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Welcome to

New Park Court Chambers

"Regarded as ‘one of the most prominent sets for crime in the North of England’."
- Legal 500 2015

Private Client

"Clients 'would strongly recommend New Park Court Chambers to anyone looking for a strong criminal or regulatory lawyer'."
- Chambers and Partners 2016

Jason Pitter QC 1994 (QC 2014)

JP

Called – 1994 – (QC 2014) Gray’s Inn – LLB (Hons) King’s College London

 

Practice Areas

Complex and serious crime (in particular with a medico-legal and scientific element)

Health and safety

Regulatory

Professional Misconduct

Coronial Law

Public Law

 

Recommendations

Chambers and Partners 2017 (Crime):  ”Really experienced silk, one of best jury advocates around. He is very good with tribunals as well, and deals extraordinarily well with difficult clients. You’re guaranteed to get top-quality representation with Jason.”

Chambers and Partners 2017 (Health and Safety): “He’s very good in court and he has a very easy manner in conferences. He’s very efficient in what he does.”

Chambers and Partners 2017 (Professional Discipline):  ”A really experienced silk and one of the best jury advocates I have seen. His main strength is the way he deals with clients and difficult individuals. You are guaranteed to get good representation with Jason.” “He is a very polished advocate, his cross-examination technique is impressive and effective. A high-calibre advocate.”

Legal 500 2016 (Crime): ‘Highly regarded for serious criminal cases with complex scientific and medical facts.’

Legal 500 2016 (Regulatory, Health and Safety and Licensing): ‘He has significant expertise prosecuting and defending in HSE cases.’

Chambers and Partners 2016 (Professional Discipline): “He is very charming and someone who is very much no-nonsense.  He deals with things quickly, sensibly and properly and has a very nice demeanour”. “He is fair, thorough and methodical”.

Chambers and Partners 2016 (Health and Safety): “Defends regulatory enforcement proceedings and inquests following workplace deaths and injuries and provides comprehensive compliance advice”.

Legal 500 2015 (Crime) and (Regulatory, Health and Safety and Licensing): “Particularly strong in cases involving highly complex scientific and forensic evidence.”

Chambers and Partners 2015 (Health and Safety): “Frequently prosecutes cases on behalf of the CPS and HSE” and is “noted for his expertise in health and safety cases concerning fatalities and injuries of maximum severity.”

Chambers and Partners 2015 (Professional Discipline): ” Prosecutes and defends healthcare practitioners before the GDC and GMC. He is also active in police misconduct tribunals, and has significant involvement in associated criminal cases.”

Legal 500 2014 (Crime): “Particularly strong in cases involving a scientific element.”

Legal 500 2014 (Regulatory, Health and Safety and Licensing): “A Health and Safety expert who regularly undertakes work for the CPS and HSE.”

Chambers and Partners 2014 (Crime): “is incredibly hard-working, he has a great knowledge of the law, and he is good with clients; he is exactly what we look for in a barrister.”

Chambers and Partners 2014 (Health and Safety): “a very efficient cross-examiner; very clear, concise and analytical. He can slice through complex issues very quickly.”

Chambers and Partners 2014 Recommended for Professional Discipline

Legal 500 2013 (Health, Safety and Regulatory): “particularly effective in client handling and is a sound choice for professional disciplinary matters”.

Chambers and Partners 2013: “can deal with complex and technical issues in a concise manner.”

Practice 

Jason was called to the Bar in 1994 and commenced pupilage in Chambers in 1995 and became a member in 1996 practicing initially in general crime, personal injury and civil fraud.

His practice developed, with a greater emphasis on increasingly complex and serious criminal litigation but rapidly expanded to incorporate professional misconduct and regulatory law (in particular health and safety).  That was the foundation for his specialist practice in a number of areas for which he has become highly recommended over many years:

Crime 

Defending and prosecuting in major and complex criminal investigations, in particular cases involving:

Homicide (including resulting from road traffic collisions and work related accidents)

Fraud and serious offences of dishonesty

Organised crime including large drug importation and distribution

Serious sexual offences

Proceeds of crime offences and asset recovery

As a result of and linked to work in relation to Professional Misconduct, regularly instructed in the representation number of professional clients facing criminal allegations arising out of alleged misconduct in the workplace (including care home workers, police officers and doctors). These offences include homicide (in particular gross negligence manslaughter and misconduct in a public office), mistreatment of patients, serious sexual offences and serious offences of dishonesty.

Health and Safety/ Regulatory

Significant experience of prosecuting and defending in relation to regulatory breaches.  This includes cases that have resulted in death, or serious injury.

Advising individuals and corporate bodies in relation to compliance.

Has previously advised the HSE at procedural and operational level.

Professional Misconduct

The prosecution of and representation of professional persons at misconduct hearings.  In particular cases before the police misconduct panels, cases brought by the General Medical Council, GDC and NMC.

Coronial Law

Jason has appeared in a number of high profile inquests where there has been an underlying breach of duty leading to death or professional misconduct. This includes death in custody and death in work related deaths.

Public Law

In particular in relation to claims in relation to the criminal justice system and professional misconduct hearings.

Recent and Notable Cases

R v Olszewski [2016]: Polish national charged with murder along with his brother in relation to the death of their housemate, who decomposed and unrecognisable body had been dumped needs the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.  The case against the brothers was based largely on a series of confessions and disposal of the deceased’s items.  The brother was convicted of murder.

R v Bickerdike [2016]: Allegation of murder of homeowner killed during the course of a burglary.  Appeared on behalf the defendant who was advancing self-defence.  The jury were unable to reach a decision.

R v Hunt [2016]:  Secured acquittal of murder in relation to joint enterprise attack.  The Defendant was convicted of manslaughter whilst the co-accused was convicted of murder.  The Defendants DNA had been found on the victim’s teeth. The case received significant national media coverage as it involved a vicious attack on an elderly man on his way to prayers.  The case arose out of the troubles in Rotherham regarding alleged child sexual exploitation.

R v Sherwood Rise Ltd [2016] Successful prosecution of the first care home to be charged and convicted of corporate manslaughter in relation to the death of an elderly resident.  A director and manager were also dealt with for gross negligence manslaughter and health and safety failings.  The case was the first of such cases to be dealt with under new Health and safety offences, corporate manslaughter guidelines.  The company was fined £300, 000.  The director was sentenced to 3 years 2 months. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-35499865

R v Buckle [2016] Represented 17 year old boy charged with murder (18 at the time of the offence) who had stabbed the victim 3 times in the chest.  Minimum term of 13 years.

R v Colley [2016]: Secured an acquittal following an allegation that the Defendant had killed a fellow inmate whilst in prison.

R v Beers [2015] Acquittal of murder and violent disorder in relation to a multi-handed attack which resulted in a man being stabbed to death.  The background of the offence was drug and gang related.  One of the co-accused was convicted of murder and one of manslaughter.

R v Dhers [2015] Represented defendant in gang related murder.

R v Danter [2015] Represented defendant in relation to brutal murder of Leeds student Billy Mankelow.  The case was subject to significant media coverage. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-34016821

R v Heinen [2015]:  Represented the Defendant at the Old Bailey in relation to the murder of his mother.  He had been extradited from Spain having committed a subsequent murder whilst there.  The central issue was whether the Defendant was operating under diminished responsibility.  Consideration had to be given as to the impact of his sentence in Spain to the minimum term that the Judge imposed.

R v G [2015]: Defending female defendant charged with murder.  Defendant had significant mental health issues having been subjected to a history of abuse whilst working as a prostitute.  In addition, the she had a history of substance abuse.  The combination of those factors lead left her with a profile that led one of the eminent psychiatrists dealing with her to describe her as “the most dangerous woman he had come across”.  Dealt by way of a Hospital Order in relation to manslaughter on the basis of diminished responsibility.

R v Ahmed [2015]: Appeared for the Crown at the Court of Appeal.  The Appellant, Kasim Ahmed appealed against his minimum term for the murder of the Dominos Pizza Delivery Driver in Sheffield whilst carrying out his final shift. Ahmed was 17 at the time of the offence and had been sentenced to a minimum term of 23 years. Consideration of the degree to which personal mitigation must be taken into account during sentence for serious offences. The application on behalf of Ahmed was rejected.

R v Falkingham [2015]: Road traffic fatality where parts of farm equipment collapsed whilst being transported and collided with oncoming traffic.  Case involve health and safety issues including in relation to the culpability of the driver.

R v Peverley [2014]: Representing in relation to fatality following double road traffic collision.  Complex issues of causation in relation to medical cause of death and scientific in relation to the impact of blinding sunlight.  Defendant acquitted.

R v Stewart [2014]: Represented defendant charged with murder.  Complex medical issues in relation to the cause of brain stem bleeding in a deceased with blood clotting disorder.  Relevant to both causation and intent.  Acquitted of murder convicted of manslaughter.

R v Khan and Ahmed [2014]:  “High profile” prosecution murder of pizza delivery driver from Sri Lanka.  Case referred to nationally media as “Dominos Pizza murder”.  Issues of joint enterprise based on secondary participation.

R v Feather and Others [2014]: Defence leading counsel in acid attack murder and firearms offences linked to alleged gang related revenge attack in the Bradford area.

NCA v Bellin and Euston Square Properties [2014]: Successful resolution for the Defendants (full details not to be published) in Civil asset recovery.  Issues of ownership in relation to trustee in bankruptcy.

R v Baker [2014]: Defence in relation to fraud of European Social Fund.  Complex confiscation proceedings involving piercing of the corporate veil and application of R v Waya.  Benefit figure claimed of in excess of £500, 000 reduced to not more than £10,000 following legal argument.

R v Docherty and Ingelton [2014]: Successful prosecution arising from death of man in Sheffield.

R v Mellor [2014]: Defence leading counsel in baby shaking case.  Massive brain injuries caused.  Issue of intent based upon bilaterial subconjunctival haemorrhages sustained by the child.  Complex medical issues relating to causation of the injuries.  Case stopped during the prosecution case.

R v Hanley and Others (Operation Panelbank) [2013]: Prosecution joint enterprise in relation to gang related murder of an associate for allegedly being a “grass”

R v Mc Fadden and McFadden [2013]: Prosecution massive police corruption case, involving a West Yorkshire Police officer stealing over a million pounds worth of drugs from the police stores and distributing along with his brother.  Sentenced to 23 years imprisonment.

R v Clark [2013]: Newcastle Crown Court. Defence junior in baby shaking manslaughter.   Complex issues as regards causation and the possibility of old sub-dural haematomas “re-bleeding”.

R v Stewart and others.  Defence in large scale importation of cannabis (in excess of 500kg).

R v Bezier Ltd.  Prosecution in relation to fatal crushing injuries sustained to an employee.

R v Wilkinson Defence of soldier who having returned from Afghanistan shot and killed his landlady.  Complex psychiatric issues (Autism and PTSD) in relation to the “section 2” diminished responsibility test.

R v Dewhirst.  Defence of accounts manager stealing £600K from his employer.  Confiscation argument as regards future pension rights.

R v Heinen and Others (Operation Franc).  Prosecution of large scale importation of controlled drugs (value of £10,000,000).

R v Ness and Awan.  Prosecution of the accomplices of Raoul Moat in relation to conspiracy to murder and shooting of police officers.  Reported case in relation to sentence and applicability of duress to the offence of conspiracy.

R v Exley and Scott. Gangland shooting in relation to enforcement of drugs debt.

R v Morgan. Defence of solicitor (senior partner) stealing large sums of money (£2.4 million) from client and business account.  Complex legal argument in relation to ownership of funds.

Regulatory and Inquests 

Currently instructed in relation to the alleged failings of police officers in relation to the Rotherham Child Sexual Exploitation investigation.

R v Sherwood Rise Ltd [2016] Successful prosecution of the first care home to be charged and convicted of corporate manslaughter in relation to the death of an elderly resident.  A director and manager were also dealt with for gross negligence manslaughter and health and safety failings.  The case was the first of such cases to be dealt with under new Health and safety offences, corporate manslaughter guidelines.  The company was fined £300, 000.  The director was sentenced to 3 years 2 months. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-35499865

Re: Hill [2015] Represented 3 officers in relation to the death of detainee who was 3 times over the legal limit.  The case was concluded on the basis that the actions of the officers did not contribute to the death as a result of analysis of the medical evidence.  

R v Cemex and Ward Ltd [2014]:  Prosecution of employee crushed under heavy plant.  Issues in relation to impact of the deceased’s own actions and interrelationship of the duties of principal company and contractor.

R v York College and Other [2014]: Prosecution of York College and one of the care workers in relation to the death of one of the children that attended the nursery.  The employee was charged with gross negligence manslaughter as well as a health and safety offence.

Re: Oliver [2013]:  Inquest in relation death of patient being during swine flu outbreak.  Represented a  out of hours GP where the issue was the standard of care provided by her and whether appropriate diagnosis by her.  The conclusions was that no criticism to be made of her actions.

R v Forgemasters Steel [2013]: Fatality caused by the carbon dioxide fire extinguishing system.

Re: Njume [2013]:  Representation of family of terminally ill patient.  Conclusion that the actions of the hospital hastened death.

Forgemasters: Inquest into death in above case.

R v Camerons Ltd (One Subsea Ltd) [2013] Prosecution of large multinational company in relation to historic suffering of HAVS (Hand and Arm Vibration Syndrome) of a number of employees.

R v Lion Steel Ltd. 3rd company to be prosecuted and convicted under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act.  Legal argument as regards the applicability of the Act in relation to breaches commencing before the Act. Fine £480,000

R v Gavill and Garthwest Ltd. Fatality where employee fell through a roof.

Re: Waterpriory Farm:  Defence and inquest in relation to farm hand crushed by bails of hay.

R v Integrated Dental Holdings. Prosecution in relation to dental worker falling from roof.  Legal argument as to scope of duty and whether the injure

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