Brian has been practising in criminal law for over 20 years. Originally called as a barrister, Brian now has dual qualification, having re-qualified as a solicitor in 2001. Brian specialises in advocacy in serious, sensitive or complex cases. He is a technical lawyer adept at legal argument but also has the ability to communicate effectively with clients in easily understood language. He cares about the people he represents and presents his arguments to juries and judges accordingly.
Brian is instructed to conduct cases by other firms of solicitors and is often the first port of call for colleagues past and present who wish to pick his brain or ask for his opinion on a tricky case. He is qualified as a duty solicitor and represents private clients in the police station and Magistrates’ Court when a higher level of advocacy is required. He has significant experience in the Court of Appeal and has appeared in The House of Lords.
Examples of his recent and current caseload:
R v A – Alleged purchase of baby from a Nigerian baby farm – leave to appeal conviction granted
R v B – Rape of a woman with Dissociative Identity Disorder
R v B – Multiple counts of rape and sexual assault on multiple victims
R v R – Defendant alleged to have posed as Justin Beiber to groom a 14 year old girl in the internet
R v I – Gun point robbery – client acquitted of possession of the firearm, which he denied
R v D – Possession firearm – exceptional circumstances – sentence reduced at Court of Appeal
R v Y – ‘Historic’ sexual abuse by school master in the 1970s
R v M – Mother ‘ironed’ her 4 year old – case dropped when faced with skeleton legal argument
R v D – Possession with intent to supply heroin
R v M – Man with fingerprints found on drugs packaging acquitted of being concerned in supply