Notable cases

R v Heinbergs [Operation Gatenby] – Led by Wayne Cleaver, prosecution on behalf of East of England CCU, Norwich Crown Court – unprovoked murder.

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R v MASON & others [Operation Key] – Led by Wayne Cleaver, secured convictions of all defendants in a four weeks trial at St Albans. The case was the culmination of an under-cover investigation into people trafficking from SE Asia to the UK.

R v H [2018] – (defence): successful defence of a step-father accused of grooming, sexual activity with a child and multiple rape of his step-daughter.

R v E [2017] – (defence): successful defence of a client in his 20’s accused of serially raping and abusing his 3 step-siblings, all under the age of 13.

R v Storey [2017] – (defence: led junior): Murder


R v M [2016] – (defence): successful defence of client charged with the rape of woman met via a dating website. Involved complex medical issues relating to pscychosis, alcoholism and toxicology.

R v Dervish and Kenevan – (prosecution): successful prosecution of 2 defendants who neglected and stole approximately £300,000 from a complainant lacking mental capacity. The case was complicated by the death of the complainant prior to charge.


R v S [2015] – (defence: led junior): successful defence of client charged with conspiracy to rape and associated offences as part of an alleged familial paedophile ring.


R v H [2014] – (defence: led junior) successful defence of a 14 year old boy charged with rape and other offences against multiple complainants in the context of widespread abuse of vulnerable girls.

R v Bromley [2014] Reading Crown Court – (prosecution: led junior) successful prosecution of defendant for rape of a four year old child.

R v Adeniji [2012] Isleworth Crown Court – (defence): conspiracy to import over £100 million of class A drugs over a 3 year period.


R v Whitby [2012] Norwich Crown Court – (Defence: led by Andrew Shaw): Gang-related murder.


R v Chapman [2011] Norwich Crown Court – (Defence) 14-handed conspiracy to supply class A drugs across Norfolk.

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R v McFarlane [2010] Central Criminal Court – (Defence: led junior): Murder committed by a defendant with a complex psychiatric history.


R v Doss [2010] Norwich Crown Court – (Defence) Successful defence of a lorry driver charged with conspiracy to import multiple loads of cannabis from Holland. The value of the conspiracy ran to several million pounds and involved hundreds of kilograms of cannabis.

R v Hallett[2011] EWHC 488 (Admin) High Court – Queen’s Bench Division: Successful appeal by way of case stated against a drink-driving conviction, clarifying the approach to be taken when determining whether or not a place is “public” for the purposes of the Road Traffic Act.