Joseph Hudson

Year of call:



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




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 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 involving drugs conspiracies, serious violence and OCG links, and featuring complex legal arguments, neurological experts and vulnerable witnesses. 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.