Julian Bevan QC to become head of Hollis Whiteman set

Top criminal set Hollis Whiteman Chambers is appointing one of its highest profile barristers as its new head of chambers.

Julian Bevan QC will take over next month from David Jeffreys QC, who has been at the helm since 1992.

Bevan is a prolific barrister. A former senior Treasury counsel at the Old Bailey, he is listed in The International Who's Who of Business Crime Lawyers.

He has acted for the prosecution in the Guildford Four police officers case and the trial of mass murderer Dennis Nilsen. He was counsel for Customs & Excise in the Iraqi supergun case, defended Lester Piggott on allegations of tax fraud and defended Mohamed Al Fayed in the Harrods deposit box case.

Jeffreys, who has also been senior treasury counsel, describes his colleague as “one of the leading lights at the criminal bar” and says that the appointment was a unanimous agreement.

Tax specialist Peter Whiteman QC continues as co-head of chambers. The 52 tenant set, based in Queen Elizabeth Building, currently has 16 silks and has produced numerous judges and treasury counsel.David Calvert-Smith QC, the current Director of Public Prosecutions, was a tenant there.