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Phil Bradley QC - Crime

Phil Bradley was called to the Bar in 1993 and has established a considerable practise specialising in crime.

He has defended and prosecuted in a number of high profile cases throughout his career, ranging from homicide to fraud and sexual abuse. Notable cases include: R v Hanson, Gilmour & Pickstone [2005] 2 Cr App R 21 (the leading case on the Bad Character provisions under the 2003 Criminal Justice Act); R v Brown (H) & Others [1994] 1 AC 212 HL (consent in sexual assault cases) and R v Foxall (2009) (a widely reported case concerning a dinner lady and youth worker who surreptitiously took indecent photographs of children in her care). 

Phil has been instructed as leading junior defence counsel in a range of complex crime and fraud cases including Operation ‘Capri III’ and ‘Devout 1A” (part of a series of nationwide MTIC/carousel VAT frauds) and R v Wallbank & Others (a long running conspiracy to defraud at Stafford Crown Court). He has a thorough understanding of confiscation/recovery legislation under both the old and P.O.C.A. regimes – see R v Scragg [2006] EWCA 2916 (a successful appeal on ‘double counting’).

He is a Grade 4 prosecutor and is regularly instructed by the Complex Casework Unit. He has an established practice in Police Disciplinary Proceedings.


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


R v Trail and Others (Birmingham Crown Court)

R v Laidley, Farrell & Others (‘Operation Barton’)

R v Sanghera [2012] EWCA Crim 16 (Operation Uplink)

R v Field, Murray & Others

R v Evan (Operation Oregan)

R v Aaron (2011) EWCA CRIM869 - Prosecution counsel successfully responding to an appeal relating to 'inconsistent verdicts'.

R v Hanson, Gilmour & Pickstone [2005] Cr App R 21 was the
first reported case on the new Bad Character provisions under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and remains the leading case on propensity.

In 1998 Phil was instructed in R v Love, a long running case in Bolton Crown Court which became the subject of a Channel 4 documentary and a precursor to the amendment of the Sexual Offences Act 1967, resulting in the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000.

He has been led in several murder and other serious cases and has an established practice in Police Disciplinary Proceedings. As a solicitor’s clerk Phil was involved with the final appeal of R V Hunter & Others (the ‘Birmingham Six’) and had sole responsibility for the running of R v Brown (A) [1994] 1 A.C.,212,H.L. concerning consent in assault cases.

Phil is an unashamedly uncompromising and passionate advocate, but believes strongly in a non-patronising, practical and sensitive approach to his clients and their families - whether defendants or complainants.