Profile submitted by Jon Swain
Crime, inquests, regulatory work. Direct access qualified. Vulnerable Witness Advocacy trained
Lincoln's Inn, South Eastern Circuit, CBA.
I act 100% for the defence, and regard client care (professional and lay) as a paramount matter. Called to Bar 1983. Member of Furnival Chambers since 1986. Instructed in number of high profile cases since then in various regions of England and Wales. I have extensive experience in serious sexual allegations, and have completed the 'Vulnerable Witness Advocacy' training course, qualifying me to train other advocates.
Recent cases: R. v. W & others, Wood Green Crown Court: trial involving members of the “London Fields” gang, charged with possession of a loaded sawn-off shotgun, with intent to endanger life. The defendant featured on videos depicting gang membership and activity, and was arrested in a car with the loaded firearm. He was younger than a number of his co-defendants, and was under pressure to put forward a defence which accommodated their positions. He was acquitted, they were convicted. R. v. O'Brien, Manchester Crown Court (importation of 10 lorry loads of cannabis; (acquitted). R. v. Zare Manchester Crown Court, money laundering (acquitted). R. v. Petriekis C.C.C. Murder trial in which the defence sought to rely on the partial defence of ‘loss of control’. At trial, the court refused to allow the defence to go to the jury. The defence relied on the authority of Clinton & others which deals with the exclusion of ‘sexual infidelity’ as a ‘qualifying trigger’. Leave to appeal the conviction was refused. NMC v. Biggs (representing midwife arising from Morecambe Bay investigations of 2008). R. v. Vafiadis Reading Crown Court Murder trial involving 71-year-old defendant and 69-year-old deceased. Alleged road rage incident in which the deceased suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung, and died several days after the incident. A number of eye witnesses alleged that the defendant kicked the deceased whilst he was on the ground. Complex comparisons of eye witness evidence, complex medical evidence including pathologists’ input. The defendant was acquitted of both murder and manslaughter. R. v. Davis Southampton Crown Court 6 week trial (as leading junior) of 74 year old. Allegations of 54 counts of historic sexual abuse of residents of a children’s home. The defendant had previous convictions arising from the same premises and similar conduct, which were not accepted. Complex bad character, special measures, ground rules and tactical decisions. Vulnerable witnesses.
R. v. John & others, Reading Crown Court. Taxi drivers/vulnerable victim & witnesses trial of sexual offences. 6 week trial as leading junior with extensive disclosure and complex tactical aspects.
R. v. Najafpour Truro Crown Court. Conspiracy to supply substantial quantities of Class A drugs.
R. v. Groapa Manchester Crown Court: trial of historic sexual offences against background of complex family dynamics.
Born 1959. Leisure interests include cricket, tennis and country life.