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William Douglas-Jones

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(Year of Call 2011)

Joined Chambers: 2013

Qualifications:

University of Liverpool: BSc. Physiology, 2:1 (Hons) 2008

College of Law, Birmingham: Graduate Diploma in Law, Distinction 2010

College of Law, Birmingham: BPTC, Outstanding (Second in Year) 2011

Background:

Will enjoys a busy criminal practice in the Crown Court. In particular, Will is regularly instructed in Crown Court trials, applications and sentences. His experience includes, inter alia, matters of robbery, burglary, sexual offences, drugs and violence. Will has, at an early stage of his career, been instructed in his own name in trials concerning serious sexual offences.

His recent cases include: a wounding trial following a rush hour machete attack; a multi-handed rape trial where consent was the issue; a conspiracy to commit arson and fraud; an intra-familial sexual assault of a girl under the age of 13; committal to prison for breach of a restraint order in POCA proceedings; a firearms trial following the discharge of a gun in the street; intervention in POCA proceedings on behalf of a wife; and the opposition of a cash forfeiture application after £90,000 cash was found in his client’s drawer.

Will has also gained experience in assisting leading counsel concerning matters of disclosure in both a domestic and international setting following the consideration of over two terabytes of data in a multi-handed drugs conspiracy conducted over the dark web.

Will has a prior degree in Physiology which translates into an ability to analyse and interpret scientific evidence, and also in a meticulous attention to detail. He has received judicial praise on a number of occasions for his eloquent and forceful submissions, and for his trial conduct.

In addition to his defence practice, Will enjoys a busy prosecution practice in the Crown Court. Will also welcomes advisory work of all kinds and prides himself on the early consideration of papers on their receipt and the provision of early advice to instructing solicitors. Will is also available to accept instructions on motoring matters.

Notable Cases:

R v VS & Ors (2017) Led Junior in alleged large-scale conspiracy to commit fraud: concerning approximately £1.13m and over 120,000 pages of material.

R v DH (2017) Defence Counsel in two-handed rape case where consent was the issue.  Defendant acquitted unanimously.

R v GM (2017) Represented the wife of the defendant to POCA proceedings. Successfully insulated the wife’s interest in the matrimonial home from the confiscation order.

R v SH-P (2016) Defence Counsel in cash forfeiture proceedings concerning £90,000 cash found in the Defendant’s drawer.

R v KE (2016) Defence Counsel in case of alleged intra-familial assault by penetration of child under 13. Defendant acquitted unanimously.

R v SM (2016) Defence Counsel in rape case where consent in issue. Defendant acquitted unanimously.

R v CW (2015) Defence Counsel in case of Public Order offences concerning an alleged member of the Gridlock Crew Gang. Defendant acquitted unanimously.

R v PS (2014) Defence Counsel in alleged firearms offence of ex-husband setting ‘booby-trap’ for his ex-wife in former matrimonial home with a trip-wire and shotgun cartridge. Defendant acquitted unanimously.

Memberships:

Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

Midland Circuit

Appointments:

Winner of College of Law Plea in Mitigation Competition 2011;

Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn 2011;

Walter Wigglesworth Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn 2013

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