Rhiannon Sara Crimmins

Call: 1999

Areas of expertise

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Rhiannon is a criminal defence specialist with particular experience defending in high profile cases generating considerable media interest. Rhiannon is an experienced, highly committed and fearless criminal defence practitioner regularly instructed in cases involving murder, attempted murder, firearms, gang-related crime and fraud as a led junior, leading junior and junior alone. Rhiannon has developed a reputation across the board, being described by lay clients as “outstanding”; by her instructing solicitors as “a leading light in her profession”, and Judiciary as “first class”.

Rhiannon puts client care at the heart of her practice, and has additional experience and expertise with a background in human rights applications, deportation cases and related judicial review appearing in the past in the High Court and Court of Appeal which makes her particularly adept in cases with religious and cultural sensitivities and particularly vulnerable defendants. She is particularly approachable to lay and professional clients alike and regularly complemented by lay clients for her down-to-earth approach and fearless commitment to those she defends. She is an impressive jury advocate, dedicated to meticulous preparation which is borne out by consistently good results.

Notable cases

2013 – R v K (ongoing) – attempted murder – shooting – junior alone

2013 – R v K-S & Ors (ongoing) ‘Westfield stabbing’ and violent disorder – leading junior

2013 – R v Gill-Webb – ‘100m Olympic final Bottle thrower’

2013 – R v JS – ‘inside man’ allegation relating to armed robbery of bookmaker – acquitted

2012 – R v AS & Ors – multi-handed conspiracy to defraud, and immigration conspiracy – leading Junior – 1st on indictment, only acquittal

2012 – R v JL & Ors – murder -alleged revenge gang related killing – led Junior

2012 – R v MA & Ors – supply firearms conspiracy involving undercover officers – acquitted all counts following lengthy legal argument

2012 – R v PF & Anr – attempted murder, s18 plea accepted

2011 – R v U-U & Ors – multi-handed conspiracy to defraud, and money laundering offences – acquitted

2010 – R v E and Ors – gang related murder; Led Junior – acquitted

2009 – R v G and anr – Murder; led junior; acquitted of murder

2009 – R v A – Rape-acquitted

2008 – R v C and Ors – conspiracy to rob; leading junior 8 handed – first on indictment

2008 – R v W – s23 Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner accused of ‘poisoning’ client; led junior; acquitted of poisoning;

2007 – R v Z – 12 count indictment alleging sale prohibited species Traditional Chinese Medicine (following half time submission on novel and complex legal argument ruled no case to answer on every count on indictment)

2006 – R v P and Anr – Murder – Led Junior (homophobic murder on Clapham Common)

2005 – R v Sonnex and Anr – s18 (nightclub ‘glassing’ Central Criminal Court) acquitted of s18

2005 – R v S – possession of prohibited Firearms (post legal argument HHJ ruled no case to answer on every count)

2004 – R v O – Court of Appeal (appeal against sentence domestic violence -reduced on appeal from 15 months to 6 months)

2004 – R v LS and Ors – Leading Junior Conspiracy Armed robbery (multi handed armed robbery conspiracy involving tortured victims and Triad connections)

2003 – R v O – Rape (acquitted- defendant did not give evidence)

2002 – R v B and Ors – Conspiracy supply class A Led Junior (multiple defendants large scale undercover operation)

Human rights & asylum

Subesh and others [2004] EWCA Civ. 56)- CA Co-Counsel on nature of a mixed fact and law appellate jurisdiction – test case, 3 days before Judge L.J. Laws L.J. and Maurice-Kay J.

Professional memberships

Criminal Bar Association, Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn



  • BA Oxon
  • Called: November 1999 Gray’s Inn