Giles has a growing criminal practice and he undertakes all areas of criminal law for both defence and prosecution. He is a level 3 prosecutor. He has experience of presenting trials electronically and via interpreters. Giles has also dealt successfully with sensitive cases involving vulnerable parties and defendants with learning difficulties.
Giles has developed a particular interest in representing football supporters who face criminal allegations of violence and public disorder. He also enjoys a strong track record of opposing football banning order applications relating to such cases.
- R v PH, AT, JR, CH, JT, JW (2018) – Giles Grants & Soheil Khan prosecuted a gang of robbers who conspired to rob a family in their Seacroft home using imitation firearms, on New Year’s day. Please click here for media report.
- R v AE (2018) – Acting as junior counsel for the prosecution, secured a successful prosecution of a man, who stockpiled weapons and plotted revenge on authorities, following a 12-day trial in Bradford Crown Court
- R v Carter 2013, Manchester Crown Court: The defendant was a Swansea supporter who was convicted in the magistrates’ court of throwing a bottle during Sir Alex Ferguson’s last match. After several applications to obtain disclosure of CCTV from Manchester United FC and even an inspection of Old Trafford’s security centre with Manchester United’s head of legal, Giles secured an acquittal on appeal.
- R v Blood 2014, Manchester Crown Court: Giles was instructed to represent the alleged ringleader of over a dozen men involved in an alleged organised fight between Manchester City Fans and Barnsley Fans in the Dry Bar in Manchester which involved the throwing of chairs, tables and glasses. The incident was covered by high quality CCTV cameras and Giles was able to present the jury with a frame by frame analysis of the footage. Following a hung jury, at the re-trial the Crown accepted a plea to s.4 Public Order Act 1986 reduced from the original charge of violent disorder. The Defendant received 60 hours of unpaid work.
- R v Scott Wells, Preston Crown Court 2014: Giles represented a defendant who admitted to lying to the court, jury and police whilst under oath in a high profile conspiracy to pervert the course of justice trial involving police officers and organised football violence. After obtaining expert psychological expert evidence, Giles successfully advanced an abuse of process argument and the Crown offered no evidence.
- R v Bartkus, Liverpool Crown Court 2015: Giles was instructed to represent a Lithuanian who was accused of kidnapping two young ladies by pretending to be a taxi driver before departing and refusing to allow them to leave. Giles made a successful submission of no case to answer and the Defendant was acquitted.
- R v Goult, Teeside Crown Court 2015: Giles secured an acquittal on appeal for a football supporter convicted of racist chanting and gestures at a Middlesbrough v Blackburn match. This high profile case involved expert evidence relating to industrial sign language and the cross examination of three premiership footballers.
- R v Leighton, Manchester Crown Court 2016: Giles represented a stair-lift engineer who faced four allegations of theft and burglary from four different complainants from different parts of the country. Giles successfully advanced submissions of no-case to answer in respect of each allegation and the defendant was acquitted.