Criminal Bar Association
LLB, University of Bristol (2002)
Nottingham Law School
Panels / Accreditations
CPS General Crime Panel - Category 3
CPS RASSO (Rape and Serious Sexual Offences) Panel
CPS Serious Crime Panel
Youth Court accredited
Robert Smith took up tenancy in chambers following completion of his pupillage in 2007. He specialises in crime, both prosecuting and defending. He is now a pupil supervisor. Robert is also instructed in inquest work.
Robert has been led in cases of the utmost severity including murder, attempted murder, drug conspiracies and rape. Robert was invited to the CPS RASSO Panel in early 2019 and is experienced in prosecuting and defending serious sexual offences in the Crown Court.
Robert is regularly instructed in confiscation proceedings and is also experienced in giving advice concerning public interest immunity matters and legal professional privilege.
Robert is experienced in general advisory work and has recently advised a Manchester Shisha Bar on their responsibilities under the Health Act 2006. In 2016 Robert advised Copeland Borough Council on their response to a local campaign for confiscation proceedings to be brought against a major supermarket and parking company in Whitehaven.
Robert is also experienced in Inquest Work and during the last 12 months has represented the family of the deceased in an Article 2 Inquest following a death in custody and a private client who was involved in a fatal road accident.
Robert most enjoys spending time with his family. His other interests include the travails of Plymouth Argyle football club, amateur dramatics (recently starring in an Agatha Christie play as the spurned fiancée), reading history books and (when he gets the chance) swimming off the Devon coast.
RECENT NOTABLE CASES
R v M: 2020 Liverpool CC – Led for prosecution by Charles Garside QC - Murder
R v A: 2020 Snaresbrook CC – Defending alone in serious case involving the use of a vehicle and head stamping to cause injury – Section 18
R v J 2019 Manchester CC – Prosecution alone of soap actor for serious assault – national press attention – Wounding
Re DF Nottingham Coroner’s Court 2019 - Representing family of deceased in 5 day Article 2 Inquest following death in custody
R -v- G Minshull Street Crown Court 2019 - Prosecuted defendant for repeated sexual assaults on a female child - Sexual assault
Operation Scarlet 2019 Manchester CC – Led for prosecution by Darren Preston – Attempted murder and firearms
Operation Emboss 2018 Birmingham CC – Led by Mark Monaghan in prosecution of multi handed drugs conspiracy – Drugs Importation
R-v-A Manchester Crown Court – Represented defendant charged with three robberies of commercial premises. Case conducted in absence of defendant. - Robbery
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