Gordon Cole QC

Gordon Cole QC

Year of Call 1979

Year of Silk 2006

"A specialist in serious criminal matters." Legal 500, 2017

Gordon Cole QC is an Associate Tenant at Linenhall Chambers and regularly practises out of Exchange Chambers.

Gordon specialises in all serious crime including murder, manslaughter, drugs, fraud, police corruption and serious sexual abuse.

He has specialised in crime for over 35 years and has both prosecuted and defended in all types of cases as a junior, a leading junior and in Silk.

Gordon has been involved in many substantial drug, murder and fraud cases many of which have been VHCC cases.

He has conducted cases all over the country and has considerable experience in cases which have been heard in the Court of Appeal.

Ranked as a leader in his field by the independent legal directories he is described by instructing solicitors as “unflappable” and “outstanding” with “great judgement and common sense.”


R v Ben Stokes (2018) – secured acquittal for England cricketer Ben Stokes in high profile affray case at Bristol Crown Court.



R v Keith Williams (2017/18) – high profile fraud in Southwark Crown Court.

R v Daniel Barrs (2015) – defence in global Carbon Credit fraud.

R v Barrs (2015) – defence in MTIC / Carbon Credit fraud and money laundering allegation.

R v Manjra  (2013) – huge MTIC £150 million fraud – 5 defendants – trial lasted over 6 months.

R v Richard Kemp (2010/11) – successfully defended in a pharmaceutical fraud which was the largest case of its type brought by the MHRA alleging huge importation of counterfeit pharmaceuticals (Croydon Crown Court).

R v Rashid and others (2010) – prosecuted election fraud (Leeds Crown Court).

Operation Talmine (2009) – election fraud from Bradford West with numerous defendants (Leeds Crown Court),



R v Arif and others (2016/17) – complicated by evidence from Pakistan via video link.

R v Sarah Williams and Katrina Walsh (2016) – represented Sarah Williams in high profile murder from Helmshore in Lancashire. Case heard at Preston Crown Court.

R v Daniel Johnston (2016) – represented 1 of 3 defendants indicted of murder of 14 year old boy. Particularly brutal killing in churchyard in Carlisle.

R v Hoyles (2015) – prosecuted defendant indicted with murder of woman – subject of BBC Two CPS documentary ‘The Prosecutors’.

R v Liptrot (2015) – represented defendant indicted with Gross Negligence Manslaughter as a result of him being both landlord and serving firefighter. A tenant had set fire to one of his homes killing 5 persons.

R v Stephen Duggan (2015) – prosecuted defendant indicted with the murder of a woman passer-by who stopped to assist in an argument between defendant and his partner.

R v Jervis (2014) – defence of drug / gang related killing.

R v David Ryan (2013) – defendant indicted with the murder of his girlfriend – lady who lived alone in Cheshire – alleging mutilation and murder as result of being forced to pay back monies he had conned from deceased.

R v Childs and Price (2013) – defendants charged and convicted of joint enterprise homicide.

R v Owen (2013) – double murder of partner and daughter.

R v Kenny (2013) – homicide by deliberately running over victim.

R v Ricky Jervis (2013) – drug related punishment killing.

R v Keith Rumbold (2012) – defended a man charged with murdering his wife who was ill with Alzheimer’s (Manchester).

R v Mark Done (2012) – successful defence of a man charged with murder in what is called a ‘no body murder’ (Chester Crown Court).

R v Howard & Cotterill (2012) – prosecuted two men in a murder by shooting (Manchester).

R v Ashleigh Robinson (2011) – defended woman charged with the pre-planned murder of her father (Mold Crown Court).

R v Andrew Daniels (2011) – successfully defended a man charged with attempted murder (Newcastle Crown Court).

R v Piotr Kruk (2011) – Polish defendant charged with murder – acquitted (Manchester Crown Court).

R v Colin Cain (2010) – defended high profile random murder of a young 15 year-old army cadet (Liverpool Crown Court).

R v Raeben Kareem (2010) – defence of murder and attempted murder of 2 others after imprisonment and torture by Kurdish Iraqi (Bradford Crown Court).



R v Golubovskij (2014) – successful defence in Legal High Importation case.

R v Jewell (2013) – defendant indicted as part of the gang that lived and supplied drugs in Croxteth area of Liverpool – involving shootings / arson / drugs supply in prison.

R v Steven Cordwell (2011) – defended man charged with importation of 67 Glock pistols.

R v Liaqat Khan (2011) – successful defence of a man charged with a drug-related shooting (Manchester).

R v Stella Taylor (2009) – one of main defendants in very large drug importation case (Liverpool Crown Court).


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