Archie Manby

Call: 2023


Archie Manby joined chambers in 2024 and has a busy practice defending and prosecuting in London and on the South Eastern, Western and Midlands circuits. Prior to joining chambers Archie worked at a criminal defence solicitors firm for 5  years and as a solicitor advocate for 3 of those years. As such Archie has a wealth of experience when it comes to defence work in the Magistrates, Youth and Crown Court. Archie is now a grade 1 prosecutor and is building a thriving prosecution practice.

His background as a solicitor means his client care is exemplary and he knows the importance of a strong working relationship between counsel and instructing solicitor. He is vulnerable witness accredited and has experience with s.28 pre-recorded cross examination. He also spent much of his time as a solicitor dealing with matters in the Youth Court and had a strong reputation with both the courts and the Youth Offending Service.

One recent client who he assisted in having the serious matters he faced in the Crown Court discontinued gave the following assessment:

‘From the moment I met Archie, I was impressed by his expertise and coherence through his explanations of the case. You can tell that Archie has a passion and dedication for a deep understanding of law, leaving no stone unturned when conducting his case assessment. Once again, I could not recommend Archie enough.’


  • R v M – Woolwich Crown Court (2023)

Five week trial involving four defendants all charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

  • R v B – Woolwich Crown Court (2023)

Sexual assault of a child trial involving the pre-recorded cross examination of the vulnerable complainant.

  • R v C – Snaresbrook Crown Court (2023)

Seven day s.18 GBH multi-handed trial involving the cross examination of 5 eyewitnesses.

  • R v S – Inner London Crown Court (2023)

Four day possession with intent to supply class A drugs case where client was alleged to be seen discarding parcel of drugs by police. Unanimously acquitted.

  • R v E – Harrow Crown Court (2023)

Multi-handed 9 day trial where co-defendant and E were accused of Kidnapping and falsely imprisoning co-defendant’s mother and also criminal damage. E unanimously acquitted of all three counts.

  • R v C – Woolwich Crown Court (2022)

Three day trial for possession of counterfeit currency. Client unanimously acquitted.

  • R v R – Woolwich Crown Court (2022)

R had been convicted in the Magistrates Court of threatening his neighbour with a knife. He appealed the case to the Crown Court. Archie obtained previously unused evidence and utilised it to have R’s conviction quashed at Woolwich Crown Court.

  • R v O – Maidstone Magistrates Court (2022)

O allegedly failed to provide a specimen for a drink drive procedure. Argued at trial that  due to the police throwing away the mouthpiece, the bench could not be sure it was due to client’s failure. Acquitted.

  • R v A – Bromley Magistrates Court (2021)

A was a youth when alleged incident occurred, accused of common assault. Secured acquittal for A at trial after successfully discrediting the prosecution witnesses in cross examination.

  • R v M – Highbury Corner Magistrates Court (2020)

M faced charge of theft at trial. Successful half time submission of no case to answer on the basis that officer’s ID evidence was inadmissible due to lack of continuity with the exhibited photograph he was relying on.


  • Philosophy and Politics BSc., 2:1 – University of Bristol
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, commendation – University of Law
  • Legal Practice Course LLM, Commendation – Nottingham Law School


13 May 2024

2KBW welcomes a new Member of Chambers

After a probationary period 2KBW is delighted that Archie Manby has accepted an offer of tenancy with Chambers. He is a welcome addition to...


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