Rupert Hallowes


Rupert handles exclusively criminal cases, and having spent the first 15 years of his practice both prosecuting and defending, is now a specialist defence advocate. He has considerable experience of appellate work, mainly on behalf of the defence. He has, however, been instructed in the past on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service to represent the Crown's interest in appellate proceedings in the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal.

His main areas of trial expertise are as follows:

Sexual crime: involved in primarily defence work for cases involving rape, indecent assault, sexual offences against children and, in particular, computer child pornography. His priority cases involve children and vulnerable witnesses and he is experienced in use of TV and video links.

Violent crime: Rupert undertakes violent crime work primarily on the South Eastern Circuit. He is regularly instructed for the defence in cases involving drugs, firearms and money laundering.

Benefit fraud: Over the last 5 years Rupert has developed a specialism in defending complex and high value allegations of benefit fraud.

Rupert also has considerable experience in representing Defendants with mental health problems.

Rupert is a Member of the Criminal Bar Association and Southern Eastern Circuit.

Rupert is an extremely thorough advocate who prepares his cases meticulously. He can be robust or sensitive when dealing with witnesses at trial depending upon what the situation demands. He has a wealth of experience of defending in complex trials, multi-handed or otherwise. He is willing to raise any arguable point of law and enjoys exploring interesting legal issues. He gives his clients practical and comprehensible advice in conference and does not attempt to avoid difficult clients or apparently hopeless cases. His willingness to pursue all legal avenues on behalf of his clients is reflected in the fact that, since 1999, he has appeared in the Court of Appeal on more than 70 occasions.

Rupert Hallowes is accredited by the Bar Council to provide Public Access services.

Recent Cases:

KK v DPP [2016] 4 WLR 162, [2016] Crim LR 868 - conviction for knifepoint robbery quashed consequent upon District Judge taking into account of the inadmissible evidence of a co-defendant who had pleaded guilty giving evidence in a Newton hearing heard simultaneous to Appellant's trial in the Youth Court.

R v NC [2016] 10 Archbold Review 3, CA - approach of the Crown Court to the making of Sexual Harm Prevention Orders. 

R v Varma [2013] 1AC 463, [2013] 1 Cr.App.R. 115, [2013] Crim LR, The Times, October 29, 2012 - junior counsel for the Respondent (on appeal from the Court of Appeal's reported decision from 2010) - The Supreme Court delivered judgement on 10th October 2012 reversing the decision of the Court of Appeal and ruling that the Crown Court can combine a confiscation order with a conditional discharge.

R v Wright (Barrington) [2012] 2 Cr.App.R.(S) 46(11) - reduction in sentence for a member of the public gallery found in contempt of court for shouting out to his son as a jury found the son guilty of serious offences.

R v Evans, The Times, January 16, 2012 - junior counsel for the Crown. Court of Appeal clarified the meaning of surrendering to bail in the Crown Court for the purposes of section 2(2) of the Bail Act 1976. Reported at [2012] 1 WLR 1192.

R v Chrysostomou  - [2010] Crim LR 942 - whether text messages fall within statutory definition of hearsay; conviction quashed due to unfairness of allowing such evidence to be adduced as bad character where purpose purely to blacken D's name.

R v Magro; R v Bissett; R v Smith; R v Varma [2010] Crim LR 787; The Times, August 26, 2010; [2010] 2 Cr.App.R 25 - Extent to which a five-judge court can overrule a decision of a three-judge court in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division); whether Crown Court empowered to combine confiscation order with conditional discharge (N.B. Point of general public importance certified by Court of Appeal - application for leave to appeal to Supreme Court pending). 

R v Lancaster [2010] 2 Cr.App.R7, The Times, June 2, 2010 - definition of "omits a material particular" under ss.17(1) and (2) of the Theft Act 1968.

Burwell v DPP [2009] Crim LR 897, (2009) 173 JP 351 - a prosecutor's certificate under the Computer Misuse Act 1990, s.11(4) normally determinative of jurisdiction.

R v Ellis [2009] 2 Cr.App.R.(S) 73 - reduction in sentence for offence of aggravated burglary

R v Freeman; R v Crawford CA [2009] 1 Cr.App.R 11 - judgment clarifying legal principles in relation to cross-admissibility of counts in indictment under bad character provisions.

Notable Cases:

R v Glidewell [1999] 163 JP 557, The Times, 14/5/99 - Forgetfulness as a reasonable excuse for possession of offensive weapon.

R v Kartal & Ors [1999] 10 Archbold News 2, 31 Criminal Law Week 1, 16/8/99 - Excessive judicial intervention infringing D’s right to a fair trial.

R v Denton [2001] 1 Cr.App.R 16; [2001] Crim LR 225; The Times, 22/11/00 - Reading of statements under s.23 CJA 1988. Failure to give reasons in ruling.

R v Lee Oosthuizen [2006] 1 Cr.App.R. 73 – circumstances in which judge may withhold discount for early guilty plea or impose deterrent sentence in view of guidelines issued by the Sentencing Guideline Council.

R v Ashton, Draz, O’Reilly, The Times, April 18, 2006, CA – impact of procedural or jurisdictional failures in the Crown Court on the safety of convictions.

R v Jean-Paul Holman (2007) 1 Cr.App.R.(S) 52 – reduction in sentence for offence of false imprisonment in domestic circumstances

R v David Curtis (2007) 2 Cr.App.R.(S) 52 – applicability of guideline case in burglary with significant aggravating features committed by offender with bad record

R v Jales and Lawrence [2007] Crim LR 800 – judge's findings of contempt of court quashed due to substantial failures of legal procedure

R v Noble, The Times, July 21, 2008, CA - failure to answer a summons cannot be an offence under Bail Act 1976 nor a common law contempt.


BA (Hons) First Class (Classics)
University of Bristol

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Criminal Bar Association
Southern Eastern Circuit

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