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. He has prosecuted and defended in many cases involving complex mental health issues and is adept at providing common-sense advice and support to his clients.
“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
R v LS, AM and CK
Leading Mark Connor of St Johns Buildings (Chester), Phil prosecutes three defendants charged with conspiring to cause grievous bodily harm to a woman who was lured to a park in Oswestry where her face was repeatedly slashed with a knife. A hopeless heroin addict, the victim had fallen into debt with a ‘county lines’ drugs gang based in Liverpool.
R v DA
Phil travelled to Liverpool Crown Court to prosecute an aged defendant accused of sexual offences dating back to the 1980s and 1990s. He was unanimously convicted on all counts.
R v KK
Leading Mark Thompson, counsel from Coulson Read Lewis solicitors, Phil defended a man charged with the attempted murders of his partner and 9-month-old child. Through a drugs-induced psychosis, the defendant attacked both with large knives. This was another case in which the defendant’s mental health featured. On this occasion, the defence was ‘not guilty by reason of insanity’.
R v MO and JO
2019 - 2020
Leading Jim Dunstan of St Philip’s Chambers, Phil prosecuted what the Judge described as “one of the worst cases involving sexual abuse of multiple children ever to come before the Courts”. The first defendant was a Pastor in the Cherubim and Seraphim Church. Over a period of 20-years, he routinely sexually abused and raped child members of his congregation – resulting in multiple pregnancies. The second defendant (the Pastor’s wife) arranged abortions for some of the children, who were then abused further by her husband. Both defendants were convicted. The Pastor was sentenced to 34 years and his wife to 11 years.
R v TC
Phil defended TC who, with two other Birmingham men and a fourth female defendant, were charged with the Blackmail of a Premiership and England international footballer. Though nationally reported, the complainant’s identity remained protected throughout. TC was found not guilty.
R v MO
Phil led Ayoub Khan in the defence of MO, who was charged with the Attempted Murder of a woman in her own home. The prosecution case was that he was a hit man, whose offending was carefully staged and meticulously planned. The victim’s life was only spared because the firearm jammed after she was twice shot.
R v AR
Phil led John Hallissey (the ’36 Group’) in the prosecution of AR, who was charged with the Attempted Murders of two Prison Officers and fellow inmate. He was also charged with seriously assaulting a third prison officer. On each occasion, he used improvised weapons containing multiple razor blades. This was another case involving mental health issues. On this occasion the defendant, who was psychotic at the time of the attacks, pleaded ‘not guilty by reason of insanity’. The case therefore required the careful presentation of psychiatric evidence for the Crown and careful cross-examination of psychiatrists called for the defence. AR was unanimously convicted on all counts.
R v PG
Leading Sharon Bahia from No.5 Chambers, Phil prosecuted a man charged with the murder of his wife. PG strangled her in the family bathroom after discovering her infidelity. As well as denying that he intended to kill her, the defendant also ran the partial defences of Diminished Responsibility and Loss of Control. He was unanimously convicted of murder.
R v AH
Another nationally reported case, Phil led Paul Smith of St John’s Buildings in the defence of AH, a farmer, who was charged with the murder of his estranged wife. He twice shot her at point blank range in the presence of her 14-year-old daughter before turning the shotgun upon himself. The defendant survived the blast but sustained life-changing facial injuries, meaning that he had to provide his instructions and give his evidence using a keyboard.
R v DC
Leading Oliver Woolhouse of Cornwall Street Chambers, Phil represented DC, who was charged with murder. The defendant thrust a carving knife into the deceased’s chest after having earlier damaged property belonging to the victim’s family and seriously assaulting the victim’s sister and Mother.
R v TB
As Leading Silk, Phil defended a 17-year-old youth charged with Attempted Murder after striking a hammer into the victim’s skull with such force that the hammer remained embedded in the skull after the attack, causing life-changing injuries. The defendant pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, but denied attempted murder. The first jury failed to reach a verdict. The second jury unanimously acquitted him.
R v ZN
Leading Chloe Ashley from No.5 Chambers, Phil defended in this nationally reported and notorious case in which a young child was sprayed with acid whilst shopping with his Mother in Worcester.
R v JN
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
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
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
Leading Prosecution Counsel in a case where defendant brutally murdered fellow resident in a hostel for homeless
R v TH
Leading Prosecution Counsel in unlawful act manslaughter (deceased pursued by rival drugs gang before jumping from second-floor window)
R v LV
Leading Prosecution Counsel in alleged Attempt Murder by LV of his young girlfriend, having lured her to a churchyard.
R v AH
Leading Prosecution Counsel in a case where a Doctor allegedly indecently assaulted patients.
R v KM
Leading Prosecution Counsel in murder allegation following a stabbing in a nightclub.
R v DW
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
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
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
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
Prosecution of a defendant who killed a work colleague in a ‘one punch’ manslaughter.
R v MP and Others
Leading Prosecution Counsel in ‘county lines’ drugs conspiracy, where users were terrorised by controlling gang. Ring-leader sentenced to 20 years imprisonment