Members of Lamb Building Criminal and Military Law Teams ranked as Leading Barristers in Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2024

Lamb Building are once again ranked as a Leading Set in the South East:

Lamb Building houses a well-respected criminal team who are frequently instructed as the defence and the prosecution in serious criminal cases. The set’s tenants handle cases involving allegations of GBH, homicide, rape and modern slavery. A recent instruction for the set involved acting for the lead defendant charged with false imprisonment, torture and rape in the Banbury Torture Trial.

“It is an experienced set that is able to deal with a range of complex matters.”

“The clerks demonstrate full commitment to providing representation including out of hours.”

“It all gets done by the clerks with courtesy and professionalism.”

David Corne is the most efficient clerk we deal with across many sets. His service is second to none, he has excellent knowledge and he will go the extra mile to help out.”

Bernard Richmond KC:

“Has a wonderful way with words”

“When you instruct Bernard, you know your case is in safe hands. He is excellent with both clients and juries”

Andrew Selby KC:

“As an opponent he displayed both thorough preparation and a complete insight into his cases. He is a wonderful advocate.”

“He had brilliant tactical judgement and his submissions were spot on.”

“He is a powerful and persuasive advocate who quickly captures the confidence of the court.”

Amy Packham:

“Amy is hard-working and dedicates herself to obtaining the best outcome for clients.”

“Amy has an intelligent approach to her work and is always meticulously prepared. She has a calm and confident advocacy style that powerfully conveys her submissions.”

“Amy is an experienced advocate who is highly respected and has good client rapport.”

James Hay:

“He is an exceptional advocate who has become a military law specialist and displays skill and flair in this area also.”

“His style is appreciated by clients, the judiciary and juries”

Members of Lamb Building’s Criminal Team ranked in Legal500 UK Bar 2024

Once again, members of Lamb Building’s Criminal Team have been ranked as Leading Barristers in this year’s Legal 500 publication:

Christopher Prior – ‘Christopher is the whole package. He is organised, calm, measured and well-organised. He is authoritative and persuasive, and his client care is excellent.’

Amy Packham – ‘Amy is able to master cases of particular complexity involving vast amounts of material very quickly and distil them in such a way as to make them clear and persuasive to juries. She has a calm but steely manner in court that commands the respect of judges and opposing counsel.’

Jonathan Atkinson – ‘Jonathan is a fantastic barrister. His analysis of the issues in a case is astute. His advocacy style is measured and authoritative. When prosecuting, he is firm but fair, and when defending, he is thorough and explores all relevant avenues to assist his client.’

James Hay – Leading Junior – South Eastern Circuit

Amy Packham secures acquittal for rape on behalf of vulnerable client

Amy Packham has secured an acquittal for rape on behalf of a vulnerable client who waited 3 years for the outcome.

In cross examination the first complaint witness admitted that the complainant had told her that she had wanted to be alone with the defendant and was attracted to him. She also admitted that the complainant had asked her not to tell the police certain things, because ‘it might make it all look very different’. The complainant had denied really important aspects of the defence case which the complaint witness agreed for the first time in court.

Amy Packham prosecutes case of child cruelty at Lewes Crown Court

On Friday 4th November two defendants received six years imprisonment each for child cruelty, for the wilful neglect of 7 children in their care between September 2019 and June 2021 following earlier pleas of guilty.

Amy Packham told Lewes Crown Court that in June 2021 the police were called to their home address . When officers entered the house, only one of the children was present, a 7 year old.  She was asleep on a sofa in the living room wearing only a nappy.  Also present in that room were 35 live dogs and one dead dog.  Officers noted she had faeces over her skin and her hair was matted.

The home was strewn with discarded clothing, litter, rotting food and animal faeces with little to no food in the cupboards.

The other children were located nearby and the four youngest ones taken into the care of children’s services. All had rotten teeth and the youngest children lacked basic social skills. They did not know how to brush their teeth, wash themselves or eat with a knife and fork.  They hadn’t been attending school and were registered as being home schooled.

One of the children had to be put under general anaesthetic to remove 13 dangerously decayed teeth, while another was only discovered to be blonde after their hair was washed several times. A second girl was so weak that she was unsteady on her feet and acted as if she had never had to interact with people outside her household before.

Lamb Building members ranked in Legal 500 2023

Chambers are delighted to report that our members have once again been ranked as leading barristers in the 2023 edition of the Legal 500 directory.


Charlotte Johnson is once again a Rising Star.

Amy Packham – ‘Amy is extremely approachable, kind and patient. She is always willing to help and remains 100% committed to her clients. She is tenacious in her case preparation and pays attention to detail.’ 

Christopher Prior‘Christopher is a clever and articulate barrister. He is as impressive in his pre-trial preparation as in his razor-sharp advocacy.’

Jonathan Atkinson – ‘Jonathan is able to put clients at ease, even when extremely anxious. He is thorough and knowledgeable about clients’ cases. Approachable and helpful.’

Paramjit Ahluwalia – ‘Paramjit is an outstanding junior. She combines excellent organisational skills with good judgement, hard work and commitment.

 Matthew Lee is once again a Leading Junior for Social Housing in the London Bar.

Lamb Building ranked as Leading Set in Chambers UK Bar 2022

Chambers are delighted to announce that once again Lamb Building has been ranked as a Leading Set in Chambers UK Bar 2022, with five of Chambers’ members being ranked individually:


On client service:

Lamb Building houses a well-respected criminal team who are frequently instructed as the defence and the prosecution in serious criminal cases. Recent work handled by the set’s tenants includes cases involving allegations of GBH, homicide, rape, conspiracy to supply drugs and modern slavery. One interviewee notes: “I can phone them up and I don’t even have to ask who is available because I know whoever we get will be good.”

“The clerking service is outstanding, and David Corne in particular is second to none. Nothing is too much trouble for him; he responds quickly and efficiently and will always juggle work to make sure cases are covered by those of appropriate seniority.” Max Goodger is the clerk at the Brighton annexe.


In the Crime team:

Bernard Richmond QC: “A proper brief. He has presence, he knows what he is doing, he makes the right noises and he does the work.”

Amy Packham:  Amy Packham is a respected junior with notable expertise in a wide range of criminal cases. She regularly handles matters relating to sexual offences, including those involving historic allegations. “She is kind, compassionate and fierce in court.” “She is highly experienced in all manner of cases, responds quickly to enquiries and manages her caseload extremely efficiently. She always rises to the challenges she faces.”

James Hay: James Hay is a well-regarded junior noted for his expert handling of a range of serious violence, firearms and sexual assault cases. He demonstrates particular strength in defending cases involving allegations of dangerous driving.  “He is a wonderful junior who does a lot of research and prepares detailed advices for his cases. He gets unexpected brilliant results and has a great rapport with his clients.”
Recent work: Defended charges under the Modern Slavery Act (trafficking with a view to exploitation) in the West Country’s first county lines and modern slavery trial.

Ross Talbott: Ross Talbott is a well-regarded junior who prosecutes and defends serious sexual offences and organised crime cases. He is regularly instructed in complex criminal matters such as current and historic sexual assault allegations. “He has a calm and thoughtful manner about him which the juries like, and an effective approach. He will always find a sensible solution to the problem.” “He is approachable, thorough, prompt in dealing with advice work and very strong on the law.”
Recent work: Defended a church organist charged with the extensive historical sexual abuse of a female child to whom he was a mentor and teacher and also her brother whom he also taught.


In the Civil Team:

Matthew Lee: Matthew Lee is a strong junior with significant market recognition for his recent appearances in notable reported cases. He acts in possession cases and anti-social behaviour claims, among other disputes, including those relating to the Equality Act 2010. “He is very approachable and he cares about the clients. He looks outside the box and has excellent legal knowledge; he’s not afraid to push the boundaries but is realistic when he does.” “He’s incredibly hard-working and able to build an instant rapport with the client. Matthew is approachable and has amazing attention to detail.”
Recent work: Acted in an appeal to dismiss a claim that an asylum seeker who had been accommodated by a local authority under the ‘Everyone In’ scheme did not have an arguable case that he had been granted a secure tenancy.

Members of Lamb Building ranked in Legal 500 UK Bar 2022

Chambers are delighted to announce that the following members of Lamb Building have been ranked as Leading Juniors in the 2022 edition of the Legal500’s UK Bar directory:

In the Crime Team:

Ross Talbott – ‘A first-rate advocate with a very compelling and persuasive manner in court. He builds excellent rapport with judges and juries. It is clear that he prepares his cases extremely thoroughly and knows his papers inside out. ’

Paramjit Ahluwalia – ‘Paramjit is an outstanding junior. She combines excellent organisational skills with good judgement, hard work and commitment.

Christopher Prior – ‘A truly gifted advocate who is very considered and articulate. Christopher is renowned for his mastery of his briefs and leaving no stone unturned in complex cases.

Amy Packham – ‘She is a consummate trial advocate who consistently delivers results. Her work ethic is extraordinary, and her attention to detail is second to none.

Jonathan Atkinson – ‘A thoughtful and considered advocate who always has a fantastic grasp of his brief. He has a wonderful manner with witnesses and juries love him.

In the Civil Team:

Matthew Lee – ‘Matthew is a star in the making, he thinks out of the box and challenges points of law that others are scared to challenge. Matthew has exceptionally good knowledge of the law and is absolutely determined and dedicated to obtaining the best possible results for our clients.