In response to the impact of the coronavirus crisis, Chambers' Criminal barristers and staff are committed to providing as much assistance as possible, including urgent advice, online resources and other support, during these challenging and unprecedented times. Trinity has a dedicated section of the website focused on COVID-19. Members of the team can assist in all aspects of Criminal and Regulatory issues arising from the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on individuals, businesses, Local Authorities, and Police Authorities, including enquiries relating to furlough and the Government's Job Retention Scheme(CJRS), furlough fraud, HMRC and company directors' duties.
Legal 500 2021 - "A set with 'an exceptional reputation in the criminal arena', Trinity Chambers is active for prosecution and defence in some of the North East's most serious cases."
Chambers & Partners 2020 - "A solid team of practitioners based in Newcastle and Middlesbrough who are experienced in handling a host of criminal offences. Its members are regularly instructed to act for the prosecution and the defence in cases relating to terrorism, homicides and sexual offences. The set houses several Grade 4 prosecutors. The clerking is excellent."
Legal 500 2020 - "Trinity Chambers is a significant presence in the Newcastle and Teesside area for criminal work, though members are also instructed from further afield. Violent crime and sexual offences remain key areas of work for the set."
Chambers & Partners 2019 - "A strong team of silks and juniors who prosecute and defend in a variety of criminal offences. Members are regularly instructed in serious criminal cases focused around Tyneside and Teesside, with recent work including terrorism charges and homicide offences. They are also noted for their strong group of Grade 4 prosecutors."
Legal 500 2019 - "Recent instructions for the team at Trinity Chambers include high-profile murder cases, serious sexual offences and large-scale fraud matters."
Chambers UK 2018 - "Prominent set with a number of respected and experienced criminal practitioners who both defend and prosecute cases ranging from dangerous driving to homicide."
Legal 500 2017 - "Areas of expertise include multimillion-pound drugs conspiracies, serious sexual offences, murder and people trafficking matters."
Chambers UK 2017 - "Described by market sources as "a powerhouse in the North East," Trinity Chambers is particularly well known for its prominence in the Newcastle area. Its eminent barristers are capable of prosecuting and defending the most serious criminal offences, including terrorism, gangland murder, internet crime and motoring offences. While notably strong on the North Eastern Circuit, the set's distinguished team also routinely appears before the Court of Appeal and the Privy Council."
Legal 500 2016 - "Trinity Chambers’ criminal practitioners have experience in a range of areas and have recently been involved in high-profile murder cases, terrorism trials and large-scale conspiracy cases."
The Criminal Law group, with Queens’ Counsel, Mr Toby Hedworth Q.C and over 20 juniors, has an exemplary reputation for criminal advocacy in the North East dealing with instructions from both defence and prosecution solicitors. 11 members of the group are CPS Grade 4 prosecutors who also defend and 7 of whom are Recorders. Whilst the group is geographically focused in Newcastle, Teesside and Durham, barristers from the group are regularly instructed by solicitor clients from across the North Eastern Circuit and beyond with cases frequently being dealt with in London and the Court of Appeal.
Given the size of the group there is a wide spectrum of experience and specialisation. Senior members of the group have dealt with terrorism cases, gangland murder, extradition, internet crime and large scale conspiracy cases.
The majority of the criminal barristers are highly experienced in dealing with motor offences ranging from death caused by dangerous driving through to offences relating to using mobile phones, excess alcohol and speeding. The specialist motoring offence barristers cover "totting up" offences and cases involving "road rage". The motoring offence barristers deal with cases from the Magistrates Court through to the Crown Court and are instructed by solicitors across England and Wales.
Within the group there are barristers with expertise in regulatory and financial crime including serious fraud, money laundering, mortgage fraud, proceeds of crime and criminal confiscation. Barristers in the group also receive instructions relating to private prosecutions. Members of the criminal law group have been instructed in road traffic accident insurance fraud "cash for crash" cases as well as all aspects of the "supply chain" in relation to metal theft including cases involving the British Transport Police.
Criminal cases have been dealt with by the criminal teams in appeals at the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords and the Privy Council.
In appropriate cases and where necessary cases can be taken on at the pre-charge stage.
The Trinity criminal team recognise the need to provide ongoing support to solicitors and their lay clients and in response have developed a substantial prison law contingent covering parole hearings, adjudication hearings, prisons ombudsman representations and Judicial Review related to prison issues.
Trinity Chambers have several specialist Courts Martial advocates some of whom themselves have military backgrounds. They can travel to wherever the relevant Courts Martial is to be heard, they have experience of representing soldiers in Germany, Cyprus as well as throughout the UK, in particular Catterick. Trinity Chambers' Courts Martial advocates have dealt with cases funded by the Armed Forces Criminal Legal Aid Authority.
Several of the criminal barristers have experience in dealing with investigations undertaken by the Premier League regarding allegations of copyright infringement by pubs and clubs showing 'live' football matches using foreign channel broadcasts from satellite decoder cards.
Barristers in the Criminal group frequently provide training events to solicitor clients, including workshops and seminars attracting Solicitors Regulation Authority CPD accreditation.
Members of the criminal group are consistently mentioned in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners directories.