A person who pleads their client’s case in a court of law.

One who speaks on behalf of another.

St Edmund Chambers supports the work of Cathy McCulloch and Steve Nelson. Both are highly effective and experienced Criminal Defence Barristers.

Cathy has particular skill in acting in criminal cases where any of the parties or witnesses are vulnerable or young. She is in demand nationally, particularly in criminal cases relating to alleged sex offences. The 2016 “50 Shades of Grey” incest case is an example.

Steve joined Chambers in January 2023, having been a Crown Court Defence Advocate (HCA) since 2001. He founded and ran his own Criminal Defence Solicitors Practice for 30 years prior to his transfer to the Bar in November 2022. Steve is a Barrister who knows the system from all angles – all the way from the Police Station to the Central Criminal Court.

Counsel apply the law with a clarity and passion which is both forceful and highly effective.

Counsel provide advice and advocacy throughout England and Wales in the following areas:

  • International Criminal Law
  • Sexual Offences (including sexual assault and statutory rape). Rape accredited
  • Homicide and attempted murder
  • Fraud and Financial cases (including DWP, Criminal Insolvency, PoCA)
  • Robbery, Burglary, Blackmail, Theft (including theft from employer/breach of trust)
  • Any matter involving vulnerable parties including
    Youths, clients with mental health issues, clients requiring intermediaries, and clients on the autism spectrum
  • Firearms and Weapons
  • Military Law and Courts Martial
  • Drugs Offences (including high value importation)
  • Traffic Law
  • Appeals against Conviction and/or Sentencing

Chambers employs a dedicated clerk with considerable administrative experience. This ensures that outstanding advocacy is backed up by thorough and meticulous administration.

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