- Year of Call
Murder, Manslaughter and Non-fatal Violence:
Brian has appeared as a led junior in cases of murder and manslaughter. He also regularly represents the defence or the prosecution in cases of serious non-fatal violence. Recent cases have involved complex issues of causation and intricate disclosure issues in the context of organised crime.
R v E & K
Prosecution Junior in a double-handed murder trial. The case involved the enforcement of a drug debt, extensive forensic evidence, complex disclosure issues and a cut-throat defence at trial.
R v L & others
Prosecution Junior in a multi-handed manslaughter trial involving positional asphyxia. The case included detailed medical evidence, intricate issues of causation and a two-day submission of no case to answer.
R v M
Defended a young woman in a serious wounding with intent trial involving issues of self-defence and intention to cause really serious harm. The case included digitally enhanced CCTV and issues of bad character.
R v O
Prosecuted in a section 18 trial involving a sustained attack with two weapons. Issues of self-defence and causation were raised and the evidence of a pathologist was relied upon.
Drugs offences and Organised Crime
Brian both prosecutes and defends in cases involving serious organised crime, largely those of the large-scale supply of drugs. He has appeared as prosecution counsel in large multi-handed operations both as a led junior and alone. He has represented those charged as part of county-lines drug supply conspiracies.
R v SK & Others
Prosecution Junior in one of the largest operations ever brought against those trafficking Class A drugs into Devon. The case involved extensive RFPS (Radio Frequency Propagation Survey) forensic evidence as well as covert surveillance in both the South West and North West of England.
R v K & Others
Defended in a complex multi-handed people trafficking conspiracy involving the trafficking of a large number of vulnerable men from the Czech Republic to the West Country for the purpose of financial exploitation.
R v F
Represented a defendant charged as part of a conspiracy to supply class A drugs. The case involved the supply of heroin to Scotland, Wales and the South West from the conspiracy hub in the North West of England.
R v D & Others
Prosecution counsel in a large-scale operation designed to disrupt the supply of class A drugs on the streets of Exeter. The case involved the deployment of undercover police officers and required applications for witness anonymity orders under the Coroners And Justice Act 2009.
Serious Sexual Offences
Brian regularly defends and prosecutes in sexual offence trials including cases of Rape, Assault by Penetration and Sexual Assault. He has completed specific training on the cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses and has appeared regularly in cases involving Ground Rules Hearings and the use of intermediaries.
R v M
Defended in the trial of historic offences of Rape, Sexual Assault and Indecent Assault alleged to have been committed over a period of 13 years. The case involved multiple disclosures to various agencies over a number of years by a complainant with severe mental health difficulties.
R v W
Prosecuted in a trial of attempted rape. The 15 year-old defendant had been 13 at the time of the offence. The trial involved intermediaries and an application to exclude confession evidence.
Fraud and Theft
Brian is regularly instructed by both the prosecution and defence in relation to offences of Fraud, Tax Evasion and serious Theft. He often appears in cases involving breaches of trust, vulnerable victims and disputed issues of capacity.
R v S
Prosecution counsel in an income tax-related fraud trial involving multiple dishonest representations designed to generate significant repayments of income Tax.
R v C
Represented a defendant charged with the theft of a six figure sum from a family member who lacked capacity. The case involved the alleged misdirection of the proceeds of the sale of a house.
Robbery and Burglary
Brian represents both defendants and the Crown in cases of Robbery and other serious offences of dishonesty. He is familiar with issues commonly arising in such cases such as expert forensic evidence.
R v G & Others
Defended in a multi-handed conspiracy to burgle involving an unusual lock snapping M.O. The case involved cross examination of expert witnesses on secondary transfer of DNA and analysis of Cell Site evidence.
R v H
Prosecution counsel in an armed robbery of a taxi driver. The case involved hearsay and bad character evidence.
Brian prosecutes and defends in confiscation matters, both contested and otherwise. He has appeared for both defendants and interested parties and, as prosecution counsel, has overseen proceedings from conviction to compensation order.
R v HS & Others
Prosecution counsel in all confiscation proceedings instigated against multiple defendants convicted of a large-scale conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
R v NG
Instructed pursuant to section 10A of the Proceeds Of Crime Act 2002 to represent an interested party in confiscation proceedings involving a benefit figure of over £100 million. The case involved assets in multiple jurisdictions and issues of beneficial interests in family homes, hidden assets and tainted gifts.
General Violence Against the person
Brian regularly appears in cases arising from all manner of violent incidents. He has acted for both the prosecution and the defence in cases of public disorder and late-night drunken violence. He is also regularly involved in cases of domestic violence including controlling and coercive behaviour.
R v D
Defended in the trial of a defendant charged with a serious public order offence committed jointly with two other defendants outside a Public House. Both co-defendants had pleaded guilty leaving a single issue of participation in the unlawful violence.
R v C
Prosecuted a defendant charged with controlling and coercive behaviour in a long-term relationship with a vulnerable partner. The case involved issues of disclosure and bad character.
Parole Board, Prison Adjudications, Inquests and Enquiries and Police Disciplinary
Brian has drafted representations and appeared in hearings before the Parole Board as well as representing prisoners at adjudications. He has also advised and represented parties to Coroner’s Inquests.
R (Parole Hearing)
Represented a prisoner serving a life sentence for Armed Robbery. The sentence had been imposed because of a previous conviction for a Rape, the circumstances of which the prisoner claimed not to remember. Extensive cross-examination of psychologists, Offender Managers and Offender Supervisors was required.
Coroner’s Inquest into the death of a pedestrian killed in a collision with a car whilst walking home after been refused treatment at a remote hospital. Represented the driver of the car involved in the fatal collision.
Brian has appeared in both the Court of Appeal and the Administrative Court in appeals against both sentence and conviction. In particular he has appeared in two recent appeals by way of case stated relating to the admissibility of Res Gestae evidence in cases of domestic violence.
R v T
Appeal against sentence for firearms offences on the basis of the Article 8 rights of the dependent children of the sole carer appellant.
R v B
Appeal by way of case stated regarding the admissibility of res gestae evidence.
Biographical and Other Information
- University of Cambridge, MA (Hons) History. City University London, Graduate Diploma in Law. Bar Vocational Course, BPP London
- Lord Denning Scholarship. Buchanan Prize. Shelford Scholarship.
- Western Circuit. Criminal Bar Association.
Criminal Law team members
Simon Laws QC
Year Of Call : 1991
Simon Laws QC has practised exclusively in criminal law for 27 years. He represents both the prosecution and the defence.
“He has a really good reputation for his work in the area.”
Chambers and Partners 2018
Paul Dunkels QC
Year Of Call : 1972
Since becoming a QC in 1993 Paul Dunkels has prosecuted and defended in all types of serious crime, including cases of murder, manslaughter, fraud, drugs importation and supply and sexual offences.
“He’s a hugely experienced silk who knows it all and is a beautiful advocate.”
Chambers and Partners 2018
Year Of Call : 1990
Adrian is a highly effective and sought-after advocate with extensive experience of heavy-weight and sensitive cases before a broad range of courts and tribunals.
He advises in criminal, misconduct, regulatory and coroner’s court work. He is experienced in appeal cases and judicial review.
Year Of Call : 1992
Simon Burns is a specialist in criminal law undertaking prosecution and defence firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 1993
Peter is regularly instructed in cases of murder, manslaughter, attempted murder and other cases of serious email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 1994
Mary is regularly instructed in cases of murder, manslaughter, attempted murder, rape and fraud.
“She’s an extremely good advocate, brilliant at cross-examination and very good tactically; she knows how to destroy the opposition.”
Chambers and Partners 2018
Year Of Call : 2001
Kelly appears for both the Prosecution and Defence in all matters before the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 2003
Lee Bremridge is a criminal barrister experienced in all areas of complex and serious crime. Lee is known for dealing with serious cases, defending and prosecuting in equal email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 2004
Barry is an experienced junior, who defends serious criminal cases including violence, sexual offences, dishonesty and drugs. He also prosecutes and defends in regulatory & quasi-criminal firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 2005
Bathsheba is a criminal barrister with a wealth of experience across all areas of complex and serious email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 2006
Joss Ticehurst is instructed to defend and prosecute in cases involving the most serious criminal offences in the Crown Court, particularly those relating to allegations of rape, attempted murder, multi-defendant cases involving drugs and murder, and multi-defendant cases of fraud and drug firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 2015
Regularly instructed to defend in matters involving the most serious violence including two recent allegations of Murder.email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 2008
Brian prosecutes and defends in all areas of criminal law. His practice encompasses murder, manslaughter, sexual offences, serious violence and organised crime. He is a Grade Three advocate on the Crown Prosecution Service Advocate Panel.firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 2010
Felicity is a common law barrister with an established and varied practice in all aspects of criminal and civil law. Felicity is thorough, practical and robust in her approach, whilst remaining email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 2013
Emmi is a mixed common law barrister with established practices in all aspects of family, crime and civil. Emmi joined Walnut House in September 2014 having successfully completed a twelve-month pupillage in chambers, and since then has continued to enjoy a busy mixed practice. Emmi prides herself on being a personable and persuasive advocate who is both thorough and robust in her firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Simon Laws QC (1991)
Paul Dunkels QC (1972)
Adrian Chaplin (1990)
Simon Burns (1992)
Peter Coombe (1993)
Mary McCarthy (1994)
Kelly Scrivener (2001)
Lee Bremridge (2003)
Barry White (2004)
Bathsheba Cassel (2005)
Joss Ticehurst (2006)
Will Parkhill (2015)
Brian FitzHerbert (2008)
Felicity Payne (2010)
Emmi Wilson (2013)