Rupert Doswell

Rupert Doswell


Year of call: 1996

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  • Practice Summary

    Prosecutes and defends the full range serious criminal cases; including misuse of drugs, sexual offences, fraud, homicide and violent crime. Extensive experience in s.8 C.P.I.A. disclosure applications and challenges to Public Interest Immunity Claims. Parole hearing reviews and general Prison Law advice.

    Attended training in prosecuting serious sexual offences and in the use of intermediaries to assist vulnerable witnesses.

    Non-criminal police work including Sexual Offences Prevention Orders and Closure Orders.

    Level 4 prosecutor (including RASSO panel).

    List B member of the List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law

    Head of the Criminal Team

    Recent Cases

    R v Livingstone & Others – Large scale drugs conspiracy. NCS operation involving 12 defendants, nine month long voir dire and disclosure process. Procedural challenges to disclosure process following ECHR decision in Edwards v Lewis.

    R v Bell – Fraud. £1 1/2million.

    R v Milson – Murder. Death of 8 month old baby from methadone overdose.

    R v MacKenzie – Gross Negligence Manslaughter. Death of 78 year old woman from suspected hypothermia.

    R v Martin – Murder. Night time stabbing of a friend.

    R v Clark – Rape and Murder of 14 year old girl in her home.

    Professional Membership

    • North Eastern Circuit
    • Criminal Bar Association

  • Practice Summary

    Extensive knowledge in key areas of Public and Regulatory work. With a background in serious Criminal Cases, he is often instructed in death in custody inquests and related Judicial Review work.

    List B member of the List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law

    Areas of Expertise

    • Judicial reviews; public inquiries; highway & road traffic.
    • Inquests: instructions accepted in all manner of inquests, in particular death in custody cases and road traffic accidents.
    • Trading Standard Prosecutions: quality of goods; counterfeit goods; Office of Fair Trading; product recalls; weights & measures.
    • Environmental: noise pollution, air pollution, water pollution; waste management.

    Notable Cases

    EA v Depot Hire Ltd & Oths.
    This was the largest and most complex prosecution in excess of 13,000 pages of served evidence that the EA have undertaken in the NE of England. Large scale organised unlawful Waste Disposal by Skip companies

  • Practice Summary

    All aspects of Employment Law advisory and litigation work, including Unfair and Wrongful Dismissal, Discrimination (in particular sexual and disability related discrimination), Equal Pay, Unlawful Deductions from Wages, Redundancy, TUPE regulations, pensions and contractual disputes. Qualified to accept Direct Access work.

    Professional Membership

    • North Eastern Circuit

  • Called to the Bar 1996/Inner Temple


    • Cardiff University, LLB (Hons) 2:1
    • Inns of Court School of Law (Bar Examinations) 1995

    Additional Information

    Interests include skiing, sailing and oil painting