Joseph Hudson

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2016 - Université de Poitiers - Certificate in French Law

2017 - Selwyn College, University of Cambridge - MA Cantab

2018 - BPP Law School - LLM Legal Practice (including BPTC) - Distinction (Outstanding)


2018 - Pupil at PSQB

2019 - Tenant at PSQB

2021 - Level 3 Prosecutor

2022 - Appointed to the Bar Council Young Barristers’ Committee


CPS Counter-Terrorism Panel



2017 - BPTC Advocacy Scholarship, BPP

2017 - ADR Competition Winner, St Philips Chambers

2017 - Tancred Studentship, Lincoln’s Inn

2017 - Hardwicke Entrance Award, Lincoln’s Inn

2018 - Sunley Pupillage Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn

2018 - BPTC Professional Discipline Prize, BPP

2018 - BPTC Munkman Prize for highest mark in Advocacy, Zenith Chambers

2018 - Award - North Eastern Circuit Prize for Excellence on the BPTC

Joe is a driven, thoughtful and determined advocate. He is one of a handful of junior counsel on the North Eastern Circuit to have been appointed to the CPS Counter-Terrorism Panel, owing to his experience prosecuting and defending in long, complex trials across Circuit. Joe specialises in organised crime, acting variously as junior alone and led junior in notorious cases involving international human trafficking, murder, drugs conspiracies, grooming and serious violence.

Joe’s suitability to act in high-profile cases is underpinned by his ongoing work on two major public inquiries as counsel to the Inquiry: (1) UK Covid-19 Inquiry, and (2) Undercover Policing Inquiry.

Joe has attained the rank of CPS Grade 3 prosecutor very quickly, owing to his incisive analysis, relatable personality and courtroom confidence.

Joe has built his advocacy in complex cases on the foundation of his expertise in the field of disclosure, having acted in the early years of his career as Disclosure Junior to leading silks in high-profile 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.