Nigel Lambert QC

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Immediate Past Head of Chambers

Criminal Defence specialist with a particular emphasis upon very serious crime including large scale commercial fraud, terrorism, money laundering, murder, manslaughter and offences of violence, gangland killings and offences involving the use of firearms, serious sexual offence and child sexual abuse, drug trafficking offences and Courts Martial. Very regularly instructed to appear at the Central Criminal Court.

Ranked as a Leading Practitioner in Chambers and Partners 2012 - 2019. 

Noted in the 2019 Legal 500 for his “defence-focused practice which includes challenging terrorism and organised crime cases.”

Listed in 2015 Legal 500 in Crime: “Experienced in some of the most emotionally taxing cases.”

Expertise in terrorism law - very recently asked to advise in circumstances where a British National is said to have been closely connected with young persons seeking to enter Syria.

2016 - Successfully Defended  in the much publicised case of  Nyall Hamlett at the Central Criminal Court.  Mr Hamlett was acquitted of conspiracy to murder and preparation of acts of terrorism.  Operation Exactness has been “one of the most significant recent counter-terrorism investigations in the UK..... If successful, the plan would have created fear and panic amongst the communities of West London”.

Mr Hamlett and three others were all said to have been influenced by events in Syria and Iraq and inspired by an Islamic State fatwa, posted on You Tube by an IS spokesman, to kill disbelievers in the West.  It was alleged that their targets were the police, military or civilians – and the plan was to assassinate them in drive-by shootings - using a firearm with a silencer and then escape by moped undetected.

Has had a considerable number of serious cases stayed as an abuse of the process. 

Has notable expertise representing young and/or vulnerable offenders in cases where there are young Prosecution witnesses.

The attention to the smallest detail during the preparation of cases, the care taken with and time devoted to lay clients, coupled with powerful advocacy, have all become his hallmarks.

Professional recommendations

Ranked as leading practitioner in Crime - Chambers and Partners 2014 - 2019

Recommended as a QC in Crime and a "leader in his field"  - Chambers and Partners 2012 - 2019

Recommended by the “Legal 500”

Professional memberships

  • Member - Criminal Bar Association

  • Member – South Eastern Circuit

  • Member – Justice

  • Member -  Bar Council 1993 - 2000
  • Member – Fraud Lawyers Association

  • Past Chairman – North London Bar Mess

Sits as a Crown Court Recorder

Bencher of Gray’s Inn

Trained Advocacy Teacher

Winter 2012 – Lectured on Advocacy, Criminal Procedure and Vulnerable Witnesses to the Bermuda Bar and Judiciary.