Public and Regulatory

Graham’s advocacy skills, developed through his strong criminal law practice, transfer highly effectively to public regulatory work. He regularly appears for all manner of public and semi-public bodies, police forces and other such bodies. He also appears for individuals and companies charged with these types of offences.

Trading Standards

R v M
Junior counsel for the first defendant in a trial involving multiple allegations of fraudulent trading by the client’s companies, as well as associated regulatory offences. Heard at Bournemouth Crown Court. For reporting of the original case: Daily Echo.

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v M
Graham appeared for the defendant company in proceedings concerning offences under the Housing Act 2004. After representations, the Council dropped the case against the client.

Food Safety

Central Bedfordshire Council v Wang & Another
Graham appeared for the prosecuting council in a matter concerning a prosecution under the Food Safety Act 1990. Media coverage.

Worcester Regulatory Services v A
Represented the defendant in proceedings brought under the Food Safety & Hygiene Regulations 2013.

Health & Safety

Central Bedfordshire Council v SoS
Assisted leading counsel for the prosecution in a prosecution arising from a fatal workplace accident. The prosecution involved unusual matters regarding jurisdiction as the parent charity was not based in the United Kingdom.

Police Matters

Graham regularly appears for police forces across the South East of England in applications for various injunctions and breaches of such. In particular, he frequently assists the constabularies with Domestic Violence Protection Order and Anti-Social Behaviour Order applications.

Education Offences

Graham regularly appears for Councils in prosecutions for offences committed under the Education Act 1996, including assisting Dorset County Council with its first ever prosecution for an offence under section 444(1A) of the 1996 Act.

Environmental Offences

Test Valley Borough Council v W
Successful prosecution on behalf of the Council for breaches of a noise abatement order.

R v B
Appeared for the defendant in an allegation of an offence of nuisance.

RSPCA v H
Appeared for the defendant in a case of animal cruelty.

RSPCA v G
Represented the RSPCA in an appeal against sentence at Swindon Crown Court.

Sports Law

BHA v Hayley Turner
Enquiry held on 14 December 2017 by the Independent Disciplinary Panel of the BHA as to whether Jockey Hayley Turner had broken the Rules of Racing on the grounds of bets placing. Graham Gilbert was Junior to Tim Naylor, the BHA’s Head of Regulation. To read more about the enquiry, click here. The case attracted press coverage in The GuardianSBC News and the BBC among others.

BHA v Graham Gibbons
Enquiry concerning Jockey Graham Gibbons testing positive for a Banned Substance and attempting to present a sample which was not his own. To read more about this enquiry, please click here. The case attracted press coverage in The Racing PostSky Sports and the BBC among others.

BHA v Dale Swift
Enquiry relating to the Jockey Dale Swift and his testing positive for a Banned Substance. To read more about this enquiry, please click here. The case attracted press coverage in The Times and from the BBC among others.

Publications

  • 7th Feb 2019

    Graham Gilbert examines the relevance of a proposed amendment to the Offensive Weapons Bill currently making its way through Parliament, which will seek to introduce “Knife Crime Prevention Orders".

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Recommendations

"Just wanted to thank you for all of the hard work you put into what turned out to be a far from straightforward case! I could not have asked for a more thoroughly prepared case and very impressive legal argument which eventually lead to an excellent case outcome.  Your client care was first class and I appreciated the ease and speed with which I could reach you for advice." - Instructing solicitor feedback

"I am so grateful to you and Graham for all your help. You are absolutely right, its a great outcome and the legal advice and support made all the difference. Graham Gilbert was excellent." - Client feedback to instructing solicitor.

“Graham Gilbert was very professional and charming.  Would recommend him highly.” - Client feedback to instructing solicitor.

“Once again thank you for all your thorough help in this successful prosecution and the hours of hard work sifting through the late disclosure of the evidence bundle the night before trial.” - Feedback from Environmental Health Officer.

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Academic qualifications

  • BPTC - City Law School - Very Competent
  • GDL - City Law School - Commendation.
  • BA Hons Ancient History - University of Exeter - 1st Class

Scholarships

  • City Law School: 7 Bedford Row Criminal Law Prize Essay
  • University of Exeter awarded a Dean's Commendation for "outstanding academic achievement"

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • CPS Prosecutor – Grade 2

Professional bodies

  • Western Circuit
  • Sport Resolutions Pro Bono Panel
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit
  • Health & Safety Lawyers Association (HSLA)

Direct Access

Graham Gilbert is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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