Gordon Ross


Gordon is a highly successful criminal law specialist with an extensive criminal law practice.

An experienced and skilled trial lawyer, Gordon appears regularly in Crown Courts in the south of England where he is a well-known and respected advocate with a reputation for fighting fearlessly for his clients.

He has substantial experience as a leading junior and regularly co-defends in multi-handed cases. He has a wide experience of financial crime including VAT and tax frauds, land banking fraud, carbon credit fraud, film tax fraud, mortgage and DSS fraud, PONZI schemes, vehicle fraud and money laundering. Gordon is also often instructed in rape and other serious sexual offence cases, large-scale drug importations and driving offence cases. He is a former pegasus scholar to New Zealand where he worked in the Crown Law Office. Before being called to the Bar, Gordon travelled widely, taught in UNHCR Vietnamese refugee camps and worked in publishing, assisting on the first edition of Blackstone's Criminal Practice.

Gordon Ross is accredited by the Bar Council to provide Public Access Services.

Recent Cases:

R v F - successfully defended youth charged with rape

R v T - successfully defended a lorry driver charged with £9.8 million drugs importation 

R v T - successfully defended a male charged with sexual assault arising from taxi touting.

R v A - successfully defended a male nurse charged with sexual assault on a patient.

R v F - successfully defended a driver charged with people smuggling. 

R v B - successfully defended a former soldier charged with misconduct in public office. Arising from Operation Elveden, the Metropolitan Police enquiry into corrupt payments to newspapers, the former soldier was charged with selling stories about Prince Harry to the News of the World and the Sun newspapers. Prince Harry and the soldier were both in the Household Cavalry at the time. The jury unanimously acquitted the defendant after a trial at the Old Bailey



R v A - instructed as leading junior in multi-handed money laundering conspiracy. Defendant acquitted following a four week trial at Manchester Crown Court

R v B - doctor acquitted of raping a patient 

R v A - mini-cab driver acquitted of raping a passenger

R v M - successfully defended male charged with evading £900k of excise duty.

Re: 'Operation Cotton' - instructed as a leading junior in complex multi-handed land banking fraud.

R v W - lorry driver accused of being part of a multi-million pound alcohol smuggling operation - found not guilty following a 6 week trial.


R v E - Woolwich Crown Court: male accused of historic rape allegation - acquitted following trial.

R v A - Croydon Crown Court: vehicle driver who hit a young child on a zebra crossing - acquitted of dangerous driving following trial.

R v B - representing a leader of the group 'Anonymous UK' at the Central Criminal Court charged with a double rape of a woman in her tent at the Occupy London protest site outside St Paul's Cathedral. The defendant was acquiited on both counts.




R v H & Ors  - Leading at Southwark Crown Court on behalf of a University Lecturer accused with others of a multimillion-pound fraud on the film industry. This was the first ever prosecution for film tax relief fraud. The trial lasted 6 weeks.



R v M  - successfully defended a lorry driver charged with the importation of over 3 million pounds worth of cannabis resin. 

R v PT - Leading at Guildford Crown Court in a 6 week cruelty to children conspiracy. Conviction successfully overturned on appeal.

Re: Operation Boron - Leading at Basildon Crown Court in the largest ever prosecution by the Environmental Agency. This six week case involved 15 defendants who exported electrical waste to Nigeria in breach of EU legislation. The case involved complex legal argument in relation to EU directives and implementation into UK law.

R v ML - Kingston Crown Court - successfully defended Metropolitan Police interpreter charged with multiple counts of fraud.

R v G - Chelmsford Crown Court - successfully defended first-known prosecution in Essex for causing death by careless driving.

R v K - Reading Crown Court - successfully defended in manslaughter prosecution.

Notable Cases:

R v Mills and Poole (HL) [1998] AC 382  (Disclosure)

R v X (CA) [1999] 2 CAR 125 (sentencing-confidential information)

R v Khan (CA) [2001] Crim L.R. 603 (calling witnesses)

R v Stephens and Mujuru (CA) 2007 2 CAR 26 (murder/causing death of child)

R v R (CA) [2007 EWCA Crim 2535] -  historical child sex abuse conviction upheld (prosecution)


LLB (Hons)

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Inner Temple
Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
Surrey and South London Bar Mess

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