2KBW are not accepting instructions to defend in cases where the Representation Order is granted on or after 1st April 2018 until further notice.
As such, we are supporting the action called for by the CBA and endorsed by sets of Chambers across England and Wales.
We hope that the need for action will soon pass and that there will be serious commitment by the government to invest properly in the criminal justice system, including advocacy fees, in order to provide a viable future for the criminal bar, with the recruitment and retention of talented individuals, from a wide range of backgrounds, to carry out this important work as well as providing a source of suitable candidates for judicial positions.
2KBW is a forward-thinking Chambers based in London and Portsmouth. Our members practise in the Courts of London, Thames Valley, the Midlands and much of the South.
The Head of Chambers, William Mousley QC, is the current Leader of the Western Circuit which is the traditional heartland of 2KBW.
Our areas of practice include criminal, family, civil, regulatory, employment, licensing and immigration law. A number of our members are accredited to accept instructions from Public Access clients.
Chambers has been established at 2 King’s Bench Walk in the Temple since 1953 and in 2013 expanded into 3 Guildhall Walk in Portsmouth. In 2017 2KBW merged with the Chambers of Marion Smullen at 1, Inner Temple Lane. This has increased the number of our members to seventy three, including three silks, and enabled us to enlarge our team of clerks who provide an efficient and friendly service.
Former tenants over the years include many members of the judiciary and a DPP. Two members have been appointed to the Circuit Bench since 2014. Present members include Recorders, Deputy District Judges and Treasury Counsel.
We welcome applications to join us from both senior and junior practitioners of ability in all fields in accordance with our plans for continuing expansion.