- Location: Camberwell Green
- Role: Senior Consultant Solicitor
- Practice Area: Criminal Defence, Family Law, Police Misconduct
- 1953 – 1961 King’s College School, Wimbledon
- 1962 – 1967 Served Articles of Clerkship with Simmonds Church Rackham, Bedford Row, London
- 1970 – 1971 University of Kent – Post Graduate Diploma in Local Government
Significant cases include:
Acting for one of the defendants charged with importation and transportation of drugs by helicopter which was the first of its kind in England. Convicted but conviction quashed on appeal
R v. Cannings:
Acting for mother accused of murdering two of her infant children. Convicted but conviction quashed on appeal. The Judgement handed down has been described as a landmark judgement and is having a marked effect on both the criminal and family courts
Acting for a father accused of murder of his infant son by shaking. Acquitted of Murder but convicted of manslaughter. Currently considering appeal
Acting for a father accused of murder of his infant daughter by shaking. Acquitted at trial.
Acting on appeal for prospective adoptive parents convicted of murder of their child by salt poisoning. Conviction quashed at appeal but faced retrial. Retrial in January 2007 – acquitted at retrial of all charges
Acting for a parent accused of murder of her infant son by salt poisoning. Trial in September 2006 – acquitted at trial of all charges
Acting for Step Father accused of murder of his infant step daughter by shaking. Acquitted at trial.
Acting for a father accused of murdering his infant son by shaking. Acquitted at Trial on a submission at full time. December 2011
Acting for a father accused of harming his child by shaking. Prosecution discontinued proceedings. November 2014
Acting in many other cases currently where parents allege they have been falsely accused of abusing their child(ren).
I have dealt mainly with matters which come before the courts solely on the grounds of disputed medical evidence.
Below are a sample of our cases which have set legal precedent:
RE: U a child (2005)
Successfully applied to re-open an appeal on the grounds of fresh evidence and demonstrated a powerful probability that an erroneous result was arrived at in the earlier proceedings.
RE: SJ A Child (2007)
A mother who had, on an earlier occasion been found in the family courts to have murdered her first born by smothering, sought to have the finding reviewed in subsequent proceedings by the same Local Authority to take a further child born later to the mother into care. She was successful.
RE: M (2011)
Care proceedings come to a successful end with our client and her children remaining together after concerns of emotional harm are quashed.
RE: A (2011)
Care proceedings were instigated following accusations of non-accidental injury but all proceedings were withdrawn and his client was exonerated when it was established that an accident was the cause of fracture(s) and the accident had been witnessed by an independent source.
Re: K (2011)
Complex and lengthy care proceedings concluded successfully with the step- father being able to return home with the mother and child following serious allegations of inflicting non-accidental injury.
Re: T (2011)
Following two years of care proceedings a child was returned to its parents after the court found against the Local Authority, that there had been “massive bureaucratic incompetence”.
RE: S (2011)
Child returned to mother following a period in Local Authority Care when it was demonstrated that the allegation of causing emotional harm was unfounded.
Re: R (2011)
The child was returned to the mother and she was exonerated after it was established that the allegations of shaking against his client were unfounded.
Re: G (2012)
This very long running matter in which there was a negative finding against his client was appealed in the Family Appeal Court on the basis of new evidence. This was unprecedented as the original finding had taken place some three years earlier. In light of the new evidence the appeal against the negative finding was granted and there followed an eight week re-trial of the new facts which resulted in the original negative finding being overturned and his client being exonerated and reunited with her child.
Re: B (2012)
The mother was exonerated of inflicting injuries to her child by shaking.
Re: ED, JD and TD (2013)
The parents were completely exonerated. The extensive investigations into the medical histories of the children, their parents and other relatives indicated that by far the most likely causes of the symptoms first thought to have been caused by abuse were natural. In addition to this the Judge found the parents to be utterly devoted to their children.
Re: RH, KS and JS (2013)
This was a baby shaking case where the mother was absolved of any blame for inflicting injury. Significant scientific developments regarding the diagnosis of Shaken Baby Syndrome were canvassed.
Re: SB and EB (2013)
A father was wholly exonerated from deliberately causing injury to his daughter by shaking and the Local Authority’s application for a Care Order was refused.
Re: SG (May 2013)
A mother who had fled the jurisdiction with her child having applied for a discharge of a care order successfully restored her application after a number of years. A Return Order was rescinded and a European Arrest Warrant withdrawn.
Re :NB ( November 2014)
Allegations that a mother had shaken her child and abusively caused injuries were defeated and the child was returned to his mother’s care. The danger that a child the mother was carrying would be taken into care at birth were avoided.
Re: N (Minor)  EWFC 54
Acted for a mother accused of shaking her baby and causing severe injury. The mother was exonerated and the family reunited.
H v. MOD
A Senior NCO was subjected to major administrative action under AGAI 67 suffering a penalty that effectively eliminated any possibility of future promotion. He claimed damages under the Human Rights Act for being subjected to what was effectively a criminal trial without the appropriate safeguards. An application by the Secretary of State for Defence to strike out what is believed to be the first claim of its kind, was defeated clearing a path to what might be a far reaching decision on the legality of using major administrative action in certain cases.
Acting for a high ranking Army Officer accused of conduct unbecoming in relation to his affair with a Female Naval Officer. Acquitted at Court Martial
Acting for two of five Army Training Instructors collectively charged, initially, with over 50 charges of bullying. Acquitted at Court Martial
Acting for a soldier accused of Manslaughter of an Iraqi civilian and, together with six other defendants, facing war crimes charges. This is the first case of its kind and thought to be the largest held in the UK. The Judge was a High Court Judge. The Trial continued for seven months (September 06 – April 07) – acquitted of manslaughter but convicted of lesser charge of committing a war crime to which he pleaded guilty.
Acting for the main core participant in the Baha Mousa Public Inquiry before Sir William Gage following the court martial referred to above.
Achievements : Points of Interest
1974 – 1975 Won first award of interest on back pay for Government Benefits plus interest on the unpaid benefits.
Feb. 2001 Instrumental in obtaining Amendment to the Armed Forces Bill in relation to changes in legal aid so that legal aid offered to members of the Armed Forces held in custody would be more or less parallel to PACE.
Jan. 2004 Attended Sadam Hussein’s Palace at Basra and Internee Detention Centre at Shaiba, on three day visit to Iraq escorted by the RMP in connection with investigations into alleged torture by British Forces of Iraqi civilians.
2000 – date Contributing to and taking part in various documentaries; news and magazine programmes in relation to Cannings and other significant cases commenting on their potential effect on the criminal and family courts.
Regularly being asked by the media to appear on television and give press interviews in relation to my own cases and comment on Government statements and statements made by the members of the medical profession.
Regularly being requested to speak at public functions; seminars and debates attended by members of the public, Judiciary and Members of Parliament on the topic of reform in the Family Courts.
2005 – date Set up own niche practice starting with myself and two staff. After four and a half years we are currently 20 people and have recently opened an office in London.
- Jan 1989 – Aug 07 Deputy Coroner for Wiltshire and Swindon
- April 1999 Obtained Higher Rights of Audience (Criminal Courts)
- Member of the Salisbury Duty Solicitor Scheme from its inception (now retired from it)
- Member of the Children Panel from its inception (both child and adult)
- Member of the South Western Coroners’ Society for England and Wales
- Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine
Role at G.T. Stewart:
Senior Consultant Solicitor dealing with criminal appeals; care proceedings; Family court appeals and Human Rights matters.
Hobbies and Interests:
Choral singing; cooking; atrocious golf; socialising