R v John Actie and others
JCR's client John Actie was acquitted of murder by jury. Three other defendants found guilty but convictions quashed by the Court of Appeal; case has become known as "The Cardiff Three".

R v Ali
The "body in the carpet" case. Ali was convicted of murder by jury; JCR was instructed to represent him on appeal; conviction for murder quashed.

R v Jonathan Jones
Jones was convicted of double murder by jury; convictions quashed on appeal.

R v Burke
Burke was a teacher at a children's home; he was charged with numerous offences of child abuse (boys) of the most serious nature; it was even alleged that one of his victims was killed to teach him a lesson; JCR's cross-examination of the alleged victims was so successful the High Court Judge who was trying the case allowed a submission of no case to answer and he was acquitted of all charges.

R v Jolley
Jolley was the headmaster of a care home; he was charged with numerous offences of child sex abuse (girls); JCR cross-examined the first alleged victim to such effect that she refused to return to court to continue giving her evidence; JCR cross-examined the second alleged victim to such effect that she refused to return to court to continue giving her evidence; as a result the prosecution offered no evidence against Jolley and he was acquitted of all charges.

R v Carney
Carney was charged with serious fraud offences; submissions of law made on his behalf were accepted by the Judge who stayed all charges.

R v Ward
Ward was charged with serious fraud offences; submissions of law made on his behalf were accepted by the Judge whereupon the prosecution offered no evidence against him and he was acquitted of all charges.

R v Staines
Staines was a senior partner in the largest criminal legal aid firm in the country; acquitted by jury of all charges of legal aid fraud.

R v Lewis
Lewis was a solicitor charged with offences of legal aid fraud; acquitted of all charges by the jury.

R v Khan
Khan was a solicitor charged with dishonestly overcharging private clients; JCR took numerous points re-disclosure; eventually the prosecution offered no evidence and Khan was acquitted of all charges.

R v Chandoo and others
Very substantial MTIC fraud alleged; High Court Judge stayed proceedings as an abuse of process finding that the Customs Officers and others had lied in respect of disclosure information.

R v Hauxwell-Smith and others
Very substantial fraud alleged; known as 'the IKEA' case; during proceedings JCR took numerous points re-disclosure; the case went to the House of Lords in respect of the jurisdiction to hear an interlocutory appeal in respect of disclosure; although the prosecution alleged that Hauxwell-Smith was one of the major players in the fraud they eventually offered no evidence against her and she was acquitted of all charges.

R v Raven and others
The 'Imperium Corporation' case; Raven and others were charged with a fraud running into £100s of millions; JCR took numerous points re-disclosure; eventually the prosecution offered no evidence against Raven and he was acquitted of all charges.

British Dredging Services v Secretary of State for Wales and Monmouthshire
High Court; power of Secretary of State to make a coast protection order by virtue of section 18 of the Coast Protection Act 1949.

Collins v British Airways
Court of Appeal; interpretation of "baggage check" within the Warsaw Convention as adopted by the Carriage by Air Act 1961.

Donovan v Gwent Toys
House of Lords; Judge's power to override the time limit in personal injury and fatal accident claims under section 33(1) of the Limitation Act 1980; JCR represented Gwent Toys whose appeal to the House of Lords was successful.

2,000 Plaintiffs v Cardiff City Council and South Glamorgan County Council and Welsh Water
High Court; test action for damages in respect of serious flooding in Cardiff; the Plaintiffs alleged the various authorities were negligent; JCR represented Welsh Water; the claim against Welsh Water was dismissed.

Robson v Scott
High Court; personal injury action in which JCR obtained substantial damages in respect of injuries his client sustained whilst participating in a water skiing race.

R v Unibay
Health and Safety prosecution resulting from serious brain damage suffered by a young child in a near drowning incident at a swimming pool controlled by Unibay.

R v Craig Bellamy
Craig Bellamy, premier division and international footballer, was acquitted of assault.

R v Corsi
Corsi was charged with manslaughter following an incident during which he was taunted as being a Wayne Rooney lookalike. Acquitted on direction of Judge on the basis causation not proved.

R v Drummond and 2 others
Drummond and 2 others were charged with the robbery and murder of a drug dealer. The evidence against him appeared strong on paper. JCR undertook lengthy and detailed cross-examination of 1. the Prosecution lay witnesses and the police officers who took statements from them 2. the police officers who interviewd the defendants and 3. the co-defendants with a view to undermining their credibility. In the result Drummond was found not guilty of robbery and the jury could not agree on the charge of murder. Thereafter, the Prosecution accepted a plea to manslaughter and a formal verdict of not guilty of murder was entered.

R v Saini
Represented a trader in a lengthy inside trader case. The trial was complex and lasted almost 4 months.

R v Vinkenstein and others
Vinkenstein and others were charged with the theft of metal (rail) on a large scale. JCR successfully submitted that he had no case to answer having prepared a schedule of telephone calls and deliveries that wholly undermined the Prosecution case.

R v Richards and another (2011/2012/2013)
Acted for Richards, who was charged with a very serious offence of murder, in 2 very lengthy trials. Richards and the other man were alleged to be "hit men" who had been hired to kill another man for money. The case was complex and involved detailed forensic evidence, many hours (the Prosecution alleged in total over 8 years) of CCTV evidence and several months of telephone evidence in the form of telephone calls data and cell site evidence.

R v Montovio
Montovio was a teacher. He was charged with sexually assaulting male pupils. The case was heard in Gibraltar. JCR cross-examined the complainants in a firm but fair way with a view to undermining their credibility. In the result he was acquitted of all charges.

R v Evans and 5 others (1) (2014)
Evans and 5 others, including 3 solicitors and a QC, were charges by the SFO with a £160 million conspiracy to defraud. The case was complex and involved several important points of law, including the ambit of conspiracy to defraud. JCR played a major role in successfully submitting before Mr. Justice Hickinbottom that the case against all 6, including his client, should be dismissed. The case has been reported in the Weekly Law Reports and is a leading authority as to the ambit of conspiracy to defraud.

R v Evans and 5 others (2) (2014)
The SFO applied for permission to prefer a voluntary bill of indictment against Evans and 5 others. The application was heard by Lord Justice Fulford, sitting as a High Court Judge. JCR played a major role in successfully submitting that the application should be refused. The judgment of Lord Justice Fulford is a leading authority on the principles to be applied on an application for permission to prefer a voluntary bill of indictment.

R v James (2014)
James is a solicitor. He was charged with failing to report money laundering. JCR successfully submitted that the charged should be dismissed.

R v Evans and others (2015)
An application for defence costs against the SFO under section 19(1) Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 was successful. The case is a leading authority on section 19(1) costs.

R v James (2015)
An application for defence costs against the CPS under section19(1) Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 was successful.

SFO v McKenzie (2016)
A landmark case in which the Divisional Court laid down the scope of the legal duty upon law enforcement bodies to formulate procedures for protecting legal professional privilege when dealing with seized material, in particular electronic devices and computers containing a large number of documents (digitally stored material).

R v Smith (2016)
The defendant was charged with a joint enterprise murder. He was acquitted by the jury after a 2-week trial.

Accident Exchange v Nathan John George Broom and 6 others (2017)
7 defendants were committed to prison for contempt of court after an 8-week trial in the Administrative Court before Mr. Justice Supperstone who concluded that they were parties to systematic, endemic fabrication of "expert" evidence over a long period of time in "Credit Hire" cases. JCR "prosecuted" the case.

R v Dominic Ryder and 9 others (2017)
JCR defended the defendant who it was alleged was the financier and one of the promoters of complex, dishonest tax avoidance schemes involving loss to the public revenue of over £150million. JCR led the defence in an application to dismiss the charges on the grounds that the charges upon which the defendant was sent for trial did not disclose a criminal offence. Such application was successful and the charges were dismissed. During the course of the proceedings the defence uncovered "improper acts", by the CPS/HMRC in respect of the prosecutor's duties under the Code for Crown Prosecutors and their duties of disclosure under the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act 1996. In the result, the prosecution decided not to seek a voluntary bill of indictment and admitted liability for costs (to be assessed) pursuant to section 19(1) Prosecution of Offences Act 1985.

R v Lee Wyllie and others (2019)
JCR defended the managing director of a construction company charged with bribing senior managers of a main contractor in respect of fire regulatory work undertaken on behalf of a local authority.

 

 
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