• An accomplished Senior Junior sought-after by both the Prosecution and Defence in matters of serious and complex Crime and Professional Regulation, Paul Wakerley is a persuasive Jury and Appellate Advocate; he impresses at every level.

    Corporate & Financial Crime 

    Paul Wakerley has been instructed from most angles and at most stages within the practice area of Corporate & Financial Crime. He has advised Individuals and Corporates Pre-Charge, advised Global Banks regarding Compliance, represented Parties in relation to Health and Safety Charges, prosecuted large and complex Frauds and Money Laundering and dealt with Confiscation Proceedings for both the Prosecution and Defence. He is a meticulous, calm and respected Jury Advocate, arguing the complex in a clear and compelling style.

    Crime 

    Paul Wakerley has a fantastic reputation in the field of Complex and Serious Crime. He has experience across the full range of Offences from both sides, although is particularly noted for his successful Defence practice. He regularly appears as a Leading Junior in Cases where others are represented by Silks and is frequently sought out at Appeal stage where the original representation was elsewhere. Paul is often instructed to represent Professionals facing Criminal Allegations arising from the workplace and combines his vast experience in both the Regulatory and Criminal fields to great effect.

    Regulatory

    Paul Wakerley has experience of presenting against and defending Individuals from the Security, Military, Law and Order and Medical Professions. He has the expertise to represent Parties through all levels of Hearing and across the vast myriad of Tribunals that a Case may develop into, including Inquests.

    Reviews 

    Chambers UK 2020: Crime – Band 4

    Legal 500 2020: Crime – Tier 3

    ‘A silk-quality junior. He has an unrivalled ability to see the bigger picture, which is hugely advantageous tactically to a case. Juries always respond to him positively and they are attentive whenever he stands up to speak. His cross-examinations are also first-rate.’ Chambers UK Crime (2020)

    ‘He commands attention in court in a very understated way, which means judges and juries really warm to him.’ Legal 500 Crime (2020) 

    Appointments

    • CPS Panel - Grade 4
    • Approved Pupil Supervisor

    Professional memberships

    • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
    • Criminal Bar Association
    • Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association
    • South Eastern Circuit
    • Gray’s Inn
    • Registered with the Bar Council – Public Access Directory Member of the Public Access Bar Association – PABA

    Education

    • LLB (Hons) (Birmingham)

    Recent Cases

    News

    • Paul Wakerley, Eloise Emanuel and Arabella MacDonald appear in high profile National Action membership case

      Patatas, Thomas and Bogunovic charged with membership of proscribed organisation.

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    • Paul Wakerley and Rhys Meggy defend in the largest UK prison smuggling conspiracy

      Paul Wakerley and Rhys Meggy acted for defendants in the UK's largest ever prison smuggling conspiracy prosecution.Paul Wakerley represented Craig Hickinbottom, said to be the ringleader of a prolific commercial enterprise entailing the supply of drugs, t...

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    • Paul Wakerley is ranked as Leader in his 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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    • David Jeremy QC and Paul Wakerley represented North Korean woman, Hyojung Lim, who stabbed her husband to death

      The Court heard on behalf of Mrs Lim that she had acted in self-defence following many years of abuse at the hands of her husband. After 20 hours of deliberation the jury acquitted Mrs Lim of the charges of murder and manslaughter.Read the Metro report HE...

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    • Paul Wakerley represents care home manager charged in connection with the death of a patient

      QEB HW member Paul Wakerley represents the manager of a residential care home who is prosecuted for failing to take reasonable care for the health and safety of others after a patient fell down a stairway at the home and died from his injuries.Read media ...

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    • Paul Wakerley represents care home manager charged in connection with the death of a patient

      QEB HW member Paul Wakerley represents the manager of a residential care home who is prosecuted for failing to take reasonable care for the health and safety of others after a patient fell down a stairway at the home and died from his injuries.Read media ...

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    • MPTS decision in Dr Pemsel conduct case sparks controversy

      QEB member Paul Wakerley represented the GMC in a hearing into the conduct of Rupert Pemsel. The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service panel’s decision not to strike the doctor off has been criticised by patient’s representatives. The d...

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    • Paul Wakerley and Polly Dyer act for appellant as Court of Appeal quash dishonesty convictions

      Paul Wakerley and Polly Dyer successfully appeal convictions, based upon allegations of theft of investors' funds, to the full court. Paul was instructed post-conviction and sentence to review the case and seek to find any arguable grounds. The central...

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    • Paul Wakerley and Polly Dyer act for appellant as Court of Appeal quash dishonesty convictions

      Paul Wakerley and Polly Dyer successfully appeal convictions, based upon allegations of theft of investors' funds, to the full court. Paul was instructed post-conviction and sentence to review the case and seek to find any arguable grounds. The central...

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    • QEB Hollis Whiteman represents Rebecca Minnock pro bono

      Paul Wakerley represented Rebecca Minnock pro bono at Bristol Crown Court on 15 June. Ms Minnock had made a high-profile disappearance with her three-year old son after a custody ruling went against her; her mother and her mother's partner had already bee...

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    • Paul Wakerley represents the interest of two police officers at inquest into death of teenager

      Paul Wakerley has been instructed to represent the interests of two police officers at the inquest into the death of 18 year old Shanice-Paris Goff who died after a fall from the 17th floor of Hastings House in Woolwich. The inquest opened this week. ...

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    • R v Mitchell

      Daniel Mitchell acquitted of death by careless driving charge, Paul Wakerley defended. For further details, please click HERE.

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    • 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. Ma...

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  • Corporate and Financial Crime

    An experienced Practitioner adept at dealing with Complex and Multi-Jurisdictional Offences, Paul Wakerley has developed a strong foothold in the field of Corporate & Financial Crime.

    Overview

    Paul Wakerley has been instructed from most angles and at most stages within the practice area of Corporate & Financial Crime. He has advised Individuals and Corporates Pre-Charge, advised Global Banks regarding Compliance, represented Parties in relation to Health and Safety Charges, prosecuted large and complex Frauds and Money Laundering and dealt with Confiscation Proceedings for both the Prosecution and Defence. He is a meticulous, calm and respected Jury Advocate, arguing the complex in a clear and compelling style.

    Experience 

    Paul Wakerley’s experience in Corporate & Financial Crime is both vast and varied. In recent years he has prosecuted and defended Money Laundering and Fraud Charges involving numerous Parties, vast sums and inherently complex issues.

    Paul has recently been instructed by both high-net-worth individuals and Companies seeking Pre-Charge advice in relation to various Corporate & Financial Crime Offences. He has been instructed privately by a Company Director in relation to Pre-Charge advice concerning an Investigation into a potential Carbon Credit Fraud.

    Paul spent a year assisting a leading Global Bank with its Financial Regulatory and Legal obligations and reputational risks arising in the course of transactions across the Bank. He co-led a team of Barristers from QEB Hollis Whiteman in the project.

    Paul has experience of Health and Safety Offences, having dealt with pleas in mitigation and represented Parties through to Trial; he spent almost a year in the Crown Court representing the Manager of a Care Home in relation to Health and Safety Criminal Offences which involved the death of an Individual. 

    Paul also has a great deal of experience in Offences of Alleged Misconduct in a Public Office, where he has been involved in a number of prosecutions involving Allegations of Corruption.

    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.

    He is an Advocate that has vast expertise, likeability and the command of a Court; he is exceptionally well regarded.

    Notable Cases

    R v Dean Packman & Another (2013)
    Successful Defence of Money Laundering Allegations involving cash seizures in excess of £500,000.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2020: Crime – Band 4

    Legal 500 2020: Crime – Tier 3

    ‘A silk-quality junior. He has an unrivalled ability to see the bigger picture, which is hugely advantageous tactically to a case. Juries always respond to him positively and they are attentive whenever he stands up to speak. His cross-examinations are also first-rate.’ Chambers UK Crime (2020)

    ‘He commands attention in court in a very understated way, which means judges and juries really warm to him.’ Legal 500 Crime (2020) 

    Recent Cases

    News

    • Paul Wakerley represents care home manager charged in connection with the death of a patient

      QEB HW member Paul Wakerley represents the manager of a residential care home who is prosecuted for failing to take reasonable care for the health and safety of others after a patient fell down a stairway at the home and died from his injuries.Read media ...

  • A Criminal specialist, representing Parties in the most serious Offences at the very highest levels of the Legal system; Paul Wakerley is sought out for his client care, assured approach and phenomenal advocacy. 

    Overview 

    Paul Wakerley has a fantastic reputation in the field of Complex and Serious Crime. He has experience across the full range of Offences from both sides, although is particularly noted for his successful Defence practice. He regularly appears as a Leading Junior in Cases where others are represented by Silks and is frequently sought out at Appeal stage where the original representation was elsewhere. Paul is often instructed to represent Professionals facing Criminal Allegations arising from the workplace and combines his vast experience in both the Regulatory and Criminal fields to great effect.

    Experience

    Paul Wakerley handles complex and serious Cases across the full spectrum of Criminal Work. His caseload has involved Allegations of Murder, Slavery, Drugs Offences (Conspiracy to Import), Rape (plus other Sexual Offences), Firearm Offences and Driving Offences including Death by Dangerous Driving.

    Recent instructions have included: defending the oldest Defendant in Legal history against Historical Sexual Offences; privately representing the interests of a Care Home Manager where both she and the Company were indicted with Health and Safety Offences arising out of the death of an elderly resident. He was co-defending with Silks; defending the first Defendant in a multi-handed Drugs Importation Case involving difficult and sensitive issues regarding Public Interest Immunity and failed Disclosure by the Prosecution leading to three Re-Trials.

    Paul has recently successfully represented two separate Appellants who were seeking help following their convictions and sentences where they had been represented by alternative Counsel at the earlier stages. One had their conviction for Fraud quashed entirely and the other, who appeared at the Appeal before the Lord Chief Justice, had his mandatory minimum sentence reduced to allow for his immediate release.

    Paul regularly defends Professionals charged with Criminal Offences in the course of their work, recently representing an Undercover Police Officer for Traffic Offences.

    In Prosecution Work, Paul is instructed by the Specialist Casework units of the CPS (including Homicide) and he has the highest grade - level 4.  He is frequently sought out to prosecute Murders, Manslaughters and Serious Drug Offences.

    Paul has vast experience of prosecuting and defending in relation to Trading Standards Offences, including matters relating to Intellectual Property.

    Paul combines his vast expertise with his exceptional advocacy skills to be widely acknowledged as one of the leading Criminal Advocates.

    Notable Cases

    R v Bennett (2015)
    Successful Appeal of Conviction to the Court of Appeal.

    CPS v R (2014)
    Paul Wakerley successfully represented an Undercover Police Officer in relation to a Road Traffic matter which was brought upon the evidence of other serving Police Officers.

    R v Wesley (2014)
    Large-scale Drugs Conspiracy.

    R v Mitchell (2013)
    Daniel Mitchell acquitted of a Death by Careless Driving Charge, Paul Wakerley defended. 

    Reviews 

    Chambers UK 2020: Crime – Band 4

    Legal 500 2020: Crime – Tier 3

    ‘A silk-quality junior. He has an unrivalled ability to see the bigger picture, which is hugely advantageous tactically to a case. Juries always respond to him positively and they are attentive whenever he stands up to speak. His cross-examinations are also first-rate.’ Chambers UK Crime (2020)

    ‘He commands attention in court in a very understated way, which means judges and juries really warm to him.’ Legal 500 Crime (2020) 

    'His practice ranges from appeals through to sensitive historic abuse cases.' Legal 500 (2019)

    'His practice spans violent crime, appeals and drug importation cases.' Legal 500 (2017)

    'Particularly persuasive in appeals.' Legal 500 (2016)

    Recent Cases

    News

  • A Senior Junior sought out to present on behalf of leading Regulators and to defend in some of the most sensitive Professions, Paul Wakerley brings the skill set he has finessed in his Criminal practice and employs it in the field of Professional Regulation with great effect.

    Overview 

    Paul Wakerley has experience of presenting against and defending Individuals from the Security, Military, Law and Order and Medical Professions. He has the expertise to represent Parties through all levels of Hearing and across the vast myriad of Tribunals that a Case may develop into, including Inquests.

    Experience 

    Paul is regularly instructed by the General Medical Council to act in Fitness to Practise Hearings and has completed a vast number of large, protracted and complex Cases. He has also 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. Recent successes include: representing an Officer accused of Dishonesty, another accused of Sending Inappropriate Text Messages and another concerning Sexual Allegations. Paul 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. Paul represented the interests of two Officers at the Inquest of a teenager who fell from a tower block window whilst in Police Custody.

    Paul’s successes and renowned advocacy, place him at the very top of this field.

    Notable Cases 

    GMC v Dr Pemsel (2015)
    Anaesthetist who had sex with Prostitutes. The decision is reported in The Times here and is the subject of a Times leader here.

    GDC v Herman (2015)
    Dentist who gave/who was alleged to have given inadequate treatment.

    Inquest concerning SPG (2015)
    In the Inquest concerning the death of SPG, Paul Wakerley represented the interests of two Police Officers concerned in the death of a teenager who fell from a tower block window whilst in Police Custody.

    Re: N (2014)
    Defended a Police Officer at a Disciplinary Tribunal who successfully retained his job following an Allegation of Gross Misconduct whilst allegedly sending politically incorrect and sexually explicit text messages. The case involved Article 8, Abuse of Process arguments and Disclosure issues.

    Recent Cases