About Colin Witcher
SCHOLARSHIPS AND EDUCATION
Nottingham Law School, LLB (top 2.5 % in cohort)
BPP Law School, BVC (top 2.5% in cohort)
Nottingham Law School: European Funding Award
Middle Temple: Jules Thorn Scholarship
Middle Temple: Certificate of Honour for performance in Bar Finals
MEMBERSHIPS AND APPOINTMENTS
Grade Two Crown Prosecution Panel Member
SFO: LPP Disclosure Counsel
SEMINARS AND LECTURES
The Value of Legal Learning (Law Conference 2014)
TUPE, an update (Chambers’ Lecture Series)
Contempt of Court (Chambers’ Lecture Series)
Forensic Science (Chambers’ Lecture Series)
Confiscation in drug conspiracies (Chambers’ Lecture Series)
Comparative Trial Advocacy (Stetson Law School, USA abroad programme)
Effective Technoloy in case presentation (Delaware, USA)
An Innocent Man’s Parole (Published by Converse) Article co-written with Charles Archer of J4E ltd offering advice for prisoners seeking parole whilst maintaining their innocence
Court of Appeal:
R v C: Appeal against conviction; judicial conduct in VAT fraud
R v D: Appeal against conviction; cross territorial jurisdictional of document fraud offences
R v G: Appeal against sentence in respect of manifestly excessive sentence; drugs
R v P: Appeal against conviction in cold case review; murder, fresh evidence
R v N: Appeal against sentence in respect of error of law and manifestly excessive sentence
R v G: CCRC Appeal in respect of cold case review; bank robbery, fresh evidence
R v M [Maidstone Crown Court] Led Junior in five day final hearing; confiscation sought for £152million; awarded £500,000.
R v P [Warwick Crown Court] Privately retained on behalf of company directors in patent/trade mark offences
R v G [Harrow Crown Court] Privately retained on behalf of multimillionaire property developer; confiscation sought for £1million; awarded £190,000
R v E [Snaresbrook Crown Court] Privately retained; successfully opposed an application by the Crown under section 22 to increase available amount
R v D [Harrow Crown Court] successfully made section 23 application
R v R [High Court] Application for Certificate of Inadequacy
Cases as Leading Junior:
R v O: [Leicester Crown Court] Leading Estelle Thornber of Chambers in paper heavy case (150,000 pages) where 11 defendants faced an indictment alleging violent disorder in the context of an attempted murder.
Cases As Led Junior:
R v D [Central Criminal Court] Led Junior in four week murder trial
R v R [Leicester Crown Court] Led Junior in multi-million pound conspiracy to supply Class A and B Drug, value in excess of £5million.
R v S [Maidstone Crown Court] Led Junior in two month conspiracy to supply / import class A Drugs trial, value in excess of £7million.
R v N [Luton Crown Court] Led Junior in a five week conspiracy to murder trial.
R v D [Southwark Crown Court] Led Junior in £1m fraud against the Government (deaf defendants)
R v S [Maidstone Crown Court] Led Junior in a seven week multi-million pound money laundering trial.
R v P [Central Criminal Court] Led Junior in £1.5m fraud against HMRC
R v G [Kingston Crown Court] Led Junior in three week attempted murder trial
Cases As Junior Alone:
R v E [Croydon Crown Court] Gang rape by young males of drunk complainant
R v D [Reading Crown Court] Multi-Count familiar rape (24 alleged occasions of rape); cross-examination of young complainant.
R v P [Northampton Crown Court] violent rape in the context of domestic violence.
R v W [Woolwich Crown Court] knife point repeated rape of prostitute.
R v C [Inner London Crown Court] Assault allegation jointly charged with codefendant facing attempted murder; cross examination on premises of fabrication and “stitch up”.
R v X [Woolwich Crown Court] Successfully defended in Section 18 and Threats to Kill matter.
R v O [Woolwich Crown Court]: Successfully acted at trial on behalf of a defendant (a victim of domestic violence) who stabbed her husband four times in self-defence.
R v P [Cambridge Crown Court] Junior Alone, acting for first defendant in fraud conspiracy, 52,000 pages of used material.
R v D [Central Criminal Court] Secured not guilty verdict for lifer charged with aggravated burglary.
R v E [Isleworth Crown Court] Defence of company accountant; three separate trials resulting in acquittal
R v X [Kingston Crown Court] six week 17 handed conspiracy to rob trial (69 separate high value robberies). Secured one of two only acquittals.
As Led Junior:
R v E [Southwark Crown Court] Led by QC in high-profile and unusual fraudulent trading case
R v B [Central Criminal Court] Led by QC in cheating public revenue matter
X v X [Advisory] Together with QC advising on an international injunction case for LA based clients.
As Junior Alone:
MYE [Advisory] Retained privately by the European subsidary of an international finance company (with $2.5billion holdings) to advise on insider trading (both FSMA and CJA).
SFO [Advisory]: Retained as LPP Counsel by SFO in respect of international bribery case.
HMRC [Advisory]: Retained as LPP Counsel by HMRC in respect of £400m tax fraud.
R v S [Canterbury Crown Court] Defence Counsel on behalf of an accountant charged with fraudulent trading.
R v P [Nottingham Crown Court] Instructed defence Counsel in 12 handed trading standards trial, prosecuted by Queen’s Counsel.
R v M [Kingston Crown Court] Privately retained in a five day fraud trial concerning misrepresentation to induce and retain building contracts.
R v G [Warwick Crown Court]: Privately retained on the behalf of a company director of a large-scale importers and distributors in respect of trade description offence arising from EU patent breaches.
X v D [High Court, QBD]: Junior Alone in a £3million Freezing Injunction arising out of a breach of fiduciary duty.
HSE v F [Bromley Magistrates Court] Successfully secured not guilty verdicts in a health safety prosecution in respect of contractors working at height.
O v N [Croydon ET] Successfully represented the claimant in an action against two respondent companies for unfair dismissal which arose as a result of a company take over.
NHS v P [Internal Appeal]: Retained by the Claimant in internal appeal in respect of allegations of endangering patients’ safety by being under the influence of alcohol.
Local Authority [Advisory]: Advised a leading local authority on whistleblowing including flaws in their current procedure and how best to handle relevant claims.
O v P [Huntingdon ET] Successfully represented six claimants in complex and unusual employment matter.
U v S [High Court, QBD]: Led by Damien Brown QC in a high-value Employment/Commercial Dispute involving high profile clients and media coverage.
X v X [Bournemouth County Court] Successfully acted at trial in respect of defending liability for valuable cargo which was damaged during transportation.
P v P [Advisory] Led by Kerim Fuad QC in advising a leading commercial firm in respect of private prosecutions and injunctions due to conduct by former