Saul Herman

2007

Saul has experience in all areas of criminal law and has dealt with a range of serious and complex cases concerning allegations of violence, dishonesty, drugs and sexual offences. He has appeared a number of times in his own right before the Court of Appeal.

Saul's daily practice in the Crown Court is reflected by the cases noted below.

In respect of other areas of work, Saul is also part of Chambers' road traffic team and is regularly instructed in these cases. He has repeatedly and successfully argued both special reasons and exceptional hardship to save clients' driving licences. He has also obtained a number of acquittals on allegations such as drink driving, careless driving, and other offences.

One private client, a property developer, wrote that he: "proved to be of the highest calibre as my defence barrister... I would recommend you to any person in difficult circumstances in the future."

Saul has conducted considerable inquest work including inquests sitting with a jury. He can be relied upon to robustly but sensitively advance a client's interests in this specialist jurisdiction.

He has also represented a number of vulnerable defendants, in particular those held within under Mental Heath Act section. He has developed experience in obtaining intermediaries and other forms of assistance for defendants and has undertaken specialist training on dealing with young defendants with Just For Kids Law.

He also has experience in confiscation hearings dealing with six figure sums (both final hearings and enforcement) and is happy to accept instructions in other civil law or ancillary proceedings where there is a criminal law element such as applications for SOPOs, ASBOs, Restraining Orders, Parole Board hearings, or appearances before the Social Security Tribunal (often a next step for clients after acquittal on benefit fraud charges). He was recently instructed as Independent Counsel for HMRC to review legal privilege in an ongoing case.

Outside of the Court room Saul has regularly been involved in outreach activities and the work of the Inner Temple. He has recently been accredited by the Inn as an Advocacy Trainer, he led this year's Bar Council and Advocacy Training Council's Social mobility day, and served as President of the Inn's Junior Bar Association during 2013/14.

Notable Cases:

R v M (Southwark Crown Court) - Junior representing the second defendant in a £30 million pound mortgage fraud case lasting six months.

R v DF (Snaresbrook Crown Court) - Acquittal following trial for two counts of attempted s.18 GBH and one dangerous driving; CCTV showed the defendant's car striking one man and narrowly missing the other but a defence of lack of intent to injure, and necessity as regards the deliberately bad driving, succeeds.

R v SS (Inner London Crown Court) - Finding of unfitness to plead followed by acts and omissions hearing before the jury. Legal argument and jury verdicts succeed in reducing seriousness of several counts.

R v JM (Luton Crown Court) - Acquittal following trial for knifepoint robbery; present, not participating. Succeeded despite admission that stood just 6ft from the robbery.

R v GM (Luton Crown Court) - Acquittal following trial on an allegation of violent robbery in the home. Defence of mistaken identity succeeded despite defendant being named by the complainant.

Sentencing Cases:

R v RK, PK (Gloucester Crown Court) - acted for private clients, garage owners, facing a long running Trading Standards investigation into car clocking. Negotiated pleas minimised exposure to the confiscation regime and lead to suspended sentences allowing the business to continue.

R v EH (Luton Crown Court) - perverting the course of justice, false complaint of knifepoint robbery leading to the wrongful arrest of two women. Suspended sentence imposed.

R v SY (Reading Crown Court) - perverting the course of justice, false complaint of knifepoint robbery leading to wrongful arrest of two women. Suspended sentence imposed.

R v TM (Central Criminal Court) - pleas to possession of an improperly obtained passport accepted lieu of false passport offences initially charged. A custodial sentence was avoided and a 12 month community order with no recommendation for deportation was made.

Qualifications

BA (hons) (oxon) Philosophy, Politics and Economics
PGDL, Leeds Metropolitan University
BVC, BPP Law School London
LL.M, University College London
Advocacy Trainer, Inner Temple

Memberships & Associations

Inner Temple
Justice
South Eastern Circuit
Criminal Bar Association

Areas of work

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