Paul Wakerley


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QEB News: Paul Wakerley and Polly Dyer act for appellant as Court of Appeal quash dishonesty convictions
19.10.2015 More >

QEB News: QEB Hollis Whiteman represents Rebecca Minnock pro bono
16.6.2015 More >

QEB News: Paul Wakerley represents the interest of two police officers at inquest into death of teenager
5.2.2015 More >

QEB News: Ranked as Leader in Crime by Chambers UK
28.7.2014 More >

QEB News: R -v- Symons
3.10.2013 More >

QEB News: R -v- Mitchell
30.8.2013 More >

QEB News: R v Quesada & Brigitte
19.6.2012 More >

Paul Wakerley: news

R v Quesada & Brigitte

Roger Smart led Paul Wakerley in the prosecution of Matthew Quesada (25) who was convicted of the brutal murder of Alan Smith (62) following on from the victim having enquired as to the welfare of the defendant's young daughter whom he had seen crying. Matthew Quesada enraged and humiliated at a perceived critisism of his parenting abilities, then took his daughter home where he collected a hunting knife before tracking down the victim and stabbing him to death in a frenzied attack before his own family.

Matthew Quesada with the assistance of his partner Maria Brigitte made extensive effort to evade the police. At trial Matthew Quesada relied upon two eminent psychiatrists in order to support his 'defence' of diminished responsibility the report of one of whom was only served on the eve of the trial.

During the 4 week trial the jury heard over the course of 5 days highly complex psychiatric evidence from 4 different psychiatrists. The psychiatrists called on behalf of the defence were extensively cross-examined before the Jury rejected Matthew Quesada's defence and unanimously convicting him of murder. The jury also convicted his partner of assisting an offender. They now await sentencing on the 13th July.

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Roger Smart

Notable cases:

R v H (2017)
Oldest defendant in English legal history sentenced - Paul Wakerley and Nadesh Karu were instructed for the defence in relation to the prosecution of a 101 year old man, believed to be the oldest defendant in English legal history.

R v Dean & Embrace All Ltd
Paul Wakerley represented a care home manager charged in connection with the death of a patient after a fall down a staircase.

Appeal quash dishonesty convictions (2015)
Paul Wakerley and Polly Dyer act for appellant as Court of Appeal quash dishonesty convictions

In the inquest concerning the death of SPG (2015)
Represented the interests of two police officers concerned in the death of a teenager who fell from a tower block window whil

GMC v Dr P (2015)
Successfully represented the General Medical Council at a 3 week Gross Misconduct hearing following allegations of clinical m

GDC v S (2015)
Acted for the General Dental Council in Misconduct proceedings against a dentist accused of providing inadequate treatment in

CPS v R (2014)
Successfully represented an undercover police officer in relation to a road traffic matter.

Re: N (2014)
Defended a police officer at a disciplinary tribunal who successfully retained his job following an allegation of Gross Misco

PC G (2014)
Successfully represented police officer in disciplinary proceedings.

R -v- Symons (2013)
Charged with the murder of company director, Patricia Goodband.

R -v- Mitchell (2013)
Successful acquittal of a man charged with death by careless driving.

R -v- Packman (2013)
Successful defence of money laundering allegations involving cash seizures in excess of £500,000.