Brian Stork

1981

In 1978, when a student at King's College, London, Brian was persuaded by a friend  to try his hand at mooting. He agreed. He made his way through the rounds and reached the final. There, his performance was judged by the Hon. Mr. Justice Robert Goff. It went well and the rest, as they say, is history.

He joined Inner Temple while still a student and was called to the Bar a year after graduating. He spent the first years of his career as a General Common Lawyer, appearing regularly in Family, Personal Injury and Landlord and Tenant cases, as well as in the Criminal courts. After 10 years or so honing his skills and learning how to deal with people from all walks of life he chose to specialise in Criminal Law. Professionally, the courtroom is where he feels most at ease and crime gives him that opportunity more than any other.

His extensive experience in all areas of the Criminal Law, including murder, manslaughter, other violent crime, serious sexual offences, drug-related offending, money-laundering and fraud has led to him being instructed as leading counsel in many cases heard at several Crown Courts including the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey), Southwark, Guildford, Lewes, Isleworth and Harrow.

Though based in London and the South East, he is happy to travel and has conducted cases in Sheffield, Derby, Nottingham, Liverpool, Leicester, Manchester, Carlisle, Coventry, Norwich, Ipswich and Taunton.

He is well-known for his ability to deal with clients in a sensitive and understanding way but those who know and have worked with him have seen a firm, no-nonsense approach when the situation required it.

Away from work he is a family man but also a sports fanatic with a particularly keen interest in rugby, soccer, cricket and golf – playing the latter whenever he can. He is a member of the Bar Golfing Society. For his sins he has supported Middlesbrough FC and Yorkshire County Cricket Club all his life.

Brian Stork is accredited by the Bar Council to provide Public Access service

R -v- KC "Mr Stork presented throughout as exceptionally well briefed and read. His grasp of the facts and grasp of the matter stand testimony to his professionalism and abilities. He displayed that he has the ability to address sensitive issues with well-chosen words ensuring the fullest understanding."

Significant Cases:

R -v- PM (Southwark CC - leading counsel for the Defendant) A nationally reported case concerning historic allegations of indecent assault on male persons and indecency with a child. The Defendant was a teacher, first at Windsor School for Boys and later at St. Paul's School in Barnes; 10 of the 12 complainants were students at those two schools.

R -v- G (Isleworth Crown Court) - Defendant was charged with a "road rage" assault and criminal damage following an altercation with a motorcyclist in Kensington. The case was tried by a judge and jury between 5th-8th January 2015. This was an unusual case in that the defendant had instructed counsel in this Crown Court trial directly via the public access scheme.

Public Access Testimonial for Brian Stork [Adobe PDF]

R -v- H (Winchester Crown Court) (conspiracy to supply cocaine) - Representing one of five defendants charged with supplying cocaine "on an industrial scale". The trial occupied the court for nearly eight weeks.

R -v- M (Southampton Crown Court) - Representing one of four defendants charged in a significant drugs supply case.

R -v- Joanne Smith (Central Criminal Court) (murder) -Profoundly deaf defendant and witnesses; sign language interpreters.
The jury was discharged and a re-trial ordered after a crucial mistake was made by a tired interpreter. This led to a complete change in the procedures adopted when sign language interpreters are required in court for significant periods.

R -v- William Gardener (Snaresbrook Crown Court) (violent disorder) - Probably the most important ‘football hooligan’ trial. Its collapse (after the third of eleven defendants had given evidence) led to several other similar trials collapsing. The previously recorded convictions of a number of other defendants were quashed in the Court of Appeal. The way in which undercover surveillance officers initially record their evidence has changed dramatically as a result of this case.

R -v- John Smith (Southampton Crown Court and the Court of Appeal)(conspiracy to defraud)
This case went to the Court of Appeal on application by the Crown following a successful defence submission of "no case" based on the crown's decision to prosecute, in a single, rolled up count, seven defendants they said had acted together and with others in the commission of a number of similar substantive offences over several years.

R -v- Hockerday (Liverpool Crown Court) (drugs conspiracy) Multi-handed conspiracy to import in excess of one hundred and ten million pounds (£110,000,000) worth of controlled drugs into the United Kingdom.

R -v- R (Guildford Crown Court)(sexual assault) -Testing the competence of very young childwitnesses; in this case one aged just three at the time of the incident and four by the date of trial

R -v- B (Sheffield Crown Court) (sexual grooming and perverting the course of public justice) - A nationally reported case in which the client was a serving police officer.

R -v- OB (Oxford Crown Court)(rape) Another nationally reported case. This time the client was a male staff nurse accused of raping a 16 year old overdose patient in a lavatory on the ward in which he was the nurse responsible for her care.

R -v- Churchill (Wood Green Crown Court and the Court of Appeal) Criticism of the trial judge for the way he answered a jury question about the reasons for a witness failing to testify in circumstances where her statement had been read to the jury.

Poll Tax Riots (Southwark Crown Court) Instructed in a number of cases concerning the ‘Trafalgar Square poll tax riots’ of 1990.

R -v- Joseph Curtin (Central Criminal Court and the Court of Appeal)(murder) Successful appeal against conviction in which the trial judge had failed adequately to sum up the Defendant’s case in circumstances where the Defendant set out his defence in interview but chose not to testify.

Qualifications

LLB (Hons) London

Memberships & Associations

Inner Temple
Criminal Bar Association

Areas of work

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