Judicial Officer for the RFU, Six Nations and World Rugby.
Instructed on behalf of prosecution and defence, at Crown Court and appellate level, in a wide variety of criminal matters which have included homicide, ‘white collar’ fraud, rape and sexual assault (current and historical cases).
Appointed to the Attorney-General’s Unified List of Advocates, appointed to the Regulatory List of Advocates for the Health & Safety Executive, Office of Rail Regulation and Environment Agency and is regularly instructed to prosecute cases on behalf of HM Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office, Department for Business Innovation and Skills, and Department of Work and Pensions. Has also been instructed by the defence in a number of cases prosecuted by those authorities. Has developed special expertise in the field of benefit fraud and confiscation proceedings. Grade 4 prosecutor.
Commended in the Legal 500 2012 as an advocate who '... always provides advice and opinions quickly'.
Recent instructions / notable cases have included :
- In a case investigated by the Serious and Organised Crime Unit, prosecuted 7 defendants who were involved in large scale distribution of Class A drugs with a network of supply centres from Hull to Birmingham and Worcester : all defendants convicted and received 48 years imprisonment between them
- prosecuted two defendants for defrauding the government 'Access to Work' scheme and failing to pay income tax in the sum of over £1 million : the victims of the fraud were 29 profoundly deaf individuals who had applied for assistance to find work through the scheme
- represented a celebrated classical pianist and composer for alleged sexual offences : acquitted on all counts
- prosecuted a worship leader at a Baptist church for sexual offences against a teenage girl : convicted on all counts
- represented a defendant in the trial of historic allegations of indecent assault on family members : acquitted on all counts
- represented a lorry driver in a double death by careless driving case, he had collided with a car carrying an elderly couple
- successfully prosecuted a death by careless driving case where the defendant had entered a roundabout without sufficient care, and had struck a cyclist causing fatal injuries
- successfully prosecuted the contested confiscation proceedings against a defendant following his convictions for theft, conspiracy to blackmail, and robbery for a total benefit sought in excess of £800,000. A case involving hidden assets, tainted gifts, multiple offending, the proof of criminal allegations previously not charged and many other issues
- prosecuted the DWP's largest giro cheque fraud, resulting in the conviction of 9 defendants for their part in stealing in the region of £1 million
- represented (as junior alone) a defendant who was said to be a member of a racist organisation, on a charge of attempted murder, where it was alleged he had plunged a sword right through a man's body (defendant acquitted)
- junior Counsel in the prosecution of a defendant who murdered a young woman by asphyxia (defendant convicted of murder)
- junior Counsel representing one of two defendants charged with the manslaughter of an 86 year old man following a violent attack during the burglary of his home
- represented a celebrated jockey and horse trainer charged with rape (defendant acquitted)
- defended one of three Company Directors accused of conspiracy to blackmail, the allegation being that they used men known to be linked to the IRA to terrorise (with firearms) those owing money to their company with firearms (all defendants acquitted)
- prosecuted the counter manager of a NatWest bank branch, who had stolen £150,000 from ATM machines and attempted to conceal the thefts with a complex string of internal transfers (convicted)
- instructed to represent one of a number of defendants charged with conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs, on a large scale, throughout several regional centres (acquitted)
- prosecuted a local authority employee whose responsibilities included advising on entitlement to benefits, who had made large scale and lengthy dishonest claims for Council Tax benefit, Income Support, Housing Benefit and Incapacity benefit (convicted)
- represented one of 11 defendants in a case involving mortgage fraud and car ringing, to the alleged value of £887,000
- several cases involving cigarette importation on a large scale, both for the defence and prosecution
- prosecuted a defendant charged with section 18 inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent by stabbing a car key into the victim's head (convicted)
- junior Counsel in D.P.P –v- Connolly  EWHC 237 Admin - on the meaning of ‘indecent or grossly offensive’ within the Malicious Communications Act 1988, and interpretation of Articles 9 and 10 ECHR. See: http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2007/237.html
- Davies –v- Solihull Justices  EWHC 1157 Admin – remains one of the leading cases on misconduct by a defendant and his subsequent trial in absence
- instructed to represent the Office of Rail Regulation in proceedings involving allegations of misconduct on private land, leading to serious personal injury including amputation of a limb
- represented the company and its directors as respondents to a civil claim for an injunction before the High Court, based upon suggestions that their firm had stored waste in breach of permitted conditions
- represented defendants charged under Health and Safety legislation for alleged infringements in the inspection of children's toys
Has a particular interest in sports-related litigation, appears and advises in sports law matters both commercial and regulatory. Undertakes work in disciplinary hearings and has appeared to represent a number of different governing bodies. A keen sportsman who played rugby at Championship level foor serveral years for two professional Clubs, and now enjoys all sports including tennis, football and cricket.
Has appeared (nationwide) in alcohol, entertainment, and gaming licence matters on behalf of local authorities, major corporate clients and smaller retailers, at contested application stage and at appellate level, both under the Licensing Act 2003 and under the previous regime. Has also been instructed in security industry licensing matters.
Secured an extension to the late-night licence for Spearmint Rhino, and represented one of the country's largest wheel-clamping firms in a successful appeal against withdrawal of licences.
Accredited by the Bar Council under the Direct Access procedure and in suitable cases is happy to accept instructions direct from members of the public. Please see the Direct Access section of the website for further details.
Continuing professional development
He is an accredited pupil supervisor, and has also been an advocacy tutor for law students. Lecturing has included : benefit fraud legislation, the etiquette of the advocate, confiscation proceedings, and on the sentencing implications of changes in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008.