Year of call 1999
Kevin is one London’s top criminal defence barristers and his practice caters for both private clients and those needing representation who are publicly funded.
Kevin was called to the Bar in 1999 and has been in continual practice in London ever since.
He is highly regarded by both the solicitors who instruct him and the barristers who appear with or against him in court. Judges who know him have described him as an “assured and highly skilled advocate”. He is regularly instructed in serious and complex cases both in the Crown Court and in the Court of Appeal.
Kevin is a hugely experienced barrister who conducts trials either on his own or as leading counsel. Queens Counsel who have led him in complex trials value his tactical awareness, tenacity and attention to detail.
As leading counsel he has proved to be a very effective and fearless opponent who has won the respect of others. Due to the reputation he has gained over the years other counsel who have worked with him regularly seek his advice. Kevin is known to have sound judgement which, combined with a sharp legal brain and competitive personality make him a popular choice with both lay and professional clients.
His vast experience and well-earned reputation has meant he has been instructed in high profile cases in London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Exeter, Cardiff and elsewhere.
He has successfully defended in the most serious cases including those alleging murder, kidnapping, large scale drugs conspiracies, fraud conspiracies, gun crime, bomb making and sex offences.
Kevin successfully defended in the first “slave case” to be tried in England in nearly 200 years. The trial lasted three months and despite the Crown insisting they had a “very strong case” his client was the only defendant to be acquitted. The case was described by the trial judge as one of the “most complex any jury would ever have to deal with”. This success was followed by new solicitors instructing him in another “slave case”, this time in Wales. After a three week trial his client was acquitted.
Despite a very heavy work load Kevin plays an active part in the management of his chambers and is an active member of various legal, professional bodies. He sits on the South Eastern Circuit committee and is Chair of his local Bar Mess.
Committee member South Eastern Circuit.
Chair of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Bar Mess.
Member of Middle Temple Inn.
Chambers representative for Middle Temple Inn.
Member of the Northern Ireland Bar.
Member of the CBA.
Contributed to SEC committee response to government paper entitled “Breaking the Cycle of Offending”. Contributed to Circuiteer quarterly magazine.
R v C – Notorious “slave” case, the first of its kind in 200 years and resulted in sole acquittal.
R v D – Similar “slave” case in Cardiff that again resulted in an acquittal.