'Led by Anthony Davis, the team at Dere Street Barristers is active across the gamut of serious criminal cases, and reports an increase in instructions pertaining to serious sexual offences. In recent instructions of note, the 'extremely experienced and well-respected' Peter Makepeace QC led Daniel Cordey in the prosecution of two teenagers convicted of murdering a factory supervisor using a twenty-inch blade described in the press as a "samurai sword". Anne Richardson is sought after for her expertise in handling cases involving allegations of historic sexual abuse.' - The Legal 500 2022
An excellent set that garners praise for its "wide-range of skills and abilities" and its significant presence in Newcastle. The criminal team here is noted for its adroit handling of the full range of criminal proceedings. The team is well represented on CPS panels at all levels and has a particularly strong group of Grade 4 and RASSO Panel advocates - Chambers and Partners
Dere Street Barristers ‘has a number of heavy-hitting practitioners . . . .and stand out for their experience in particularly complex cases’ - Legal 500
The criminal team at Dere Street, headed by Anthony Davis, is one of the strongest on the North East Circuit. The team’s 3 silks and 30 junior barristers provide expertise across the entire field of criminal law throughout the region and beyond. Highly skilled advocates provide exceptional service in all criminal courts and sound, reliable advice at all stages of proceedings.
Work is undertaken fearlessly and compassionately by advocates who care about their cases. Dere Street barristers pride themselves on their integrity and will always put the interests of the client first. Even the most challenging of clients will receive a first class service and sound advice. The most difficult of trials will be fought with vigour.
Dere Street is well represented on CPS panels at all levels with a particularly strong group of Grade 4 and RASSO Panel advocates. Prosecutions are undertaken for various prosecuting authorities including RSPCA and Local Authorities across the region.
Barristers at the more junior end of the team are largely home grown. They have been mentored by the more experienced members of the team and benefit from the collegiate atmosphere in Dere Street.
The clerking team has a wealth of experience in clerking crime. Craig Mead, Joanne Brown and Nick Peto all have a long history with Dere Street and know their barristers well. With such strength and depth across the team the clerks are able to match clients to just the right barrister. They know the importance of maintaining a good and trusting relationship with professional clients and that the key to doing so is communication and a thorough understanding of the client’s requirements. They will all go the extra mile to meet those requirements.
Every member of the criminal team at Dere Street is committed to providing the highest level of service to both professional and lay clients. Conference facilities, including video conferencing, are available in Newcastle and York premises. Members of the team provide continuing professional development to fellow professionals by sharing their expertise.