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Earl Pinnock Crime

Earl has an impressive practice. His reputation attracts instructions from a diverse range of solicitors and practices throughout the country.  Friendly and approachable, he operates from No5’s London and Birmingham bases.

He defends serious criminal allegations including homicide, drugs conspiracies, white collar fraud, money laundering armed robbery, firearms offences, gang related crime, sexual offences, people trafficking, blackmail and kidnap.  He is well versed in proceeds of crime matters.

He routinely appears in high profile cases both alone and led.  Recent cases include the largest ever NHS dental fraud, the 2011 Birmingham Riots, a husband accused of murdering his wife who was said to have been possessed with a Jinn spirit, a gang related west London murder at the Old Bailey, the 2015 HMP Oakwood prison mutiny, the Benefit Street drugs conspiracy featuring defendants from the Channel 4 documentary and the Wembley murder of a Syrian cleric.

Earl has the happy knack of quickly conversing with with all personality types from all sorts of backgrounds. His client handling skills are exceptional.  Vulnerable clients and their families appreciate his sensitivity. Demanding clients respect his strength.   All welcome the rigorous attention he gives to their particular situation. He is often the Counsel of choice with clients who are very difficult to handle.  He is particularly experienced in understanding the advantages of psychological evidence and knows how to deploy it to assist his clients.

Earl has the common touch. His lucid, direct style wins the confidence of juries both in cross examination and speeches. In difficult cases where the closing speech may carry the day, he has gained a reputation for being highly persuasive. 

He appears before professional disciplinary panels representing doctors, dentists, psychologists and lecturers / teachers.



Middle Temple


R v Simpson 2015, Leicester Crown Court

Acquitted of assisting co-defendants (murderers) in disposing of vehicles used in shooting

R v  Wright 2015, Birmingham Crown Court

Defending in Benefit Street drugs conspiracy. Client walked.

R v JM  2015,  Reading Crown Court

Attempted murder, convicted of s18

R v Harris  2015,  Stafford Crown Court

Charged with mutiny, convicted of lesser offence (violent disorder)

R v Jones 2015,   Old Bailey

Gang murder,

R v Burton 2014,  Middlesborough Crown Court

Allegations of blackmail involving prostitutes

R v Connolly 2014,  Plymouth Crown Court

Acquitted of Liverpool – Plymouth drugs conspiracy

R v M  2014,    Birmingham Crown Court

Attempted murder, convicted of s18

R v Nkata 2013- 14,   Isleworth  Crown Court

Four month drug importation trial – crown eventually offer no evidence

R v Simmons 2013,   Wolverhampton Crown Court

Cocaine conspiracy, sentence successfully appealed

R v Williams  2014, Lincoln Crown Court

The Sweeney meets Let’s Take the Money and Run -  botched armed bank robbery

R v Patel  2013,  Leicester Crown Court

Tit for tat arson attacks amongst rival shisha businesses

R v Trail 2012, Birmingham Crown Court

£1.4 million dental fraud

R v Mumtaz 2012, Birmingham Crown Court

Mumtaz and others accused of suffocating the deceased (his wife). Case involved complicated pathological and psychological evidence. It featured expert cultural evidence attesting to belief in Jinn possession in Islamic tradition and similar belief systems in other cultures


BA 2:1 ( Joint Honours) Law and American Studies, Keele


Criminal Bar Association