Tarquin McCalla

With extensive and wide-ranging experience in criminal law Tarquin has gained a reputation as an excellent jury advocate who combines meticulous case preparation with exceptional client care. Having acted as leading and led junior counsel in all areas of crime Tarquin now specialises in cases of murder, commercial and revenue fraud, drug trafficking, serious sexual offences, money laundering, and confiscation, restraint and asset recovery. Although practicing mainly in London Tarquin has been instructed in numerous serious and high profile casess in Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, the Midlands, Oxford, Kent, Bristol and Exeter.In addition Tarquin continues to provide advice and representation in all areas of appellate work, a practice which has included many cases of murder, fraud and serious sexual offences.

Homicide

R v Walthers and Others [2015]
A trial involving allegations of murder committed by drug dealers sent to ‘enforce’ a debt

R v O [2012]
A trial of a shot-gun shooting in a crowded nightclub

R v H [2011]
A trial of a ‘one punch murder’

R v W & Others [2009]
Represented the main defendant in a multi-handed trial involving allegations of multiple murder, and which involved the first Trident ‘super grass’ witness

R v O [2009]
A trial for murder in which the defendant, a twice-escaped mental patient, was said to have murdered a pensioner before kidnapping the man to whom he had allegedly confessed

R v P & Others [2006]
Trial of those said to have been responsible for the ‘Brinks Matt bullion robbery’ contract killings

R v Smith & Others [2005]
Multi-handed, ‘cut-throat’, trial for a contract killing murder, said to have involved the use of an AK47 for the first time on mainland Britain

Fraud & Money Laundering

R v Doughi & Others [2013]
A case involving a nationwide conspiracy to defraud major auction houses of high value watches and jewellery

R v Smith & Others [2012]
Represented one of the main defendants in a case of a multi-handed conspiracy alleging various frauds involving insurance companies and the construction industry

R v Agwuegbo [2011]
A case involving allegations of fraud and illegal money lending involving a solicitor

R v Nwaeme [2009]
A case involving allegations of money laundering in the region of £10m. It was alleged that the defendant was the ‘money man’ for a gang responsible for shipments of cocaine from West Africa, through Europe and into the UK

R v Agogo & Others [2007-2008]
Instructed as leading counsel for the first defendant in a case of serious fraud (prosecuted by Queen’s Counsel) involving many different financial institutions in London and Bristol. The proceeds, amounting to several million pounds, were channelled through the purchase of a range of investment properties across the UK, and through various bank accounts throughout the world. The confiscation proceedings alone took 18 months of preparation and research

R v Newton & Others [2005]
A long firm fraud, committed over two years and involving 32 suppliers to the UK meat industry

R v Samuel & Others [2005]
A large, multi-handed fraud involving the theft of over $5m from the Bank of Nova Scotia; the defendants were alleged to have circumvented the bank’s security system before siphoning funds off to various off-shore accounts

R v S & Others [2004]
A large scale, multi-handed, multi-million pound revenue fraud involving bonded warehouses on the south coast and throughout the UK

Theft and Armed Robbery

R v Amel & Others [2011]
A trial involving a gang of prolific and extremely well organised car thieves responsible for the theft of high value vehicles using documents forged by a “master counterfeiter” and keys obtained by co-conspirators working for the various manufacturers

R v Ganchi & Others [2008]
Instructed as leading counsel in a case involving the theft of high-value vehicles including a McLaren F1, said to be one of only two in the country, which were then exported to Dubai and the Far East

R v A & Others [2008]
Instructed as leading counsel in a multi-handed trial involving multiple C.I.T. robberies

R v Levy & Others [2008]
Instructed to represent the first defendant in a multi-handed trial for multiple armed robberies at banks and department stores in London

Drugs

R v Contato & Others [2015]
Instructed as leading counsel in a multi-handed trial involving a conspiracy to export cocaine from Colombia to Southern Africa and then on to Europe

R v Lawrenson & Others [2014]
Instructed as leading counsel in a case involving 19 defendants and the nationwide supply of cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis

R v Donnelly & Others [2014]
Instructed as leading counsel for the main defendant in a multi-handed Class A drugs trial involving allegations of a nationwide conspiracy to manufacture and supply industrial quantities of amphetamine and cocaine

R v M & Others [2013]
Represented one of the main defendants in a ten handed Class A drugs conspiracy said to involve a major criminal organisation in the North West of England. The proceeds of the conspiracy were alleged to have been laundered through multi-million pound development projects in Turkey

R v Orabuche & Others [2012]
Instructed as leading counsel for one of the principal defendants in a case involving the importation of cocaine from Nigeria and its onward distribution in the UK

R v Stankovic & Others [2012]
Represented the first defendant and the head of a criminal organisation charged with the importation of massive quantities of cocaine which was of the highest purity the Forensic Science Service have ever encountered

R v H & Others [2012]
Instructed as leading counsel in a case involving multiple defendants charged with a conspiracy to import cocaine from South America valued at €1 billion

R v M & Others [2011]
A case involving multiple defendants accused of transporting cocaine from Spain to France and then by private plane to the North West of England

R v N & Others [2010]
A case involving the importation of cocaine from Nigeria on a huge scale

R v Stromberg [2010]
Instructed in confiscation proceedings related to the importation of 350kg of cocaine from South America

R v Osman & Others [2010]
A trial relating to the importation of 80kg of heroin

R v Holmes & Others [2007]
Instructed as leading counsel for the first defendant in a multi-handed, ‘cut-throat’ trial involving allegations of importation of cocaine through Sheerness Docks on a massive scale

Firearms

R v M & Others [2009]
A case involving a gang said to have been responsible for the supply of firearms to South London criminals

R v Hussain [2005]
A case involving the importation of automatic firearms from the U.S

Other

R v T & Others [2007]
Instructed as leading counsel for the first defendant in a multi-handed trial involving allegations of a sexual nature of the most serious kind

R v Davenport & Others [2005]
A case involving what was described as the largest ever surveillance operation conducted by Kent Police

Affiliations

Criminal Bar Association.

Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.

Public Access Bar Association

Education

University of Hull

Universiti Sains Malaysia (Penang, Malaysia)

Leeds Metropolitan University

Inns of Court School of Law

Languages

Tarquin speaks both Malay and Indonesian

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