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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

Vincent Ward 1998

Vincent Ward 1998

Called – 1998

Vincent Ward practices in criminal law and civil law. In criminal law he represents both prosecution and defence and is a grade 3 prosecutor for the CPS for whom he has prosecuted cases of serious violence and homicide. He has defended in cases involving homicide, serious fraud, large scale drug supply, large scale commercial burglary and serious sexual assaults (including rape).

He has become recognised for his use of information technology in case preparation and can confidently manage cases involving very high volumes of material. He maintains an interest in education through the development of New Court Chambers’ seminar programme and is an external examiner for the BPTC (the professional course for training barristers). In October 2010 Vincent was awarded a Masters Degree in Mental Health Law and has developed a strong practice in this area appearing regularly in the Mental Health Review Tribunal and the Court of Protection.

He is now qualified to offer legal advice and representation directly to the public through the public access scheme and is using this opportunity to develop his civil practice.


Vincent is keen to develop his experience in housing work. He has experience in repossession issues especially involving ASBO’s and disputes between neighbours.

Cases of note

R v Bourne and others. A conspiracy to commit murder and grievous bodily harm in which Vincent appeared as junior Counsel for the Prosecution. The case involved extremely sensitive witness and complex disclosure issues. Convictions were secured

R v Ashraf. A conspiracy to commit arson in which Vincent defended. The case involved complex psychiatric and other medical evidence.

R v Palmer. A conspiracy to commit fraud involving complex disclosure issues in which Vincent defended. The case was concluded when the prosecution offered no evidence.

Re A. A current case in which Vincent represents the claimant in a claim for specific performance of a contract to buy/sell real property. Vincent represents this client under the public access scheme.

R v F, R v G and R, R v M. Current cases involving theft from and fraud of the Royal Mail in which Vincent prosecutes.