Fraser Coxhill

Call 2004
LLB (Hons) - First Class
BVC

Practice Areas:

•   Serious Organised Crime
•   Financial Crime
•   Professional Discipline and Regulation
•   Inquests/inquiries
•   Trading Standards

Fraser used his considerable experience of defending and prosecuting in the criminal courts to expand his practice into professional discipline, regulation and public law.

Serious Organised Crime

Fraser conducts cases involving complex legal and evidential issues including murder, corruption, kidnap, human trafficking, conspiracy to supply class A drugs, money laundering and fraud.

Alone, Fraser has appeared in multi-defendant trials concerning serious offences such as rape, kidnap, false imprisonment, conspiracy to supply controlled drugs, and possessing firearms with intent to endanger life.  Recently, he successfully defended the former fines officer at City of Westminster Magistrates’ court charged with fraud.

As led Junior, Fraser has particular experience of sensitive issues surrounding probe and telephone cell-site evidence, The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA), public interest immunity (PII) and cases involving the use of covert human intelligence sources (CHIS).  Recently, he successfully defended a former police officer charged with conspiracy to import 110kg of cocaine and a young man charged with murder.


Financial Crime

Fraser is currently instructed to provide on-site advice to the global financial crime division of an international bank in relation to a regulatory matter.

Fraser has also been instructed to advise and appear on behalf of the HMRC in proceedings before the First Tier Tribunal (Tax).  These involved factually complex allegations of missing trader intra-community fraud (MTIC).

In addition, he is expert in all aspects of confiscation, restraint and forfeiture proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA).

Professional Discipline and Regulation

Fraser presents cases on behalf of disciplinary bodies and represents individuals facing allegations in connection with their conduct and competence, particularly in the spheres of medicine and healthcare.  In 2014, he completed a secondment to the General Medical Council as a Legal Adviser in their London office and has since successfully applied to join their Full List.  He is currently instructed to appear on behalf of the GMC in interim orders reviews, conviction cases, and FTP hearings.
 
Fraser also has considerable experience in other professional disciplinary proceedings having been instructed to advise and appear on behalf of:

•    Police officers via the Police Federation of England and Wales
•    The Security Industry Authority (who regulate the private security industry)
•    The General Dental Council
•    The Nursing and Midwifery Council
•    Nurses (via the Royal College of Nursing)
•    The General Social Care Council (as was)
•    The General Optical Council
•    Solicitors appearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal
•    HGV drivers appearing before Traffic Commissioners.

Inquests and Inquiries

Fraser provides advice and representation in relation to all features of the inquest process including pre-inquest issues such as disclosure, juries, ambit and the application of Article 2 of the ECHR.  His experience includes representing the interests of:

•    a prison Chaplain following a death in custody;
•    the owners of a children’s home following the death of a resident; and
•    the family of a soldier killed in Iraq on behalf of the Royal British Legion.  

Trading Standards

Fraser regularly appears in cases involving Trading Standards offences. His experience ranges from successfully defending a tradesman charged with offences arising out of a rogue trader-style television programme, to prosecuting on behalf of a local authority an individual charged with offences concerning his possession of about 25,000 tablets used to treat erectile dysfunction.  Fraser is a contributor to the publication Trading Standards Today.    


Training

Fraser regularly provides training sessions to various organisations on aspects of law and procedure.  He recently delivered a seminar on ‘Obtaining Best Evidence’ to 65 members of the GMC in-house legal team based in Manchester. 

For six years, he was responsible for chambers' pupil advocacy programme comprising weekly training sessions over a six-month period.

Appointments and Memberships

•    GMC Full List
•    CPS Grade 3 Prosecutor
•    Registered with the Bar Council Public Access Directory
•    Member of the Public Access Bar Association (PABA)
•    Member of the British Association of Sports Lawyers (BASL)

Additional information

Fraser is committed to undertaking pro-bono work.  He completed a United States death row internship to Arizona, and has assisted in advising on potential Privy Council Appeal cases.

He was elected to the Bar Council in 2008 and was an active member of the Criminal Bar Association and Young Barristers’ Committee during his tenure.

Notable cases:

R v. Bagnall and others (2015)
Led by Crispin Aylett in the prosecution of Michael Bagnall and Andrew Bayne for the murder of Ben Purdy.  The defendant

R v. T (2015)
Represented defendant charged with rape. Acquitted.

GMC v. Dr K (2015)
Presented case on behalf of GMC following Dr K’s conviction for possession of a large number of indecent images. 

R v. A and others (2015)
Led-junior defending in seven-handed murder. Acquitted.

Brent and Harrow Trading Standards v. AD (2015)
Prosecuted defendant charged with trademarks offences in connection with the sale of counterfeit Sennheiser headphones.

R v. S and others (2014)
Led-junior on behalf of CPS Special Casework prosecuting six defendants charged with the armed robberies of small businesses.

NMC v. A (2014)
Represented nurse facing allegations concerning the death of patient.  No impairment found.

R v. R (2014)
Represented former Fines Officer of City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with fraud.  Acquitted.

R v. B and others (2013)
Led-junior representing former police officer charged with importing 110kg cocaine.

Solicitors Regulation Authority v. MK (2013)
Represented solicitor before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.