Year of Call: 2004
Inn of Court: Middle Temple
He is specialist in cases involving violent crime, financial fraud, young offenders, sexual offences and prosecution work.
He came to the bar after a successful career in the Financial Services industry. He now undertakes a variety of work defending and prosecuting in the Crown Court and is a CPS Level 4 Prosecutor. As winner of the Independent Financial Adviser of the Year award in 1999 he brought with him an in-depth understanding of the regulatory environment governing the financial services industry.
His busy prosecution practice includes work on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service, London Transport, London Probation Service, Local Authorities (prosecuting breaches of trading standards and health and safety) and the Civil Aviation Authority.
Areas of Specialism
He has been instructed in serious violent crime including Murder (Jr); Attempted Murder; Conspiracy to Murder; Wounding with intent to cause Grievous Bodily Harm; Kidnapping and Blackmail.
The expertise gained in the world of finance has led to instructions in banking, mortgage and benefit fraud. Notable cases include R v Bates and others in which the Defendants were accused of committing a multi-million pound mortgage fraud.
He has worked with the Hackney Youth Offending Team as a volunteer panel member for 6 years. His experience with the panel equipped him well for relating to and defending young offenders. He therefore has broad experience defending young people charged with drugs and violent offences including Attempted Murder.
He is instructed frequently to defend in cases involving sexual offences. His experience has led him to be instructed to review convictions and sentences and to advise on appeal in sexual cases. He has also been instructed in a number of cases dealing with the controversial area of ‘Sleepsex’ or ‘Sexsomnia’ (NREM Arousal Parasomnia).
He has considerable prosecution experience having prosecuted a wide variety of offences on behalf of the CPS, London Transport, London Probation Service, Local Authorities (prosecuting breaches of trading standards and health and safety) and the Civil Aviation Authority. He is a CPS Level 4 Prosecutor and has prosecuted multi-handed kidnap, serious violent assaults (s18), Attempted Rape and large scale financial fraud.
In 2009 he acted as Counsel for the Asset Forfeiture Division of the RCPO. He was engaged on a review of Confiscation Orders following the judgement of Toulsen L.J. in R v Chambers  EWCA Crim 2467. The Court of Appeal tasked the RCPO to review historic cases to enable Defendants the opportunity to seek leave to appeal in cases where the confiscation hearing may have been decided incorrectly. The objective was to identify cases where the wrong regulations might potentially have been applied. During this process he developed a comprehensive understanding of the issues surrounding confiscation under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
He was for ten years a Trustee and Treasurer of Asylum Aid, an independent, national charity working to secure protection for people seeking refuge in the United Kingdom from persecution and human rights abuses abroad.