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36 Crime: An Introduction

36 Crime, the 36 Group's criminal law team, comprises more than 50 members, including 10 Queen’s Counsel. We are a committed and vibrant team providing the highest level of service in all we do. We are proud to call ourselves criminal specialists who defend and prosecute in equal measure. At the core of our practice is our specialist knowledge and advocacy.

Members appear throughout England and Wales and increasingly in other international jurisdictions. They provide outstanding legal knowledge, focused and timely advice, and robust and effective advocacy to individuals, corporates and government departments

Our barristers and clerking team, together, offer a professional and flexible service with a focus on building long term relationships.

Areas of Experience

Criminal Prosecution

Public - Chambers is committed to its prosecution work on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service and other Government agencies. Members of the team undertake prosecution work in the full range of cases.

Chambers is well represented on the CPS Specialist Advocate Panels and are regularly instructed by the International Justice and Organised Crime Division as well as the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division. We are particularly well represented on the RASSO panel. We are regularly instructed by Complex Casework Units to deal with large scale cases involving fraud, cyber enabled cases, drugs, modern slavery, trafficking, firearm offences and other serious and complex matters. We have a growing number of extradition panelists

We regularly provide advice, frequently at a very early or pre-charge stage, leading teams of prosecutors and investigators, advising upon the direction which an often long running investigation might take, case strategy, the formulation of charges, the obtaining and using of evidence, disclosure and PII, restraint and confiscation.

Private - Private prosecution is a growth area and presents particular challenges both for the prosecution and the defence. We have growing experience of advising and representing clients on both sides of private prosecutions.

Criminal Defence

We offer specialised and dedicated representation for defence clients at all levels of the Criminal Justice System.

We are regularly called upon to defend in cases of the utmost gravity. We have counsel available for areas of work where the defendant is better served by being represented by a specialist. This ranges from cases involving the perpetration of serious offences on the ‘Dark Web’ and the Cybercrime phenomenon (particularly fraud and sexual offences) to Trading Standards offences, Confiscations, Disciplinary and Regulatory work.

We accept instructions on both a privately funded and legal aid basis.


There is a strong international dimension to some of our work. Our team of extradition specialists (36 Extradition) regularly deal with this issue.  Members who have appeared in some of the most serious international war crimes trials of recent times in Europe, Africa and Asia. A former member of Chambers is now a sitting judge of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

We have an office in Singapore and associate tenants based in Dubai and Hong Kong

Direct Access

Several of our counsel are able to accept public access instructions should a client wish to instruct counsel directly, without first going through a solicitor. Please contact our clerks for further details and a cost projection.

Training, lecturing and writing

We deliver training on a regular basis to a variety of audiences. We use our seminar facilities in chambers, external venues or can bring our own projector and screen to your office. Recent topics include cybercrime, extradition, trading standards and sexual offences.

Members regularly write books and are contributing editors and editors for a variety of publications, journals and practitioners’ guides.