Year of Call: 2011
Areas of practice
- Childrens' Referrals
- Criminal Appeals
- Criminal Trials
- Fatal Accident Inquiries
- Health and Safety
- Proceeds of Crime
- Road Traffic Violations
- Sexual Offences
- Judicial Review
- Parole Board Hearings
- Prison Law
Gareth called to the Bar of England & Wales in 2002 and became a tenant at Lincoln House Chambers in Manchester shortly thereafter. Over the course of approaching 10 years he developed a successful practice encompassing all areas of criminal law. He was regularly instructed by defence Solicitors and the Crown Prosecution Service in jury trials involving serious violence, sexual offences (often involving children), controlled drugs, offensive weapons (including prohibited firearms), dishonesty (including fraudulent trading), offences against public justice and road traffic offences resulting in fatality. He also frequently acted alone as defence counsel in the Court of Appeal (Royal Courts of Justice, London).
In 2011 Gareth called to the Scottish Bar. Since that time he has developed a successful and busy criminal defence practice and is regularly instructed at both first instance and appellate level.
In 2014 he was appointed a First Tier Tribunal Judge of the Social Entitlement Chamber for Scotland and more recently of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber – a UK wide appointment.
- HMA v C G (2015) – appeared as junior acting alone for the accused who was charged with rape. The case was prosecuted on the basis that the complainer’s ‘free agreement’ was overcome as a result of threats made by the accused that he would publish indecent images of her on the Internet. First prosecution of its kind in Scotland.
- HMA v Philip Wade & 3 others (2014) – a trial lasting over 3 months involving the torture and murder of a young woman from the Glasgow area whose body was never recovered. Appeared as junior defence counsel.
- R v Imran Khan & 9 Others (2008/2009) – a trial lasting 2 months involving a multi-handed conspiracy to evade duty on the importation of millions of pounds worth of tobacco. Appeared as defence counsel for one of 9 accused.
- R v Wayne Cook (2007) – a trial involving an accused affiliated to the Scottish National Liberation Army (SNLA) charged with sending noxious substances through the post to a prominent political figure. Appeared as defence counsel.
- R v Connor and Others (2006) – a trial involving the murder by arson attack of a schoolgirl’s parents by another family who took exception to complaints being made against their daughter that she was involved in bullying at school. Appeared as 2nd junior for the Crown.