Joe specialises in criminal law and enjoys a busy practice in the Crown Court at venues across the North Eastern Circuit. He continues to achieve success in his burgeoning trial practice, with recent trials including a two-week GBH trial with neurological evidence and complex legal argument, a group robbery and weapons offences. As a CPS Grade 2 prosecutor, Joe is known for his incisive analysis and relatable personality. He regularly deals with voluminous and complex legal matters at short notice, whilst maintaining an exceptional service and achieving the best possible outcome for clients.
Joe has acquired an acute expertise in the field of disclosure in criminal trials through his appointment as Disclosure Junior to leading silks in high-profile murder, Class A drugs conspiracy and non-recent grooming cases.
Joe recently completed a three-month secondment at CPS Yorkshire and Humberside, during which he gained invaluable insight into the processes of the police and CPS. Joe brings to cases a maturity and holistic understanding of the criminal justice system, which he deploys to the advantage of his clients.
Joe regularly deals with the most sensitive and serious matters in the Youth and Magistrates’ Courts, including sexual and violent offences. More specifically, he has written articles and delivered seminars on the intricacies of road traffic offences and retains a particular interest in defending in such cases.
Prior to his career at the Bar, Joe worked as a legal researcher for Solomonic, a start-up data company, and as a Gateway Assessor at Chapeltown Citizens Advice Bureau. Joe combines his fine legal acumen with his grounding in the local community, having attended Roundhay High School, to provide a comprehensive service to clients.
Joe has a solid academic background, having studied Law at Cambridge, French Law in Poitiers and receiving numerous prizes and scholarships on his way to finishing top of his year on the BPTC and receiving a Distinction in his LLM.
- R v S (2021) – Defence in the acquittal of a man charged with GBH for ejecting another man from a pub, after a two-week trial at Hull Crown Court. The case involved the instruction of neurological experts for both the prosecution and defence and various complex legal arguments.
- R v N (2021) – Prosecution at Bradford Crown Court of a man with gang links accused of possessing £30,000 of criminal property. £30,000 was held in cash and contaminated with heroin. Expert instructed and forensic scrutiny of accounts in cross-examination led to a conviction.
- R v BJ et al (2021) – Disclosure Junior in the prosecution of a large-scale Class A drugs conspiracy.
- R v KM et al (2021) – Disclosure Junior in the prosecution of a large-scale grooming trial.
- R v M (2020) – Prosecution in the trial of the defendant for involvement in a group robbery of a vulnerable youth.
- R v Stanton and Mackay (2020) – Disclosure Junior to Peter Moulson QC in a home invasion murder trial, in which the Defendants were sentenced to life imprisonment with respective minimum terms of 25 and 23 years and reported nationally (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9052409/Two-career-criminals-murdered-61-year-old-man-torturing-death-jailed-life.html).
- R v H (2019) – Defence at York Crown Court of a young man charged with possession of a bladed article; successfully proved the defence of good reason on the balance of probabilities.
- R v W (2019) – Defence at York Crown Court for sentence of man charged with multiple counts of attempting to cause a child to engage in sexual activity; suspended sentence imposed – client avoided immediate custody.
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Joe has a growing practice in coronial law, having been instructed on cases which have involved a diverse range of circumstances, including the death of a cyclist on a road, and a complicated death involving safeguarding concerns and the contraction of COVID-19.
Joe understands the importance of getting it right at the Pre-Inquest Review and takes a considered approach to the menu of issues which arise at such hearings, from disclosure and IP status to Article 2 and Jury considerations.
- Instructed to appear in an inquest on behalf of Derbyshire County Council in which safeguarding concerns were being investigated following the death of a vulnerable adult in hospital, preceded by a fall in a care home and the contraction of COVID-19.
- Instructed in an inquest involving a holidaymaker contracting food poisoning and then being admitted to hospital on return to the UK following complications.
- Instructed in an inquest concerning the death of a cyclist following collision with a large vehicle.
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Joe is a member of the ‘junior junior’ panel for Government Legal Department barristers. Joe has experience in all matters which touch upon the work of the police, having spent much time on secondment at the Humberside Police and South Yorkshire Police legal departments. Moreover, Joe regularly appears at parole board hearings and is looking to grow his regulatory practice in all directions.
During the first six months of his pupillage, Joe was supervised by Robert Stevenson, who gave Joe tutelage in and exposure to many areas of regulatory work including inquests and Health and Safety prosecutions.
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Joe accepts instructions in a broad range of areas of civil and personal injury law. Joe has experience in complex Fast Track matters, as well as a depth of knowledge regarding procedure and substantive law relating to claims following RTAs; specifically, he regularly deals with the finer detail in credit hire claims and is aided in that by his comprehensive understanding of the case law in that area.
Joe has written advices and drafted pleadings in Employers’ and Occupiers’ Liability claims and continues to grow his strengths across the spectrum of personal injury claims. Joe responds in good time to instructions and can turn work around at short notice to meet tight deadlines, maintaining the high standard of work that he endeavours to produce at every opportunity.