Viewing: Crime for Phil Bradley QC

“Highly regarded”
“Hard working, conscientious and empathises with clients very well”
“Conscientious and tenacious”
“Handles serious crime… His extensive practice ranges from murder to serious sexual offences”
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. He is rated as a ‘Leading Silk’ in the 2018 Birmingham Law Society ‘Legal 500’ for the West Midlands.
Since taking Silk, Phil has developed and consolidated a practice defending and prosecuting Homicide and serious crime. Forthcoming cases include several murders and attempted murder (prosecuting and defending) and representing the main defendant in a notorious, nationally reported case involving an acid attack on a young child. He is also privately instructed to defend allegations of serious sexual offences and serious violence.
“Recent work includes multi-handed drugs conspiracies.”
Legal 500 2019
“He really does his homework on cases and is very good with clients.”
Chambers UK 2018
“He is very hard-working and prepares very well. He is also good with clients as well as an excellent advocate.”
Chambers UK 2017
“Recommended for multi-handed fraud, drugs and money laundering conspiracies.”
Legal 500 2017
Notable Cases
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 and 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 and 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
R v JN
2018
Leading Prosecution case in ‘trial of the act’ in a case where a defendant with paranoid psychosis repeatedly stabbed and killed his Mother, killed his pet cat and then attempted suicide. Hospital Order imposed.
R v KG
2018
Leading Defence Counsel in a case where the defendant (a paranoid schizophrenic) who used a scaffold bar to attack his wife and knives to attack two elderly relatives and to kill a man in his own home. Murder charges reduced to Manslaughter by Diminished, and Attempt Murders to assault charges. Hospital Order with an order of Restrictions imposed.
R v PB
2018
Leading Defence Counsel in domestic murder, where defendant stabbed partner 27 times. Potential defence of ‘diminished’ fell away after revised psychiatric opinion. The subsequent plea to murder led to a life sentence with a minimum term of 11 years. That sentence was referred by the Attorney General. The Court of Appeal described the mitigation as “a master class”.
R v GC
2018
Leading Prosecution Counsel in a case where defendant brutally murdered fellow resident in a hostel for homeless.
R v TH
2018
Leading Prosecution Counsel in unlawful act manslaughter (deceased pursued by rival drugs gang before jumping from second-floor window)
R v LV
2018
Leading Prosecution Counsel in alleged Attempt Murder by LV of his young girlfriend, having lured her to a churchyard.
R v AH
2018
Leading Prosecution Counsel in a case where a Doctor allegedly indecently assaulted patients.
R v KM
2018
Leading Prosecution Counsel in murder allegation following a stabbing in a nightclub.
R v DW
2018
Leading Prosecution Counsel in Birmingham case where defendant attacked a Church congregation with a knife and plotted to kill his previous solicitor.
R v AL
2018
Leading Defence Counsel in Leicester case in which three children were charged with the murder of a retired, frail man as he walked through the town centre on his way home.
R v L
2018
Leading Defence Counsel in a Birmingham ‘gang-on-gang’ killing in which the defendant used an Uzi sub-machine gun to kill a victim in a drive-by shooting.
R v CP
2017
Leading Defence Counsel in a notorious, nationally reported case in which the 17-year-old defendant raped and attempted to murder a Leicester University post-graduate as she walked through a town park in the dead of night.
R v H
2017
Prosecution of a defendant who killed a work colleague in a ‘one punch’ manslaughter.
R v MP and Others
2017
Leading Prosecution Counsel in ‘county lines’ drugs conspiracy, where users were terrorised by controlling gang. Ring-leader sentenced to 20 years imprisonment

Latest News & Publications

A prisoner who argued he was clinically insane when he attacked three guards and a fellow inmate at prisons in Norfolk, Lincoln and Wakefield...

Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2019
Queen’s Counsel at No5 Barristers’ Chambers is acting for the prosecution in the trial of an inmate accused of attacking three prison guards...

Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019
No5 barristers defend in Worcester acid attack case on a three-year-old child...

Date: Mon, 04 Feb 2019