Jeremy Wainwright QC

1990 (2019)

Practice Profile: Criminal defence, covering a range of serious complex cases and conspiracies. Jeremy regularly defends in major Fraud conspiracy cases. His practice includes Murder, attempted Murder, Manslaughter, supplying Class A drugs, serious violence and gang-related cases.

He has had a long standing practice in dealing with difficult and sensitive sexual offences of a wide-ranging and very serious nature. He is an accredited trianer of other barristers in how to deal with cases involving vulnerable witnesses. 

Jeremy is a grade A advocacy trainer training advocacy both in the UK and abroad, including at the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague.

Jeremy is a Master of the Bench at Gray's Inn.

Jeremy has been appointed as Vice-Chair of Advocacy and CPD training by Gray's Inn. 

Jeremy is ranked in both the 2022 editions of Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500.

The 2022 edition of Chambers and Partners says of Jeremy... "A knowledgeable and down-to-earth advocate who puts clients at ease. He is absolutely fantastic."

The 2021 edition of Chambers and Partners says...'He has a friendly and approachable demeanour coupled with a hard-working nature. He gains the trust of the client and delivers on his promises'.

The Legal 500 says of Jeremy... Jeremy has a charming, easy-going manner and a warm, engaging advocacy style that puts juries at ease. Despite his laid back approach, Jeremy is tenacious and determined, never failing to pursue the points or issues that are important to his client's case. He is highly effective and a pleasure to be in a trial with.'

Notable Cases:

R. v. G. - Instructed to defend a man accused of being the principal in a murder by stabbing.

R. v. W. - Leading Counsel for a client accused of being the ringleader in a conspiracy to Murder in a drive-by shooting. The client was also alleged to have been involved in three other non-fatal gun related incidents.

R. v. H - Represented alleged ringleader of Conspiracy to blackmail acquitted after trial.

R. v.P. - Represented a man charged with attempted murder of his sister by driving a car at her. He was found not guilty of attempted murder. 

R. v. Mc. and ors. Represented the alleged boss of a gang operating from Manchester supplying Class A drugs throughout the North of England.

R. v. Girma & ors. - Terrorism trial, first defendant to be acquitted in charges linked to 21/7/05 London bombers.

R. v. W. - Double Manslaughter trial arising from from death of two firemen at a firework factory.

R. v. G. & ors - Series of drug conspiracies involving Class A and B drugs, resulting from lengthy video and audio surveillance operation. 'G' acquitted of involvement in the main conspiracy.

R. v A. Acquittal in murder case alleging joint enterprise murder of a disabled man. 5 year sentence for assisting offender reduced to 2 years in Court of Appeal.

R.v. K. Acquittal of a joint enterprise charge for murder by a group.

R. v. P. - Gang-related attempt murder, convicted of lesser offence of wounding.

R. v. X.- Dismissal of charges against alleged gang of robbers, armed with firearms, accused of attacking a series of North London bookies.

R. v. S. - Successful automatism defence in a S.18 stabbing.

Fraud cases

R. v W. - Dismissal of charges against leader of Conspiracy to defraud a number of solicitors, following an abuse of process hearing.

R. v B. - Represented defendant acquitted of Conspiracy to defraud involving fraudulent websites.

R. v. Pye & ors - Represented first defendant in £9million pound allegation of cold-calling fraud involving multiple businesses.

R. v. Snober & ors - Represented alleged organiser in acquittal for a conspiracy to defraud bank accounts using inside information.

R. v. El-Heri & ors - £20m Carousel Fraud - seven month trial. resulting in client's acquittal.

R. v. ul-Haq & ors - Multi-million pound boiler room fraud.

R. v. Webber & ors - Represented "right-hand man" in Ghostmarket £18m Internet fraud.

R. v. Ahmed - Conspiracy to launder up to £8 million through money exchange.

R. v. Bo Li - Represented alleged ringleader in conspiracy to launder money.

R. v. Islam - Represented bank manager alleged to be insider in bank fraud.

R. v. F - Conspiracy to defraud the DSS

R. v. Sidhu & ors. - Represented alleged organiser of large-scale tax and VAT fraud.

R. v. W - Trial concerned multiple frauds and money laundering over an eight year period.

Sexual Offences

R.v. K. Historical sexual allegations concerning an alleged breach of trust.

R.v. N. Stranger rape in complainant’s home

R.v. U. The case involved allegations of serious sexual assault on a vulnerable complainant. The Judge allowed evidence about the defendant’s sexuality to be admitted by the prosecution. This was successfully challenged in the Court of Appeal resulting in a change in the approach to evidence relating to same-sex allegations.

R.v. B. Allegation of attempted rape and sexual assaults by known offender.

R.v. S A conspiracy to groom, rape and sexually assault under-age boys over a period of several years. 



Jeremy Wainwright


BA (Hons)
Queens Counsel 2019

Memberships & Associations

Bencher of Gray's Inn
Chair of the Sussex Bar Mess (2019-2022)
Gray's Inn
Criminal Bar Association
Member of the Irish Bar (called 1995)
South Eastern Circuit
Western Circuit

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