Paul Newcombe

Year of call:



1989 - Huddersfield Polytechnic Llb (Hons) Business Law

1990 - Inns of Court Law School


Tenant at Old Court Chambers, Middlesbrough

2020 - Old Court Chambers Merges with PSQB


Criminal Bar Association Grade 4 Prosecutor Rape & Serious Sexual Offences Panel


Criminal Bar Association

North Eastern Circuit

Inner Temple

A busy and popular advocate, Paul deals with complex and serious general crime and with difficult sexual cases involving rape and child sexual abuse – the latter often involving historic allegations. Paul has considerable experience in questioning vulnerable witnesses particularly children via intermediaries and he frequently advises on cases involving the overlapping laws in historic sex crimes.

His degree in Business Law gave him a solid grounding in accountancy, business finance and crimes involving companies and company directors.

Notable Cases

R v LT and others – Prosecuting multi-handed cash for crash.

R v D and others – 4 handed prosecution of £800K importation of cannabis resin from India.

R v T – Rape by grandfather of 3 generations of family members.

R v G – Rape and torture of young victim with mental health difficulties.

R v AC – Prosecuting theft of 3 miners life savings by IFA.

R v B and E – Prosecution of care home workers re death of patient in care.

R v N – Prosecution of police officer re theft of exhibits.

R v Y and others – defending £150K buy-to-let mortgage fraud

R v BN – representing Crown re judicial review of juvenile sex caution.

R v JS – Defending one-strike punch murder.

R v K – Defending man with mental health difficulties re repeated sexual abuse of nephew.

R v GH – Prosecuting historic serial rape with novel LCN DNA scientific issues.

R v SA – Defending post office employee for conspiracy to steal £80k of giro cheques.

R v TN – Led junior in prosecution of fratricide.

R v Y – Prosecuting historic juvenille rape with issues of “doli incapax” and capacity.

R v L – Prosecuting learning impaired Defendant for rape of learning impaired neighbor with use of intermediaries for both parties.

R v FK and others – Prosecuting multi handed crack supply with complex CHIS and surveillance PII issues.

R v PR Prosecuted fraud by carer of infirm old man with speech difficulties. Evidence by speech therapists and intermediaries

R v G Prosecuted serial fraudster with frauds countrywide, high value with POCA proceedings in the millions.

R v C Successfully defended gay man accused of sexually assaulting a transitioning male to female transsexual.

Paul has dealt with Court’s Martial, disciplinary hearings involving medical professionals, members of the armed forces and the police, Inquests, Mental Health Tribunals, HMRC and VAT cases.

Paul also has a keen interest in licensing, local authority appeals and private road traffic cases as well as Trading Standards, Environment Agency and DSS cases

Paul has sat as a Panelist at the Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service, presiding over disciplinary cases involving doctors and has a keen interest in hearings before the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the MPTS and the General Dental Council.

Contact Paul’s clerks

Dan Foulger on 01642 232523

Claire Gibson on 01642 232523

Emma Gibson on 01642 232523