George Wills

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George’s practice focuses on criminal defence and prosecuting and defending regulatory prosecutions.

Criminal Defence

In respect of criminal defence, George enjoys a wide practice in general crime both as a led junior and as counsel alone. He is experienced in handling cases with high volumes of witnesses and papers as well as cases involving the use of technology in the commission of the offence. He has participated in trials where evidence has been presented both in the usual ‘paper’ fashion and digitally (eg. using iPads).

Road Traffic

George deals with road traffic offences of all kinds. He has successfully argued unusual ‘special reasons’ and ‘exceptional hardship’ on a number of occasions including in the defence of a United States Airforce pilot based in the UK and other very high profile clients. George accepts instructions via Direct Access.

Regulatory Prosecutions

In respect of regulatory prosecutions, George prosecutes largely for local authorities dealing with a wide array of matters. He has particular experience in prosecuting offences arising out of the improper development and renting of properties and associated Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings. He also extremely accustomed with the Unfair Consumer Trading Regulations and most types of Trading Standards’ prosecutions.

Investigatory Work

George has acted as counsel for investigation teams. Since 2017 he has been engaged by the Financial Conduct Authority in the Enforcement and Market Oversight Division. George is one of the team of document review counsel assisting The Grenfell Inquiry.

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Qualifications

  • September 2018: Vulnerable Witness Training.
  • February 2014: Cardiff University – Police Station Representative Accreditation.
  • September 2012 – May 2013: City Law School – Bar Professional Training Course – ‘Very Competent’ – Average of 75%.
  • 2010 – 2011: Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 – Diplôme d’Etudes Universitaires Françaises – Droit.
  • 2008 – 2012: University of Leeds – LLB Law and French.

Memberships

  • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
  • Middle Temple Young Barristers’ Association
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales

Notable Cases

Criminal Defence

R v CW (2019) - Aggravated Burglary, Robbery, s.20 GBH and Possession of a Disguised Firearm.

R v LP et al (2019) - Violent Disorder involving an off-duty Police Officer.

R v PW (2019) - Importation of Firearms and associated Customs offences.

R v ML and another (2019) - Led Junior in child cruelty case involving allegations made by 7 children. Required careful consideration of complex family court records and third part material.

R v AL (2019) - Robbery and Blackmail.

R v PP and another (2018) - Represented the Defendant in a production of cannabis case. Involved dealing with a referral through the NRM.

R v RH (2018) - Led Junior in case involving allegations of assault by penetration of a 4 year old by a 17 year old. The Crown offered no evidence following preparation of robust application to exclude the ABE evidence in the case.

R v MD (2017) - Represented the Defendant in a case which led to POCA proceedings centred around BitCoin the Defendant was alleged to have.

TSL v R (2017) - Represented the Appellant in a successful appeal from the Youth Court against a conviction for GBH on a Police Officer.

R v LS and another (2017) - Kidnap charge dismissed following successful half-time submission

Regulatory Prosecutions

LBS v DB and SS (2019) - Successful prosecution of two parties involved in the laundering of the proceeds of alleged fraudulent building work.

LBS v SA (2019)
- Ongoing complicated POCA proceedings involving assets in excess of £1 million.

Trading Standards (LBL) v SA Ltd and IT - Trading Standards Prosecution of an Architect charged under the Unfair Consumer Trading Regulations for wrongful use of relevant accreditations from the regulatory body for architects.

Prosecuted countless cases arising out of Housing and Planning Enforcement and associated Proceeds of Crime Proceedings.

Thames Valley Police v Ors (2016) – Represented an interested party in successfully opposing the application of the Police for a Closure Order under s.136D Sexual Offence Act 2003 concerning a brothel.

Investigatory work

George has acted as counsel for investigation teams. Since 2017 he has been engaged by the Financial Conduct Authority in the Enforcement and Market Oversight Division. George is one of the team of document review counsel assisting The Grenfell Inquiry.