An update on our latest six tenants

Libertas welcomes established practitioners

Published: 9th December 2020

Libertas Chambers are delighted to announce that six much sought after established practitioners have joined this rapidly growing set. These leading practitioners complement our ability to provide the highest quality representation on a national basis through our innovative virtual chambers.

Keith Mitchell has long been recognised for his expertise in defence fraud and white-collar crime and has been consistently ranked as a leader in his field in all fraud sections of the top legal directories, Chambers & Partners 2021 and Legal 500 2021. He has previously been named ‘Fraud Barrister of the year -2014’ and ‘Best for White Collar Criminal Law-UK 2016’ by Acquisition International.

Bunty Batra is a highly regarded practitioner who defends in fraud, homicide, terrorism, organised crime and serious sexual offences. He regularly appears in high profile cases. He also has substantial regulatory work experience. As a former GMC assessor, he has particular expertise in cases with a medico-legal or mental health issue. He has built a busy practice in Manchester and has joined our set in order to expand his practice nationally.

Darren Snow is recommended as a leading junior in the Legal 500 for crime and professional discipline. He sits on several disciplinary panels which gives him tremendous insight when defending professionals accused of misconduct. He is much sought after for Health and Safety cases, Regulatory Crime and related inquests. At the same time, he has retained a diverse and busy serious crime practice covering fraud, homicide, organised crime and sexual offences.

Frances Hertzog specialises in serious organised crime and is adept at dealing with cases involving complex telephony and forensic evidence. Frances is regularly instructed in large scale drugs, firearms and explosives conspiracies (both national and international), homicide, terrorism and all types of fraud. Frances is renowned for her client care and has significant experience of dealing with vulnerable defendants, in particular those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. Having established a busy practice in the North initially, she has joined us to expand her developing nationwide instructions.

Harpreet Giani is a member of the English Bar and the Indian Bar. After a successful career in India where he was chosen as counsel to public enquiries, he has developed his expertise in both advocacy and advisory work in London. He acts in both civil and criminal cases for High-Net-Worth individuals. This gives him a unique insight into the cross-over between civil and criminal work for commercial clients. He is also much sought after in the field of private prosecutions when the authorities have failed to prosecute cases of fraud.

Cameron Scott is a highly experienced barrister who formerly led the Financial Reporting Council’s enforcement team and was a partner with an international law firm. He has represented and advised financial institutions, insurance companies and professional firms, as well as individuals, in relation to both criminal and regulatory proceedings in the UK and overseas. His substantial experience as an international commercial lawyer provides him with unique advantages in commercial crime and professional discipline as an advocate.