Rupert prosecutes and defends in serious crime. He is a CPS Level 3 prosecutor and a Level 3 Specialist Advocate for Serious Crime, Counter Terrorism and Fraud.
Rupert's practice includes cases of serious violence and sexual offences, fraud, confiscation and drugs offences. He regularly acts in cases involving company directors and fraudulent trading.
Rupert has a specialist knowledge of firearms, including licensing appeals.
Rupert was junior prosecuting counsel in Operation Golddust - the highly complex prosecution of a registered firearms dealer who smuggled current and obsolete calibre handguns into the UK and supplied them on to criminals with home made ammunition.
Rupert has been instructed in cases involving expert evidence in various fields: firearm and ammunition ballistics evidence, cell site analysis, drugs valuations, tachograph evidence, questioned handwriting, and mental health issues.
Recent cases :
- Junior prosecuting counsel in Operation Golddust. The defendant was a registered firearms dealer who had supplied weapons and ammunition to criminals that were recovered from over 100 crime scenes, including murders and a shooting during the 2011 riots.
- Acted for the West Midlands Police in a firearms licensing appeal following the revocation of a firearms license.
- Defended a man with significant communication difficulties on trial for historic sexual abuse allegations.
- Represented a man who handed himself in to the police saying 'I think I've killed my girlfriend'. However, the pathologist attributed the cause of the victim's death to drugs, rather than the multiple injuries influcted by the defendant. At trial, the defendant was convicted of s18 GBH.
- Represented a man accused of aggravated burglary. The defendant had waived privilege and his former lawyers were called as prosecution witnesses. The trial involved detailed cell site evidence, and expert evidence relating to malingering in memory examinations.
- Represented a man charged with rape and sexual assault.
- Represented a man accused of armed robbery. The two co-defendants were convicted but Rupert's client was acquitted.
- Appeared in the Court of Appeal on behalf of a man who had pleaded guilty to numerous counts of sexual offences against children. Mr Justice Edis described Rupert's submissions as having 'commendably succinct persuasiveness'.
- Junior for the Crown in the successful prosecution of a man involved as a 'middle man' in the supply of firearms and custom made bullets to criminal gangs.
- Disclosure junior in ‘Operation Cookie’: The high-profile successful prosecution of members of a highly organised criminal gang involved in the supply of firearms to other criminals across the country.
- junior Counsel representing a defendant accused of smuggling 8 million cigarettes into the UK
- assisted Leading and Junior Counsel during the trial and subsequent appeal in a landmark case touching on issues of insanity, automatism and specific-intent in the context of self-induced intoxication : R v Coley  EWCA Crim 223
- prosecuted two men accused of a robbing a sports car salesman at gunpoint in a case where the principal prosecution witness became hostile
- represented a taxi driver accused of a deliberately running over a fare evader (acquitted)
- prosecuted three footballers charged with assaulting an opposition player, which left the victim with a fractured cheekbone
- prosecuted a mechanic charged with defrauding a customer during works carried out on a high value sports car
- successfully represented the Crown at the Court of Appeal where the Defendant sought the variation of the terms of a confiscation order on the grounds of mistake
- represented a man charged with assaulting a police officer and using threatening behaviour towards a ticket inspector on a train (acquitted)
- appeared for the Crown in a five-day appeal against conviction for harassment (conviction upheld and sentence increased)
- represented a defendant charged with S. 20 wounding, arguing self-defence (acquitted)
- secured the acquittal of a man accused of witness intimidation
- represented two defendants charged with violent disorder following one of the largest incidents of football related public disorder in the Midlands
- represented a defendant charged with refusing to provide a sample of breath at a police station (acquitted)
Media Law – Defamation
Undertook pupillage at a top-ranked media law set in London undertaking work in libel, privacy, contempt, freedom of information requests and data protection.
Represents defendants and claimants in libel claims. Has appeared in applications to strike out claims as an abuse of process.
Appears on behalf of newspapers and other media companies to challenge reporting restrictions imposed in the courts.
Receives instructions to advise and draft pleadings for defamation and privacy claims, and has been instructed in claims involving harassment and defamation on social media.
Recent cases :
- Acted for the BBC in an application to remove reporting restrictions. The Court of Appeal endorsed and cited Rupert's skeleton argument in R v Sarker  EWCA Crim 1341.
- Secured the removal of reporting restrictions imposed at Stafford Crown Court.
- Successfully challenged reporting restrictions imposed in the Crown Court on behalf of a newspaper : argued that the order preventing the publication of the defendant’s identity was not a necessary and proportionate derogation from the Article 10 rights of media companies
- Represented a newspaper referred to the Attorney General for contempt of court : argued that the defendant had not been prejudiced and that justice had not been impeded by the publication
- Represented the defendant website owner in a commercial copyright dispute ; the case settled at mediation following service of the Defence
- Successfully resisted a claimant’s application for default judgment in a claim for libel brought against the defendant newspaper
- Successfully represented a defendant newspaper by striking out a claim for libel as an abuse of process when the newspaper had mistakenly reported that the Claimant had pleaded guilty to assault
- Struck out a libel claim brought by a man accused of involvement in a high-level international fraud
Experience includes defamation and privacy cases, and criminal cases, involving footballers, Premier League managers, Formula 1 drivers, jockeys and cricketers. These cases covered a wide range of issues from accepting 'bungs' to match fixing and details about personal relationships.
Rupert has a keen interest in most sports, especially football. He previously worked as a radio presenter and presented coverage of football matches.
Common Law, Regulatory, Licensing
- Instructed in a wide variety of regulatory and licensing matters : examples include - cases involving company directors and owners of businesses charged with failing to keep or provide adequate records ; recently secured the retention of Transport Manager status for a haulage company accused of falsely completing documents
- claims relating to police property
- dangerous dog hearings
Regularly instructed to appear at Coroner Inquests on behalf of insurance companies and interested parties.
- Member of the Midland Circuit
- An elected member of the Bar Council
- Has assisted the Kalisher Trust by attending workshops in schools designed to inspire and encourage pupils
- Author of articles for Westlaw on various topics : social media offences, dishonesty, specific intent, and abuse of process in relation to libel claims
- Author of articles for Counsel magazine and the Young Bar Magazine, including an interview with Christopher Jefferies, the man wrongly arrested on suspicion of murdering his tenant Joanna Yeates
- Awarded a Criminal Bar Association bursary prize in 2013
- Completed the Keble Advanced Advocacy Court in 2016
Before call to the Bar, Rupert worked as a journalist and radio presenter.
During his legal studies he finished first in year for the Graduate Diploma in Law for which he received a distinction, was the Lord Denning, Lord Bowen and Lord Levitt scholar of Lincoln’s Inn, and completed the Bar Professional Training Course with a grade of 'Outstanding', winning the BPTC moot and the Buchanan prize for BPTC performance.
Prior to pupillage, he completed a secondment to the legal team at The Times and The Sunday Times and worked as a night lawyer at The Sun advising journalists and editors on legal issues.