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Doughty Street Chambers has made a double raid on Tooks Chambers for star silk Tim Moloney QC and junior Tatyana Eatwell.
The set has described the swoop as “outstanding”, and a move that will strengthen its crime team.
Moloney’s crime and crime-related public law practice has included almost all the major terrorism cases of the past decade.
He represented one of the four men alleged to have plotted to blow up the London Stock Exchange, defendants accused of having conspired to blow up a transatlantic aircraft, defendants in the 21/7 attempted tube bombings and many other high-profile cases. He has also acted for a number of clients subject to control orders.
Later this year, he will represent the test cricketer Danish Kaneria on his appeal before the England and Wales Cricket Board over his alleged role in the spot-fixing scandal.
Moloney was called to the bar in 1993 and also specialises in homicide, serious fraud and other serious crime.
Eatwell is a criminal defence advocate who was called to the bar in 2007. She is currently being led by Moloney in the case of R v Mohammed Gul, which asks whether the scope of the definition of terrorism in domestic criminal law is confined by international law.
Eatwell has worked in East and Southern Africa with prisoners and victims of torture and armed conflict which has helped inform her international public and human rights law practice.
In a statement, Doughty Street Chambers director Robin Jackson said: “We continue to attract barristers of exceptional talent across our wide range of practice areas. Getting Tim and Tatyana is an outstanding step. Tim is one of the very best and sought-after silks at the criminal bar, involved in the most prominent cases and with a diverse practice.
“Tatyana is a really great prospect for the future and her engagement with developing areas of international law is particularly exciting. The future of the criminal bar is, I am convinced, going to be all about high-end, top quality and challenging referral advocacy - our crime team is there already and recruiting Tim and Tatyana strengthens it further.”