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Bryan Cox QC joins St Pauls Chambers

St Pauls Chambers is delighted to welcome Bryan Cox QC. St Paul's has just moved into newly refurbished, modern office premises in the heart of Leeds.  Chambers has an innovative, commercial approach, focussing on the quality of individual members rather than numbers.

Called to the Bar 1979

Appointed Recorder to the Crown Court in 2000

Authorised as a Recorder to try Serious Sexual Cases

Appointed Silk in 2006

Bryan Cox QC is consistently recommended in the legal directories.  The recommendations show that he is "highly rates for serious crime", a "great choice for homicide, fraud or money laundering" and "highly regarded" as a leading advocate in the field; he has an "enviable track record", he is resourceful and commits himself wholeheartedley to his cases.

A number of the commendations in the legal directories refer specifically to his skill conducting health and safety cases, for example, he has been described as "outstanding" and "very very good". 

He has prosecuted and defended numerous high profile health and safety cases.  As junior counsel he was appointed to the Attorney Generals "A" list.  He has a wide experience of representing public bodies and corporate clients in relation to health and safety and environmental cases.

Bryan Cox has broad experience conducting jucical review cases, many involving human rights issues in which he has a particular interest.  He is currently instructed on behalf of over 6000 Kenyan nationals ("Mau Mau") in relation to proceedings brought against the British government in relation to torture during the state of emergency in Kenya during the 1950's.  This is a major piece of litigation that raises novel issues int he context of human rights law.

Recent Cases of Fraud, Money Laundering and Major Drugs Crime

  • Defended a solicitor charged with mortgage fraud.
  • Defended in large scale fraud concerning the evasion of VAT on 'tied oils'

  • Defended in conspiracy trial concerning the importation and suppliy of class A drugs.  This case involved issues concerning surveillance techniquies, PII and the compatibility of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 with the ECHR.

  • Defended in first General Election fraud in the UK.  A high profile prosecution in which a parliamentary candidate was prosecuted.

  • Defended in major carousel fraud (car importation).  This wa a massive VAT fraud prosecuted by the SFO.  115,000 pages prosecution evidence, a case of considerable complecity.

Recent Murder and Manslaughter Cases

  • Defended youths involved in "gang attacks" in which there were difficult issues of joint enterprise.  Scientific issues concerning blood distribution.

  • Defended man charges with murder of prostitute.  Complex scientific issues concerning rate of body decomposition.

  • Defended Somalian who had limited language charges with contract killing.  Difficult client requiring sensitive handling.

  • Prosecuted teenager charged with murder of young child whilst baby sitting.  Complex medical issues including medical evidence relating to "Shaking injuries".

  • Defended 18 year old charged with murder arising from a group attack on a mentally disabled victim. Difficult medical issues as to causation of neurological injuries.  issues relating to blood distribution.

  • Defended man charged with sexual abuse and drowning baby in bath.  Medical issues relating to causation of bruises and anal injury and complex issues as to length of time that child must have been held under water.

  • Prosecuted defendant charged with murder of 7 week baby.  Complex medical issues. Case baased almost entirely on medical evidence relating to the "triad" and skull fracture.


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