Tim for many years practiced in general criminal work including cases of Murder, Armed Robbery, Fraud, Sexual Offences, Money Laundering and large scale drugs conspiracies throughout the West Midlands and beyond. In recent years Tim has specialised in Regulatory Law and Specialist Criminal Work. Tim does not accept work that is subject to public funding but will on occasion accept general criminal cases on a privately funded basis.
His work in specialist criminal areas has centred around defending directors facing criminal investigations or regulatory/quasi criminal investigations. In the last 12 months he has twice defended directors facing allegations of fraudulent trading. On both occasions he was successful in obtaining acquittals in relation to those allegations. He has defended cases prosecuted by the specialist business prosecution unit. He has an extensive knowledge of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 including asset recovery and the representation of third parties. He represented appellants in a number of cases in the Court of Appeal that arose as a result of errors made by Customs and Excise in confiscation orders concerning the evasion of duty. This in almost all of the cases resulted in Appellants recovering in full that which had previously been confiscated. 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.
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 regularly deals with cases involving serious injury and fatalities including death by dangerous driving, death by careless driving and causing serious injury 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. He was commended for his work in this area by Chambers and Partners in 2016. His recent cases include successfully defending Philip Potter the driver in the tragic “Bath Tipper Truck Case.”
“Approachable, confident in what he does, and has a fantastic depth of knowledge.”
Chambers UK 2019
“He’s very personable and good with clients.”
Chambers UK 2018
“Has an active Crown Court practice that slants towards regulatory and specialist crime areas. Road traffic collisions, health and safety prosecutions and confiscations all fall within his remit, though he also handles serious general crime cases as well.”
“He’s extremely good with clients, very hard-working and diligent. He is dogged in his representation of clients and has excellent advocacy skills.”
Chambers UK 2017
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
Regina v Nathan Lowe
Nathan Lowe faced an allegation of causing Death by Dangerous Driving, he had admitted causing Death by Careless driving but his plea was rejected by the CPS. He was represented by Tim Pole and following a week long trial was unanimously acquitted. The case required the deployment of complex expert evidence and the meticulous cross examination of the prosecution expert. The result was of great importance to Mr Lowe and his family and was the difference between Mr Lowe maintaining his liberty and a custody sentence measured in years.” Tim Pole is leading specialist in motoring defence.
CS v Nottingham Trading Standards
Successfully defended director and company secretary in relation to allegations of Fraudulent Trading concerning the supply of organic food products. Nottingham Crown Court
AN v Warwickshire Trading Standards
Successfully defended director of company charged with Fraudulent Trading concerning weight loss products.
Regina v Philip Potter
successfully defended the driver in one of the most complex investigations carried out in relation to a multiple road traffic fatality. The case involved substantial areas of expert evidence. Bristol Crown Court.
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.
R v Rajid Hussain et al
Instructed to represent main defendant in 21 handed conspiracy to supply class A drugs. Birmingham Crown Court .
Regina v Julie Henworth
Represented defendant in Very High Cost Case concerning large scale cigarette importation and money laundering. Northampton Crown Court
Regina v Franck Queudrue
Defended premiership footballer on appeal facing allegations of speeding. Warwick Crown Court
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
Regina v Jordan Carroll
Junior counsel in defence of 15 year old charged with high profile murder attracting national media coverage. Stafford Crown Court
R v Michelle Gayle
Defended actress facing motoring allegations.
R v Mark Davies 2008
Defended premiership footballer facing allegations of speeding.
Regina V Pee et al
Defended multi handed complex conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Stafford Crown Court
Regina v Walden, Billingham and Billingham
Prosecution of multi handed murder Birmingham Crown Court
Regina v Copthorne Hotel et al
Prosecution of the Hotel and others for serious Health and Safety Offences Cardiff Crown Court
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.
Regina v Andrew Currie et al
Defended high value armed robbery trial lasting 5 weeks. Worcester Crown Court
Shortlisted for junior Barrister of the Year in 2018
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