Charles Taylor’s defence silk quits Garden Court for 25 Bedford Row

The lead counsel in the Charles Taylor war crimes trial has moved sets ifrom Garden Court Chambers to 25 Bedford Row.

Courtenay Griffiths QC was the lead defence counsel for former Liberian president Taylor during the landmark case in The Hague. Griffiths was also involved in the Keith Blakelock murder trial, the Brighton, Harrods and Canary Wharf bombing cases, and the Damilola Taylor murder trial.

Griffiths is regarded as one of the top criminal silks in both the UK and international courts and his practice includes claims against the police and public authorities, inquests, fraud, terrorism, murder, serious public order and drugs.

He is the former head of Garden Court Chambers and is also a recorder.

A spokesman for 25 Bedford Row said: “This is an excellent and exciting addition to our chambers.”

In a statement a spokesperson for Garden Court Chambers said: “We’ve had a fantastic time working with Courtenay over many years and naturally we wish him all the best. Chambers remains strong and has an exceptional and committed team of lawyers in the vanguard of the fight for justice and the rights of others.”

At 25 Bedford Row Griffiths joins a number of high-profile silks, including George Carter-Stephenson QC, who recently led Chris Daw in acting for John Terry in the footballer’s disciplinary proceedings before the Football Association.

It is also the set of John Cooper QC, who overturned the conviction of Paul Chambers in the ‘Twitter Joke’ trial (27 July 2012).