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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

Courts Martial

The Courts Martial and Military Law team at New Park Court Chambers provides expert representation and advice in what is a highly specialised area of law.

Our team is unique because of our strength in depth: in addition to our extensive experience across all areas of court martial and military law, many of our members currently serve or have served with the Armed Forces, both in the UK and overseas, including active service on operational tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. This experience means that we have a thorough understanding of the distress and the concern felt by military personnel and their families as a result of being investigated and accused of offences.

The team at New Park Court Chambers possess a wealth of experience in Courts Martial advocacy predominantly from representing military personnel, but also from acting on behalf of the Service Prosecuting Authority. That combination of defence and prosecution experience means that we are uniquely positioned to offer the very best representation for our clients.

The Courts Martial and Military Law team have successfully dealt with cases involving:

- Homicide and offences of serious violence

- Sexual offences including rape and historic sexual abuse rape

- Public disorder

- Illegal transfer of arms

- Fraud and other serious offences of dishonesty

- Navy, Army and Air Force Act offences

- Absence without leave

- Desertion

- AGAI 67 administrative action

Our members regularly appear before various Military Courts in the United Kingdom and abroad, from Catterick to Brunei. Members of the team are happy and willing to travel to any location at which the Courts sit.

The Clerking team is particularly aware of the logistical difficulties faced by service personnel being stationed across the world and can facilitate pre-trial conferences, including via video-link.

We are also happy to offer advice and representation on a wide range of legal issues which may impact upon the lives of service personnel and their families. Within the team and across chambers, we have barristers with considerable experience in family law, personal injury litigation and coronial law, employment law, and housing disputes.

FUNDING:

Instructions are received, and welcomed, both from civilian solicitors and from the Armed Forces Criminal Legal Aid Authority (‘AFCLAA’):

  • Forces personnel are able to request a member of the Courts Martial and Military Law team by filling in the relevant section on the Legal Aid Form. When completing the Armed Forces Legal Aid Form insert ‘a Barrister from New Park Court Chambers’. Chambers will then be contacted by AFCLAA, and a barrister will be nominated to have conduct of the case.
  • For forces personnel who have already instructed a civilian solicitor, but want the expertise of experienced trial advocates, the Courts Martial and Military Law team are happy to accept referrals from any solicitor countrywide. Although barristers are professionally restricted from representing servicemen during interview under caution, New Park Court Chambers have close links with solicitors (who themselves have considerable experience in dealing with military personnel and their families) so we may be able to assist in providing details of a solicitor who could attend.
  • Recent changes to the provision of Legal Aid to members of the Armed Forces mean that accused service personnel are often saddled with significant monthly contributions which can cause real financial hardship.

    The Courts Martial and Military Law team are acutely aware of the potential problems this can cause, and so are now able to provide representation, in appropriate cases, at rates which are significantly less costly than the monthly contributions, through the Direct Access scheme. We can also provide assistance with making the decision between Direct Access representation and seeking Legal Aid.

    If you are interested in instructing a member of the Courts Martial and Military Law team through the Direct Access scheme please do not hesitate to contact our clerks to arrange a preliminary consultation, free of charge, about the charge you face and the options you have for securing representation.

  • Stuart Graham 1995
  • Called to the Bar in 1995. Member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. Member of the Criminal Bar Association. Degree: LLB(Hons) Law. Stuart Graham has over 15 years experience of criminal practice in the Crown Court. Stuart Graham has experience in a wide range of tribunals. Whilst predominantly practicing in the Crown Court, he […]

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  • Christopher Rose 1999
  • Christopher Rose 1999

    Christopher Rose Called – 1999 christopher.rose@npc-n.co.uk Christopher specialises in cases involving criminal or professional misconduct.  He is an experienced trial advocate, representing individuals before criminal courts and regulatory tribunals. His criminal practice regularly involves allegations of serious organised crime or financial wrong doing.  He is a Panel 4 prosecutor for the CPS and is accredited […]

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  • Lee Fish 2003
  • Lee Fish 2003

    LLB (Hons) University of Newcastle upon Tyne (First Class) Price Waterhouse Coopers Dissertation Prize Advanced Award in Environmental Law (2008) Specialist Regulatory Advocate in Health and Safety and Environmental Law (List B) Level 4 Prosecutor (Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Panel)         Lee Fish has appeared in many cases throughout the courts […]

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  • Paul Green – 2005
  • Paul is a specialist in criminal law and undertakes work at all levels of seriousness and regularly defends in cases involving sexual offences, violence, drugs and fraud. He has: •          Completed the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences accreditation. •          Prosecuted on behalf of the Environment Agency and is briefed by the Probation Service. •          Has […]

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  • Adam Birkby 2006
  • Adam Birkby 2006

    Recommendations “He is intellectually astute and has an excellent forensic approach to cases.” The UK Legal 500 2016 “Handles clients very well; he has a deft touch with both difficult and vulnerable individuals and an exceptional ability to put them at ease.”  Chambers and Partners 2017 Adam was called in 2006 and is a specialist criminal […]

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  • Neil Jones 1978
  • Gray’s Inn Senior criminal practitioner and specialist in court martial trial.  Senior managing prosecutor responsible for the professional development of 37 service prosecutors and for the conduct of service appellate proceedings.  Background in employment law and advising the Services at Board level and for the conduct of oral hearings at this level.  Extensive prosecutions experience at […]

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