Tim prosecutes and defends in all areas of serious crime. Formerly Standing Counsel to HM Revenue & Customs Prosecutions Office (Western Circuit), he now regularly prosecutes HMRC cases for the CPS and other government prosecuting agencies. He is a Category 4 prosecutor. Tim also regularly conducts confiscation proceedings and advises in relation to the same.
He has extensive expertise in fraud including cheating the Revenue, Evasion of VAT & Excise fraud, importation of drugs, arms trafficking and serious violent and sexual offences. He also regularly prosecutes and defends in the field of regulatory crime and the proceeds of crime.
Although practising principally in crime he is also instructed in relation to civil claims against the police, in particular, actions for false imprisonment and malicious prosecution for both Claimants and Defendants.
Tim undertakes regulatory and disciplinary law and is regularly instructed in fisheries, animal and firearms cases.
R v Pacurar (2016)(19)SJ.37, CLW/16/19/3,  EWCA Crim 569 - the Court of Appeal, definitively settled the issue as whether an offence under Section 63 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Trespass with Intent to Commit a Sexual Offence) required the prosecution to prove a specific sexual offence (See Archbold 2016 20-201 and e-update 24th May 2016)’
R v Hannam  unreported CACD – Appeal conviction inconsistent verdicts historic sexual offences committed by former Justice of the Peace.
R v Adesaogun & Others  Southwark Crown Court leading junior in prosecution of Organised Crime Group (OCG) in relation to ‘cyber fraud’ which involved the largest ever attack, at that time, on HMRC computer VAT/income tax systems.
R v Lawal & Others  Chelmsford Crown Court leading junior in prosecution of OCG involved in vat and income tax ‘cyber fraud’ on HMRC internet computer systems.
R v D  EWCA Crim 1683 Abuse of Process/Bad Character successful prosecution appeal against terminatory ruling; It is not an abuse of process to allege indecent assault as alternative to rape where rape could not be charged with historic offences committed by defendant, when 10 to 14 years old, at time when irrebuttable presumption that a child under the age of 14 was incapable of performing intercourse applied; also, prosecution not precluded from adducing evidence of bad character relating to acts committed by defendant before he had reached age of criminal responsibility.
R v Chiswell & Others  Bournemouth Crown Court defended mortgage broker who was lead defendant in multi-handed, multimillion pound mortgage fraud.
Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation v Carlin Boat Charter Limited  EWHC 1359 Admin.
Successful challenge, following Case Stated to Divisional Court, as to validity of fisheries bye-law made pursuant to Sea Fisheries Regulation Act 1996 on grounds of ultra vires/ irrationality/ illegality
R v Michael Ranger  Southwark Crown Court
Successful prosecution of arms dealer brokering export of multi-million pound shipment of arms including ground to air missile systems from North Korea to Azerbaijan, contrary to Export Control Order 2008.
R v Dhillon  EWCA Crim 1455
Historic and familial sexual abuse of children over 25 year period misdirection/mis-transcription of video evidence/ safety of conviction.
R v B 
Prosecuting contravention of UN Embargo on trade in goods to Iran contrary to sanctions imposed to combat the Iranian nuclear proliferation program and the production of WMD, contrary to the Export Control (Iran) Order 2007.
Dorset County Council v David Yeates House  EWCA Crim 2270
Cattle Database and Cattle Identification Regulations 1998/ Proper construction of regulation enforcing EC obligations/ Effect of repeal of EC Regulation on domestic regulations.
R v Martin Donald Gumbrell  EWCA Crim 550
Bad Character/ Propensity/ Single incident not subject of conviction/ Obtaining pecuniary advantage by deception/ Confiscation.
R v Roger George Doncaster  EWCA Crim. 5, Crim. LR  709
Bad Character/Cheating the Revenue/Admissibility of Evidence Obtained in Tax Enquiry in Criminal Proceedings/Applicability PACE Codes of Practice to Local Tax Inspectors/ Section 76 and 78 PACE
R v SR and W  All ER (D) 214,  EWCA Crim 1404
Expert Evidence/Admissibility/Childhood Amnesia/ Historic Sexual Abuse Allegations
R v Beardall & Lord  EWCA Crim 577
Abuse of Process/Fresh Evidence/ Disclosure/Diversion Fraud.
Senior junior with a strong reputation for his skilful prosecutions on behalf of HMRC as well as other government bodies. He has expertise as a defender and prosecutor in all manner of tax cases, fraud and regulatory crime. He is also regularly instructed in major drugs conspiracy cases. He is particularly well versed with fisheries, animal and firearm cases.
Successfully defended a principal party in a seven-handed conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin.
Chambers UK 2019/Crime
Strengths: "He is very easy to work with and gives very good, sound advice."
Chambers UK 2018/Crime
Recent work: Instructed by the CPS Specialist Fraud Division in relation to a multi-handed cyber repayment fraud case involving an international organised crime group.
Chambers UK 2017/Crime
'An experienced junior who is instructed to act on behalf of both claimants and defendants in criminal cases relating to drugs, fraud, serious violence and arms trafficking offences.
Strengths: "He has a real capacity for hard work, an emphasis on polished, fluent advocacy and an effective courtroom style."'
Chambers UK 2016/Crime
'...has a mixed prosecution and defence practice with particular expertise in fraud, drugs conspiracy cases and violent crime.
Expertise: "He is a great advocate, well suited to top-end, serious cases."'
Chambers UK 2015/Crime
'...a criminal practitioner with considerable experience of prosecuting on behalf of the CPS, HMRC and other government agencies. His expertise covers a range of regulatory crime and fraud.'
Chambers UK 2014/Crime
'A dedicated barrister who remains calm under fire.'
Legal 500 2018/19/Crime – Leading juniors - Tier 1
‘He has a measured and influential manner before both the judge and jury.’
Legal 500 2017/Crime – Leading juniors
'Well known for fraud prosecutions'
Legal 500 2016/Crime – Leading juniors
'His practice includes fraud, drugs importation and serious violent and sexual offences cases'
Legal 500 2015/Crime – Leading juniors
'One of his strong suits is his prosecution work for HMRC in tax fraud cases'
Legal 500 2014/Crime: Leading Juniors
‘highly regarded by the judiciary’
Legal 500 2013/Crime
- LLB (Hons) Southampton
Professional qualifications & appointments
- Standing Counsel to Revenue & Customs Prosecution Office (Western Circuit)
- Legal Assessor to the General Medical Council
- Legal Assessor to Nursing and Midwifery Council
- Grade 4 Serious Crime Group Panel
- Grade 4 Fraud Panel
- Grade 4 Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Panel
- Grade 4 Proceeds of Crime Panel
- Criminal Bar Association
- Western Circuit
Timothy Bradbury is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.More Information
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