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Birmingham set Equity Chambers head Balbir Singh is the highest-paid legal aid criminal barrister for the second year in a row.
Birmingham set Equity Chambers head Balbir Singh has been revealed as the highest-paid legal aid criminal barrister for the second year in a row, according to Ministry of Justice (MoJ) figures.
Singh, a former magistrates’ clerk, last year received £957,000 from criminal legal aid work in 2006-07, following £1.1m the previous year. During the last three years he has been paid more than £2.8m in legal aid.
The 10 barristers on the MoJ’s criminal defence list earned a total of £7.8m between them, with John Rees QC of 2 Paper Buildings being the second highest earning criminal barrister pulling in fees of £956,000, up from £947,000 the previous year. Oliver Blunt QC of Furnival Chamber, who made £924,000, came in third.
On the civil legal aid list the top ten barristers between them earned £3.4m, with Jeremy Rosenblatt of 42 Bedford Row heading the earners receiving £508,000.
MoJ noted that the figures do not represent the personal earnings of the barristers in any one year as payments can be made for work over several years. In addition the fees are subject to VAT and do not include barrister overheads.
Highest paid criminal barristers:
Balbir Singh, Equity Chambers: £957,000 John Charles Rees QC, 2 Paper Buildings: £956,000 Oliver Blunt QC, Furnival Chambers: £ 924,000 George Carter-Stephenson QC, 25 Bedford Row: £763,000 Abbas Lakha QC, 9 Bedford Row: £ 760,000 Trevor Burke QC, Charter Chambers: £ 711,000 James Lewis QC, Three Raymond Buildings: £692,000 Peter Lodder QC, 2 Bedford Row: £678,000 Thomas Derbyshire QC, formerly of 2 Bedford Row: £668,000 Richard Ferguson QC, Carmelite Chambers: £663,000
Highest paid civil barristers:
Jeremy Rosenblatt, 42 Bedford Row: £508,000 Paul Storey QC, Southernhay Chambers: £362,000 John Godfrey, Wilberforce Chambers (Hull): £357,000 Stephen Knafler, Garden Court Chambers: £350,000 Simon Taylor QC, Cloisters: £334,000 Robin Tolson QC, Outer Temple Chambers: £328,000 Jonathan Baker QC, Harcourt Chambers: £323,000 Simeon Maskrey QC, 7 Bedford Row: £284,000 Eleanor Hamilton QC, No 6 Chambers: £281,000 Ian Peddie QC, Garden Court Chambers: £272,000