Barristers and solicitor advocates

Membership of this organisation is not based on any form of quality control of the chambers applying to join. Consequently we do not act as a referral agency for those seeking legal representation for appeals or CCRC applications and we cannot guarantee the quality of the work undertaken by any members of this association. Clearly any cadvocate joining CALA has an interest in and a commitment to appellate work.  Barristers have their chambers included under their name.

David Emanuel QC

Garden Court Chambers

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David is a specialist criminal appeals lawyer with an extensive practice advising convicted defendants on the merits of out of time appeals against conviction and sentence. He regularly appears in the Court of Appeal.  He has succeeded on a number of occasions in overturning convictions where trial counsel has advised there are no grounds of appeal. Most recently in November 2019 in a case where the trial judge had failed to give a distress direction.


He has also had a number of cases referred to the Court of Appeal after drafting applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission, including four murders (most recently in May 2020) and the high-profile rape conviction of the professional footballer Ched Evans who he also represented in the Court of Appeal and at his retrial.  In 2014, he appeared in the Supreme Court in the leading authority on post-conviction disclosure and in 2018 he successfully obtained permission to judicially review the CCRC for not referring a a 2004 murder conviction.


David advises on all types of appeal related work regardless of its seriousness and is registered with the Bar Council to undertake public access work, meaning he can be instructed directly by members of the public in appropriate cases.


Claire Mawer
2 Bedford Row Chambers


Claire defends in all areas of crime and has a developing appellate practice. In the last two years she has appeared in both the CACD and Divisional Court. Prior to being called to the bar Claire worked as a paralegal for firms such as Birnberg Peirce, where she gained experience of prison law, immigration and public law.


In 2018 Claire successfully represented the Appellant in the leading case of DPP v Oraki [2018] 1 Cr. App. R. 27. Claire’s work in this case involved successfully resisting an application by the Crown for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court. This case is now the leading authority concerning a defendant’s entitlement to advance self-defence or defence of another on a charge of Obstruct / Assault PC, where an officer is acting within their duty.


Claire’s interest in appellate crime stems from her long-term membership (since 2009) of Justice for Women (JfW): a high-profile pro-bono group who represent women appealing murder convictions in circumstances where a violent male partner has been killed.  Claire’s work has involved assisting leading counsel in the appeals of Stacey Hyde and Farieissia Marti


Farrhat Arshad

Doughty Street Chambers


Farrhat Arshad is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. She specialises in criminal appeal work. She is experienced in both appeals against conviction and sentence and in particular has appeared in numerous appeals against life imprisonment and Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP). She also undertakes appeals by way of case stated to the High Court.

Farrhat can take public access instructions in appeal cases.


Tom Wainwright

Garden Court Chambers

Tom Wainwright has a solid track record of getting convictions quashed and sentences reduced where previous Counsel had advised there was no merit and where the Single Judge has refused leave. He is more than happy to take instructions pro bono in relation to the merits of making renewed applications. Tom is Treasurer of the Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association Committee. Tom’s notable cases include: R v McNally [2013] 2 Cr. App. R. 28: Leading case on ‘deception’ as to gender and consent; R v Dale [2011] EWCA Crim 1675: Failure to admit expert evidence;  R v Bassett (2009) 1 Cr App R 7: Leading case on voyeurism;  R v Barrowes [2010] EWCA Crim 1293: Defective summing up on identification; R v Court [2012] 1 Cr. App. R. 36: Definition of ‘Keeping a Disorderly House’.


Felicity Gerry QC

Libertas Chambers

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Felicity Gerry QC is admitted to the lists of counsel at the ICC and KSC in The Hague, in England and Wales and Australia (Victoria and the High Court Roll). She currently has a particular focus on Appellate work. 


Felicity has a particular interest in the law on complicity (“joint enterprise”): She led an Amicus Curiae Brief in the ICTY  on JCEIII liability. She was leading counsel in R v Jogee [2016] UKSC 8 which corrected an error of law known as Parasitic Accessorial Liability. She led similar appeals Hong Kong and Australia. She also led appeals in R v Lewis [2017] EWCA Crim 1734 which clarified the law on joint principalship and in R v Rebelo[2019] EWCA Crim 633 which clarified the law on manslaughter. Most recently she has drafted petitions for mercy on behalf of those affected by miscarriages of justice and who remain in prison.


She is keen to help all those affected by the injustice that is created by the ‘substantial injustice’ test. Her other major area of interest is human trafficking / modern slavery. She has a long history of dealing with such cases, including in jurisdictions with the death penalty. She is currently instructed in an appeal against conviction to the Court of Appeal of England and Wales  on behalf of a trafficked person.


Henry Blaxland QC

Garden Court Chambers

Henry Blaxland QC is widely recognised as a leading criminal silk whose practice encompasses fraud, terrorism and homicide cases. He is often instructed in appellate matters.

Henry has practised in criminal defence work for his entire career at the Bar. His principal areas of work now comprise fraud, with a specialism in confiscation, and terrorist cases with an international dimension. He is widely known for his appellate practice, acting in cases referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC). He also appears for appellants in extradition cases.


Rebecca Trowler QC

Doughty Street Chambers

Rebecca Trowler QC has been described in Chambers and Partners as being ‘in a league of her own’. She has extensive experience in criminal appeals including in the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. For a list of significant appeals in which she has been instructed see the profile on her chambers website by clikcing the link on her name.


Paul Taylor QC

Doughty Street Chambers

Paul specialises in criminal appeals. He is the head of the Doughty Street Chambers Criminal Appeals Unit, and the editor of Taylor on Criminal Appeals - the leading practitioners’ textbook dealing with procedural aspects of criminal appeals and review. 

Paul regularly represents appellants before the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) (being instructed at the appellate stage). He has appeared before the Privy Council, in capital and other appeals from the Caribbean, and has extensive experience in drafting submissions to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

Paul was appointed a Recorder in 2019.

He is licenced under the Direct Access Scheme and can accept instructions directly from members of the public in appropriate cases


Katy Thorne QC

Doughty Street Chambers

Katy has a fantastic record in the Court of Appeal. She has a particular interest in:

  • sentencing;

  • sexual offences, including historic abuse;

  • cases involving experts, in particular medical experts; and

  • homicide where the defendant was under 18.

She has experience in Strasbourg, having represented Arthur Hutchinson in the Grand Chamber in relation to whole life terms.

She has published a book: Mason's Forensic Medicine for Lawyers (Bloomsbury)

Lucie Wibberley

Garden Court Chambers

Lucie is a specialist criminal defence practitioner with particular experience of and expertise in appellate work, serious violence, high value fraud/regulatory, confiscation, drugs and sexual offences. She is a formidable, meticulous and intelligent criminal advocate, with great presence in court.


Lucie engages well with a jury but is also persuasive in technical legal argument before a judge. Outside of court she has a calm and reassuring manner with lay clients; she inspires confidence.

Lucie is a committee member of CALA.


Sophie Walker 

1 Pump Court Chambers

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Sophie is an experienced appeals practitioner, having previously spent five years as a US Attorney representing death row prisoners, and three years as a solicitor, before being called to the Bar in 2016.


Sophie has a particular interest in fresh evidence appeals.  In 2014, Sophie became the founding director of the Centre for Criminal appeals, a not-for-profit law firm that sought to overturn miscarriages of justice.  She has experience in taking cases to the Criminal Case Review Commission, drawing on her work in the United States conducting investigation on death penalty cases.  In 2017, she co-authored a chapter on investigation in criminal appeals in the Criminal Appeals Handbook (Bloomsbury Professional)


James Wood QC

Doughty Street Chambers 

Called in 1975, I have been involved in fighting miscarriages of justice all my career. From West Midland Serious Crime Squad, through the Birmingham 6 and the Bridgwater 4, to the current day. I took silk in 1999. In recent years I have been involved in numerous trials and appeals from terrorism to homicide, drugs and gangland violence. 

Dominic Thomas

25 Bedford Row Chambers



Dominic Thomas is a barrister specialising in homicide cases. He accepts direct access work.


Dominic was one of the first barrister members of CALA. He is an ex-committee member, and has represented CALA on the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) Court Users’ Group.


Dominic regularly acts for defendants who wish to have their convictions reviewed. His notable appeal cases include Christopher Hunnisett, whose conviction murder was overturned and whose acquittal on retrial was reported in the national media.


Paramjit Ahluwalia

Lamb Building Chambers


Paramjit Ahluwalia (BA Oxon, call 2002) is a barrister with a practice predominantly concerning murder, firearms, drugs, County Lines and modern slavery. The Observer (culture) January 2019 named her as a ‘new talent, rising star’ in ‘representing society’s most vulnerable.’  


She is a contributing author to the chapter on Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Immigration Offences in Blackstone’s Criminal Practice 2020. Paramjit has successfully represented as fresh counsel, obtaining overturning of convictions 9 years out of time. She has been involved in a number of appeals concerning victims of domestic abuse and has campaigned for legislative change with Prison Reform Trust.  

Daniel Bunting

2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings

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Dan is a highly experienced appellate advocate with extensive experience in taking cases to the Court of Appeal in both conviction and sentence cases. This includes many where he did not appear at first instance and a previous advocate has advised against an appeal. 


Although he has a particular interest in immigration offences, he has taken cases in many different areas to the Court of Appeal (often on a CCRCC reference). Examples of some cases can be seen on his profile. 

Sam Parham

Garden Court Chambers


Sam Parham is a busy criminal defence practitioner, regularly instructed in serious cases.


He has an expertise in human trafficking cases and the operation of the statutory defence for victims of trafficking under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. He advises on a wide range of appellate cases, conviction and sentence in historic cases.  

Matthew Scott

Pump Court Chambers

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Matthew has represented appellants in a number of successful appeals against conviction in the Court of Appeal in recent years, including MA [2019] EWCA Crim 178 (marital rape), Dixon [2020] EWCA Crim 849 (fresh medical evidence in child sex case) and R [2021] EWCA Crim 262 (historic sex allegations from 1970s).  In others such as SJ [2019] EWCA Crim 1570 (use of counsellor as expert witness) he has been entirely unsuccessful.