We will prosecute or defend every type of case at every level, from the magistrates’ courts to the Supreme Court.
Park Square Barristers has an outstanding and very large criminal team. Our barristers offer breadth and depth of expertise across all types of criminal offence, including niche specialisms, and many have national reputations. We provide a full range of advocacy and advisory services, from pre-charge advice through to appeal, enforcement and post-sentencing issues, and can offer guidance from the first hearing to the conclusion of a case.
“Park Square Barristers is unparalleled in terms of fraud expertise” – The Legal 500, 2016
“Particularly highly regarded for crime… regularly instructed to prosecute and defend cases of the utmost gravity and complexity both on and off circuit…”
– The Legal 500 (on our team from Sovereign Chambers), 2015
“Highly regarded for its experience in cases involving serious sexual offences.”
– The Legal 500 (on our team from No 6), 2015
Park Square Barristers is ‘an impressive set with a great deal of experience’; its crime team includes six silks, and has 23 Grade 4 CPS prosecutors and 27 members who are on the panel to prosecute rape and other serious sexual offences. Members deal with the full gamut of offences, ranging from fraud and terrorism to murder and drugs importation cases. In 2014, Craig Hassall prosecuted six members of a family in a case concerning industrial-scale immigration fraud. – See more at The Legal 500 (2015)
Highest levels of service
As a very large set with one of the biggest support teams on the circuit, we offer unrivalled levels of responsiveness and service. We have 4 dedicated crime clerks, so you’ll always be able to speak to someone. We can cover any hearing at short notice. You won’t need to go elsewhere with cases which cross into other specialisms, substitutions, or return of work. And we can make life easier with streamlined bookings and billing.
Size of the team
We offer strength in numbers, from the most senior practitioners to very talented juniors:
- 71 criminal barristers, including 7 criminal silks
- 23 Grade-4 Prosecutors
- 27 barristers on the RASSO panel
- 16 barristers sitting as criminal Recorders.
33 of our former crime team members have been appointed to the judiciary.
Our team of criminal barristers, led by Tim Capstick, deals with offences from murder and manslaughter to terrorism, serious violence, rape and other sexual offences (including historical), public disorder, dishonesty, large-scale conspiracies, extensive frauds, drugs and technical road traffic issues, plus the more unusual offences dealt with by the specialist prosecuting agencies. We also have specialisms in asset forfeiture, confiscation, cash detention and restraint issues.
We are well-known for our work on behalf of many government departments, including HMRC, BIS, NHS Protect and the Environment Agency. We have barristers on panels for CPS Specialist Fraud, POCA, Serious Organised Crime and the Serious Fraud Office. We handle a large number of significant prosecutions, particularly serious frauds (including tax and duty frauds) and especially multi-handed, complex cases. For where there is cross-over, we have also broad experience in regulatory crime.
We pride ourselves on our approachability, informality and responsiveness. Our barristers also have well-deserved reputations for sensitivity to the needs of both professional and lay clients, including the youngest and most vulnerable members of society.
Our barristers work in Leeds and Bradford, with a strong presence in Hull, Grimsby and York and some work in Sheffield, Teesside, and Newcastle. We increasingly work off-circuit.
Lecturing & training
Our criminal team offers an excellent series of lectures and other guidance on diverse aspects of criminal law and practice, including recent changes to legislation. We will provide tailored training on any issue of assistance to solicitors’ firms and prosecuting authorities.