R v EI (Central Criminal Court, 2021) (leading Szilvia Booker – Murder
Previous Defence Cases
R v JJ Philips (Cardiff Crown Court, June/July 2019) – Successful Murder defence
William secured Mr Philips’ acquittal of murder after a 4 week trial at Cardiff Crown Court. Mr Phillips was convicted of the lesser offence of manslaughter.
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R v JJ (Aylesbury Crown Court, March 2019) – Successful defence of Historic Sexual abuse, Neglect by Foster Parents.
R v Liam Turner (Reading Crown Court, January 2019) – Murder. The sole issue being whether at the time of the killing Mr Turner’s mental impairment was such as to afford him the partial defence to murder of Diminished Responsibility due to abnormality of his mental functioning. Eight Psychiatrists who gave conflicting medical opinions as to Mr Turner’s mental health at the time of the killing.
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R v Turner  EWCA 1300 – Successful appeal against sentence.
R v Onofeghare (Hove Crown Court, June 2018) – Successful murder defence. A “county lines” murder, with a background in the dealing of Class A drugs.
R v ST (June/July 2017) – Attempted Murder.
R v B (September 2017) – Internet Grooming.
R v JC (Isleworth March, August 2016) (Silk alone) – Successful Defence and representation of Businessman of good character charged with Revenue Fraud over many years. Matter eventually dealt with by Civil COP9 proceedings.
Ali (and Charlton) v R (Court of Appeal, February 2016) – CCRC referred appeal against Idris Ali’s manslaughter conviction arising from the notorious murder of 15 year old runaway Karen Price (“Little Miss Nobody”) in Cardiff in the early 1980s. Appeal based on alleged malpractice of South Wales Police in 1980s and 1990s and extensive scrutiny of related SWP miscarriage of justice cases from same time (National Press and TV coverage).
CCA Judgment 8th March 2016  EWCA Crim 52.
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R v AM (Kingston, January – February 2016) (Silk alone) – Successful Defence of Business owner of Good Character charged with unlawfully wounding his business partner.
R v GW (Reading, September 2016) (Silk alone) – Representation of Grandfather charged with recent and historic sexual abuse of family members.
R v SC (Canterbury, January – June 2015) (Silk alone) – Defence of father from Religious Minority charged with “Honour” Assaults and Neglect of family member.
R v Eve (Guildford, May – June 2015) (Silk alone) – Defence of multi-complainant historic sexual allegations over 30 year period (Local press coverage).
R v Koshin (Central Criminal Court, March – April 2015) (Silk leading) – Defence of 17 year old charged with Murder in multi-handed gang killing (cut throat defence) – (Local TV and National Publicity).
R v LI (Central Criminal Court, October – November 2014) (Silk Leading) –Successful defence of 17 year old charged with Murder in multi-handed killing on West London Estate. (Local TV and National publicity).
R v Pillay & Others (Luton Crown Court, July – August 2014 and Court of Appeal, May 2015) (Silk Leading) – Defence of gunman hired in “Muslim Love Triangle Shooting”. Cut throat defence. (National TV and Press coverage, including Crimewatch).
R v Rudder & Others (Hove Crown Court, January – April 2014) (Silk leading) – Successful defence of female defendant charged with murder and high value burglaries by gang operating in South East England (Local and National publicity – “The Sussex Antique Murder”).
R v Florowski & Another (Central Criminal Court, 2013) (Silk leading) – Murder, attempted murder and arson by foreign national. (Local and National publicity).
R v Weinreb (Wood Green, 2013) (Silk alone) – Successful defence of attempted murder and GBH (local press coverage).
As Junior Counsel
R v Lopez (Central Criminal Court, 2013) – Gang-related, multi-handed GBH violent disorder (defendant the subject of cut-throat by all other co-defendants).
R v Tidy & Another (Reading, 2012) – Baby shaking and abuse by parents of young baby (National publicity).
R v Batchelor (Croydon, 2012) – Long term, high value VAT fraud (National Publicity).
R v McLaughlin (Reading, 2012) – Stranger rape. Defence of teenage boy with behavioural problems (ADHD).
R v Tran & Another (Luton Crown Court, 2011 – 2012 and The Court of Appeal) – Inland Revenue Fraud, money laundering and people trafficking. Extremely complicated case. Successful appeal of Sentence on starting point for credit afforded for guilty plea during trial.
R v Sexton and others (Reading Crown Court, October 2009) – Successful defence of defendant charged with conspiracies to rob (robberies of cash-handling security staff) and burglaries. (National publicity).
R v Dickson (Lewes Crown Court, October 2009) – Historic rape and sexual abuse of hospital inmate with borderline personality disorder by Nurse.
R v James and others (Southampton Crown Court, 2009) – Young defendant from the Travelling Community. Substantial media coverage, marking it out as one of the most infamous “Cowboy Builders” cases. Multiple elderly and/or vulnerable victims. Extensive legal argument (re multiple conspiracies), unsuccessful appeal to CCA by Crown of Judge’s terminatory ruling. (National TV & Press coverage).
R v P Rooney (2008) – Led Junior for defendant responsible for fatal M25 coach crash. (National publicity & TV coverage).
R v G Rooney (Reading Crown Court, 2008) – Gang related, multi- handed violent disorder.
R v C (Harrow Crown Court, 2008) – Successful defence of inter-marital rape and GBH.
R v Parkinson (Canterbury Crown Court, 2007) – Defendant acquitted of large-scale importation. Unusual combination of defences (duress and “cut-throat” of paramilitary co-defendant).
R v Imran (Reading Crown Court, 2007) – Leading junior for defendant acquitted of conspiracy to supply class ‘A’ drugs.
R v Griffin (Southwark Crown Court, 2007) – Defence of Private Investigator charged with corruption and misconduct in public office with two others. (National publicity & TV coverage).