Paul Wakerley


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QEB News: Paul Wakerley represents GMC in misconduct hearing of consultant haematologist
28.07.17 More >

QEB News: David Jeremy QC and Paul Wakerley represented North Korean woman, Hyojung Lim, who stabbed her husband to death
25.10.2016 More >

QEB News: Paul Wakerley represents care home manager charged in connection with the death of a patient
13.07.2016 More >

QEB News: Paul Wakerley represents GMC in fitness to practice hearing of anaesthetist blackmail victim
15.03.2016 More >

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

Call 1990
LLB (Hons) (Birmingham)

Practice: Crime, Regulatory and Fraud

Recommended and ranked in Crime.  Chambers UK (2015)

Recommended in Crime. Chambers UK (2014) and Legal 500

Recommended in Crime.
The Legal 500 (2010)


Paul has a strong reputation for serious and complex crime and is an accomplished jury advocate. In his defence practice he is instructed in private and publicly funded cases across the full spectrum of criminal work, regularly appearing as a leading junior in cases where others are represented by silks.

Paul is also regularly instructed by those seeking advice on appeal against earlier convictions/sentences where the original representation was elsewhere.

Paul has been instructed by both high net worth individuals and companies seeking pre-charge advice.

Paul also has a growing reputation within regulatory and professional disciplinary work, where he both presents and defends.

Paul accepts work via direct public access.


Paul has a growing reputation in this area and is regularly instructed by the General Medical Council to act in fitness to practice hearings.  Paul has also recently acted on behalf of the General Dental Council and has been instructed privately to prosecute at the Central Criminal Court on behalf of the Security Industry Association.

Paul regularly defends Police Officers before the Criminal Courts and before internal disciplinary proceedings; for example, recent successes include an officer accused of dishonesty, another accused of sending inappropriate text messages and another concerning sexual allegations. He has recently secured the acquittal of an undercover police officer in relation to a road traffic matter brought upon the evidence of other serving police officers.  He also represented the interests of two officers at the inquest of a teenager who fell from a tower block window whilst in police custody. Again, his reputation in this area grows continually stronger.

 Additionally, Paul prosecutes and defends in trading standards work where he has led for the prosecution in large scale counterfeiting cases, and has privately defended company directors in the Crown Court.



Paul handles complex and serious cases across the spectrum of criminal work. Recent cases have included allegations of murder, drugs and firearms offences. He has been defending the first defendant in a multi-handed drugs importation case which has difficult and sensitive issues regarding public interest immunity. Three juries have been discharged and the fourth trial starts in 2015.

Paul spent much of 2013 leading in the defence of the alleged head of a Cambridgeshire drug supply network, one of the only three defendants (out of 26 charged) who fought the allegation. Paul was the only non-silk leading in the case.

In the same year he successfully defended a driver prosecuted for causing death by careless driving. He also successfully represented an alleged London gang member for a conspiracy offence involving a submachine gun, and brought in Tim Roberts QC to lead him in the defence of a man who had killed his business partner and disposed of her body in a well.

Last year Paul spent many months reviewing the case papers in a large-scale drugs case where the defendant seeks advice upon grounds of appeal having failed to achieve success with the lawyers instructed at the time. Paul has recently submitted his advice to the Criminal Cases Review Commission for their attention following his comprehensive review of the case.

This year again sees Paul instructed privately to advise on appeal where original solicitors and/or counsel are no longer instructed. Again, Paul has been able to find positive grounds for appeal that have now been lodged at the Court of Appeal.


Paul has prosecuted a series of cases involving allegations relating to corruption within prisons.

In 2013 he successfully prosecuted an advance fee fraud trial involving witnesses from many different countries.

Paul was led in 2013 at the Central Criminal Court in an attempted murder case in which a woman was prosecuted for her part in an incident where her then boyfriend was doused in petrol and set alight.

Specialist casework units of the CPS instruct Paul where he is graded at Level 4. He leads and is led in cases of homicide, serious violence and corruption within public office. The Fraud Group of the CPS has instructed him in advance fee fraud cases.

Additional Information

Member of ARDL
Member of HSLA
Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
Midland Circuit
Gray’s Inn
British Association of Sports Law

Approved pupil supervisor

Registered with the Bar Council – Public Access Directory

Member of the Public Access Bar Association - PABA

Notable cases:

GMC v Brito-Babapulle (2017)
Paul Wakerley represented the GMC in the hearing of allegations of misconduct against Dr Brito-Babapulle before the Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service.

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.