LLB (University of Nottingham)
2004 (qualified as solicitor 1994)
I am an experienced criminal lawyer able to offer advice and assistance at all stages of criminal investigations and proceedings.
I recognise that for most people, being accused of any criminal conduct, whether grave or ‘trivial’ in the eyes of the court, is itself an extremely stressful experience. Accordingly I am determined to provide an user-friendly service and clear advice in order to assist you to achieve the best possible outcome.
I spent my first 10 years in practice as solicitor – the very first port of call when the police come knocking (or kicking!) at the door. In later years as a barrister I have specialised in advocacy in the Crown Court across the whole criminal spectrum from road traffic offences to high value fraud, drugs conspiracies and serious sexual/violent offending.
Those different phases of my career have demonstrated to me the importance of clear and honest communication with the client from the outset (whether that be arrest, summons, or an merely an invitation to ‘assist police with their enquiries’) combined with skilled advocacy should proceedings come to court. Being qualified as a barrister to accept instructions through the Direct Access scheme enables me to put that approach into practice.
R v P. Successfully defended a young man accused of deliberately inflicting the HIV virus on another through sexual intercourse.
R v D. Defended teacher accused of sexual offences against pupils in case attracting significant media attention.
R v W. Ongoing case, defending in respect of extremely serious sexual offending dating as far back as 1962. Will involve application to stay the indictment as an Abuse of Process based on the impact of delay on the fairness of the proceedings.
Drugs offences / conspiracies
R v W. Ongoing case defending in conspiracy to supply Class A drugs across Northern England.
R v K. Ongoing case defending amateur footballer accused of assault on the pitch. This raises issues around the dividing line between ‘foul play’ – a matter for the appropriate Sports Disciplinary body, and ‘criminal assault’ justifying public prosecution. I recently appeared for the prosecution in a Crown Court trial relation to a similar case on the rugby field.
R v A. Defended man of good character accused of defrauding Insurance Companies through the staging of car crashes – “crash for cash”.
R v G. Defended in multi-defendant case alleging corruption and fraud against the local authority around the provision of waste disposal services.
R v P. Defended bookmaker accused of using his business to launder the proceeds of crime
Copyright, fraudulent trading
R v H. Defended market trader, who was lead defendant in prosecution brought by Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) in respect of pirated DVDs and Computer Games
Away from the law, I spend more time playing, watching, and generally contemplating sport than is probably healthy at my age. Football and cricket are particular weaknesses.