Will practises in crime, extradition and related areas. He is regularly instructed on a private basis to represent professionals and trade union members who find themselves the subject of criminal proceedings for the first time. Will is relied upon for his ability to keep clients at ease throughout this difficult process.
Will's publicly funded practice predominantly involves defending in the full range of serious offences in the Crown Court (examples below).
Before joining 3TG, Will worked on serious fraud and corruption matters in the White Collar Crime Departments of two leading American law firms in the City of London. This included working on the phone hacking litigation and international bribery and corruption investigations. Will has also recently spent time seconded to the SFO on a high-profile serious fraud prosecution of members of a FTSE 100 company. In addition, he was recruited as one of Herbert Smith's first-choice initial intake at their Belfast Office where he developed a detailed working knowledge of legal professional privilege in internal investigations. With this background, Will is able to accept instructions in respect of corporate criminal investigations. He also writes in this area [see below].
In the area of professional discipline, Will won an award representing nursing students with fitness to practise issues at a pro bono project in 2012.
Will is fervently opposed to the death penalty. In the summer of 2012, he spent four months working at the California Appellate Project in San Francisco where he drafted habeas corpus claims for prisoners on Death Row in San Quentin State Prison.
R v C - Inner London Crown Court - 2018 - Operation Juglans - secured an acquittal in respect of all allegations relating to the alleged supply of a large amount of class A and B drugs - instructed by HP Gower Solicitors.
R v Z - Lewes Crown Court - 2018 - defending in an allegation of conspiracy to supply class A drugs using a so called ‘county line' - ongoing.
R v W - Blackfriars Crown Court - 2018 - client acquitted of an assault alleged to have been committed on a packed tube - instructed by Achom & Partners.
R v S - Basildon Crown Court - 2018 - secured favourable and unlikely concurrent sentence in an allegation of knife-point robbery.
R v S - Snaresbrook Crown Court - 2017 - acquittal of client charged with assault and multiple allegations of witness intimidation where co-defendant was charged with a stabbing in respect of the same incident.
R v P - Inner London Crown Court - 2017 - Defending in an allegation of affray.
R v T - Croydon Crown Court - 2017 - Instructed by Blackfords LLP in an allegation of possession of an offensive weapon.
R v N - Lewes Crown Court - 2017 - This case spanned two years due to ongoing disclosure arguments. Following a successful argument in respect of third party disclosure (with reference to the to the A-G guidelines and CPIA Code) disclosure of material was ordered. Upon receipt of the material, the Crown offered no evidence in this matter. Will was instructed by Blackfords LLP.
Professional persons - Will has recently been instructed by Corker Binning on a number of matters representing professionals charged with offences in the Magistrates' Court.
R v Z - Bexley Magistrates' Court - 2017 - Will was instructed by Blackfords LLP on a private basis and secured a full wasted costs order against the Crown for four Case Management Hearings following an acquittal for an allegation of common assault.
R v C - Stratford Magistrates' Court - 2017 - secured an acquittal for a charge of assault on a police constable following cross examination of two officers and successful legal submissions at half-time that the officer was not acting in accordance with his duty under section 17 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.
R v P - Croydon Magistrates' Court - 2017 - client was acquitted following cross-examination of an officer on inappropriate identification process contrary to PACE Code D and successful submissions at half-time.
R v W - Stratford Magistrates' Court - 2016 - client acquitted of drink-drive charge following cross examination of multiple police officers and successful argument that there was no likelihood that the client would have driven when the client was found in the car by police officers.
Poland v S - arguing passage of time and Article 8
Lithuania v S - Divisional Court - 2016 - Will acted in an appeal to the High Court arguing Article 6 as a bar to extradition.
Moldova v G - Westminster Magistrates' Court - 2017 - successfully argued for the discharge of a warrant arguing Article 3 as a bar to extradition.
Hungary v T - Westminster Magistrates' Court - successful discharge of a EAW after arguing Article 8 as a bar to extradition.
Lexis Nexis PSL Series - Corporate Crime - Contributor - http://www.lexisnexis.co.uk/en-uk/practice-areas/corporate-crime-experts.page
Fraud Lawyers - "The SCA 2015: A Focus on Confiscation" - Summer 2015
"Bribery & Corruption" An overview of the law in Ireland (CPD lecture) - Summer 2015 - www.protalktv.com
"Flashing whilst driving? You shouldn't be!" Irish Road Traffic Law Review 2011
The Amicus newsletter - Will has written several articles on death-row topics; in particular following the decision by many states to change their lethal injection protocols.
Executive Committee Member - London Irish Lawyers Association - www.londonirishlawyers.co.uk
Former President of Middle Temple Young Barristers' Association (2017) - www.mtyba.org
Middle Temple Pupillage Award, 2015
Certificate of Honour, Middle Temple, 2011/2012
Lloyd Jacobs Award, Honourable Society of the Knights of the Round Table, 2011/2012
BPTC Scholarship and Santander Postgraduate Scholarship, City Law School, London, 2011/2012
Best Advocate, City University Union Advocacy Service (at disciplinary tribunals), 2011/2012
Blackstone Entrance Exhibition, Middle Temple, 2011
The UEA Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship (most prestigious scholarship at UEA), 2006/2007
LL.B (Hons.) Law - University of East Anglia
BPTC - Outstanding - City Law School
President of Middle Temple Young Barristers Association
London Irish Lawyers Association
Extradition Lawyers Association
Young Fraud Lawyers Association