Robert Newcombe

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Year of Call: 1996

After over two-and-a-half decades of heavyweight criminal advocacy involving multiple homicides, hundreds of millions of pounds in defalcations by numerous fraudsters, including sophisticated cyberfraud, covert intelligence and niche regulatory criminal work, Mr Newcombe’s practice has evolved into advisory work in the fields of financial regulatory, business relationships and fiduciary duties.

He completed the CFA UK Society’s Investment Management Certificate in 2022 which includes modules on equity, fixed income and derivative valuation methods and he is a member of the CFA UK Society.

Mr Newcombe sits on the Boards of several companies as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman and has over two decades of wide-ranging business experience, including on the boards of FCA authorised advisory and fund management firms. This experience includes membership of Supervisory Boards, Investment Committees, Remuneration Committees and Audit Committees.

He also chairs a charity and has served as pro bono Treasurer of Church Court Chambers for over a decade.

Notable Cases

  • R v S Southwark Crown Court (2014)

    Leading Dejan Mladenovic of chambers. Defendant denied conspiracy to manufacture and distribute identity documents on an industrial scale. He was convicted and sentenced to 4 years imprisonment after a two month trial.

  • R v B Teesside Crown Court (2013)

    Leading counsel in two day Proceeds of Crime and sentencing hearing involving multi-million pound drugs conspiracy. Negative equity in residential property portfolio.

  • R v C Croydon Crown Court (2011)

    Leading Oliver Grimwood of chambers. Defendant was acquitted of laundering cash to Jamaica using money transfer companies after a two month trial.

  • R v S Inner London Crown Court (2008)

    Leading counsel, where defendant was convicted of being in possession of a Skorpion sub-machine pistol, key-ring gun and handgun, and more than a kilo of heroin, with intent to supply. Defendant granted bail between conviction and sentence.

  • R v H Central Criminal Court (2017)

    Multi-handed fatal stabbing and perverting the course of justice. To be tried in 2017. Led by Kerim Fuad QC.

  • R v A Central Criminal Court (2015)

    Defendant acquitted of Murder after being present at the scene of a fatal stabbing, led by Kerim Fuad QC.

  • R v N Central Criminal Court (2007)

    Defendant acquitted of Murder after a man was bludgeoned to death on the back seat of the car he was driving, led by Tim Barnes QC.

  • R v M Central Criminal Court (2005)

    Defendant acquitted of Murder after three-way cut-throat defences, led by Nigel Baker QC.

  • R v H Newcastle Crown Court (2009)

    Defendant stabbed father and pleaded guilty to Manslaughter on day of trial (provocation); not guilty of Murder, lead by Paul Sloan QC.

  • R v S Central Criminal Court and Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) (2004/5)

    Defendant convicted of Murder in the course of robbery on elderly victim. Identity and causation in issue, with numerous similar fact robberies. Medical evidence challenged from neuropathologist; pathologist; neurosurgeon; A&E registrar; ambulance crew and GP, led by Tim Barnes QC.

  • R v H Central Criminal Court (2003)

    Defendant pleaded guilty to Manslaughter after injecting friend with heroin, led by Nigel Rumfitt QC.

  • R v C Central Criminal Court (2016)

    Murder. Newton Hearing against QC. 2 days of evidence to determine whether Crown could prove whether killing was for financial gain. Finding in favour of defendant which meant Life sentence was some 20 years lower than might otherwise have been the case. Aggravating factors were concealment of body.

  • R v P Central Criminal Court (2009)

    Defendant acquitted of Attempted Murder after injured party was shot in the head with a .22 shot cartridge fired from a pre-1880 hammer pistol. Both defendants were successful with their defence of accident.

  • R v O Central Criminal Court (2011)

    Defendant acquitted of joint enterprise Attempted Murder, but convicted of aggravated burglary and possessing (and discharging) a firearm during a Schedule 1 offence. Co-accused was convicted of attempted murder.

  • R v F Central Criminal Court (2009)

    Defendant acquitted of Attempted Murder after stabbing his brother 9 times. The jury accepted the defence of self-defence. The assailant brother was unarmed.

  • R v A Canterbury Crown Court (2010)

    Defendant was acquitted of Conspiracy to Supply Class A drugs. 25kg of drugs in the boot of his car as he entered the UK from a ferry. The two co-accused in the vehicle when it was stopped by Customs were convicted.

  • R v A Central Criminal Court

    Joint enterprise Murder allegation.

  • R v N Central Criminal Court

    Defendant acquitted of Murder after man bludgeoned to death on back seat of the car he was driving.

  • R v M Central Criminal Court

    Defendant acquitted of Murder after three-way cut-throat defences.

  • R v H Newcastle Crown Court

    Defendant stabbed father and pleaded guilty to manslaughter on day of trial (provocation); not guilty of Murder.

  • R v S Central Criminal Court and Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

    Defendant convicted of murder in the course of robbery on elderly victim. Identity and causation in issue, with similar fact robberies. Medical evidence challenged from neuropathologist; pathologist; neurosurgeon; A&E registrar; ambulance crew and GP.

  • R v H Central Criminal Court

    Defendant pleaded guilty to Manslaughter after injecting friend with heroin.

  • R v P Central Criminal Court

    Defendant acquitted of Attempted Murder after injured party was shot in the head with a .22 shot cartridge fired from a pre-1880 hammer pistol. Both defendants were successful with their defence of accident.

  • R v O Central Criminal Court

    Defendant acquitted of Attempted Murder, but convicted of aggravated burglary and possessing (and discharging) a firearm during a Schedule 1 offence.

  • R v A Canterbury Crown Court

    Defendant acquitted of Conspiracy to Supply Class A drugs. 25kg of drugs in the boot of his car as he entered the UK from a ferry.

  • R v C Preston Crown Court

    Mortgage fraud and money laundering involving fraud on the title of residential properties (re-trial 2015).

  • R v N Central Criminal Court

    Mortgage fraud relating to over 170 residential properties. Conspiracy to Defraud and Obtaining money transfers by deception (for trial 2015).

  • R v S Southwark Crown Court

    Leading Dejan Mladenovic of chambers. Defendant denied conspiracy to manufacture and distribute identity documents on an industrial scale. He was convicted and sentenced to 4 years imprisonment after a two month trial.

  • R v C Croydon Crown Court

    Leading Oliver Grimwood of chambers. Defendant was acquitted of laundering cash to Jamaica using money transfer companies after a two month trial.

  • R v K Teesside Crown Court

    Defendant deputy manager of nursing home convicted of similar fact ill-treatment of multiple residents under s. 44 Mental Capacity Act.

  • R v X Central Criminal Court

    Defendant found unfit to stand trial due to progressive brain tumour – fraud in breach of trust alleged to be £½ million.

  • R v C Croydon Crown Court

    Operation Lath: investigation commenced by FBI in USA and involved a conspiracy to defraud UK banks of tens of millions of pounds. The Zeus Trojan virus had been utilised by a sophisticated criminal syndicate to assist in withdrawing funds from internet accessible bank accounts.

    This case involved the use of Trojan botnets (to acquire compromised sensitive data), web-injects (to phish) and money laundering mules (to cash-out from drop accounts).

  • R v Y Southwark Crown Court

    Operation Mandrill: investigation into conspiracy to defraud the Student Loans Company of millions of pounds together with a further conspiracy to defraud UK banks.

    This case involved the use of Trojan botnets (to acquire compromised sensitive data), web-injects (to phish) and money laundering mules (to cash-out from drop accounts).

  • R v C Preston Crown Court

    Mortgage fraud and money laundering involving fraud on the title of residential properties: Acquittal.

  • R v N Central Criminal Court

    Mortgage fraud relating to over 170 residential properties. Conspiracy to Defraud and Obtaining money transfers by deception: Acquittal.

  • R v K Teesside Crown Court

    Defendant deputy manager of nursing home convicted of similar fact ill-treatment of multiple residents under s. 44 Mental Capacity Act. Expert opinion taken from one of the country’s leading professor’s of psychology to establish whether a base-line existed beyond which the nominal complainants lacked capacity.

  • R v X Central Criminal Court

    Defendant found unfit to stand trial due to progressive brain tumour – fraud in breach of trust alleged to be £½ million. Crown Offered No Evidence.

  • R v Y Newcastle Crown Court

    Defendant convicted of sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder impeding choice, where 27 year old complainant had a mental age of 4-5.

  • R v A Newcastle Crown Court (2016)

    Abuse of Process involving CHIS, lasting 4 weeks. Reporting Restrictions apply.

  • Environment Agency v J: Newcastle Crown Court (2013)

    Defendant acquitted after 9 week trial of Permitting the Deposit of Controlled Waste, offence under s. 33 Environmental Protection Act. Defence consisted of suitability of deposited material and the de minimis principle and statutory defence. Challenge to the policy of permitting trespass by EA officers even though no Police Act 1997 authorisation is possible.

  • Environment Agency v A: Redbridge Magistrates’ Court (2015)

    Defendant pleaded guilty very early in proceedings to numerous charges contrary to the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations and was sentenced to a non-custodial sentence.

  • Environment Agency v V: Guildford Crown Court (2007)

    Defendant sentenced to a non-custodial sentence after permitting the deposit of hundreds of tons of controlled waste at a swan sanctuary.

  • Health & Safety Executive v H: Southwark Crown Court (2015)

    Defendant convicted of breaches of the Work at Height Regulations, resulting in a fatal fall from scaffolding, after failing to attend for his trial (whilst serving a life sentence for murder).

  • Robert Newcombe has been involved with many cases where lack of mental capacity has been in issue and is interested to explore further cases in this area.

  • High Court (Chancery Division) fraud

    Lancashire Mortgage Corporation v Ikoku and Onabrakpeya – the signatory to a false mortgage application was advised to submit to questions on his affidavit of means. He was then not charged with any offence.

  • B v BBC

    Article 2 Right to Life Application for emergency injunction (on behalf of alleged murderer while awaiting trial) to prevent footage of murder victim being broadcast. BBC submitted that the Human Rights Act did not apply to its broadcast function, but this was rejected by Collins J: it was arguable that it did for the purposes of the application.

  • Statutory appeals to High Court and injunctions specifically in relation to the Town & Country Planning Act.

Seminars

Cyber fraud and Cyber Security: Trojan Botnets, Web Injects and Mules (at the University of Northumbria’s Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies) and as part of the Church Court Chambers’ CPD Lecture series.

Firearms: Law and Case Management (CPD for practitioners)

Defending Environmental Prosecutions (CPD for practitioners)

Memberships

The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Criminal Bar Association

UK Environmental Law Association

Royal Forestry Society