Darryl Cherrett

Darryl is regularly instructed as leading junior, led junior and junior alone defence counsel in the most serious and complex criminal cases and has been for a number of years.

Darryl particular specialises in serious fraud and money laundering cases and serious organised crime. He also specialises in grave violent crimes and organised criminal conspiracies pertaining to drugs, importation and theft.

Darryl worked for many years for a prominent firm of solicitors before coming to the Bar and therefore has significant insight into both branches of the criminal defence sector. He is known for his attention to detail, relaxed manner and his meticulous preparation.

Recent Cases

R v IU [January 2020] – Possession of firearms with intent to endanger life. Ongoing.

R v Fathers [December 2018] Led Junior. Murder and Robbery.

R v Ife [February 2019] – Led Junior. Successful defence in high profile Manslaughter involving 7 members of the same family.  Trial lasted 8 weeks.

R v Pope [April 2019] – Successful defence in 6 handed Conspiracy to Kidnap, Trial lasted 5 weeks.

R v Lupu [May 2019] – Leading Junior. Successful defence in well publicised 9 handed Modern Slavery case.  Trial lasted 7 weeks.

R v M [June 2019] – Led Junior. Successful defence in 4 handed Murder, Manslaughter and Robbery involving juveniles. Trial lasted 8 weeks.

R v Lamrani [August 2019] – Successful defence of Perverting the course of Justice resulting from the well-publicised Murder of a doorman on New Year’s Eve in Mayfair.  Trial lasted 5 weeks.

R v Ashraf [November 2019] – 5 handed case alleging significant fraud and money laundering.  Trial lasted 4 weeks.


Reported Cases

R v Vilhette – (Edson) [2011] EWCA Crim. 1849 

Homicide and Corporate Manslaughter

R v Campbell et al [2008] – Led Junior. Murder. Acquitted.

R v Boateng et al [2009] – Led Junior. Murder. Acquitted.

R v Jetter et al [2009] – Led Junior. Murder.

R v Vargas-Bemudez [2011] – Led Junior. Murder. Acquitted

Fraud and Financial Crime

Darryl is regularly instructed as leading junior or junior alone to defend clients charged with fraud and money laundering offences involving millions of pounds.

R v Lajauskas et al [2010] – Leading Junior. Conspiracy to Ring over £700,000 of cars. Convicted but secured a minimal sentence and POCA order considering he was first on the indictment.

R v Lungumbu et al [2010] – Leading Junior. Conspiracy to Defraud major charities including Comic Relief, the Big Lottery Fund and Children in Need.  Acquitted.

Operation Compost [2010] – Leading Junior. 12 defendants, Conspiracy to Evade Excise Duty on Hydrocarbon Oils worth in excess of £10 million and laundering the profits. Acquitted.

R v White [2012] – Led Junior. Multi million pound, well publicised benefit fraud. Acquitted.

R v Saadat [2013] Retrial September 2014 – Leading Junior. Allegation of multi million pound money laundering.

R v Goss [2015] – Junior Alone. 12 week trial of a large scale conspiracy to covert criminal property (stolen plant) resulted in a hung jury. Retrial set for January 2016.

R v Bashir – Junior Alone. Defendant charged with defrauding her disabled brother to the sum of £1.5 million.


General Crime

Darryl is instructed on the whole range of general crime, notably:

R v Jonno Johnson [2012] 10 defendants charged with conspiring to commit numerous acts of arson. A well publicised incident. 4 million pounds worth of damage was caused to the M1 motorway and surrounding buildings causing part of the motorway to be shut for 4 weeks. Acquitted.

R v Chohan [2015] 4 week case in Manchester involving allegations of false imprisonment, Rape and human trafficking for exploitation.

Organised Crime

R v Hill [2013] – Junior alone. Acquitted. Darryl represented D1 in trial 2 of a large scale conspiracy to supply class A drugs in Northampton Crown Court.

R v Ngoe Tien Ly [2012] – Led Junior. 23 defendants charged with the largest conspiracy to produce and supply Cannabis seen in the UK.

R v Hill [2014] –  25 defendants accused of conspiracy to supply class A drugs in Northamptonshire andHampshire.

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