James Oliveira-Agnew represents client in landmark Court of Appeal Judgment

James Oliveira-Agnew was recently involved in what has been described as a landmark Court of Appeal Judgment. James represented a client in a specially convened Court of Appeal case chaired by LJ Fulford that dealt with the sentencing of sexual offenders. As a result of the case there will now be a consultation by the Sentencing Council who are seeking to regularise sentencing in this complex field.


Andrew Selby appointed as Queen’s Counsel

Lamb Building Chambers are delighted to announce that Andrew Selby has been successful in his application for silk. We offer our warmest congratulations to him on being appointed as Queen’s Counsel.

Ross Talbott is Appointed to Highest Level of the CPS Advocate Panel

We are delighted to announce that Ross Talbott has been appointed to Level Four, the highest level, of the CPS Advocate Panel. This appointment is recognition of Ross’ practice focusing on the most serious cases to come before the Courts.

Ross is also a member of the CPS Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Panel and sits as a Recorder.

Chambers are proud to be home to a number of barristers on the CPS Advocate Panels across all levels. For more information please contact us.

Lamb Building Leading Set/Individuals in Legal 500 Directory 2021

Lamb Building again had numerous groups and individuals cited in the 2021 edition of Legal 500 across Crime, Immigration, and Social Housing.

In Crime we are described as ‘a strong set…, with a number of strong juniors working in Sussex and the South East’ and it is said that ‘there is enough variety to cover almost every type of case and varying degree of complexity’. Ross Talbott is particularly praised.

In Immigration our group is a ‘formidable immigration team’ and ‘the set “genuinely cares about their clients”‘. Sandra Akinbolu, Bojana Asanovic, Emma Daykin, Eric Fripp and Keelin McCarthy are all included as Leading Juniors.

In Social Housing Matthew Lee is a Leading Junior, with ‘excellent judgment and… a pleasure to work with’.

In comments both Clerks and barristers are praised. Our Clerks are ‘extremely friendly and approachable with a can-do attitude. It is always excellent and they are a group of real problem solvers…’, ‘We have come to know the clerks as our own colleagues… We have reached a wavelength where we understand each others’ needs without much explanation.’ More broadly it is said ‘Lamb Building is respected among firms for its diversity and its friendly approach. They genuinely care about the clients and achieve excellent results acting for the best interests of the clients. We have held a long and friendly relationship with Lamb Building and instruct many of their barristers for the high-class work they produce and the well-respected representation which they provide to our clients.’

Chambers and Partners Directory 2021- Lamb Building

Lamb Building again had many citations in the 2021 edition of the Chambers and Partners Directory across Crime, Immigration, and Social Housing.

In Crime Bernard Richmond QC is a Leading Silk, Ross Talbott a Leading Junior and James Hay in the Up and Coming category.

In Immigration four members are named as Leading Juniors, Sandra Akinbolu, Bojana Asanovic, Emma Daykin, and Eric Fripp.

In Social Housing Matthew Lee is a Leading Junior.

Chambers is again proud of the performance of its Clerks and barristers, who provide an excellent service focussed on approachability, problem-solving, and ‘genuine care for the interests of their professional and lay clients’.

Paramjit Ahluwalia speaking at Justice Colloquium on Coercive Control held by De Montfort University (30-31st July 2020)

Paramjit is speaking with Katy Swaine Williams and Dr Jenny Earle from the Prison Reform Trust as well as Harriet Wistrich from Centre for Women’s Justice on exploring a new statutory defence for those whose crimes arise in the context of being subject to coercive and controlling behaviour.

To book a place, please contact vbettinson@dmu.ac.uk or see website for further details of programme on www.iccln.org.

Lamb Building welcomes two new members

Chambers are delighted to announce that Tim Jones, formerly with Capsticks, has accepted an invitation to join our Civil and Housing Team. Tim, who was called in 2010, has previously been in-house counsel with two large Registered Providers of social housing and more recently at Capsticks Solicitors LLP. We are equally delighted to announce that upon the successful completion of her pupillage Gabrielle Compton has accepted an invitation to join chambers Criminal Team.

Yasmin Omotosho published in the Archbold Review

Yasmin Omotosho, a member of Lamb Building’s Civil Team, has been published in Issue 10 of the Archbold Review 2019. In her article she comments on the important relationship between the independent Bar and the Rule of Law and reflects on her personal observations of the justice system in Russia. To download the full article please click here:

Former Sri Lankan Diplomat Convicted at re-trial

Brigadier Fernando, a former Sri Lankan diplomat to the UK, was convicted at a re-trial for section 4A Public Order Act Offences on 6 December 2019 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. He was fined £2000 and ordered to pay compensation to each of the victims. The Judge also upheld her decision of 1 March 2019 that Brigadier Fernando did not enjoy residual diplomatic immunity for the cut throat gestures he made towards Tamil protestors outside the Sri Lankan High Commission on 4 February 2018.

Shanthi Sivakumaran, led by Peter Carter QC, and instructed by Public Interest Law Centre acted for the Private Prosecutor.

SSHD approach in Turkish ECAA cases held to be unfair

In the lead case of Karagul & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 3208 (Admin) (27 November 2019) https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2019/3208.html it was concluded that in light of the SSHD not being satisfied that the Claimants held a genuine wish or intention to establish in business, the rejection of their ECAA applications was reached without affording them a fair process at common law.

Gordon Lee and Emma Daykin acted for Claimants, instructed by Ibrahim Aytac of Stuart & Co Solicitors.

Six members now recognised in the 2020 Edition of Chambers and Partners

The number of members recognised in the 2020 Edition of Chambers and Partners has increased to six. Bernard Richmond QC is in Band 4 Crime in London. Also featured in the Crime category for the South East are Ross Talbott in Band 2 and James Hay for ‘Up and coming’. Within London Immigration Eric Fripp in Band 2 and Bojana Asanovic in Band 4 and in the London Section for Social Housing Matthew Lee has been placed in Band 4.

Four new members join Chambers after completing pupillage

Chambers are delighted to announce that upon the completion of their respective pupillages, Ani Yeghikian, Yasmin Omotosho, Christopher Bates and Laura Bayles have all accepted invitations to join chambers. Ani and Chris will join our Criminal Team, Yasmin will join the Civil Team and Laura Bayles is joining both the Family and Criminal Team.

Ross Talbott Appointed as a Recorder

Chambers are delighted to announce that Ross Talbott has been appointed as a Recorder by Her Majesty the Queen on the recommendation of The Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice.

Ross is the fourth member of Chambers to be appointed as a Recorder; joining Bernard Richmond QC, June Venters QC and Nicola Shannon.