New Park Court has one of the most established and widely experienced criminal teams on the North-Eastern Circuit and routinely receives instructions in major criminal cases attracting nationwide media attention.

Our Crime Team headed by Simon Kealey KC and Geraldine Kelly comprises of 13 KCs along with a team of highly skilled and experienced junior advocates who focus on complex casework within the full spectrum of criminal proceedings and can offer advice at the investigatory stage through to Crown Court or Appeal Court proceedings.

Such casework can include:

  • Homicide & Manslaughter – the prosecution and defence of complex medico-legal cases and/or cases with a complicated scientific element and multiple expert evidence.
  • Non-Accidental Head Injury in Children – instructed for both the prosecution and defence of such cases where the ‘triad’ of signs and their interpretation have arisen.
  • Organised Crime – instructed for the prosecution and defence of ‘operational’ cases involving significant sums of fraud and money laundering, drugs conspiracies and gangland murders.
  • Road Traffic Offences – defendant representation in cases where the accused has been charged with death by dangerous or death by careless driving.
  • Serious Sexual Offences.
  • Terrorism – instructed by the prosecution and defence at both advisory and trial stage for defendants charged with terrorism offences.

Our expertise in business crime includes the following allegations which companies or individuals may face:

  • Advisory – retained by individuals and major FTSE 100 index and FTSE 200 companies in an advisory capacity.
  • Bribery & Corruption – instructed in cases where companies and individuals have been charged under the Bribery Act 2010.
  • Confiscation – instructed in complex and high value confiscation proceedings.
  • Corporate & Gross Negligence Manslaughter – act for companies, care homes and nurseries charged with Corporate/Gross Negligence Manslaughter.
  • Cross-border / International – act in major investigations across EU countries and the United States.
  • Environmental – instructed in cases following investigations into the illegal handling, storage and export of hazardous waste.
  • Health & Safety – instructed for the prosecution and defence of companies on health and safety charges arising out of fatalities and serious injuries in the workplace and other breaches of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.
  • Licensing – act on behalf of those applying for licences and also for Police Forces. Firearms appeals also undertaken.
  • Money Laundering – instructed in complex money laundering issues, involving significant sums.
  • Serious Fraud – act for the prosecution and defence of individual and corporate defendants under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.
  • Trading Standards – instructed for the prosecution and defence of companies charged with trading standards offences such as trade description, counterfeiting and piracy.

All members of our team accept instructions in both publicly and privately funded work.

Robert Smith KC
Call: 1971 Silk: 1986

I was Called to the Bar in 1971 and commenced practice on the North Eastern Circuit at 5 King’s Bench Walk. These chambers had produced many ‘high...

Alistair MacDonald KC
Call: 1983 Silk: 2000

Alistair Macdonald KC prosecutes and defends in the most serious crime cases, including murder and serious drugs offences. His particular strength...

Simon Jackson KC
Call: 1982 Silk: 2003

Simon Jackson KC is regularly instructed in serious criminal (principally homicide), regulatory (including corporate manslaughter), professional...

Paul Greaney KC
Call: 1993 Silk: 2010

Paul Greaney KC specialises in serious crime, public inquiries and inquests, regulatory crime and professional discipline. For many years he has...

Nicholas Lumley KC
Call: 1992 Silk: 2012

Nicholas Lumley KC is a specialist criminal and regulatory law advocate. His expertise covers cases involving homicide, serious fraud, drug...

Jason Pitter KC
Call: 1994 Silk: 2014

Jason Pitter KC was called to the Bar in 1994 and commenced pupillage in Chambers in 1995 and became a member in 1996 practicing initially in general...

Simon Kealey KC
Call: 1991 Silk: 2017

Simon Kealey KC is an extremely popular and personable advocate who enjoys a busy practice concentrating on criminal and regulatory law. Simon’s...

Nicholas de la Poer KC
Call: 2003 Silk: 2020

Nicholas de la Poer KC specialises in criminal law and regulatory work. He is described as "a good operator" and "phenomenal barrister". Since...

Sharon Beattie KC
Call: 1986 Silk: 2021

Sharon Beattie KC acts in complex cases involving scientific, pathological and medical evidence. As well as cases of Homicide (both Prosecuting and...

Tom Storey KC
Call: 1993 Silk: 2024

Tom Storey KC is regularly recommended as a leading individual for criminal law in legal directories. He both prosecutes and defends, and is...

Neil Jones
Call: 1978

Neil Jones initially had a private practice in Newcastle, then 32 years as military lawyer. US Army JAG School 1989. RCDS 2008. MA Kings College...

Peter Schofield
Call: 1982

Peter Schofield specialises in criminal work and has a flourishing practice in defence work in and around Newcastle. He has been instructed to...

Ian Brook
Call: 1983

As a former Ag. High Court Judge in Trinidad & Tobago, Ian tried 11 capital murder cases. He now conducts all manner of criminal cases, for the...

Crime

Stephen Uttley
Call: 1984

Stephen Uttley defends exclusively in serious crime. He will fight unfalteringly on behalf of his clients and has an exhaustive list of cases of...

Nick Cartmell
Call: 1990

Nick Cartmell is a senior criminal practitioner, specialising in defending serious crime. Nick is a member of the Criminal Bar Association and has...

Crime

Elyas Patel
Call: 1991

Elyas Patel now practises exclusively in criminal law, after a broad common law practice (including Personal Injury, Family, Immigration and...

Andrew Espley
Call: 1993

Andrew Espley both defends and prosecutes serious criminal cases. Andrew has appeared on both sides in five attempted murders over two years. He...

Stuart Graham
Call: 1995

Stuart Graham has extensive experience in complex cases of drug conspiracies, complex frauds, violent disorders and firearms.

Geraldine Kelly
Call: 1996

Geraldine Kelly is an experienced and extremely able criminal practitioner, who manages a well-balanced practice, consisting of both defence and...

Vincent Ward
Call: 1998

Vincent Ward has a well-established criminal practice. He accepts instructions in all types of cases, including complex cases and those of the utmost...

Christopher Rose
Call: 1999

Christopher Rose practises in high level, serious and complex crime. He is a hugely experienced trial advocate, appearing in criminal courts across...

David Povall
Call: 2000

David Povall is a specialist criminal practitioner, having spent his entire career to date appearing both for the Crown and the defence across the...

Lee Fish
Call: 2003

Lee Fish is recommended in the leading directories as "an exceptional barrister" who is "very bright and very able". Lee's practice covers the...

Chloe Hudson
Call: 2003

Chloe Hudson's practice encompasses criminal and regulatory work. Her particular areas of specialism are cases with a medical aspect and sexual...

Jessica Strange
Call: 2003

Jessica Strange is a specialist criminal practitioner who has a well balanced practice defending and prosecuting in all types of criminal cases. She...

Chloe Fairley
Call: 2004

Chloe Fairley is an outstanding and persuasive advocate, with an exceptional ability to put both professional and lay clients at ease. She has...

Matthew Donkin
Call: 2004

Matthew Donkin is trusted to conduct cases of gravity and complexity, and is recognised for his ability to manage demanding evidence and legal issues....

Crime

David Outterside
Call: 2004

David has been involved in complex, sensitive and serious cases across the Country over the past decade.  A heavyweight criminal practitioner with a...

Jeremy Barton
Call: 2004

Jeremy Barton specialises in criminal work, predominantly defending. He is frequently instructed on both a private and publicly funded basis in the...

Susannah Proctor
Call: 2005

Susannah Proctor is an outstanding and passionate advocate; she is regularly instructed in a range of serious and complex cases including sexual...

Adam Birkby
Call: 2006

Adam Birkby is a highly respected specialist in criminal, regulatory and disciplinary law. Whether being led by the pre-eminent silks on circuit,...

Eleanor Fry
Call: 2007

Eleanor Fry deals with a broad range of complex and sensitive matters in the criminal and family jurisdictions and before regulatory/disciplinary...

Ben Campbell
Call: 2008

Ben Campbell has developed a significant practice with a focus on crime and regulatory work. A CPS Level 4 Prosecutor, Ben both defends and...

Nick Lane
Call: 2008

Nick Lane is a busy and highly regarded specialist criminal advocate who regularly appears in the most serious cases including those of murder,...

Graham O'Sullivan
Call: 2009

Graham O'Sullivan has established a busy practice both prosecuting and defending in the Crown Court. He is a Level 3 Prosecutor and, since 2015,...

Nicoleta Alistari
Call: 2009

Nicoleta Alistari has a common law practice, with emphasis on crime. She prosecutes and defends in a wide range of cases, including those involving...

Jessica Slaughter
Call: 2009

Jessica Slaughter is a specialist criminal barrister. She prosecutes as a level 4 CPS panel advocate and defends in complex criminal cases. Having...

Amber Walker
Call: 2010

Amber Walker deals with a range of matters across the Criminal and Regulatory disciplines. She is known for her ability to engage, reassure and...

Fiona Lamb
Call: 2010

Fiona Lamb only accepts instructions for the defence and has developed a very busy practice. Fiona completed a reduced pupillage at Farringdon...

Joe Culley
Call: 2010

Joe Culley has established a busy criminal practice on the North Eastern Circuit. Called in 2010, Joe developed five years’ experience of Civil...

Claire Anderson
Call: 2011

Claire Anderson is a junior criminal practitioner, who prosecutes and defends, both on her own and as junior counsel. Claire is routinely...

Felicity Hemlin
Call: 2011

Felicity Hemlin has an established criminal and family law practice. She has experience both prosecuting and defending serious cases in the Crown...

Jade Bucklow
Call: 2012

Jade Bucklow accepts instructions in a wide range of areas, including professional discipline, regulatory, inquests and inquiries and crime. Called...

Georgina Goring
Call: 2012

Georgina Goring specialises in professional discipline, inquests and inquiries and crime. Georgina is recognised by the Legal 500 as a Leading...

Peter Byrne
Call: 2012

Peter Byrne has almost 30 years' experience of conducting criminal cases before the courts, including the Court of Appeal, ranging from motoring...

Richard Holland
Call: 2012

Richard Holland is an advocate who appears in cases of significant legal and factual complexity. At ease with professional and lay clients alike, he...

Maryam Ahmad
Call: 2013

Maryam Ahmad is developing a strong criminal, regulatory and family law practice and building a reputation as a thorough and determined advocate. ...

Ashleigh Metcalfe
Call: 2014

Ashleigh Metcalfe has developed a strong criminal law practice that belies her level of Call. Having been appointed as a Grade 4 prosecutor at 7...

Amy Levitt
Call: 2015

Amy Levitt regularly undertakes instructions in complex public and private law family proceedings. Amy has been a member of chambers since April...

Emma Hughes
Call: 2015

Emma Hughes specialises in criminal, family and civil law matters. Emma has experience representing both claimants and defendants in a variety of...

John Hobley
Call: 2015

John Hobley has established a practice in criminal, family and regulatory work. His family practice spans both public and private Children Act...

Ryan Donoghue
Call: 2015

Ryan Donoghue is an experienced court and tribunal advocate with a personable nature that enables him to easily engage with clients and ensure the...

Danielle Gilmour
Call: 2017

Danielle Gilmour accepts instructions in a range of crime and civil work, and is developing a strong regulatory practice. Danielle joined New Park...

Oliver Connor
Call: 2017

Oliver Connor accepts instructions in a number of areas including Crime and Regulatory. Oliver commenced pupillage at New Park Court Chambers in...

Ian Cook
Call: 2018

Ian Cook has dealt with a number of serious trials including arson with intent to endanger life, serious violence and high value dishonesty. He has...

Jemima Stephenson
Call: 2018

Jemima Stephenson practises in Crime and regularly appears for both Prosecution and Defence in the Crown Court and Magistrates' Court. Jemima...

Marte Alnaes
Call: 2018

Marte Alnaes accepts instructions in a wide range of areas, including Crime, Regulatory, Civil and Family. Marte completed her pupillage under the...

Benjamin Whittingham
Call: 2018

Benjamin Whittingham accepts instructions across all aspects of common law. Ben completed pupillage under the supervision of Adam Birkby in...

Gabrielle Wilks
Call: 2019

Gabrielle Wilks accepts instructions in criminal, family, civil and regulatory matters. Gabrielle joined Chambers following the completion of her...

Daisy Wrigley
Call: 2019

Daisy Wrigley is currently undertaking her second six in Chambers and accepts instructions in criminal, family and civil matters. Daisy commenced...

Michael Brady KC
Call: 1992 Silk: 2020

Michael Brady KC has been instructed to both prosecute and defend in a number of high-profile murder cases, including R v Skana a case that concerned...

Crime

Rachel Shenton
Call: 1993

Rachel Shenton is an experienced criminal advocate practising exclusively in crime and is regularly instructed by both the prosecution and defence in...

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Junior members of New Park Court Criminal Team have enjoyed recent successes in serious criminal casework both on Circuit and off Circuit. ... Read more

Ryan Donoghue instructed by the Care Quality Commission in its first prosecution of a local authority


Ryan Donoghue was instructed by the CQC in its first prosecution of a local authority. Derbyshire County Council was charged with failing to... Read more

Robert Smith QC and Matthew Donkin in successful prosecution of mother and her partner for the killing of Mia Gregson


Following a trial lasting for eight weeks before Mr. Justice Goss at Sheffield Crown Court, Jonathan Garner was convicted of the murder of... Read more

Paul Greaney QC gives keynote speech at the NPCC National Conference


Between the 4th and 6th November 2019, the Homicide Working Group of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) held its national... Read more

Peter Byrne in successful defence of man accused of attempted murder following a shooting in Leeds


Peter Byrne, led by Jamie Hill QC of Fountain Chambers, successfully defended a man charged with attempted murder after the discharge of a... Read more

Simply “Superb”


Chambers and Partners 2020 includes no fewer than 19 references to New Park Court members and the most frequently used adjective to describe... Read more

Paul Greaney QC concludes trial of teenage bomb maker


Kieran Cleary was 15 when he espoused right-wing views, praised Adolf Hitler and attempted to manufacture a CO2 bomb. Following a trial in... Read more

Paul Greaney QC represents international company in ICO prosecution


On 1st October 2019, the prosecution offered no evidence against an international company facing data protection charges. The case against... Read more

New Park Court retains Tier 1 ranking in the Legal 500


The latest edition of the Legal 500 sees New Park Court retaining its status as a Tier 1 set on the North Eastern Circuit. Viewed as... Read more

Sharon Beattie in successful prosecution of Sunderland Racial Hatred Case


Following a four week trial at Newcastle Crown Court, the Defendant, William Charlton was convicted of  five offences of stirring up racial... Read more

Paul Greaney QC and Nick de la Poer, instructed by Waj Khalil, in successful defence of “E”


The recent case of R v E [2018] EWCA Crim 2426 is well known to criminal practitioners up and down the country. In that case, giving the... Read more

Christopher Rose and Richard Holland successfully prosecute serial rapist


Christopher Rose, leading Richard Holland, appeared in the prosecution of a serial rapist who was found guilty of attacking four women over... Read more

New Park Court team prosecutes the single biggest event of multiple murders ever investigated by West Yorkshire Police


Alistair MacDonald QC and James Gelsthorpe, assisted by Mark Robinson, have successfully prosecuted Shahid Mohammed for the murder of eight... Read more

Dafydd Enoch QC and Nick de la Poer secure convictions in gangland murder trial


Following at trial which began on 3rd June 2019, 2 men were convicted of murdering Christopher Lewis by shooting him in the head. On 30th... Read more

Nicholas Lumley and Eleanor Fry successful in murder prosecution


Nicholas Lumley QC, leading Eleanor Fry, prosecuted a four-week trial in the murder of 17-year-old Halifax boy, Jamie Brown. Michael... Read more

Nick de la Poer in successful abuse of process application


Nick de la Poer was instructed by Jeremy Scott, of Lupton Fawcett, to represent a landowner who was alleged to have fallen foul of the... Read more

Paul Greaney QC successful in defence of police constable charged with using his dog as a weapon


Paul Greaney QC successfully defended a police constable who was charged with using his dog as a weapon to "vent his contempt" for... Read more

Robert Smith QC and Sharon Beattie successfully prosecute pair over murder of 3 year old boy


The trial of Kyle Campbell and Kayleigh Siswick was concluded at Leeds Crown Court on Thursday 13 June 2019. Robert Smith QC and Ms... Read more

Christopher Rose & Justice – Report on Prosecuting Sexual Offences


On 10th June 2019, Justice launched its latest working party report, Prosecuting Sexual Offences, chaired by HH Peter Rook QC. New Park... Read more

Nick de la Poer makes successful submission of no case to answer in “Meggy” murder trial


Nick de la Poer was instructed by Rob Rode of ABR Solicitors to represent Nadeem Khan, a man who was accused of conspiring to do an act... Read more

Jason Pitter QC prosecutes murder of maths prodigy


Jason Pitter QC prosecuted the high-profile murder of Poppy Devey-Waterhouse,  a "first class honours mathematician" and statistician, by... Read more

Nicholas Lumley QC in first private prosecution arising from a fraudulent public liability claim


Nicholas Lumley QC, instructed by Clyde & Co, represented Aviva in what is thought to be the first private prosecution arising from a... Read more

Ryan Donoghue successful in first appeal at the Royal Courts of Justice


Despite being in practice for less that 6 months, Ryan Donoghue, instructed by Carr & Co. Solicitors, has successfully appealed against... Read more

Jason Pitter QC appears for officer cleared of misconduct in helicopter “peeping tom” case


Jason Pitter QC represented a former police constable at misconduct proceedings brought by South Yorkshire Police, along with a fellow... Read more

New Park Court Chambers members in successful prosecutions of organised crime groups in firearms feud


On 5 March 2019, the jury returned verdicts convicting 6 defendants - Michael Conroy, Darren Appleby, Jamie Moran, Kenneth Moran, Bailey... Read more

Chambers welcomes talented trio


New Park Court is delighted to announce that Simon Kealey QC, Jessica Strange and Ashleigh Metcalfe have joined Chambers as tenants. All... Read more

Adam Birkby successfully appeals sentence in Health & Safety case


Adam Birkby, instructed by Emma Windle of Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, represented Symmetry Medical Sheffield Ltd, a Sheffield based company... Read more

Nicholas Lumley QC prosecutes murder case at Teesside Crown Court


Nicholas Lumley QC, instructed by CPS, prosecuted the case of a man who killed for a second time. On 21st February, Paul Plunkett pleaded... Read more

Sharon Beattie in successful prosecution of grooming gang at Bradford Crown Court


Nine men who raped and abused two teenage girls who had been in local authority care have been convicted of 22 offences, including rape and... Read more

Chloe Hudson prosecutes youth for manslaughter at Leeds Crown Court


The Defendant, aged 16 at the time of the killing, punched the deceased causing fatal injuries. The evidence focused particularly on the... Read more

Jason Pitter QC and Ben Campbell appear with Nicholas Lumley QC and Bertie Woodcock QC in South Yorkshire “out of control” HGV case


Jason Pitter QC and Ben Campbell prosecuted the driver and passengers of a stolen HGV that had been driven around South Yorkshire over the... Read more

Alistair MacDonald QC and Jeremy Barton at Leeds Crown Court


Alistair MacDonald QC leading Jeremy Barton secured a conviction for murder at Leeds Crown Court. There were no eye witnesses to the fatal... Read more

Jason Pitter QC and James Gelsthorpe secure acquittal in police corruption trial


Jason Pitter QC and James Gelsthorpe, instructed by Tom Nutter and Darren Cook (Slater Gordon, Leeds), represented a retired police sergeant... Read more

Paul Greaney QC concludes the trial of the men charged with the murders Paul Massey and John Kinsella


Paul Massey and John Kinsella were alleged to be major gangland figures in the North West. They were murdered three years apart, Paul Massey... Read more

Jeremy Barton, Adam Birkby and Peter Byrne secure acquittals in million pound fraud case


Jeremy Barton for the first Defendant and Adam Birkby leading Peter Byrne for the second Defendant, were instructed by Richard Haswell... Read more

Pupillage application process for 2020 is now open


We are offering two pupillages (one based in Leeds and one based In Newcastle) to begin in September 2020 to two outstanding candidates. The... Read more

Paul Greaney QC named Regional ‘Silk of the Year’ by Legal 500


Paul Greaney QC has been named Regional 'Silk of the Year' at the Legal 500 Awards 2019. The award covers all areas of law for all silks... Read more

Prosecution by Alistair MacDonald QC and Nick de la Poer listed in HMRC’s Top 10 cases of 2018


Between January and March 2018 Alistair MacDonald QC and Nick de la Poer prosecuted Operation Backbar, an investigation by HMRC which... Read more

Gavin Doig and Claire Anderson prosecute a Northumbria Police investigation into the targeting of vulnerable young women in Sunderland.


Operation Argon was a Northumbria Police investigation into the targeting of vulnerable young women in Sunderland, prosecuted by Gavin Doig,... Read more

New Park Court welcomes leading junior to add to existing talent.


Chambers is delighted to announce the appointment of Geraldine Kelly, a specialist criminal and regulatory practitioner to the set. ... Read more

Jason Pitter QC features in leading Health & Safety article


Jason Pitter QC features along with other leading Health and Safety practitioners in an analysis of the approach to sentence, and maximising... Read more

Paul Greaney QC starts gangland murder trial at Liverpool Crown Court


Paul Greaney QC acts on behalf of the Crown in the prosecution of two men charged with the murder of Paul Massey and John Kinsella, who were... Read more

James Gelsthorpe receives Assistant Chief Constable’s Commendation


James Gelsthorpe was awarded a Commendation by the Assistant Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police on 12 November 2018 following his work... Read more

Chambers and Partners: New Park Court ranked a Band 1 set on the North Eastern Circuit


New Park Court is pleased to announce our ranking as a Band 1 set in the Chambers and Partners directory for 2019.  Our members are... Read more

Adam Birkby secures acquittal of police officer accused of sexual assault


Adam Birkby, instructed by Darren Cook of Slater Gordon solicitors, represented a serving police officer at Derby Crown Court. The officer... Read more

Legal 500: New Park Court is ranked in the top tier of leading sets on the North Eastern Circuit


New Park Court is delighted to announce that 17 members of Chambers have been listed in the latest edition of the Legal 500.  Chambers... Read more

Cot death manslaughter allegation trial resolves with health and safety failing


Jason Pitter QC, leading Geraldine Kelly, represented  the designer and manufacturer of a “cot bed” in which a 7 month baby tragically... Read more

Elyas Patel secures only acquittal on charges of rape in multi-handed trial at Leeds Crown Court


Following the lifting of reporting restrictions by the Recorder of Leeds, we are now able to report that Elyas Patel was instructed to... Read more

Paul Greaney QC appears as Counsel to the Manchester arena bombing Inquests


Paul Greaney QC is leading counsel to the Manchester Arena Bombing Inquests. A Pre-Inquest Review Hearing took place today, 18th October... Read more

Jason Pitter QC appears for Bed Company Boss in alleged manslaughter of 7 month old


Jason Pitter QC (leading Geraldine Kelly) represented the bed manufacturer and owner of Playtime Beds Ltd who manufactured a “cot bed”... Read more

New Park Court welcomes new talent


New Park Court is pleased to announce four new tenancies. Ryan Donoghue and Danielle Gilmour have been offered tenancy after successfully... Read more

Elyas Patel secures an acquittal after a six week trial at Leeds Crown Court


Elyas Patel secured the acquittal of Arsalan Jan, a defendant charged with offences of Kidnap, False Imprisonment and Causing GBH. The... Read more

Adam Birkby successfully defends a police officer accused of misusing police computer systems and confidential information


Adam Birkby, instructed by Peter Hampson of Slater & Gordon solicitors, appeared on behalf of a police sergeant in a special case... Read more

Matthew Donkin at the inquest into the death of Irene Collins


Matthew Donkin represented the family of the deceased, a frail and unwell 73 year old former NHS worker, who died after being attacked in... Read more

Jeremy Barton secures acquittal at Bradford Crown Court


Jeremy Barton instructed by Carr and Co Solicitors achieved an acquittal defending a man accused of causing really serious harm contrary to... Read more

Case against Sir Norman Bettison – represented by Paul Greaney QC and Nick de la Poer


Today the prosecution made a public statement, following the discontinuance of proceedings against Sir Norman Bettison yesterday, in... Read more

Gavin Doig and Christopher Rose secure the acquittal of a Newcastle doorman accused of assisting in a conspiracy to murder


Following a twelve week trial at the Central Criminal Court, Gavin Doig and Christopher Rose have secured the acquittal of a Newcastle man... Read more

Paul Greaney QC at the Deepcut Inquest – Verdict delivered


The Coroner hearing the inquest into the death of Private Sean Benton at Deepcut Barracks in 1995 has delivered his verdict. His Honour... Read more

Nicholas Lumley QC and Chloe Hudson successfully prosecute shipping container murder case


Nicholas Lumley QC and Chloe Hudson have successfully prosecuted James Sutcliffe, who shot another man in the head in a shipping container... Read more

Paul Greaney QC and Nicholas de la Poer in school shooting sentence


On Friday 20th July 2018, Tom Wyllie and Alex Bolland were sentenced for conspiring together to carry out a recreation of the Columbine... Read more

Nicholas Lumley QC, Jason Pitter QC and Chloe Fairley appear in starved teenager case


Nicholas Lumley QC and Chloe Fairley prosecuted the mother, grandmother and sister of a teenage boy who it was said was allowed to starve... Read more

Georgina Goring successfully defends in Rape trial at Liverpool Crown Court


Georgina Goring, instructed by Zahir Ayoub of Rahman Ravelli solicitors, secured an acquittal for a defendant charged with rape and assault... Read more

Sharon Beattie and Felicity Hemlin prosecute former Newcastle United youth coaching assistant charged with historic sexual offences


George Ormond was charged with historic sex offences against young footballers both at local club level and in relation to young players at... Read more

Jason Pitter QC and Adam Birkby prosecute largest Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome Case


Jason Pitter QC and Adam Birkby appeared on behalf of the HSE in the prosecution of Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions. The company was fined... Read more

Dafydd Enoch QC in successful prosecution of terrorist related case in Bradford Crown Court


Ashkan Ebrahimi received a 20 year extended sentence following a trial on charges of possession of explosives with intent to endanger life... Read more

Dafydd Enoch QC defends in one of the first prosecutions relating to forced marriage


At Leeds Crown Court the jury heard that the forced marriage unit mounted a rescue operation in conjunction with the British High Commission... Read more

Richard Holland successfully defends in £1.3 million money laundering


On 6 June 2018, Richard Holland, instructed by Abdul Iftikhar of Kamrans Solicitors, concluded a two and half week defence trial at Leeds... Read more

Grenfell Tower Inquiry Opening Statements: Paul Greaney QC and Nick de la Poer appear on behalf of Core Participant tRIIO


Today, the Grenfell Tower Inquiry moved to the evidential stages of Phase 1 and began with an opening statement by Lead Counsel to the... Read more

Paul Greaney QC and Nick de la Poer secure conviction for conspiracy to murder in North Yorkshire school shooting plot case


After just over 7 hours deliberation, today the jury returned unanimous verdicts in relation to two school boys accused of conspiring to... Read more

Jason Pitter QC and Adam Birkby secure acquittal in alleged gangland shooting


Jason Pitter QC and Adam Birkby represented the alleged hitman who had faced allegations of conspiracy to murder and attempted murder... Read more

Matthew Donkin and Richard Holland in successful Prosecution of Newcastle Rafael slaving family


On 4 May 2018, Matthew Donkin and Richard Holland, led by John Elvidge QC, concluded the successful prosecution of Operation Cluster, a... Read more

Paul Greaney QC & Nicholas de la Poer win at trial and in the Court of Appeal, securing acquittal of former Lady Mayoress of Bradford


Following a two year police investigation, conducted under the name Operation Falland, and a trial that has lasted nearly 3 weeks during... Read more

Nicholas de la Poer wins abuse of process argument causing case to be stopped


On 6th March 2018 Nicholas de la Poer, instructed by Nicola Sharp of Rahman Ravelli, successfully argued that proceedings should be stayed... Read more

Jeremy Barton secures a not guilty verdict after 3 month trial for conspiring to import millions of pounds worth of drugs


Jeremy represented one of seven defendants charged with conspiring to import half a ton of illicit drugs with a street value of nearly four... Read more

Nicholas de la Poer prosecutes Iceland to £2.5 million fine


Today Iceland was sentenced to £2.5 million fine in a health and safety case. Following a trial which lasted into the third week and... Read more

Jason Pitter QC and Ben Campbell secure acquittal in joint enterprise alleged murder


Jason Pitter QC and Ben Campbell appeared for Ruben Rewcroft in the alleged joint attack on the partner of the defendant's sister, who had... Read more

Defendants sentenced at conclusion of the “Dark Ages” torture / murder trial


Jimmy Prout, a vulnerable man, was subjected to dreadful torture for a period of four months before, finally, he was killed. The torture... Read more

Dafydd Enoch QC, Chris Smith and Georgina Goring at Sheffield Crown Court


Dafydd Enoch QC, Chris Smith and Georgina Goring successfully prosecute 5 defendants for the killing of Craig Preston in Sheffield Crown... Read more

Paul Greaney QC and Gavin Doig in “Dark Ages” torture trial


Paul Greaney QC and Gavin Doig appear for the Crown in the prosecution of three women and a man for the murder of another man. The BBC... Read more

Paul Greaney QC acts on behalf of tennis coach cleared of rape


Paul Greaney QC acted on behalf of W, a tennis coach accused of the rape of a young woman at a New Year's Eve party. The case involved... Read more

Paul Greaney QC and Lee Fish act on behalf of boy cleared of murder


Paul Greaney QC and Lee Fish acted on behalf of Callum Hackett, a teenager who was acquitted of murder, following a trial before Simler J.... Read more

Stephen Uttley successful in defence of attempted murder case


Stephen Uttley instructed by S J Law Solicitors, London, successfully defended a man charged with attempted murder. The trial took place at... Read more

Criminal Briefing


Richard Holland discusses the case of R v Jogee. Click here to download  ... Read more

Paul Greaney QC, Jason Pitter QC and Elyas Patel appear in the first corporate manslaughter case under the new Definitive Guideline


On 3rd December 2015, Sherwood Rise Limited (the owner and operator of a care home in Nottingham) pleaded guilty to corporate manslaughter... Read more

Jeremy Barton successfully defends a Kurdish national charged with defrauding HMRC of the duty on cigarettes


The defendant was one of only two men acquitted at Birmingham Crown Court after an eight day trial. The evidence included complex telephone... Read more

Paul Greaney QC successfully defends senior partner on charge of conspiracy to pervert course of justice


Paul Greaney QC defended the senior partner of a well-known firm of solicitors on a charge of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.... Read more

Jason Pitter QC at Leeds Crown Court


Jason Pitter QC (leading Geraldine Kelly, Zenith Chambers) secured an acquittal on all counts for a defendant charged with murder and... Read more

Paul Greaney QC in Article 7 case in the Court of Appeal


Paul Greaney QC appeared on behalf of Martin Bell in his challenge to the length of the minimum term set as part of a discretionary life... Read more

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