Joe Culley became a member of Chambers in January 2018 and enjoys a mixed practice with a balance of Civil and Criminal work.

Called in 2010, Joe developed five years’ experience of Civil advocacy in County Court proceedings on the North Eastern Circuit.

In February 2016 Joe commenced pupillage with the Crown Prosecution Service in Yorkshire and Humberside under the supervision of a Principle Crown Advocate. On successful completion of pupillage he was employed as a Crown Prosecutor, further developing his criminal advocacy through the conduct of Magistrates’ Court proceedings in North Yorkshire.

Joe also has experience in Local Government having been elected onto Middlesbrough Borough Council in 2015. As a Councillor, in addition to assisting local residents with a variety of issues and speaking at public and private meetings, Joe was elected to Chair the Standards Committee, and was also a member of the Overview and Scrutiny Board and a Trustee of the Teesside Pension Fund. Joe left his position with the Council on joining the Crown Prosecution Service.

Joe regularly prosecutes and defends in criminal cases in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts.

He is a Level 2 CPS Prosecutor.

Joe has prosecuted a high number of cases for sentence at the Crown Court, many of which attracting local and national media attention. Joe has experience of successfully applying for a range of ancillary orders, including within POCA proceedings as well as for compensation, sexual harm prevention orders, restraining orders, orders for deprivation of property and orders under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Joe was the trial advocate at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court during the first successful prosecution for the offence of Controlling and Coercive Behaviour to be brought by North Yorkshire Police. The Defendant to that case was later committed for sentence at Teesside Crown Court where he received nine months immediate imprisonment.

Following a trial conducted in February 2017, Joe received the following feedback from a senior Court Legal Advisor:

“The reports I heard about him being very good are not exaggerated. He clearly knows his law and has a very good way of distilling down the issues in a clear way…”

For his work in the Crown Court Joe has attracted judicial praise for his manner and overall efficiency in court.

Joe regularly appears both to prosecute and defend in cases concerned with summary road traffic offences, including in the presentation of applications for special reasons and exceptional hardship.

Joe has substantial experience prior to pupillage, providing advocacy in a range of cases before the County Court. These include appearing on behalf of Claimants and Defendants to small claims hearings concerned with a variety of legal issues, such as road traffic collisions, credit hire, breach of contract, sale and supply of goods and professional negligence.

He also has a large volume of experience in dealing with Stage 3 Oral hearings, including Infant Settlement Approvals.

Joe has appeared before the County Court to deal with applications within Insolvency proceedings, has represented Housing Associations in applications for anti-social behaviour injunctions, and has a strong working knowledge of housing possession claims.

Since joining Chambers in January 2018 Joe has continued to undertake civil cases on behalf of Claimants and Defendants. He routinely appears on both the Fast Track and the Small Claims Track.

He also regularly provides written advice on quantum and liability in low value personal injury cases.

Joe is experienced in mental health work representing Appellants on application for discharge from Mental Health Units.

Practice Areas

Appointments & Memberships

  • CPS Level 2 Prosecutor
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Gray’s Inn


  • BVC – Northumbria University 2010 (very competent)
  • LLB – Liverpool University 2009 2:1 (hons)

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