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I qualified as a barrister in 1970 and became a silk in 1993.

Legal Expertise

Over my career I’ve appeared in a wide variety of challenging cases acting both for the prosecution and defence, and have acquired an extensive experience of all types of serious crime, corporate crime, fraud, health and safety law, regulatory law, and sports law.

My specific areas of experience include:

  • Murder: Including attempts, solicitation to murder over the internet.
  • Manslaughter: Provocation, Diminished responsibility, Gross negligence, Unlawful act
  • Rape and all sexual offences modern and historical including the use of intermediaries for vulnerable witnesses
  • Armed Robbery and all offences of dishonesty
  • Fraud: VAT evasion, Government Regional Grants, Leasing, Management of insurance agency, International trade in stolen, cloned 4×4 vehicles from Japan
  • MTIC: Missing Trader Intra-Community fraud, or Carousel fraud
  • Drugs: Possessions, Injections resulting in death, Importations including anabolic steroids and human growth hormones from Pakistan
  • Health and Safety offences including where a fatal accident has occurred
  • Arson at all levels
  • Car ‘ringing’
  • Blackmail
  • Public Order Offences including riot
  • Firearms/Shotguns: has acted in several cases involving the use of firearms and shotguns
  • Expertise in Firearms licensing laws. These have included appeals to the Crown Court against the revocation of firearm/shotgun licences
  • Extensive experience of Police disciplinary hearings having served as a Police Disciplinary Tribunal Chairman
  • Defence of police officers on several occasions including cases of serious indecent assaults.
  • Conspiracy charges in relation to car imports including allegations of police corruption which led to not guilty verdicts.

Over my career I’ve appeared in a wide variety of challenging cases acting both for the prosecution and defence, and have acquired an extensive experience of all types of serious crime, corporate crime, fraud, health and safety law, regulatory law, and sports law.

My public and regulatory experience includes:

  • Health & Safety Offences
  • Professional Regulatory Disciplinary tribunals
  • Police disciplinary hearings having served as a Police Disciplinary Tribunal Chairman
  • Firearms/shotguns: I’ve acted in several cases involving the firearm and shotgun laws. These have included appeals to the Crown Court against the revocation of firearm/shotgun licences.

Case examples include:

  • Advising a local authority on the prosecution of a registered charity following a fatal fall at work from a mobile scaffold, for breaches of Health and Safety legislation.
  • Defending a landowner charged with gross negligence manslaughter following the fatal electrocution of a sub-contractor’s employee.
  • Defending a lorry driver in the Crown Court who had inadvertently failed to properly secure the stabilising arm on a lorry fitted with a hydraulic lifting device. The lorry had defects in its safety design which if fitted would have prevented the accidental extension of the arm whilst the lorry was being driven through bends in the road. The arm swung across the pavement killing a newspaper boy on his rounds. I represented the driver at Trial and on Appeal against conviction and sentence.

I can also offer expertise in asset and tax recovery expertise including:

  • Fraud: VAT evasion, Government Regional Grants, Leasing, Management of insurance agency, International trade in stolen, cloned 4×4 vehicles from Japan.
  • MTIC: Missing Trader Intra-Community fraud, or Carousel fraud.

I’ve advised on various Sports National Governing Bodies’ compliance with their Selection Criteria for Great Britain Teams and Olympic nominations. I’ve also provided advisory work on their governance including disciplinary action to be taken following allegations of bad behaviour by members of GBR teams abroad.

I’ve represented a ‘whistleblower’ accused of misconduct by his member Association and worked on behalf of an athlete who wished to appeal against their non-selection for the 2012 Olympic Games.

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