Paul Abrahams

Year of call:

2002

Education:

2001 - LLB (Hons) Sheffield

BVC Nottingham Law School

Career:

2004 - Tenant at Old Court Chambers, Middlesbrough

2019 - Door tenant at PSQB

2020 - Old Court Chambers merges with Park Square Barristers

Appointments:

CPS Grade 4 Prosecutor

Approved Rape Prosecutor

Memberships:

Member of the North Eastern Circuit

North Eastern Circuit Teesside Mess Junior

2012 - North Eastern Circuit Junior

Member of the Criminal Bar Association

Paul has extensive experience in dealing with serious sexual offences, particularly cases involving vulnerable and young witnesses. His ability to handle victims and witnesses in a sensitive, thoughtful and caring manner is well regarded. He also deals with cases involving serious violence, such as Manslaughter and Attempt Murder, complex fraud and organised crime conspiracies. He prides himself on his preparation and case handling.

Paul not only has prosecution experience but has extensive experience in handling the most serious of Defence cases, involving Attempt Murder, Manslaughter, S.18, Rape and complex organised crime prosecutions and frequently appears as the lead Defendant in multi handed cases. He has also been led in seven murder cases.

Contact Paul’s clerks

Dan Foulger on 01642 232523

Claire Gibson on 01642 232523

Angela Porritt on 01642 232523

Emma Gibson on 01642 232523

Notable Cases

Prosecution

  • R v H B (2020) – Prosecuted case involving three complainants making allegations of historic sexual abuse.
  • R v T M (2020) – Prosecuted case of Blackmail of a business man, involving detailed telecommunication evidence.
  • R v M I (2020) – Secured conviction in allegations of sexual communication and sexual assault upon a 13 year old child.
  • R v R T (Teesside Crown) (2019) – Prosecuted and secured conviction of a Defendant accused of historical sexual allegations going back to the 1960’s.
  • R v M D (Teesside Crown Court) (2019) – Prosecuted the tragic death by dangerous case where a father and daughter were killed by the defendant who had entered a roundabout at 113mph.
  • R v A M (Teesside Crown Court) (2019) – Successfully convicted a prisoner accused of a S.18 ‘slashing offence’ despite the complainant refusing to support the prosecution.
  • R v A & S (2018) – Prosecuted and secured convictions in a case involving the rape of a vulnerable adult in Sunderland, that become of national media interest.
  • R v C (2018) – Prosecuted and secured convictions in a historic sexual abuse case where the allegations went back 30 years.
  • R v C (2018) – Prosecuted ‘one punch’ manslaughter, that had complex issues relating to causation.
  • R v G, M & N (2017) – Prosecuted and secured convictions in a people trafficking operation which involved significant telephone data and multi-jurisdictional evidence.
  • R v A-S (2017) – Prosecuted and secured conviction for rape on a particularly vulnerable victim that involved complex telephone evidence.

Defence

  • R v M N (2020) – Secured acquittal in a case involving an allegation of rape following a house party. The case involved careful witness handling and toxicological evidence.
  • R v K F (2020) – Defendant accused of S.18 ‘machete attack’,  involving ANPR and call data evidence, acquitted following legal argument.
  • R v L T (2020) – Secured acquittal of defendant alleged to have sexual abused a young child. The case involved the sensitive cross examination of two very young children.
  • R v I F (2019) (Teesside Crown Court (2019) – Led by Richard Wright Q.C. in an attempt murder trial.
  • R v J R (2019) (Leeds Crown Court) (2019) – Led by Richard Wright Q.C. in a domestic violence murder involving complex issues of causation.
  • R v J A (Teesside Crown Court) (2019) – Represented man accused of child historical abuse. The case involved sensitive cross-examination and handling throughout. The Defendant was duly acquitted of all matters.
  • R v A M (Teesside Crown Court) (2019 – Successfully defended an allegation of S.18 Grievous Bodily Harm where the Complainant received significant facial injuries.
  • R v R O (Teesside Crown Court) (2019) – Successfully defended a carer accused of ill-treating a patient.
  • R v K E (Durham Crown Court) (2019) – Successfully defended a case where sexual allegations against the defendant going back twenty years when the defendant was in his late teens.
  • R v A – represented one of two 15 year old boys charged with the murder of a homeless man in Darlington town churchyard. They were acquitted of murder but convicted of Manslaughter which they accepted. Led by Neil Davy QC.
  • R v B – defended one of four charged with kicking a man to death. Our defendant was the only one to be acquitted of murder but convicted of manslaughter due to errors spotted in the scene examination. Led by Gilbert Grey QC
  • R v C – defended a man in a brutal axe murder at a New years’ eve party. Led by Tim Roberts QC
  • R v D – Stabbing in Newcastle following argument. Led by Tim Roberts QC
  • R v F – manslaughter following robbery guilty of trial led by Nick Lumley QC
  • R v S (2019) – Successfully defended a case involving historic sexual abuse.
  • R v S (2018) – Successfully defended a case involving sexual allegations made by the Defendant’s step daughter.
  • R v H (2017) – Successfully defended elderly male accused of grooming and abusing a 5 year old. The case involved sensitive questioning through an intermediary.

Court Martial

Paul has a keen interest and compressive knowledge of military matters and law and has regularly appeared at Court Martial hearings.

Contact Paul’s clerks

Dan Foulger on 01642 232523

Claire Gibson on 01642 232523

Angela Porritt on 01642 232523

Emma Gibson on 01642 232523