Tim Devlin

Tim Devlin is regularly instructed by the Crown on his own or as leading Junior in complicated or serious cases with several defendants. These are usually drug, gang or fraud conspiracies. He frequently appears opposite Queens Counsel or senior juniors in complex cases or case of gravity. He is a CPS Grade 4 on the Special casework and Homicide Lists and a rape specialist counsel.

Recent cases include two trials for attempted Murder, one at Central Criminal Court, and one at Woolwich.

Tim Devlin is often instructed in drug importation and tax frauds. He has acted alone in cases of bank fraud, insurance fraud and frauds by deception on his own and with a junior against multiple counsels for the defence, securing convictions. This is achieved by thorough preparation reducing complicated facts to simple admissions and schedules.

Tim’s experience of serious sexual offences trials is impressive and extensive. His sympathetic and sensitive approach makes him particularly adept at dealing with young or vulnerable witnesses. He is a RASSO specialist Counsel, and recently prosecuted a convoluted and emotional case involving a grandfather raping his under-age grand-daughter, securing a conviction and a 12 year sentence at Lewes in Sussex. He has recently represented the Crown in a successful prosecution of a man posing as a 17 year old on Facebook to obtain intimate pictures of children and several rape allegations at the Central Criminal Court, Kingston, Woolwich and Snaresbrook. Tim provides charging advice in serious sexual cases, and cases involving mental illness.

Tim successfully prosecuted the first cyber-crime case in Birmingham, securing the conviction of man who organised the DDOS attack that took down the Home Office website and that of Mrs Theresa May in 2012.

Tim Devlin is also fully aware of diversity issues, having prosecuted sexual cases involving the Muslim, Hassidic Jewish, catholic, protestant, Baptist, evangelical, and other religious communities .Some of the more high profile cases have been reported in the national and local media. He has appeared in cases of Health and Safety including whether the removal of a kiln is an industrial process, safe lifting in care homes, and involving the lining of chimneys.

Tim Devlin led Chloe Fordham in the successful prosecution of ten men chanting racist slogans on a train in south London, which occurred shortly after the verdicts in the Stephen Lawrence murder case. He is currently dealing with varied matters such as a seven-handed advance fee fraud, a five-handed wounding with intent, a kidnapping, causing death by dangerous driving, sexual interference with children, and rape.

Since being called to the Bar, Tim’s career has included being elected MP for Stockton South from 1987 – 1997 and PPS to the Attorney-General from 1992-1994. He is an elected member of the Bar Council, and Vice-Chairman of the EU Law Committee. He recently supervised the Bar Councils response on Criminal Law to the Balance of Competence Review. He is also a Pupil Supervisor, advocacy trainer in Lincolns Inn, and spoke at this year’s Bar European Group meeting in Reykjavik. He is also Rear Commodore of the Bar Yacht Club, which promotes sailing as recreation for Lawyers of all ages.

Member of the SE Circuit and the CBA


Serious crime

R v Richardson and Fletcher
Attempted murder case at Snaresbrook before HHJ Wilkinson. Both pleaded guilty to GBH and given 9 years apiece.

R v Mustafa and 5 others
Leading Junior for the Crown in this 3 month trial at Woolwich.5 out of 6 of the defendants were convicted of a pre-planned burglary of a jeweller, handcuffing him and his wife, taking the keys to their shop and stealing over £1m worth of jewellery and watches.

Operation Celery
Series of cases in which various layers of a drug-importation operation were prosecuted, culminating in the leader being extradited from Spain and prosecuted using Spanish intercept evidence. Value of the drugs was over £5million. All convicted.

R v CB and others
14-handed prosecution of a violent disorder outside the house of an Asian family. Heard at Harrow Crown Court over 3 months. Leading junior.

R v Smith
Series of rapes and robberies using victim’s oyster cards on buses in east London. Acted alone against Queens Counsel and a junior, resulting in convictions

Fraud cases

R v Stoker, Collins ,and Madridis
Fraud on British bakeries using non-existent agency drivers who were signed through the gate procedures and paid for delivering imaginary loads. All 3 convicted

R v Treanor and Treanor
Purchase and sale of companies , siphoning off money and assets through a hidden bank account. Cross-examination of the key witness, a forensic accountant instructed by the defence, led to the revelation of how the fraud worked, and conviction of both defendants . This case was in Birmingham.

R v Green
An art dealer who defrauded his mother under a power of attorney, reported in the national media.

R v Singh
Submission of forged doctor’s letters to an insurance company in relation to a fraudulent claim. Preparation of the case after a late return, and a new indictment, led to a plea at Croydon on the first day of trial.

Sexual offences

R v NM
Historic sexual abuse dating back to 1970s of young nieces by familial uncle. 4 week trial defended by Queens Counsel and a junior, leading to convictions on all but two counts. This case involved consulting the Criminal Code of Grenada in relation to offences committed there.

R v SS
Conviction of the ring-leader of a group of Albanian men who picked up two drunken teenagers in Chingford, took them to a flat and raped them.

R v DH
Historic sexual abuse at a well-known school by the housemaster, involving witnesses now scattered throughout the world. Case stretched back to the 1970s, and had previously been investigated without success. Change of plea to guilty after the third witness . Defendant attempted suicide on the first day of first trial.

R v AA
Male rape of a gay man by a Somalian man whom he had contacted using Blackberry messaging, and who then lured him to a remote piece of open ground in North London. Convicted.

R v K
Abduction, rape and false imprisonment of a 44 year old drunken woman with previous history of rapes, taken to a flat and held for two days by threats of violence and death. Trial at Wood Green , praised by the judge for sympathetic handling of the witness.

R v B
Took over a part-heard trial for prosecution due to the incapacity of Crown Counsel at close of the crowns case. After listening to the tapes of the complainant giving evidence, cross-examined the defendant and his wife, made a closing speech, which was said to be “excellent” by HHJ Lafferty and the defendant was convicted.

R v Al
Rape of a young Kurdish girl by her brother in a strict Muslim household. This case raised a number of difficult cultural issues, and demanded the utmost sensitivity. Convicted.

R v MG
Rape of a 4 year old boy by a 14 year old boy with learning difficulties, aided by an intermediary, and two consultant psychologists. Difficult points of law on fitness to plead were considered by the district judge in the youth court. Convicted

Other serious crime cases

R v An
Death by dangerous driving and attempting to pervert the course of Justice. Commended by HHJ Carr for the way the case was conducted. Defendant guilty on count 1. Regulation

R v G
Prosecution of a bankrupt man who claimed to have borrowed money twice and lost it gambling in informal situations

R v N
Definition of “Student” and “full-time” for the purposes of student loans and benefits. Short trial at Kingston.