Joel Smith

“First-class counsel with superb analytical and advocacy skills, who is pleasant to work with and very bright

Chambers guide to the bar, 2020

“A first-rate junior with an incisive mind.”

Legal 500, 2020

Joel undertakes all types of criminal work. He prosecutes and defends. He is a member of the CPS panel advocates scheme at grade 4, and the specialist extradition and organised crime panels. In 2017 Joel was appointed as Junior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court.

Joel is ranked as a leading junior in both crime and extradition in Chambers Guide to the Bar, and the Legal 500.

A regular practitioner in the field of extradition, Joel has represented both individuals and foreign governments in a number of high profile cases including proceedings against individuals accused of serious crime including murder, market manipulation and large-scale fraud. Joel has appeared at all levels from first instance hearings to the Supreme Court.

In the field of general crime, Joel’s practice comprises mostly murder, organised crime and serious fraud, as well as appearances in the Court of Appeal and High Court, and judicial review proceedings.

Recent Highlights

Crime

Operation Raton (2019) Central Criminal Court. Junior counsel to the Crown in high profile murder of a 17 year old girl.

Operation Nacton (2019) Central Criminal Court. Junior counsel to the Crown in six handed murder and perverting prosecution arising from a “drive by” shooting.

Operation Rapla (2019) Central Criminal Court. Junior counsel to the Crown in prosecution of a 16 year old defendant for murder with a knife.

R v. Pham (2019) Central Criminal Court. Junior counsel to the Crown concerning the death of a baby caused by a carer by means of a “shake/throw”.

Operation Pinemartin (2019) Central Criminal Court. Junior counsel to the Crown in the first ever successful FGM prosecution in England and Wales.

Operation Glout (2019) Kingston Crown Court. Leading counsel for the Crown in the prosecution of a UK based cyber criminal for infecting inline advertising with ransomware, and for linked blackmail and money laundering offences.

Operation Mapledurham (2019) Central Criminal Court. Junior counsel to the Crown in prosecution of a father alleged to have murdered his baby son.

Operation Neashley (2018) Central Criminal Court. Junior counsel to the Crown in the prosecution of three defendants for murder and perverting the course of justice arising from a “drive by” shooting.

Operation Newnham (2018) Central Criminal Court. Sole prosecution counsel in prosecution of a defendant for murder following a fatal stabbing at the address he shared with the victim.

Operation Nettleham (2018) Central Criminal Court. Junior counsel to the crown in two defendant murder and manslaughter case concerning a revenge attack with a baseball bat.

Operation Natland (2017) Central Criminal Court. Junior counsel to the Crown. Allegation of murder.

Operation Mappelwell (2017-2018) Central Criminal Court. Junior counsel to the Crown. Five handed allegation of murder.

R v. M and others [2017] 1 W.L.R. 3006, Supreme Court. Junior counsel to the Crown. Supreme Court guidance as to the ambit of the criminal offences created by the Trade Marks Act 1994, and in particular its application to so-called “grey” goods.

R v. S (Operation Markfield 2017), Central Criminal Court. Junior counsel to the Crown. Allegation of murder committed with a bike lock.

R v. C & M (Operation Marthwaite, 2017), Central Criminal Court. Junior counsel to the Crown. Allegation of murder by stabbing.

R v. N & M (Operation Maplebeck, 2017), Central Criminal Court. Junior counsel to the Crown in allegation of “baby shaking” murder.

R v. Brizzi (Operation Maltby, 2016), Central Criminal Court. Junior counsel to the Crown in a case concerning the murder of a serving police officer.

Extradition

G and others v. Hungary (2019). Leading counsel for the government of Hungary in longstanding litigation concerning prison conditions.

Y & Y v. Turkey (2019). Counsel for a requested person in a Turkish request raising issues as to compatibility of the Turkish prison estate with international human rights standards.

Di Benedetto v. Italy, Alexander v. France [2018] Q.B 408. Divisional Court guidance on “correcting” invalid European Arrest Warrants through the provision of extraneous information.

Georgiev and others v. Bulgaria [2018] EWHC 359 (Admin). Leading counsel for the Bulgarian government in long running litigation concerning prison conditions.

Bermuda v. D (2017). Counsel for the requested person facing extradition to Bermuda following an allegation of gang related murder.

Sarao v. USA (2016). Junior counsel representing the requested person in the so-called “flash crash” extradition proceedings.

Paraguay v. S and G (2016). Counsel for a requested person in a case concerning the first extradition request to be received from Paraguay.

Brazil v. W (2014). Successful representation of British citizen sought by Brazilian authorities. Discharge ordered on the basis that prison conditions in Brazil were such as to breach the requested person’s article 3 ECHR rights.

Croatia v. A (2014). Successful representation of individual accused of war crimes in Croatia.

Bucnys and ors. v. Lithuanian and Estonian Ministries of Justice [2013] 3 W.L.R 1485, Supreme Court. Junior counsel for the Appellant Bucnys. Meaning of a “judicial authority” for the purposes of s.2 of the Extradition Act 2003.

Memberships

Joel is a member of the Criminal Bar Association, the South Eastern Circuit and the Extradition Lawyers’ Association

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