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.
Prosecutes and defends in all criminal courts, and instructed in cases involving the large-scale supply of firearms, aggravated burglary, armed robbery, the supply of Class A drugs, serious assaults, violent disorder, possession of firearms and bladed articles, fraud, social media offences and sexual offences.
Appointed as a level 3 prosecutor at a very early stage in his practice.
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.
Experience has included dealing with confiscation and forfeiture proceedings.
Recent cases :
- 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. The defendant was acquitted of rape.
- 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 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 :
- 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
- provides advice on issues of liability and quantum in personal injury cases, and appears in County Court trials arising from road accidents (has dealt with numerous Magistrates' Court hearings on road traffic matters)
- 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.
- Completed the Keble Advanced Advocacy Court in 2016
- Member of the Midland Circuit
- An elected member of the Bar Council and member of the Young Barristers' Committee
- 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