Damian Broadbent

  • Year Of Call

    Year of call: 2019
Damian Broadbent

DAMIAN BROADBENT

Year of call: 2019

Call clerks: 0113 297 1200

Email clerks: clerks@kbwchambers.com

  • Practice Summary

    Damian Broadbent practices in criminal, family, and police law.

    Damian is a grade 2 prosecutor.

    Education

    2018 – 2019: LLM., Master of Laws, with Distinction – BPP Law School.

    2015 – 2018: LLB., Bachelor of Laws, with Honours – University of Liverpool.

    Professional Membership

    The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn.

    The North Eastern Circuit.

  • Practice Summary

    Damian has experience prosecuting and defending a range of offences, including violent offences (such as s.18 GBH), sexual offences (such as sexual assault and meeting a child after grooming), drug offences (such as production and supply of class A drugs) and property offences (such as fraud and burglary).

    Damian has conducted several trials which have involved children giving evidence, he is familiar with cross examining children and applying the relevant toolkits.

    In addition to trials in the Crown Court, Damian is regularly instructed to conduct PTPHs, bail applications and sentence hearings. He also has experience providing advice, including advice on appeal.

    Damian is familiar with working with vulnerable clients, including clients with capacity issues, learning difficulties or who require an intermediary. Damian completed his RASSO training in 2022.

    Recent cases

    R v M (2022): The client was charged with two counts of PWITS class A after his fingerprints were found on a large amount of crack cocaine and heroin. Despite his guilty plea on the day of trial, Damian successfully argued that he should receive a suspended sentence.

    R v R, R & R (2022): Damian successfully prosecuted a religiously aggravated multi-handed burglary at an Islamic faith school where six people had caused extensive damage to the building, including tearing up Qurans.

    R v A (2022): The client was charged with sexual assault of a child under 13. The case involved cross examination of a young child about the alleged sexual assault.

    R v K (2022): Damian prosecuted a convicted murderer for a robbery which took place in Leeds city centre. After a four-day trial the jury found the defendant guilty and he was imprisoned, the defendant will also be subject to recall on licence.

    R v B (2021): The client was charged with an offence against the person. During cross examination Damian exposed several inconsistencies which resulted in the complainant admitting she had lied about the injuries she sustained. The judge terminated the case and ordered the jury to acquit immediately after the complainant had given evidence.

    R v G (2021): The client was charged with a sexual offence. He had a previous conviction for an identical offence which Damian successfully argued should not be placed before the jury. The client was acquitted.

    R v M (2021): The client was accused of violent offences against his ex-partner and two children. After a three-day trial, involving cross examination of two young children, the client was acquitted of all charges.

  • Practice Summary

    Damian is regularly instructed on both public and private family cases. He is experienced at representing clients at all stages of proceedings, from initial applications for ICOs or FHDRAs and contested removal hearings, through to CMHs and other interim hearings, and on to final hearings.

    Damian has successfully represented parties in complex fact-finding hearings involving numerous cross allegations.

    Damian is regularly instructed by local authorities, parents, special guardians, intervenors, and the children’s guardian.

    Prior to joining chambers Damian spent time working at two local authorities, where he developed an in-depth knowledge of public law cases involving a wide range of issues, including secure accommodation, FGM, FII, NAI and cases involving fatal injuries.

    Recent cases

    LA v O and Others (2021): Damian represented a local authority in a final hearing in the High Court for a complex case involving children being removed from their adoptive parents.

    C v C (2021): Damian represented a mother in private law proceedings. The father had removed the child from mother’s care and pursued findings that mother had inflicted non-accidental injuries. No findings were made, and Damian successfully argued the child should return to the mother’s care.

    LA v K and Others (2021): Damian represented a local authority pursuing findings of non-accidental injuries against a 3-month-old child. Damian worked closely with the local authority to provide comprehensive advice on the strength of the evidence and the appropriate findings to pursue, including drafting the schedule of findings sought.

    R v H (2021): Damian represented a mother in a complex private law finding of fact. Mother sought 14 findings against father, father sought 12 findings against mother. The court made all the findings sought by mother, and none of the findings sought by father.

  • Practice Summary

    Damian regularly provides written advice to police forces on a variety of matters. Damian is also often instructed by police forces to review documents prior to disclosure to ensure sensitive operational information remains confidential.

    Additionally, Damian has experience representing police forces in court, and accepts instructions in a wide variety of police hearings.