Phil Bradley QC - Crime
Phil Bradley QC was called to the Bar in 1993. Having established wide-ranging and successful defence and prosecution practices, he took silk in 2017.
R v Dhillon (2017): The defendant was charged with the murder of his cousin by repeatedly striking him with an iron bar. Both were chronic alcoholics. Pre-trial negotiations with the prosecution resulted in a guilty plea to manslaughter and a sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment.
R v Malik & Others (2016-17): Leading prosecution counsel instructed by Organised Crime Division in ongoing, multi-handed case alleging conspiracies to supply cocaine, cannabis and ketamine.
R v Porter & Others (2016-17): Leading counsel in prosecution of a complex, multi-handed case alleging a conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, attracting considerable media interest. The ringleader controlled his sub-dealers by meting out gratuitous violence, a feature requiring particular care in the management of vulnerable witnesses when presenting the case. The case also involved a successful appeal against a Terminating Ruling before the trial began. Twenty-three defendants were convicted and the ringleader sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment.
R v Sanzone (2016): The defendant was charged with the murder of his new-born son, who sustained multiple injuries in addition to the catastrophic brain injuries that resulted in his death. He successfully argued that evidence of some of the injuries should be excluded. The defendant was convicted but received 10 years’ imprisonment.
R v Wolancyck (2015): Successfully defended a man charged with ‘stranger rape’, presenting detailed evidence of his bad character in a novel way of demonstrating that the police had the wrong man.
R v Z & Others (2015): This successful prosecution of four youths charged with the gang rape of a schoolgirl in a public park required sensitive management of issues surrounding race and ‘grooming’.
R v Card & Others (2015): Leading counsel in the successful prosecution of the head of a British Organised Crime Group based in southern Spain responsible for importing industrial quantities of cocaine and cannabis into the UK. The case hinged upon telephone calls between leading members of the Group, which were intercepted by the Spanish authorities.
R v Haidri & Others (2015): Successfully defended a man charged with a multi-million-pound heroin conspiracy. Haidri was one of only two men acquitted in a case involving many defendants.
R v Killick & Others (2014-15): Successfully led the prosecution of several defendants charged with Class A and Class B drugs conspiracies and international money laundering.
R v Warburton & Others (2014): Successful defence of a man charged with firearms and drugs offences (the only defendant of several to be acquitted). The prosecution relied on covert observation evidence, which included footage of him receiving a box containing a firearm.
Phil Bradley is ranked in Chambers UK Bar Rankings for the Midlands Bar in Crime
Chambers UK 2016
‘Hardworking, conscientious and empathises with clients very well.’
Legal 500, 2015
Has a particularly strong prosecution practice but has also been known to act for the defendant in serious criminal cases, including white-collar crime and sexual offences.
Chambers UK 2015
''Handles serious crime matters for both the defence and the prosecution. His extensive practice ranges from murder to serious sexual offences.''?
Chambers UK 2014
The ‘conscientious and tenacious’ Phil Bradley is recommended.
Legal 500 2013
"Phillip Bradley is "highly regarded" according to market sources. Recent highlight matters for him include arrests following Operation Oregon, a case concerning the possession of a large quantity of unlicensed firearms."
Chambers UK 2013