Military Law & Courts Martial

Uniquely placed with members who have served and continue to serve in the armed forces, QEB Holllis Whiteman has accomplished advocates with experience of the military, military law and regulation, and Court Martial.

Overview

Barristers at QEB Hollis Whiteman have considerable knowledge and understanding of the military and service personnel and all levels of military-related cases. The combination of Chambers’ widely-recognised criminal expertise together with this detailed knowledge allows us to provide expert advice and advocacy in Court Martials, Inquests and all related legal areas affecting the armed forces and its members. 

Our Experience

Chambers regularly represents members of the Armed Forces on matters before the civilian criminal courts on both a private and legally-aided basis. Expertise from those who have served (and continue to serve in the Territorial Army) ensures a full appreciation of the consequences of criminal conviction or caution for service personnel.

Chambers’ recent Court Martial work has included the successful defence of a historic serious sexual offence alleged to have taken place against a recruit and the defence of Corporal C, the widely-reported case involving a member of the Parachute Regiment serving in Helmand and accused of assaulting a Taliban prisoner captured during a military operation.

QEB Hollis Whiteman continues to provide pro bono representation through the Royal British Legion, acting for bereaved families at Inquests into service deaths resulting from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and more widely. As a result, Chambers has always been at the forefront of efforts to ensure that families who have lost loved ones in the service of their country receive the expert representation and advice which they deserve. As part of this work Chambers often argue successfully for the application of Article 2 of the European Convention on European Rights to inquests into service deaths.

 

Recent Cases

R v X, (Court Martial, Military Court) (2017)

Successful defence of a former member of the armed services accused of historic serious sexual...

Lynx helicopter pilot Inquest (2016)

Representing the family of the lynx helicopter pilot which crashed in...

In Amenas Inquest (2015)

Mark Ellison QC gave pre-inquest advice to British Petroleum in connection with the deaths of UK...

Re Lance Bombardier Richard Jones (2014)

Tom Doble represented the family of a deceased soldier who had taken an overdose of tramadol...

Inquest of Flt. Lt Sean Cunningham (2014)

Tom Kark QC and Polly Dyer both of QEB Hollis Whiteman Chambers represented Flt Lt...

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