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”

Bernard Richmond KC elected 2026 Treasurer of the Middle Temple

We are thrilled to announce that Bernard Richmond KC, our Head of Chambers, has been elected Treasurer of the Middle Temple for 2026. This is an amazing achievement and I know that all members of Lamb Building will join me in offering heartiest congratulations to him. He will be a worthy addition to a long line of eminent Treasurers dating back over 400 years.

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.