"A notable set on the North Eastern Circuit with bases in Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Leeds. The barristers at Trinity Chambers are well regarded for their expert handling of a wide range of criminal cases and regularly appear in the Crown Courts across the North East, as well as Yorkshire and the Midlands. Areas of expertise for the team include serious cases relating to homicides, terrorism, sexual offences and large drugs conspiracies. The set also houses considerable strength in the full range of motor offences, and regularly act for both the prosecution and the defence." Chambers & Partners 2021
Led by Queens’ Counsel Toby Hedworth Q.C. and Caroline Goodwin Q.C., and with over 30 juniors, Trinity’s Criminal barristers have an exemplary reputation for both prosecution and defence legal advice and advocacy in all courts, including the Court of Appeal, Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and Courts Martial.
Whilst the group’s geographic focus is in Newcastle, Teesside, Leeds and Durham, barristers from the group are instructed by solicitor clients from across the North Eastern, Northern Circuits and beyond.
Members of Trinity Chambers are instructed in cases across the spectrum of criminal offences including murder, manslaughter, terrorism, gangland shootings, sexual offences, drugs conspiracies, cybercrime, fraud, money laundering and driving offences.
The team boasts several Grade 4 CPS prosecutors, dealing with the most complex and serious prosecution cases, some of whom are also part-time members of the Judiciary. Members of the team are specialist Rape and Serious Sexual offences prosecutors as well as CPS Fraud specialists. The team also has a wide range of experience advising and prosecuting on behalf of Local Authorities. Barristers in the group also receive instructions relating to Private Prosecutions.
The criminal barristers are instructed in motor offence cases, ranging from death caused by dangerous driving to mobile phone use, excess alcohol, drug driving and speeding. The specialist motoring offence barristers cover "totting up" and "road rage" cases.
The team recognise that being charged with a criminal offence is a very stressful experience. Barristers in the group aim to minimise that stress by holding early conferences with clients - in person or remotely - to discuss their case and advise on the court process. Trinity's barristers work closely with instructing solicitors, recognising that teamwork is the key to effectively helping and representing defence clients.
Trinity Chambers understands that ongoing support may be needed even after criminal cases have concluded and the team provides the full range of legal representation. This includes Parole Hearings, Appeals to the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal and Judicial Review. Trinity’s criminal barristers provide advice and representation in post-conviction matters such as Proceeds of Crime (POCA), Confiscation and Football Banning Orders.
Barristers in the Criminal group frequently deliver in person or online training events to clients, including workshops, seminars and webinars attracting Solicitors Regulation Authority CPD.