Top Murder / Manslaughter Barrister

Jim Sturman QC is recognised as one of the UK’s top murder barristers; he is regularly instructed in cases where his clients are accused of murder or manslaughter (including corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter), and he is a leading barrister when it comes to dealing with issues of insanity, diminished responsibility and provocation.

Acquittal in causing death by careless driving.

Jim acted for X, a man of impeccable character and a professional driver who was charged with causing death by careless driving after the vehicle he was driving came off a hill top road and caused severe injuries to the accused and to his passenger, who sadly later died. The prosecution case depended on expert [...]

No case to answer in conspiracy to murder trial

Jim secured the acquittal of his client (RD) who was accused of being involved in a plan to shoot a man to death. The Crown alleged that the gunmen had shouted “Rebecca wants you dead” before firing a shotgun at point blank range. At the close of the prosecution case Jim successfully persuaded the trial [...]

R. v. KS

Conviction for causing death by dangerous driving quashed for the improper admission of inadmissible evidence and misdirection in law.

R. v. TW

Conviction for causing death by dangerous driving quashed as a result of misdirection by trial Judge.

R. v. JS

Conviction for murder quashed on the basis of misdirection by the trial Judge and pressure being placed on the jury, acquitted at retrial.

R v. SL

Jim did not act at the trial. SL’s conviction for murder of her partner quashed and no evidence offered at the retrial on the basis that when analysed the evidence did not in fact disclose a case to answer, the original conviction in the case has frequently been described as a miscarriage of justice.

Tania Clarence

Jim acted for Mrs Clarence who was originally charged with the murder of her 3 disabled children who suffered from SMA in April 2014. The defence of diminished responsibility was made out as a result of expert evidence that agreed Mrs Clarence suffered from a severe depressive illness and pleas of guilty to manslaughter were [...]

R v DG and other

Jim acted for a young man charged with murder and manslaughter after a brawl outside a night club where the deceased was killed as a result of a single punch to the side of the neck. Convicted of manslaughter and acquitted of murder.

The danger of relying on expert evidence in criminal trials

Jim Sturman QC is a leading criminal barrister; in this video he comments to BBC1's Panorama on the dangers presented by some expert witnesses in criminal trial.

R v X

Jim acted for a businessman cleared of an allegation of murder alleged to have been committed at a party that took place after the "V" festival. Trial January 2013.

R. v. Ivan Mazour

Acted for the defence in a high profile case involving a fatal car crash in the Piccadilly underpass

R. v. X.

Acted for a mother who was charged with murder after she killed her new-born child whilst suffering from severe post natal depression. After the service of medical reports and detailed discussions a plea to infanticide was accepted and X was sentenced to probation.

R. v. G

Acted for G, acquitted of murder and found guilty of manslaughter on the basis of provocation after a trial.

R. v. McGovern

Appeared for Defence in murder trial, now reported on Sections 76/78 of P.A.C.E.

R. v. Ian Kay

Appeared for Defence in the "Woolworths" murder trial.

R. v. Parchment

Appeared for Defence in relation to 2 charges of the attempted murder of Police Officers in Brixton.

R. v. Nudds

Appeared for Defence. Murder trial at Northampton Crown Court.

R. v. Susan Lummes

Appeared for Appellant. Acted for Susan Lummes in her appeal (though not at trial) against her conviction for murder. The conviction was quashed and at the retrial, the Crown offered no evidence.

R. v. Dallagher

Appeared for Appellant. The conviction was quashed on the basis of fresh evidence casting doubt on the reliability of the “ear-print” identification evidence.” Also appeared at retrial when DNA recovered from the plate of glass was proved NOT to be that of Mr Dallagher. He was acquitted and the case has featured in a series [...]

R. v. Colin Stagg

Acted for Colin Stagg, cleared of the notorious murder of Rachel Nickell after successful submissions at the onset of the trial. Jim thereafter spent more than a decade defending Colin against a campaign of vilification in the media that only ceased when another man pleaded guilty to the crime in December 2008.

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