Joe Culley became a member of Chambers in January 2018. Called in 2010, Joe developed five years’ experience of Civil advocacy in County Court proceedings on the North Eastern Circuit, working through LPC Law.
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.
During pupillage Joe had the opportunity to assist and observe Crown Advocates during the prosecution of a range of serious cases. These included trials involving motoring fatalities, murder, rape and drug trafficking. He received positive feedback from colleagues for the standard of his written work and legal research.
During his second six Joe 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.
For his work in the Crown Court Joe attracted Judicial praise for his manner and overall efficiency in court.
In his previous role as a Crown Prosecutor Joe was responsible for the prosecution of the complete range of Magistrates’ Court sessions in North Yorkshire, including a high volume of summary trials. At various stages within summary proceedings Joe has had conduct of successful prosecutions in cases involving sexual offences, violence and disorder, and drink driving. In particular he has prosecuted a number of cases involving Hunting Act and wildlife offences. He is also experienced and proficient in the handling of summary road traffic offences, including in the challenge to Defence applications for special reasons and exceptional hardship.
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…”
Joe had the opportunity to observe Criminal Defence work during two periods of secondment at the independent Bar during pupillage. He is looking to develop his Defence practice on joining Chambers.
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 Infant Settlement hearings, as well as some experience of contested stage 3 hearings in personal injury cases.
Joe has also 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.