General Crime and Crown Court Barrister

The criminal barristers providing this service are experienced crown court barristers who appear regularly in crown courts across England and Wales.  Our expertise and specialist skill is in conducting crown court trials before a judge and jury. We represent clients in all criminal matters in the crown court. See our case studies (below) for examples of recent cases:

Serious and non-fatal assault cases:

  • GBH- Wounding with intent and inflicting grievous bodily harm
  • Assault occasioning actual bodily harm
  • Assault and battery
  • False imprisonment
  • Kidnapping


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A potential miscarriage of justice was avoided and led to the Prosecution case collapsing.  The Crown Prosecution Service had withheld from the defence, evidence of the alleged victims role in criminal activity for many months (she was being prosecuted and was later convicted for arranging one of the largest “sham marriages networks in the UK”). There was also evidence that the prosecution failed to investigate a number of similar false allegations she had made against other innocent men (which again the prosecution did not initially disclose despite repeated defence requests).

Persistent applications for pre-bail disclosure along with the threat of a judicial review eventually lead to the disclosure evidence that her account was both unreliable and incredible. Ironically, the same Judge presided over her trial which generated a great deal of publicity. The “victim” was convicted and sentenced to 10 years, in which he branded her as “greedy, manipulative and a total alien to the truth“. This was the same Judge who refused our client bail and described the same woman as “vulnerable and in need of protection.”!

Outcome: Our client was released from remand and the prosecution case collapsed.  This case demonstrated how a combination of the actions of the police in deliberately withholding evidence, initially refusing to properly investigate and judicial intransigence would have lead to a miscarriage of justice.

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False Imprisonment & blackmail. The client was one of 6 Defendants.  The evidence of the alleged victim was given via live video link from India. The client was found not guilty following submissions regarding the reliability of evidence given over video live link.

Outcome: The trial Judge discharged the jury and ordered a not guilty verdict as none of the defendants could have a fair trial because of the video link evidence.

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Client was accused of a double knife stabbing and charged with s.18 GBH wounding with intent. He ran a complex defence that the police had “planted” evidence to explain the presence of blood and DNA on the knife, which was disproved by the Prosecution at trial.

The prosecution described his defence as “absurd” and a “concocted secondary defence”, Outcome: He was found not guilty of the more serious charge of wounding with intent and found guilty of the lesser charge of wounding. He avoided an indeterminate sentence of Imprisonment. The length of an extended sentence imposed by the Judge was also successfully challenged on appeal and reduced.

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Client was a doorman (bouncer) who was accused of assaulting a clubber and breaking his nose. Both he and his co-defendant had no previous convictions and had given evidence that he had been ejected “face first” from the premises through the doors.  The prosecution relies on CCTV evidence which they said supported this version.

Further enquiries made by the defence revealed there were independent witnesses who had seen the alleged victim being violent and abusive towards his girlfriend prior to the incident and earlier captions of the CCTV contradicted the account given to the police. Outcome:  unanimous not guilty verdicts.

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Our client, was had no previous convictions and was employed in senior middle management position of a large blue chip company. He was charged with ABH after being accused of attacking a family friend with four others in broad daylight.

Outcome: Case was dismissed before trial as it was shown that the alleged victim had been lying to the police and the court about his whereabouts, nationality and not being available for trial. The client instructed our barrister under direct access and successfully recovered his legal costs. The cost of doing so was also a third less than instructing a solicitor under a legal aid contribution order.

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Offences of dishonesty:

  • Robbery
  • Theft
  • Robbery and assault with intent to Rob
  • Burglary
  • Fraudulent use of telecommunications systems
  • Blackmail

”Armed
Prosecution by the Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Crime and Operations Section (Flying squad) involving an armed gang raid of Louis Vuitton Store in New Bond Street, in which a security officer was tied, bound and gagged. Goods in excess of £150,000 goods were stolen. Outcome: The client (the main suspect) was acquitted on the direction of the trial Judge, following lengthy legal argument. The police officers had given unreliable evidence and completely disregarded protocols on CCTV evidence. After ordering the client’s release from remand the Judge (at the request of our barrister) urged the prosecution to raise with the Home Office their failure to implement the “Smith Protocols” dealing with police officers making positive identifications of suspects from CCTV.
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Public order offences:

  • Rioting
  • Violent disorder
  • Affray
  • Intentionally causing harassment alarm or distress
  • Public nuisance
  • Using threatening words and behavior

”Grievous
Large scale public violent disorder involving up to 100 people at a social event in which the local MP (David Plaskitt) was present. The case was described as “the second largest police enquiry in Warwickshire” of that year. The client was acquitted on a direction of no case to answer on the more serious charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and pleaded guilty to remaining lesser public order act offence resulting in a community penalty.
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Drugs offences

  • Importation.
  • Possession.
  • Supply of controlled drugs.
  • Production of a controlled drugs.
  • Test Purchase Operations (supplying to undercover police officers).

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Client was charged with supplying class A drugs on a large scale over a prolonged period.  He denied handling any drugs. In cross examination of the lead police officer in the case, he stated that DNA on a drugs cling film was not possible. A tactical decision was made to call all of the Prosecution’s own experts from Forensic Science Service, who directly contradicted the officer’s evidence that it was possible to retrieve DNA, but the police had failed to request this.

Outcome: unanimous not guilty verdicts.

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Three week trial of conspiracy to import heroin worth £750,000. Case involved the complex use of telephone tracing and cell site evidence.
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Firearms offences:

  • Possession of Firearms.
  • Possession with intent to endanger life
  • Possession of firearms used in the commission of other offences.
  • Sale, supply and manufacture of prohibited firearms.
  • Civil licensing applications for retention and exemption for firearms.

Operation Trident”, Gun Crime and Firearms Offences

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Client was charged with possession of Mac 10 machine gun and live ammunition with intent to endanger life.

Outcome: The trial Judge dismissed the charge of the intent to endanger life and he was unanimously found not guilty on the offence of possession of a firearm and ammunition by the jury who accepted his defence of duress.

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Possession of a firearm and ammunition. The client was charged with joint possession of firearms and ammunition with her boyfriend. The firearms and ammunition were found in her bedroom cupboard. She was a university student who had never been in trouble with the police before. Strong representations, drafted by our barrister, were made to the Crown Prosecution Service on the law of possession and the facts of the case. Outcome:  Proceedings were discontinued and the case against her was dropped at court.
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”Vulnerable
The client, a 15 year old school boy, was charged with arson causing over £100,000 of damage to a residential home.  Outcome: The Judge discharged the jury following a successful submission of no case to answer. This was following a re-trial and earlier hung jury.
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For an experienced, specialist criminal barrister for advice and representation, call us now on 0208123 9999 or e-mail us at info@criminal-barrister.co.uk

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