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Earl Pinnock Crime

Earl is a well established advocate with 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 murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, Class A drugs conspiracies, white collar fraud, proceeds of crime, money laundering, riot, violent disorder, armed robbery, aggravated burglary, firearms offences,  gang crime, sexual offences, people trafficking, blackmail and kidnap.

He routinely appears in high profile cases both alone and led. Recent cases include: an old-school style armed robbery of Nat West Bank in Leicestershire, the largest ever NHS dental fraud,  a husband accused of murdering his wife when she was said to have been possessed by a Jinn spirit;  a 4 month contraband /cocaine importation trial ;  an armed robbery carried out by a team of public school educated young men where firearms were discharged, an arson attack in Leicestershire involving rival Sheesha restaurants.

He has the happy knack of quickly conversing 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 focussed psychological evidence and knows how to deploy it.

Earl has the common touch and his lucid, direct style wins the confidence of juries both in cross examination and speeches.  In a case where the closing speech may carry the day he has gained a reputation for being highly persuasive.  One such case was Operation Vermont 2014  -  a Liverpool / Plymouth cocaine drugs conspiracy - where his client was the only one of 11 defendants to be acquitted.

He is currently instructed in several multi handed trials some of which involve cut throat defences. One is a gang related attempted murder matter to be tried at Birmingham Crown Court. He will appear in a murder defence at the Central Criminal Court in summer 2014. It involves a West London street gang initiation activity where knives were used.

His exposure to a range of professionals has led to appearances before professional disciplinary panels. He has successfully represented doctors, dentists, psychologists and lecturers.

He maintains close links with lawyers in the Caribbean.

Earl is licensed to accept Direct Public Access Work.


Middle Temple


R v Burton
Allegations of blackmail involving prostitutes

R v Anthony Connolly  2014
Plymouth / Liverpool cocaine supply conspiracy

R v Al-Sharif 2014
Multiple s18 attacks on prison officers using broken television glass secreted in between defendants knuckles.  Complex psychiatric evidence deployed in trial.

R v Nkata 2013 - 14
Ugandan national accused of exporting millions of pounds of contraband cigarettes and cocaine to UK importers under cover of legitimate loads of fruit and vegetables. 

R v Simmons 2013
Multi handed cocaine conspiracy

R v Williams 2013
Armed bank robbery

R v Patel 2013
Tit for tat Arson attacks amongst rival shisha businesses

R v Trail and others 2012
Dentist accused of 1.4 million fraud on NHS

R v Mumtaz and others 2012
Mumtaz and others accused of suffocating deceased (his wife). Case involved complex pathological and psychological evidence. It featured expert cultural evidence attesting to belief in Jinn possession in Islamic tradition and similar beliefs in other cultures.

R v Norford 2011
Schoolteacher facing 20 year old historic abuse allegations from pupils


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


Criminal Bar Association