Those specialising in criminal law at KBW are the largest group within Chambers, and include six King’s Counsel. Head of the team is Rupert Doswell.
KBW Chambers is recognised by the legal directories as being home to a number of leading criminal law barristers.
Members ‘regularly handle an even mix of prosecution and defence work including matters involving multi-handed murder, corporate manslaughter and complex financial crime.’ Legal 500 
A ‘well balanced criminal group which includes well-regarded barristers at all levels of seniority.’ Legal 500 
We are proud to continue to act in publicly-funded criminal cases on behalf of the prosecution or the defence. We take this work very seriously. We believe we provide the best quality advocacy available and we strive to do so with the efficiency which is rightly demanded in the modern legal world.
The quality and dedication of those who specialize in criminal law at KBW is also in demand beyond publicly-funded prosecution and defence work. This includes not only advising and representing those able privately to finance their own defence in criminal cases, but also other areas where criminal expertise is invaluable such as advising commercial lay clients on the criminal aspects of commercial disputes and sports-related disciplinary proceedings.
It is a central guiding principle that justice rightly demands that everyone is entitled to a fair hearing, and to the best advice and representation possible, whether the case is complex, serious and high-profile, or not so serious and relatively simple.
Equally, crime, more than any other area of the law, directly involves people. Each member of the criminal group has always been committed to the important and increasingly recognized principle that those involved in the criminal process are first and foremost people, many of whom are vulnerable and need particular care. Chambers has a long history of acting in cases involving those who are vulnerable, whether children or young persons, the elderly or infirm, or those with special needs of one sort or another. First-rate legal knowledge and highly skilled court advocacy do not take away from the need for common humanity and kindness.
Our approach is simple: to bring the professional ethos of specialist knowledge and skill into the modern world of serving our clients, whoever they are.
Team Head: Rupert Doswell
Deputy Head: Stephen Littlewood