• Silk quality at junior level, Linda Strudwick never fails to impress with her commitment, client-care and advocacy; she is a very accomplished barrister.

    Crime 

    A senior junior highly regarded by prosecution and defence teams alike, Linda Strudwick has unrivalled experience of advising and representing prosecuting authorities and defendants pre-charge through to trial and beyond, at appeal.  Her impressive resume features cases spanning the full spectrum of serious criminal offences.  Known for her sharp intellect, thorough preparation and careful yet dogmatic approach, she is well suited to the demands of serious and sensitive crime, frequently acting at the very highest level.

    Regulatory 

    Linda has led for the prosecution and the defence in several high profile disciplinary hearings. She has experience in the General Medical Council/Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (GMC/MPTS), General Dental Council (GDC), Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) and General Social Care Council (GSCC). Linda’s knowledge of the law and highly regarded advocacy in the most serious criminal cases, haves translated well in the regulatory field.

    Reviews 

    Chambers UK 2019: Crime - Band 2

    Legal 500 2018: Crime - Tier 3

    'Receives praise for her ability to achieve outstanding results in the face of difficult circumstances and evidence.' 'Strudwick shows true compassion and commitment when handling all the cases she does.' Chambers UK Crime (2019)

    'An outstanding trial advocate and accomplished cross-examiner.' Legal 500 (2018)

    'She’s a very thorough and hardworking junior.' Chambers UK Crime (2018)

    'A fully prepared fantastic advocate who exudes confidence.' Chambers UK Crime (2018)

    'Relentless in her representation of defendants.' Legal 500 Fraud Crime (2016)

    'Exceptionally good with clients.' Legal 500 Fraud Crime (2015)

    'Described as 'silk quality at junior level' by sources keen to draw attention to her 'charming manner with clients and her thorough preparation,' and her considerable jury trial ability.’ Chambers UK Crime (2013)

    Appointments

    • CPS grade 4 prosecutor
    • Specialist rape prosecutor
    • Bencher of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

    Professional Memberships

    • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
    • Criminal Bar Association
    • Justice
    • Registered with the Bar Council Public Access Directory 

    Education

    • LLB (Hons ) Manchester University

    Recent Cases

    News

    • Trial of alleged 'grooming gang' starts in Newcastle

      Linda Strudwick is leading Philip McGhee in the defence of one of five men accused of multiple gang rapes and abuse of vulnerable girls.  Linda and Philip, barristers at QEBHW, are instructed by Andy Malik on behalf of DJMS Defence Solicitors.  The trial,...

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    • Linda Strudwick prosecutes assailant to be sentenced at Central Criminal Court

      Linda Strudwick prosecuted Joshua Clements, who at the time of the offence was aged 17 and attended a music event in Hyde Park in July 2016 carrying a hunting knife.  Having robbed a number of young people of their possessions, in the space of 10 minutes ...

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    • Linda Strudwick is ranked as a Leader in her Field in Crime in Chambers UK Bar Directory 2018

      Details of the rankings and commentaries will be published in November 2017 in the Chambers UK Bar Directory 2018.

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    • Fatal stabbing by a dentist of an Islamic 'faith healer'

      QEB Hollis Whiteman member Linda Strudwick defended dentist Ashfaq Choudhry charged with the murder of Zkariyya Islam, a Muslim faith healer. Choudhry was suffering from depression and the murdered victim told him that he was possessed by evil spirits. Th...

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    • Inquest of Capt. Thomas Clarke - Linda Strudwick and Polly Dyer represent the family of Lynx pilot

      Coroner Darren Salter delivered his narrative verdict today at the inquest into the deaths of five servicemen who were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Linda Strudwick and Polly Dyer from QEB Hollis Whiteman represented the family of the pilot...

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  • A consummate professional, Linda Strudwick attracts praise for her meticulous approach to a case, her care throughout and her skill in the courtroom.

    Overview 

    A senior junior highly regarded by prosecution and defence teams alike, Linda Strudwick has unrivalled experience of advising and representing prosecuting authorities and defendants pre-charge through to trial and beyond, at appeal.  Her impressive resume features cases spanning the full spectrum of serious criminal offences.  Known for her sharp intellect, thorough preparation and careful yet dogmatic approach, she is well suited to the demands of serious and sensitive crime, frequently acting at the very highest level.

    Experience 

    Linda Strudwick specialises in serious crime.  She is an outstanding leading junior barrister, both prosecuting and defending in cases of murder, manslaughter, serious fraud, serious drug offences, rape and sexual assault.

    Linda has particular experience and expertise in serious sexual offences, often historic.  She is a specialist rape prosecutor and a Category 4 (the highest level) CPS prosecutor.  Linda is often engaged pre-charge for both defence and prosecution to either stop a case in its early stages or advise on the strength of a prosecution.  She has been instructed in the most prominent and demanding matters often involving serious sexual violence, complicated child abuse and grooming. Much of Linda’s work has involved media interest and people with celebrity profiles: she defended a Dutch beach volley ball champion accused of coming to the UK to meet and rape a 13 year old girl; represented a TV presenter against allegations of indecent images; and she was lead counsel for the defence in the first Newcastle Asian grooming case.  She is highly regarded for her instinctive and sensitive approach to the most challenging of crimes and for her effective cross examination. 

    Linda has experience of the full gamut of homicide offences and their defences.  She has prosecuted and defended gang murders, filicide, stalker killings and those resulting from mental illness.  She has wide-ranging expertise working with witnesses appearing via video links, working with vulnerable adult and child witnesses and those with learning disabilities.  She is a trained intermediary, who is able to help learning disabled adults and children to understand legal questions and communicate their answers.

    Throughout her career Linda has developed an impressive practice in financial crime.  Over recent years her work has included: leading for the prosecution in a £5m money laundering trial; leading for the prosecution of Chelmsford Borough Council for fraud offences; and leading for the prosecution of a sophisticated fraud involving theft of a high value plant shipped to Dubai.  Convictions were secured in all of these cases.

    Linda continues to enjoy practising across the full range of serious criminal offences and has the experience in other fields to remain with matters as they progress through regulatory fields into disciplinary tribunals and through public law into Judicial Review and Inquests; her experience and versatility places her at the top of people’s list.

    Notable Cases 

    R v Rowe & Or's (2018)
    Linda Strudwick is prosecuting a 4 handed kidnap and blackmail case. 

    R v Mohammed & Or's (2017)
    Linda Strudwick conducted the prosecution of a 3 handed attempted murder. The defendants stalked and shot the complainant.

    R v Makengo (2016)
    Linda Strudwick prosecuted a father for force feeding his 4 year old son over a period of time until the child died.

    R v Mohammed Azram (2016)
    Lead counsel for the defence in the first of a number of cases. The allegations were that the defendant was the main participant in an Asian gang. He targeted vulnerable young girls, invited them to parties and then plied them with drink and drugs intending that they would feel obliged to act as prostitutes.

    Advice Re : Bahamas (2015)
    Linda Strudwick advised on issues for a client in the Bahamas. 

    R v Doyle (2014)
    Linda Strudwick acted for the CPS as leading counsel in the prosecution of Yvonne Doyle, who took over the identity of two deceased people, and claimed over £250,000 over two decades.

    R v Samuels (2014)
    Lead counsel in successful murder prosecution. Defendant abusive partner of deceased. Finally killed her with one punch. Issues of bad character unsuccessfully taken to the Court of Appeal by the defence.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2019: Crime - Band 2

    Legal 500 2018: Crime - Tier 3

    'Receives praise for her ability to achieve outstanding results in the face of difficult circumstances and evidence.' 'Strudwick shows true compassion and commitment when handling all the cases she does.' Chambers UK Crime (2019)

    'An outstanding trial advocate and accomplished cross-examiner.' Legal 500 (2018)

    'She’s a very thorough and hardworking junior.' Chambers UK Crime (2018)

    'A fully prepared fantastic advocate who exudes confidence.' Chambers UK Crime (2018)

    'Relentless in her representation of defendants.' Legal 500 Fraud Crime (2016)

    'Exceptionally good with clients.' Legal 500 Fraud Crime (2015)

    'Described as 'silk quality at junior level' by sources keen to draw attention to her 'charming manner with clients and her thorough preparation,' and her considerable jury trial ability.’ Chambers UK Crime (2013)

    Recent Cases

    News

    • Trial of alleged 'grooming gang' starts in Newcastle

      Linda Strudwick is leading Philip McGhee in the defence of one of five men accused of multiple gang rapes and abuse of vulnerable girls.  Linda and Philip, barristers at QEBHW, are instructed by Andy Malik on behalf of DJMS Defence Solicitors.  The trial,...

    • Linda Strudwick prosecutes assailant to be sentenced at Central Criminal Court

      Linda Strudwick prosecuted Joshua Clements, who at the time of the offence was aged 17 and attended a music event in Hyde Park in July 2016 carrying a hunting knife.  Having robbed a number of young people of their possessions, in the space of 10 minutes ...

    • Fatal stabbing by a dentist of an Islamic 'faith healer'

      QEB Hollis Whiteman member Linda Strudwick defended dentist Ashfaq Choudhry charged with the murder of Zkariyya Islam, a Muslim faith healer. Choudhry was suffering from depression and the murdered victim told him that he was possessed by evil spirits. Th...

  • An extremely experienced criminal practitioner, Linda Strudwick’s skillset has transferred to the professional regulatory field, effortlessly.

    Overview

    Linda has led for the prosecution and the defence in several high profile disciplinary hearings. She has experience in the General Medical Council/Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (GMC/MPTS), General Dental Council (GDC), Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) and General Social Care Council (GSCC). Linda’s knowledge of the law and highly regarded advocacy in the most serious criminal cases, haves translated well in the regulatory field.

    Experience

    Linda has presented on behalf of regulators and defended individual professionals within numerous regulatory tribunals spanning much of the medical regulation spectrum.  Her experience includes: successfully leading for the NMC in a 3 month case involving a nurse with a history of substance abuse and the unauthorised conversion of houses into a hospital; defending a dentist accused of indecent assualt; defending a GP against rape and sexual assault allegations, in a 6 week trial at the MPTS.

    Her expertise in the field of serious crime places her extremely well to deal with matters as they invariably progress into the criminal forum, at whatever stage of the process, be it pre-charge, at trial or at appeal.

    Her commitment to a case, charming and easy personal manner, knowledge and excellent advocacy, make her exceptionally well suited to work in this field, whether it be for a regulator seeking to maintain the highest standards, or a professional needing the best support at the most challenging time of their career.

    Notable Cases 

    GDC v D (2014)
    Defending a dentist regarding allegations of sexual abuse of patients.

    NMC v Quinn (2014)
    Linda Strudwick was lead counsel in a successful three month prosecution of Mr Quinn who ran a unregistered Private hospital for celebrity addicts.

    Reviews

    'Receives praise for her ability to achieve outstanding results in the face of difficult circumstances and evidence.' 'Strudwick shows true compassion and commitment when handling all the cases she does.' Chambers UK (2019)

    'An outstanding trial advocate and accomplished cross-examiner.' Legal 500 (2018)

    'She’s a very thorough and hardworking junior.' Chambers UK Crime (2018)

    'Relentless in her representation of defendants.' Legal 500 (2016)

    'Described as 'silk quality at junior level' by sources keen to draw attention to her 'charming manner with clients and her thorough preparation,' Chambers UK (2013)

    'Excellent client-handling skills.' Legal 500 (2013)

    'Genuinely concerned about ensuring the best outcome for the client.' Legal 500 (2012)

    Recent Cases