Crime is our core area of practice, providing specialist advocates who prosecute and defend in trials (and all other criminal proceedings) in all courts up to the House of Lords and Supreme Court, from the most serious, complex and high-profile to everyday cases in the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Courts.    

We are able to offer excellence and expertise at all levels with an outstanding team of QC's and junior barristers, including Standing Counsel to HM Revenue and Customs.

Our work encompasses the most serious, complex and high-profile criminal cases: murder, terrorism, corporate manslaughter, serious sexual offences and serious organised crime, including major drugs conspiracies and armed robberies.

Serious Fraud

We are frequently instructed to prosecute and defend in complicated serious fraud and money-laundering cases, including those involving multiple jurisdictions, together with consequential Proceeds of Crime Act and asset recovery proceedings.

Our barristers offer expertise in a range of services from advisory work to representation at trial : they are experienced in managing complex cases including those which overlap with civil and commercial law. Areas covered include criminal money laundering, excise duty, direct and indirect taxation, asset restraint and forfeiture, NHS and medical fraud, corporate fraud, bribery and corruption, counterfeit goods, financial services, intellectual property and trading standards.

Important issues of disclosure, public interest immunity and abuse of process often arise in such cases and members of chambers are well versed in dealing with them from all perspectives. 

In addition to their general caseload, some of our members have developed particular experience in specialist areas of crime.   To see a list of members by specialist areas, follow the links below :

Serious fraud and money laundering

Sexual offences


Fraud on the public purse

Road Traffic

We believe that the combination of our legal and technical expertise makes us the chambers of choice in all areas of criminal work for both private and publicly funded clients.

Members of the team are registered with the Bar Council to accept instructions directly from members of the public, companies or other organisations under the Public Access scheme – please see the Public Access section of this website for further information.

Citadel is regularly recognised in Chambers & Partners Guide to the UK Bar :  '... excellent work in crime' (2012) ,  ' of the great sets for criminal work' (2013),  and in the Legal 500 guide -  '... well known for their expertise in serious fraud and sexual offence cases' (2014).

Head of the Criminal Team is Martin Butterworth.