• A serious senior junior with an outstanding record for prosecuting the complex and weighty.

    Crime

    Roger Smart is a senior barrister specialising in prosecuting the most serious offences in cases often of national importance.  His repertoire includes prosecuting for the specialist and headquarter divisions of the CPS in terrorist, murder, kidnap and blackmail allegations, amongst others.

    Appointments

    • Level 4 - CPS Advocate Panel General Crime List
    • Level 4 - CPS Specialist Panel (Counter Terrorism, Organised Crime, Special Crime and Specialist Fraud)

    Professional Memberships

    • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
    • Central London Bar Mess, Committee
    • Criminal Bar Association
    • International Association of Prosecutors
    • South Eastern Circuit

    Education

    • LLB (Hons), London

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    • Roger Smart delivers a key note address on Terrorism at the United Nations Drugs and Crime conference

      Roger Smart delivers an address on UK "National Policy and Legal Frameworks for the protection and support of victims and witnesses in cases of Terrorism". Hosted by the Government of the Maldives the event is attended by representatives of the Government...

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    • Roger Smart successfully prosecuted Ryan McGee, a serving soldier for making a nail bomb and possessing the Anarchist's Cookbook

      Ryan McGee made a nail bomb containing 181 metal screws and bits of glass which were designed to maximise wounding capability when it was set off. He also possessed the Anarchist's Cookbook which contained instructions on bomb making. Officers also found ...

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    • Roger Smart delivers key note speech on the prosecution of Foreign Terrorist Fighters at counter-terrorism conference.

      Member of Chambers Roger Smart was on the panel of experts and delivered a key note speech on the prosecution of Foreign Terrorist Fighters at the inaugural counter-terrorism conference organised by The London Centre of International Law Practice & London...

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    • Roger Smart has delivered key-note speeches at OSCE Counter-Terrorism Conference in Cyprus

      Roger Smart has delivered three key-note speeches at a Counter-Terrorism Conference organised by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) held in Cyprus

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    • Roger Smart and Rachna Gokani were instructed for the prosecution in the case of R v Tito Ibn Sheikh. The defendant, the eldest son of Abu Hamza, was convicted of organising a kidnap.

      Roger Smart and Rachna Gokani were instructed for the prosecution in the case of R v Tito Ibn Sheikh. The defendant, the eldest son of Abu Hamza, was convicted of organising a kidnapping in which the hostage was taken from his place of work and held again...

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    • Roger Smart successfully prosecutes 'Father of Terrorism'

      Roger Smart successfully prosecuted Khuram Iqbal the self-styled "Father of Terrorism" today sentenced by the Honorary Recorder of Greenwich to 3 years and 3 months imprisonment following his 'guilty' pleas to counts of glorifying terrorism and possessing...

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    • Anti-Money Laundering & Fraud Prevention

      Roger Smart on the 10th June 2013 addressed the inaugural pan-European Western Union conference held in Vienna aimed at addressing European Anti-Money Laundering & Fraud Prevention upon the topic of Anti-Bribery & Corruption legislation within the Europea...

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    • Telephone and cell-site evidence

      Roger Smart on the 29th May 2013 addressed representatives of all UK police constabulary areas at a two day conference held at the College of Policing upon telephone and cellsite evidence.

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    • R v Ronald Bassett-Cross

      A professional trustee, who dishonestly managed the affairs of four trusts thereby depriving the beneficiaries of nearly £200,000.00 they were entitled to receive, was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment. Following a long and highly complex inquiry by the C...

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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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  • A highly regarded barrister specialising in the most serious and sensitive criminal cases.

    Overview 

    Roger Smart is a senior barrister specialising in prosecuting the most serious offences in cases often of national importance.  His repertoire includes prosecuting for the specialist and headquarter divisions of the CPS in terrorist, murder, kidnap and blackmail allegations, amongst others.

    Experience 

    Roger has extensive experience in prosecuting and defending in serious & complex cases involving allegations of terrorism, murder, manslaughter, kidnap, false imprisonment, blackmail, public official corruption, misconduct in a public office, bribery, fraud, armed robbery, human trafficking, drugs, firearms offences & money laundering.

    He is frequently instructed as leading counsel to provide a strategic overview in sensitive high profile inquiries with multi-jurisdictional aspects to them.

    Previous instructions include: Operation Ivybridge, at the time the highest number of credit cards compromised in the UK; Operation Eaglewood, the largest criminal investigation (money laundering by sophisticated criminal networks), undertaken by the Metropolitan Police & prosecution by the CPS; and Operation Christmas, the highest value diamond robbery seen in the UK - carried out by the now infamous 'Pink Panther Gang'.

    Roger is acknowledged as one of the country's foremost experts in advising upon the use of pioneering techniques in evidence. He was invited to make a presentation to the House of Commons Select Committee engaged in the evaluation of draft legislation addressing communications data.

    He delivers key capacity-building initiatives both nationally and internationally in areas including: terrorist offences, anti-bribery & corruption prosecutions, evidence gathering & court presentation and the assessment and use of telephone evidence.

    Roger has undertaken projects on behalf of a wide number of organisations including: United Nations, Transparency International, Financial Conduct Authority, Center for Co-operative Security, Organization for Security & Co-operation in Europe, and internationally recognised commercial entities.

    Specialist units Roger is instructed by include: Central Fraud Division, Organised Crime Division, and Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division. He has worked on projects based in the UK, mainland Europe, the Americas, Asia & Africa.

    He has served with the British Army Reserves for 27 years and has provided discreet advice on an ongoing basis to the military at various levels

    Notable Cases 

    R v McGee (2014)
    Roger Smart prosecuted Ryan McGee who made a nail bomb containing 181 metal screws and bits of glass which were designed to maximise wounding capability when it was set off.

    R v Iqbal (2014)
    Roger Smart successfully prosecutes ‘Father of Terrorism’.

    R v Curtin & Or's (2014)
    Roger Smart successfully prosecuted the £1.5million robbery of Selfridges Oxford Street.

    R v Bassett-Cross (2013)
    Roger Smart prosecuted a professional trustee, who dishonestly managed the affairs of four trusts thereby depriving the beneficiaries of nearly £200,000.00 they were entitled to receive.

    R v Rose & Uddin (2012)
    Roger Smart was instructed to prosecute Jakir Uddin and Derek Rose who are both accused of blackmailing F1 boss' daughter Tamara Ecclestone for £200,000.

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