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How would you describe your approach to working with clients?

I’m known for my sympathetic manner with clients and complainants and I’m often instructed to prosecute or defend in cases requiring a particularly sensitive approach e.g. with vulnerable victims or witnesses, and cases where deaths have been caused through driving. One recent case concerned a 15 year old accused of the rape of younger children.

Legal Expertise

I both prosecute and defend in a range of criminal cases, including murder, attempted murder, and serial rape. Recent cases include the attempted murder of one soldier by another using a machete, and the non recent rape of one cousin by another when both were children.

In addition I’ve developed a specialist interest in maritime fraud having defended several cases of fraud against the European Fisheries Fund. I’ve also advised on the prosecution of war crimes and as a specialist war crimes prosecutor for the Service Prosecuting Authority I’m regularly instructed for pre charge advice in matters arising from the UK’s presence in Iraq 2003-2009. More details of this work are available on request.

My public and regulatory law expertise includes the following areas:

  • Marine & Fisheries law
  • Road haulage
  • Police law
  • Service law.

Case examples include:

  • Prosecuting three army officers for their role in the gross negligence manslaughter of a soldier shot dead on army ranges in 2012. The case involved detailed consideration of the regulations applicable to ranges and the safe operation of live firing exercises. All three accused were convicted after trial.
  • Advising a London window cleaning company in relation to safe practices operating at height.
  • Appearing for a large Midlands roofing company in responding to applications for enforcement notices before Coventry County Court.
  • Representing national supermarkets charged with selling out of date food.
  • Representing the defendant in the first ever trading standards prosecution for the sale of legal highs.
  • Appearing for care home owners charged with breaches of noise abatement notices.
  • Representing local authorities prosecuting the deposit of waste without a waste management licence.

In terms of my road haulage expertise, I’ve appeared before the Traffic Commissioner and public enquiries on behalf of hauliers seeking goods vehicle operators licences.

I’ve also particular expertise in cases of death through driving and have been involved in more than a dozen such cases in the last five years. These have ranged from two accused racing on country lanes, to a blacksmith with a defective trailer and a haulier with an allegedly insecure load. I’ve become very skilled at dealing with complex issues of causation and analysis of road traffic collisions.

In 2013 I represented a driver charged with causing the death of two Afghan civilians through careless driving of a 15 ton vehicle. Through challenging the prosecution expert evidence the case was dropped by the SPA.

Within the field of police law I’ve appeared on behalf of and advised claimants against the police for the excessive use of force and libel / slander / breach of duty. I’ve also appeared for the police at disciplinary tribunals and advised and assisted the police in obtaining various orders including Risk of Sexual Harm Orders and Premises Closure Orders.

My service law experience includes the successful prosecution of an Army Captain for the gross negligence manslaughter of a soldier on ranges he was running in Castlemartin, Wales in May 2012. The case concerned the safe operation of a live firing range; experts in ballistics, pathology and range management were called to address the key factual issues of where the fatal round came from and the extent of the fault that attached to the accused.

This builds on his background as an army legal service officer (1992-6) and my regular and frequent appearances before the Court Martial. I’ve defended cases of attempted murder, rape, corruption, service fraud, gbh with intent and child abuse.

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