Firearms cases invariably bring into sharp focus societal issues. So much so, that in 2020 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the body which provides guidelines to Judges in respect of sentencing) felt it necessary to issue a specific reminder to Sentencing Judges to be aware of the significant racial disparity that had been found in sentences imposed for firearms offences. The strict liability of some firearms offences can mean particularly harsh results for the young and vulnerable within certain communities.

The possession and use of firearms can be entirely lawful. It is an area dense in legislation and licensing requirements where an innocent person can find themselves facing criminal charges through misunderstandings of law and procedure.  A person purchasing items at a car boot sale believing them to be of historical interest for example, may now find themselves facing charges for possession of ammunition. Those who collect antique weapons, or who use firearms for sporting pursuits need to be extremely careful not to fall foul of the law.

Issues of joint responsibility and the legal principles underpinning them can also be particularly acute in cases involving the alleged use of firearms by one person in a group. The extent to which others are liable for their actions is almost always open to argument, both factually and legally.

Finally; the importance of consideration of expert evidence being obtained in a timely manner cannot be overstated. The legal definitions and legislation mean that on occasion it may not be possible to responsibly advise someone how they should plead in respect of the charges without an expert undertaking an examination of the relevant item.

For more information please contact our clerks on 020 7404 1881 or via email to We will discuss your case with you and then arrange the right representation for your matter.

Firearms Barristers

Karim Khalil KC

Call 1984     Silk 2003

Stephen Spence

Call 1983

Simon Kitchen

Call 1988

Duncan O’Donnell

Call 1992

Robert Bryan

Call 1992

Jonathan Green

Call 1993

Barnaby Shaw

Call 1996

Karen Walton

Call 1998

Benedict Peers

Call 1998

Stephen Donnelly

Stephen Donnelly

Call 2001

Azza Brown

Call 2001

Lynne Shirley

Call 2002

Jo Morris

Call 2003

Andrew Price

Call 2003

Claire Howell

Claire Howell

Call 2003

Simon Walters

Call 2010

Helen Easterbrook

Call 2011

Ahmed Muen

Call 2014

Georgia Luscombe

Call 2017

Michael Cranmer-Brown

Michael Cranmer-Brown

Associate Member

Call 1986

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