Jeremy Carter-Manning QC

Jeremy has a wide ranging criminal practice spanning both the Crown and the Magistrates’ Courts.   He still more than occasionally appears in the latter as well as in the High Court; there, usually by way of judicial review.   He also acts in an advisory capacity in relation to any matter that has a criminal or potentially criminal or regulatory aspect.   As a former solicitor, his regulatory work includes the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal.

Recent cases include successful murder defences , a continuing defence of a chartered accountant charged with corruption, a continuing defence in civil proceedings of a solicitor facing a negligence action, the defence of another solicitor charged with breach of planning enforcement legislation, the defence of someone charged with substantial VAT evasion and a headline prosecution of a Hunt and its officers for breach of the law against foxhunting.

Less recently, he defended in Newcastle a man charged with attempted murder of a policeman arising out of the attempt to arrest the criminal Raol Moat, he defended a solicitor indicted for bankruptcy fraud offences in a London Crown Court and prosecuted the (then) largest police seizure of imported class A drugs.   Those cases followed the successful defence of an accused in the Iraq War Crimes Court Martial, advice to a potential defendant in the “Cash for Honours” bribery investigation and appearance in seven figure restraint proceedings representing the Crown in the High Court.   Before those cases, and defended a company director in a seven figure Revenue fraud. Large company Health and Safety/Environmental Law defences, a twenty-plus count indictment involving multiple rape and a judicial review  in police discipline have all been part of his practice. Before those cases, two months at Worcester for the first defendant in the, then, largest cigarette importation fraud. In Birmingham the successful defence of a director of another company involved in a fraud which was said to have resulted in the liquidation of Ciro Citterio plc.

In the Court of Appeal Jeremy appeared successfully for a police officer convicted of perverting the course of public justice, actual bodily harm and perjury. [He had not appeared in the court below.]

Jeremy has considerable experience in fraud and white collar crime. In silk, with regulatory work this has been one of his main areas of practice.. Many of the crimes, particularly those involving VAT or taxation have an international aspect. In the Worcester case he defended money laundering counts involving Bureau de Change – a case which involved cross examination of a member of the board of Customs and Excise. He has defended (successfully) in a fraud involving the misclassification of eggs from England and from abroad. In the administrative court he has appeared (successfully) in a case involving almost solely the true construction of money laundering legislation as it related to the facts of the case. On paper he has advised jointly with a revenue silk on whether a cross boarder proposed scheme to avoid tax amounted under UK legislation to money laundering.

He appears in all types of criminal case. Throughout his 21 years in silk, he has defended in murder, manslaughter terrorism and serial rape cases. More recent examples include (successfully) a murder defence based on medical causation, the defence (unsuccessfully) of a 15 year old in a revenge firearms killing and (successfully) a defence of diminished responsibility for a woman who killed a visitor to her home when she was drunk. In addition, the group killing of a man was successfully defended (manslaughter) on the basis of lack of knowledge and intent and 25 years of multiple rapes was defended, albeit for the most part unsuccessfully.  He has also appeared to argue unfitness to plead amongst many other issues which arise in such cases. He defended (unsuccessfully) in the first prosecution for over 100 years for causing grievous bodily harm by passing the HIV virus during sexual intercourse.

In appearances before the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal he has appeared for the solicitors concerned and in Police Disciplinary proceedings for an individual police officer whose (eventually successful) required appearances over 6 years at first instance, on appeal, in the High Court and then at first instance again. Various judicial review proceedings and advice have involved matters as various as crime in international air space to illegal fishing in private water. Much previously he advised Lord Cullen on English firearms law following the Dunblane massacre and gave written evidence to the Public Enquiry report into the shootings at Dunblane Primary School (1996).

  • Appointed a Recorder in 1993, he is entitled to sit in Crown Court Crime and County Court Civil work.
  • Former Director of the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners (1999 – 2005) (a Bar Council appointment to a Home Office funded body designed to register and regulate expert witnesses in court)
  • A Master of the Bench of Middle Temple (since 2002)
  • A former Chairman of the Mental Health Review Tribunal appointed to preside over restricted cases
  • Former Chairman for three separate terms of office of the Surrey and South London Bar Mess (a Division of the South Eastern Circuit of the Bar)
  • Lately a member of the committee of the South Eastern Circuit and liaison committee chairman for Surrey.
Reported cases
  • R v. Dica – HIV positive man passing on the virus
  • R v. Early and others [2003] 1 Cr App R 19 – London City Bond Customs and Excise fraud appeal
  • R v. W (Dennis) – a rape conviction appeal (21st June 2002)
  • R v. Luminar Leisure ex parte the Licensing Justices – a jurisdiction in costs appeal (11th March 2002)
  • R v. Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset ex parte Bird – a police discipline tribunal procedure a ///
  • R v DPP ex parte Lee [1999] 2 All E.R. 737
  • R v. Met Stipendiary Magistrate ex parte J (on double translation of evidence (12th July 1999)
  • Westminster City Council v. Blenheim Leisure (Restaurants) Limited (The Times 24th February 1999)
  • R v. Sargent – Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) 18th January 1999
  • R v. Norwich Magistrates Court ex parte Elliott – Crown Officer List 21st December 1998
  • R v. Warley Justice ex parte The Director of Public Prosecutions [1999] 1 W.L.R. 216
  • R v. Pearson and Others – Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) (1998)

In his early years at the Bar, Jeremy lectured in banking law and associated subjects and (occasionally) in the law of contract at the University of London. He has (much more recently) lectured and taught criminal advocacy in London, Africa, the West Indies, Dublin, Hong Kong and Malaysia. He has lectured on the role of the prosecutor in the Divisional Court and on the European Human Rights Legislation to a conference of lawyers organised by Sweet & Maxwell publishers. He is head of advocacy training of pupils in Chambers and teaches advocacy to the students of the Middle Temple.

He is married with a son and a daughter, the latter being a practising barrister.


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