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Tim Pole Crime


Tim has developed a strong practice in both Defence and Prosecution work in Crown Courts throughout the West Midlands. His practice has encompassed a wide range of offences including serious violence, dishonesty and sexual offences.

He is regularly instructed as junior counsel in cases of serious organised crime, including fraud, high value armed robbery and immigration offences. In addition he has also appeared as junior counsel for the prosecution and defence involving cases of high profile murder and serious sexual offences. His practice also extends to Health and Safety offences where most notably he appeared as junior counsel in the prosecution of one of this country’s biggest ever outbreaks of Legionnaires Disease. 

With experience of large scale drug conspiracies and fraud, Tim naturally has extensive knowledge of the Proceeds of Crime Act. He is regularly instructed in cases involving multi-million pound assets held both here and in foreign jurisdictions; he is considered to be an expert in this area.


In addition to heavy weight Crown Court work, Tim has a wealth of experience in all aspects of motoring law where he regularly appears in Magistrates’ Courts and Crown courts throughout the country. He has a wealth of experience in dealing with cases involving death including death by dangerous driving. His experience of such cases has enabled him gain a competitive advantage in understanding and deploying expert evidence in this area. He is instructed on behalf of some of the country’s leading insurers. Tim has also represented private individuals including sports stars, people from the world of entertainment and business leaders. His attention to detail and tenacious approach has enabled him to develop an exceptional reputation in this specialist area. 


Experience of wide range of regulatory offences including Health and Safety, Trademarks, Benefit Fraud and defending business facing prosecution for environmental offences. (see regulatory C.V)


A strong Crown Court performer who is known for his regular appearance in cases related to serious and fatal road accidents. Other major matters have included a complex drugs conspiracy and a multi-person conspiracy to kidnap trial. 
"Extremely experienced and client-friendly."
Chambers UK 2016


?Receives regular instructions for both defence and prosecution in all areas of serious crime, from violent crime to fraud. He also has a strong regulatory practice, and acts in environmental offences. 
"He is very commercially aware. He understands the commercial implications of charges against businesses."
Chambers UK 2015


BA Joint Hons
Post Graduate Diploma in Law, College of Law 
Fluent in French, Ecole Superieure du Commerce, Grenoble 

Sir Joseph Cantley Scholar 2001
Sir Robert Micklethwait Award 2001
Ede and Ravenscroft Student of the Year 2001 


Regina v Rory Forbes - Successfully defended a young man accused of causing death by careless driving. It was alleged that the defendant had failed to properly observe the road ahead before colliding with an oncoming motorcycle. The defendant was acquitted following a 6 day trial. Maidstone Crown Court 2011 

R v Rajid Hussain et al: Instructed to represent main defendant in 21 handed conspiracy to supply class A drugs. Birmingham Crown Court 2011. 

Regina v Julie Henworth: Represented defendant in Very High Cost Case concerning large scale cigarette importation and money laundering. Northampton Crown Court 2010 

Regina v Franck Queudrue: Defended premiership footballer on appeal facing allegations of speeding. Warwick Crown Court 2010.

Regina v Omar Ahmed: Represented defendant in multi handed conspiracy to supply class a drugs and complex proceeds of crime act proceedings. Stafford Crown Court 2009/2010

Regina v Jordan Carroll: Junior counsel in defence of 15 year old charged with high profile murder attracting national media coverage. Stafford Crown Court 2008/2009

R v Michelle Gayle: Defended actress facing motoring allegations. 2009

R v Mark Davies 2008: Defended premiership footballer facing allegations of speeding. 2008

Regina V Pee et al: Defended multi handed complex conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Stafford Crown Court 2007

Regina v Walden, Billingham and Billingham: Prosecution of multi handed murder Birmingham Crown Court 2006. 

Regina v Copthorne Hotel et al: Prosecution of the Hotel and others for serious Health and Safety Offences Cardiff Crown Court 2005

Regina v Andrew Currie et al: Defended high value armed robbery trial lasting 5 weeks. Worcester Crown Court 2003


R v Billingham and Billingham 2009 2 Cr Ap R 20: Previous inconsistent statements.

R v Shannon (Ian) (2008) EWCA Crim 2131, (2009) 1 Cr App R (S) 95: Meaning of particularly grave injury.