Year Of CallYear of call: 1999
Conducts both defence and prosecution work at all levels, including homicide, fraud, serious violence, drugs and sexual offences. Particular experience of:
- Large-scale criminal conspiracies involving drugs and/or firearms; and
- Sexual offences, particularly those involving children.
Grade 4 CPS Prosecutor (and on rape specialist panel).
Regularly instructed by the CPS Yorkshire and Humberside Complex Casework Unit, the CPS North East Complex Casework Unit and CPS HQ Organised Crime Group North.
Legal 500 Leading Junior in Crime.
Representative cases (conducted alone):
- R v James and Slater: prosecution of 2 defendants, both convicted after trial of attempted murder, arson with intent to endanger life and perverting the course of justice. Sentenced to 23 years and 19 years imprisonment. Both defendants were represented at trial by Queen’s Counsel.
- Operation Yeto: prosecution of nine defendants for conspiracy to steal overhead electricity cable. Over 92 kilometres of cable was stolen in over two hundred incidents. (Leading Daniel Penman)
- R v ST: successful defence of prisoner charged with assaulting a prison officer. Case was stopped before the close of the prosecution case after discrepancies were found in the officers’ accounts about the availability of body-worn camera footage of the alleged assault.
- Operation Titanford: six-week trial prosecuting 4 defendants for kidnapping and torture arising out of a drugs dispute. As part of the incident the victim had boiling water poured over his genitals. Convicted defendants sentenced to 15 years imprisonment each.
- R v W: prosecution of historical sexual abuse and child cruelty by W against his three step-children. Convicted on all counts and sentenced to a total of 27 years imprisonment.
- R v Briers: prosecution of chief executive of Age Concern South Tyneside for a series of frauds totalling over £700,000. Defendant convicted after trial (7 years imprisonment).
- R v B: Prosecution of taxi driver for two rapes arising out of Operation Stovewood (the National Crime Agency’s investigation into historical child sexual exploitation in Rotherham). Defendant convicted after trial and sentenced to 9 years imprisonment.
- R v C: prosecution of C for gaining unauthorised access to confidential NHS computer files. Successfully responded, on an interlocutory appeal before the Court of Appeal, to a defence argument that the unauthorised access was justified under the ECHR.
- Operation Hercules: prosecution of 4 defendants for conspiracy to supply firearms and drugs in Sheffield. Among the items linked to the defendants were 7 semi-automatic handguns, a submachine gun, over 1000 rounds of ammunition, a kilogram of 79% pure cocaine and £38,000 in cash. Main defendant sentenced to a total 27 years imprisonmentÂ (a sentence later upheld by the Court of Appeal Criminal Division).
- R v Jago and others: prosecution of four defendants for conspiracy to steal from motor vehicles, comprising a series of 14 professionally executed thefts from parked delivery vans across the north of England.
- Operation Midway: prosecution of four defendants for involvement in a business supplying controlled bodybuilding drugs across the UK, with total receipts of over £1 million.
- R v Taggart: prosecuted the former Lord Mayor of Leeds and chairman of the West Yorkshire Police Authority, for possessing and distributing over 30,000 indecent images of children (over 5,000 of which were in the highest category).
- R v Fiek and others: prosecuted three defendants charged with both the sexual abuse of adolescent males and the distribution of images of sexual abuse. As well as evidence from the complainants themselves, the evidence contained a large volume of messages between the defendants, including graphic and extremely disturbing conversations about the sexual and physical abuse of children, and the frequent exchanges of such images. All of the defendants eventually pleaded guilty to a total of 33 out of 34 counts, and received extended sentences of over 10 years each.
- R v C: Prosecuted defendant for the repeated rape of his own daughter (sentence of 16 years after trial). Subsequently prosecuted the same defendant for the earlier abuse of his younger cousin, for which he received a further sentence of 7 years.
- R v Rochford and others: prosecution of 7 defendants for violent disorder.
- R v Correira and others: prosecution of 14 East Timorese nationals following two prolonged violent incidents in Scunthorpe town centre.
- R v Makudza et al: prosecution of two defendants for a series of banking diversion and cheque frauds which had resulted in a gain of over £300,000.
- R v L: successfully defended at trial a man accused of the assault by penetration of a disabled complainant.
- Prosecuting and defending in many other cases of rape and other serious sexual offences. Recently many of these cases have involved the pre-recorded cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses under the section 28 YJCEA 1999 pilot scheme.
- Successfully prosecuting at trial an inheritance fraud involving the removal of over £100,000 from a trust fund.
- The successful defence at trial of a defendant charged with causing grievous bodily harm where the complainant suffered a fractured skull and was unconscious for several days.
- Conducting the first prosecution in the United Kingdom of an offence contrary to section 128 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (trespass on a designated site)- a prosecution requiring the personal consent and involvement of the Attorney General.
- The successful defence at trial of a single mother accused of neglect by abandoning her two young children without a carer.
Representative cases (as led junior):
- R v Johnson: prosecution of stepfather following the death of his two year old stepdaughter (led by David Brooke QC). Defendant convicted of murder after trial (life sentence with minimum term of 19 years).
- R v Sheard and Damen: prosecution of the parents of a 4 month old baby girl for manslaughter and child cruelty (led by Nicholas Campbell QC). Seven medical experts in different specialties were instructed by the Crown alone.
- Operation Yardley (R v Craig Allen): prosecution of major criminal figure who organised drug supplies and importations across the UK from his base in Thailand. Sentence of 20 years imprisonment after a guilty plea (led by David Brooke QC).
- Operations Muzzle and Magnum: prosecution of a major organised criminal group that supplied drugs of all classes across the UK as well as importing over 200kg of cocaine from Mexico. 18 defendants in total were arrested, 16 convicted, with sentences of up to 27 years imprisonment.
- Operation Manifest: the prosecution of a major organised crime group involved in the distribution of class A drugs in South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. Conducted numerous hearings including PII applications and part of the trial alone. Trial ended with the conviction of 10 of the 12 defendants and a sentence of 23 years imprisonment for the main defendant.
- R v S: led junior in the prosecution of what was described by the sentencing judge as the worst case of historic child sex abuse by a single defendant he had encountered. The final indictment covered 47 counts and 20 complainants, and resulted in a sentence of 20 years imprisonment (after guilty pleas).
- Operation Dollar: prosecution of 23 defendants involved in “cash for crash” insurance fraud.
Called to the Bar 1999, Lincoln’s Inn
LLB (Hons) in Law 1998, University of Hull
Legal 500 Leading Junior in Crime
Appointed 2019 as a Fee-paid [part-time] Judge of the First-Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)
North Eastern Circuit
Criminal Bar Association
Flying (has held private pilot’s licence since 2014, with restricted instrument rating 2019 and night rating 2020).
Running (so far up to 10 miles, due to attempt the Yorkshire Marathon in October 2020).
Plus cycling, reading and travelling.