Josh accepted an offer of tenancy in the Criminal Team at Linenhall Chambers in October 2023 just prior to the culmination of a 16 year career as a military officer in the Royal Navy.

Having been a barrister in the Royal Navy Legal Service since call in 2018, Josh’s experience includes provision of advice in several areas of law including international humanitarian and human rights law, public administrative law and employment law. Josh’s experience has extended to him regularly representing defendants charged in the courts martial with very serious offences, including particular experience with serious sexual offences, including assault by penetration.

Josh was called to the bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 2018 and completed a criminal pupillage at 2 Bedford Row in London before returning to the Royal Navy Legal Service as in-house counsel. Josh has now retired from the Royal Navy after 16 years and, in his final appointment, acted as Senior Counsel to the Royal Navy’s Commander Operations, the senior operational commander of all UK maritime forces.

Born and raised in Chester, Josh accepted an offer of tenancy at Linenhall in October 2023.

Josh has been regularly instructed as defence counsel in serious cases in the courts martial, most notably in several high-profile sexual offence cases receiving national media attention. Josh has also been invited to prosecute in the courts martial by the Service Prosecuting Authority.

Josh’s 16 year career as a Royal Navy officer gives him a unique perspective and an ability to relate to and work with all types of client. Having served on operations overseas and in high pressure environments, Josh is confident in dealing with complex and serious cases and does so with an organised approach, a thorough attention to detail and brings a military work ethic to achieve the best results for his clients.

Josh has been instructed in all types of criminal cases including sexual offences, violence offences and offences of dishonesty. During pupillage, Josh was instructed as junior in a multi-complainant historical sexual offence re-trial at Blackfriars Crown Court led by Louise Sweet KC. Josh was also regularly instructed to prosecute serious cases including a s18 in the Youth Court which led to the conviction of the defendant and a long custodial sentence.

 

R v L – Ongoing case instructed as defence counsel. Indictment includes one count of Assault by Penetration, Sexual Assault and 2 further Service offences under the Armed Forces Act 2006, brought by multiple complainants.

R v L Ongoing case as defence counsel in sexual assault case subject to an abuse of process argument for a stay of proceedings owing to serious disclosure failings by the police.


R v M – Successful acquittal at trial on both counts: one charge of Sexual Assault and one military charge of Disgraceful Conduct of an Indecent Kind. 4 day trial which included successful legal argument to exclude bad character evidence.

R v G – Successful acquittal at trial to a charge of Assault by Penetration (s2 Sexual Offences Act 2003). 4 day trial which included a successful application to exclude evidence of the defendant’s bad character and a successful application under s41 YJCEA ‘99 to adduce evidence of complainant’s previous sexual history.

2014 – BSc (Hons), History, Strategic and Maritime Studies, The Open University, First Class.

2016-2017 – Post-Graduate Diploma in Law, University of Law (Chester), Distinction

2017 – 2018 – Bar Professional Training Course, BPP Law School, Very Competent

The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

Criminal Bar Association

The Naval Bar