Joe specialises in criminal law and enjoys a busy trial 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, group robberies and weapons offences. Joe has been trusted as a led junior in murder, large-scale drugs, human trafficking and sexual exploitation cases.
Joe has attained the rank of CPS Grade 3 prosecutor very quickly, owing to his incisive analysis, relatable personality and courtroom confidence. 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.
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) – 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.
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.
Joe has a busy practice in high-profile inquisitorial proceedings. He has been appointed as junior counsel to the UK Covid-19 Inquiry, during which he will be working to assist the Inquiry Chair, Baroness Heather Hallett, with the preparation and delivery of the Inquiry’s investigative work.
Joe has dealt with a diverse range of coronial cases, including the death of a road cyclist, a complicated death at a care home involving safeguarding concerns and the contraction of COVID-19, and multiple self-inflicted deaths in state custody involving consideration of Article 2 ECHR.
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.
- Appointed as junior counsel to the UK-Covid 19 Inquiry.
- Instructed for the healthcare provider in an inquest involving suicide in a Doncaster prison.
- 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 has developed a practice in both criminal law and inquisitorial proceedings. Joe combines his depth of experience in each area to provide advice and advocacy of a high quality to regulatory work, appearing in both the criminal and coronial courts in such matters.
Joe is currently instructed to advise on a number of Post Office Horizon Appeal cases, and has a strong understanding of appeal procedures and costs implications for lay and professional clients alike.
Joe has delivered training to a diverse range of HSE scientists at the Science and Research centre in Buxton, as well as travelling nationally, and internationally to Copenhagen to deliver training to construction companies on the regulatory and criminal implications of failing to adhere to health and safety procedures.
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 spent the early years of his practice representing clients at parole board hearings.
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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.
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