Neil Guest

Neil Guest

Inn of Court: Lincoln’s Inn

Neil Guest

He was called to the Bar after having worked in motor engineering. His background in mechanical engineering makes him an obvious choice of counsel for any matter involving vehicles and driving.

His expertise in cases involving death by dangerous/careless driving does not prevent him from acting for defendants in other, lesser offences.

But it is in Criminal Law that his practice has mainly developed, with experience in most, if not all types of offence. Recent successes involve the Ritz fraud (defending a solicitor) and a murder having been denied Queen’s Counsel. He is predominantly Leading Counsel.

Significant Cases

  • R v. Morse and Others – Daniel Handley murder
  • R v. Wright – Involving the death of a six year-old child
  • R v. Farrel & Others – The Ritz fraud
  • R v. Pitt and Others – A Manchester gang murder
  • R v. Chan and Others – The “casino bloodbath” case

Significant Murder Cases:

  • R v. Ripley & Others (Central Criminal Court)
  • R v. Marney (Central Criminal Court)
  • R v. Browne & Others
  • R v. White & Others
  • R v. Khan & Others
  • R v. Chalkley



Areas of Specialism


A specific area of expertise is in firearms. He has acted in upwards of a score of murder cases, and his comprehensive knowledge of firearms and ballistics proved particularly invaluable in a gang murder in Manchester involving the so-called Pitt Bull Crew and The Gooch Gang.

Inevitably given his criminal practice, he has defended in all areas of crime, major and minor, predominantly in violent crimes and drug-related offences. He has been involved in some of the largest drug-related cases in the country.

His forensic experience is not limited to the domestic courts: he has been involved in Courts Martial in both the UK and abroad. Nor is his experience limited to defending matters: he is a Grade 3 Prosecutor and is on the Specialist Rape Panel.


Other Details

Neil’s previous career was in the motor engineering industry – he still maintains a passion for all things mechanical, particularly motorcycles.