wright QC leading silks on the North Eastern Circuit. 

The expertise of the Criminal Team has also been recognised by Chambers UK who have cited John Thackray as a 'Leader in Crime' for many years. Chambers UK describes him as a "highly capable, inspirational advocate".

Richard Thompson and Charlotte Baines also have excellent reputations for dealing with heavyweight crime. 

Chambers specialises in providing locally based representation working closely with solicitors in Hull and the surrounding area and with the Crown Prosecution Service.

The Criminal Team strives continually to improve the quality of its services and provides continuing education in a variety of specialist areas of criminal law both for the members of the Criminal Team and for its instructing solicitors.