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Kenworthy’s Chambers’ Criminal Law Team Legal 500 Rankings

Kenworthy's Chambers | October 11, 2022

We are proud to announce that Kenworthy’s Chambers’ Criminal Law Team has made the rankings in the world’s leading legal directory, the Legal 500.

Within the field of general crime and fraud, Kenworthy’s Chambers now has eight leading juniors! A new record for the set, which in turn has helped contribute to a record total of 18 Barristers being ranked by Legal 500!

In their assessment of Kenworthy’s Criminal Law Team, Legal 500 said: “The chambers are an excellent set, with a wealth of experience in Criminal matters. They also have excellent availability of counsel. Kenworthy’s has a broad base in different disciplines. There is a particularly strong criminal team who are regularly instructed on the Northern and neighbouring circuits.”

Adding, “In particular, there is a strong presence in the west and east midlands.

The Legal 500 goes on to highlight our Barristers’ expertise, saying: “The members of Kenworthy’s Chambers have significant expertise across a wide range of criminal matters, including multi-handed defence and prosecution cases involving drug-related conspiracies, mortgage fraud, murder, baby-shaking and gangland crimes, as well as serious sex and historic sex offences and regulatory crime.”

“Kenworthy’s Chambers are able to offer a wide range of expertise. They have a good knowledge of Mental Health Law which is able to inform and strengthen other departments such as Crime, whereby the defendant suffers from a mental disorder.”

“The set is also home to Denise Fitzpatrick, who has an established practice and is active in cases of fraud and sexual offences.”

This year Denise Fitzpatrick has been recognised by the Legal 500 as a Tier 1 Criminal Barrister yet again.

The Legal 500 heaped praise on her saying: “Denise is a great barrister. She has a very calming approach and influence.

“She is beyond thorough, and nothing is too much trouble for her. Her eye for detail is remarkable.

“Clients relate to her and often comment that they have the utmost confidence and faith in her and her abilities.” High praise indeed.

Another Criminal Barrister to receive high praise, along with a Tier 1 ranking is our Head of Chambers, Barry Grennan.

“Barry Grennan specialises in criminal defence and has acted on cases involving death by dangerous driving, firearms and multi-handed fraud cases.”

Legal 500 added to this saying, “Barry is committed, thorough and always has an excellent grasp of his brief. He is excellent with clients and an outstanding advocate. Particularly effective at addressing the jury.”

Patrick Cassidy also has a defence-based practice, handling inner city gun crime and police misconduct cases.”

Legal 500 ranked Patrick Cassidy again this year, reporting that: “Patrick is a natural defence advocate. He has fine antennae for detecting the weaknesses in any prosecution.

“In cases where the reputation of the police is at stake, he is a first choice.

“His advocacy is hallmarked by an easy charm; he communicates superbly, and his submissions are fortified by his vast experience in this field.”

Leading Juniors who were also ranked for their work in Criminal Law, include Sara Haque and David Morton.

It is apparent that, as Legal 500 stated, “Kenworthy’s Chambers have a great set of Barristers.” Both Stephen Tettey and Waheed Baber made the rankings, with Legal 500 declaring, “Waheed is a great Advocate.”

Criminal Barrister Chudi Grant was also favoured by the legal directory. Legal 500 revealed that: “Chudi is able to easily connect with clients and establish an effective relationship with them.

“He prepares cases to the highest standard and ensures nothing is left to the last minute.

“He is a very organised and motivated individual and his passion for criminal law really shines through.

“Chudi is able to easily engage with a variety of different clients covering a whole host of offences.

“He is always staying in contact with the Solicitors to ensure that all parties are fully aware and involved throughout the process.”

Legal 500 also praised the Clerking Team at Kenworthy’s Chambers, describing them as “a cohesive team of Clerks who are headed by a very experienced Practice Manager, Maria Rushworth.” Adding, “Particular commendation to the unflappable Paul Mander as Senior Criminal Clerk.”

Finally, the Legal 500 noted that “Chambers offers many training courses throughout the year to ensure people are kept up to date with the latest changes or amendments to the law.”

If you are looking to get some CPD points by undertaking a legal training course, be sure to check out Kenworthy’s Events Page for an up to date list of upcoming seminars.

If you have a criminal case, you need advice or advocacy for, call our Criminal Clerks Paul Mander and Greg Highton on 0161 832 4036, email [email protected], [email protected], or fill out our contact form.