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Practice area

Crime

Year of call: 1994


Robin is a senior advocate with a wide range of experience in crime and regulatory matters. In addition to his busy practice Robin is also a Senior Lecturer and CPD Consultant at the City University Law School.

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DEFENCE

Fraud 2011-2013

  • R v W & Others. Largest cash for crash case in Britain – 83 Defendants, Operation Nacho. Counsel for main defendant. In excess of £3m revenue.
  • R v F & others. £1 million VAT fraud alleged against members of GB Paralympic team- acquitted, Recorder of Leeds.
  • R v W. Executive of the UKBA, fraudulent CV case, £1/2 Million value against West Midlands Economic Crime Unit. Birmingham Crown Court.
  • R v M. Misappropriation of corporate rebate funds.

Homicide

  • R v Steven Wright. D charged with murder from running down a youth – led by Roy Amlot QC – manslaughter returned. I appeared in the Court of Appeal relating to sentence which is a reported case.
  • R v P.  Double death by dangerous by RAF instructor. Appeal against disqualification reported.
  • R v T. 1st South Bank happy slap murder, junior counsel. Common Serjeant commended me regarding legal argument excluding admissions to prison tutor as intelligence material.
  • R v W. Instructed to resist AG-Ref for double death by dangerous
  • R v B. Death by dangerous of defendant’s baby daughter, dangerous condition of car seat. Leading counsel.

2010-2014

  • R v W. Ambulance paramedic acquitted of death by careless. Instructed by Ambulance trust. Stafford Crown Court. D acquitted.
  • R v W. Police driver acquitted of death by dangerous on response call. Reading Crown Court.
  • R v H. Policeman acquitted of death by dangerous on response call, Bolton Crown Court.
  • R v R. Police officer charged with dangerous driving – non fatal serious collision whilst on 999 call.
  • R v B. Manager of Money Service business charged with Regulatory offences and money laundering.

Other Offences

  • R v R. Special Branch PC acquitted of perverting the course of justice. Norwich Crown Court.
  • R v S. PC acquitted of  Perverting the course of justice- repeat client pleaded to misconduct in public office 2nd case. Chelmsford Crown Court.
  • R v M. Commended in the Court of Appeal  for conduct of appeal against conviction for armed robbery and firearms where weapons discharged. [2005] EWCA Crim 1195 “We consider that he argued the case conspicuously well and we would like to commend him.” Treacey J

2010-2014

  • R v B. PC charged with dangerous driving – acquitted, Recorder of Liverpool.
  • R v B. High profile  case Bus driver charged with death by careless. Sheffield Crown Court.
  • R v A. Attempted murder . St.Albans Crown Court, HHJ Griffiths. Pakistani family feud attack. Acquitted.
  • R v P. Money laundering from drug importation conspiracy
  • R v C. PC charge with perverting the course of justice- falsifying fixed penalty exemption form.
  • R v T & C. Money Laundering
  • R v M & others. Multi handed drug conspiracy.

Regulatory Work 2010-2014

  • In Re L. 6 week inquest regarding police pursuit policy
  • PC G. Drink Drive PC disc hearing and appeal
  • PC C. Traffic officer charged with perverting
  • Pc J. Olympic sniper charged with careless driving and misconduct
  • PC W. PC misconduct re drafting witness statement: honesty and integrity
  • Dr. M. GME discipline hearing fitness to practice

PROSECUTION PRACTICE

Grade 4 prosecutor included on Serious Crime Group List.

2010 – 2014

Organised Crime / Fraud

  • R v S & others. SECCU, leading junior, 49 vehicle “flipping” conspiracy to defraud. 5handed. 40 day trial. Guildford Crown Court.
  • R v G & others. SECCU, leading junior, 54 offences conspiracy to burgle, 6 handed. Maidstone Crown Court.
  • R v D & others. Cross Border, leading junior, 50 offences conspiracy to burgle 24 day trial.
  • R v T & A. Money Laundering involving money exchange businesses
  • R v L . Money laundering ancillary to drugs offences.

Sexual Offences

  • R v H. Police officer charged with dangerous driving arising out of police pursuit.
  • R v P. Rape of 12 year old, both complainant and mother with acute learning difficulties. Reading Crown Court.
  • R v B. Rape on the basis of vitiating consent by fraud, impersonating another
  • R v B. Rape on the basis of no condom, no consent.
  • R v W. Serious historic sexual offences.  Multi complainant. Leading junior. Admissibility of confession to counsellor.

Other Offences

  • R v A & others. 4 handed gang rape, Southwark Crown Court. Letter of commendation from trial judge to CPS.

Reported case

  • R.v ex p. Haque. (Mitting J. [2003] EWHC 2457 (Admin)) -Custody time limit applications.

Education:

  • University of Reading LLB (HONS)
  • Inns of Court School of Law

Inn:

  • Inner Temple