Other Offences

Members of Chambers across all levels of call have experience of the full spectrum of offences; we are 'the go-to set for the full range of criminal practice'. 

Overview

QEB Hollis Whiteman's foundations are in General Crime. We have produced outstanding advocates through the early focus on the prosecution and defence of crime. As such, we have experience at all levels of Counsel, of all types of offence and at every stage in criminal proceedings.

Our Experience

Our experience of General Crime covers everything from the unusual to the more commonplace; no stone has been left unturned. We have a dedicated team of Junior Counsel committed to dealing with minor offences, progressing towards more Senior offences as they build their practice. Such is their skill and reputation, Junior Members are often instructed in cases that would ordinarily demand those more senior in call, whilst more Senior Members are instructed in cases that are higher-profile, heavy-weight and often multi-handed in their nature.

We have experience of all types of theft, burglary, criminal damage, arson, and drugs offences. We have experience of the full range of public order offences, including violent disorder and rioting and were a nominated specialised set selected to prosecute the London Riots in 2011. We have expertise across the spectrum of offences against the person, including common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and grievous bodily harm, both wounding with intent and unlawful wounding. We have experience of cases involving threats to kill, stalking and racially motivated crimes. We have experience of firearms offences, blackmail, kidnap, false imprisonment and offences relating to prostitution.

Our reputation in the field of General Crime means that we are often sought out to deal with unusual and sometimes new offences. These have included: administering poison; female genital mutilation (FGM); social media and cybercrime. We have written and taught extensively on the niche fields where we have developed a particular and unusual expertise, most recently in relation to FGM and cybercrime.

Our strength in depth across the board means that we are regularly sought out to represent professionals and high-profile individuals when they find themselves involved in the criminal process, whatever offence, stage or role. Our experience of trials means that we are well placed to advise from the outset, either to avoid charge and trial entirely or to help direct and control the process in order to place the client in the most advantageous position possible, once their case is in the Courtroom.

Recent Cases

R v A (Kingston CC 2020-2021)

Selva Ramasamy QC (leading Thomas Coke-Smyth) is defending a leading health professional...

R v JC & PS (2021)

Philip was instructed to prosecute the mother of a two year-old child and her partner for serious...

R v IA (2021)

Philip was instructed to prosecute a man for attempted murder after he stabbed another man in the...

News

Alexandra Felix to be appointed Queen's Counsel

We are delighted to announce that the Queen has approved the Lord Chancellor’s...

Articles

The Use of Gang Affiliation as Evidence of Bad Character

Oliver Mosley  of QEBHW examines gang affiliation as evidence of bad character. The word gang can be a powerful tool in the hands of a skilled prosecutor. The allowances within the Criminal Justice Act means juries are now often furnished with...

Cracking the Enigma Code: A, B, D & C and Regina [2021] EWCA Crim 128

A case comment on Enchrochat and A, B, D & C and Regina [2021] EWCA Crim. The Court of Appeal have recently handed down their judgment in the Encrochat test case: A, B, D & C and Regina [2021] EWCA Crim. In this article, Roger Smart ...

Ruth Broadbent and the Youth Justice Legal Centre consider the implications of R v PS [2020] EWCA Crim 2286 for children

The Lord Chief Justice delivered judgment in this case concerning the effect of mental health on the sentencing process. Ruth considered its implications for the Youth Justice Legal Centre. The summary can be read here ....

Eye-Witness and CCTV Evidence in Conflict

High-quality CCTV and smart phone footage which captures alleged criminal activity is now a regular part of many criminal trials. Philip Evans QC and Kerry Broome consider in what circumstances eye-witnesses can be shown CCTV footage in advance of...

Offences & Powers Relating to Businesses, Events, Gatherings and Movements of People During Covid-19 A Further Update

Further to his previous notes on the regulations imposed by the government to deal with the Coronavirus Pandemic, Philip Stott has updated his briefing on the Healthcare Protection Regulations to take account of the enactment of the Health...

Offences and powers relating to businesses, events, gatherings and movements of people during the coronavirus public health emergency.

Further to his previous notes on the regulations imposed by the government to deal with the Coronavirus Pandemic, Philip Stott has updated his briefing on the Healthcare Protection Regulations to take account of the additional relaxations in the regime...