A leading criminal set of chambers in the South West, Colleton Chambers is particularly well known for its strength in depth in areas of Regulatory Crime. We have considerable experience of both prosecuting and defending high profile regulatory breaches, providing us with a substantial body of knowledge within chambers.

Our barristers have a broad range of experience to enable excellent representation at all levels of general crime. We have several members who have achieved the highest level possible for a Prosecutor (Cat 4) and who have defended in the most serious of cases.

We are a friendly and approachable set of chambers, and that allows our junior members to benefit from the experience of more senior members. We appear in all criminal courts and tribunals including those in the appellate jurisdiction – to pursue Judicial Reviews, case stated hearings, appeals to the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, etc.

We also provide a comprehensive service at the Magistrates’ Court, and are able to offer a direct service to members of the public who wish to instruct a barrister without the additional expense of instructing a Solicitor.

James Taghdissian is the acting head of the Crime Team and can be contacted on 01392 274898.

Please see our members’ individual profiles for further information about their particular specialisms.

We routinely advise and represent clients in the following areas of criminal law:-

General Crime

From the most serious – murder, serious sexual offences, serious and complex fraud, drug trafficking, serious violence, firearms, etc to the less serious, but still of considerable importance to the client (e.g., road traffic offences, particularly where there is a risk of disqualification). As well as confiscation proceedings.

Regulatory Offences

  • Environmental
  • Trading Standards
  • Health and Safety
  • Farming/Fishing
  • Education
  • Street works


Civil Applications

  • Anti-Social Behaviour Orders
  • Closure Orders
  • Police Property Act proceedings
  • Sexual Offences Prevention Orders
  • Restraining Orders




Courts Martial

Legal Professional Privilege

Lectures and Seminars

We provide lectures in all the above areas, and are always happy to do so upon request to our team clerk, who can be contacted at or on 01392 274898.

How to Get in Touch

We are extremely well served by our dedicated criminal clerk Nikkie Browning. She can deal with any request, and may be contacted at or on 01392 274898

If you’re a member of the public and you want to instruct one of our barristers directly, either click on the individual barrister below, or complete the form on the public access page.

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