Ross Cohen

Ross is a much in demand barrister of some 18 years standing. He specialises in serious crime, particularly murder, offences against the person, gang related crime, firearms, fraud and drug offences.

He also is an expert in Road Traffic Law with a thriving private Magistrates Court practice and experience in the High Court.

In addition to dealing with the full range of criminal offences in the Crown Court, Ross has a successful track record in the Court of Appeal where he now practices ever more increasingly. He has a real ability to spot novel arguments, something which has won him many plaudits. He has a wealth of reported cases to his name and is often specifically contacted to advise on novel points of law and to undertake appeals in cases conducted by others in the lower courts.

Ross has also appeared on a number of occasions in the Administrative and Divisional Courts on appeals by way of Judicial Review or Case Stated, again with notable success.

Those within the profession, know that Ross always fights his corner tenaciously and fearlessly; regularly securing the acquittal of his Clients at trial against all of the odds.


Recent cases

R v. E (2015- reporting restrictions apply)- successful Appeal against Conviction for offences of armed robbery.

R v. Akhtar [2015] EWCA Crim 176- Appeal against Conviction. A leading case on alternative counts. The case established that it is permissible to be convicted of two different offences, which arise out of precisely the same conduct.

R v. BA Crim L.R. [2013] 2 168-173- Leading case on spousal compellability. Deciding whether an offence was one in respect of which a spouse, could be compelled to give evidence under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act [PACE]1984 had to be done by reference to the legal nature of the charged offence and not the factual circumstances surrounding the offence.

R v. Mary Boateng [2011] 2 Cr App R (S) 104 Leading case of the meaning of “exceptional circumstances” within the context of “absolute liability” for offences under section 5 of the Firearms Act 1968.

R v Akhurst [2009] EWHC 806 (Admin); (2009) 173 J.P. 499; Times, April 13, 2009- Appeal by way of Case Stated. Whether a university campus constituted an “enclosed area”, within the meaning of section 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1926. The case established the important principle of jurisprudence that it was not open to the court to interpret a section in a statute in a different way from that in which it had been previously interpreted in order to take account of changes in the times.

R v. Kingdom [2009] EWCA Crim 2935 – Attempted Murder- an important case identification case concerning numerous breaches of Code D and the correct application of section 78 of PACE 1984 in relation to them.

R v Miller [2007] EWCA Crim 1891- An important case on the admissibility of comments pre-caution. Conviction set aside on the basis that the Judge erroneously admitted lies that the Defendant had told to the police before he had been cautioned notwithstanding that there had been reasonable grounds for suspecting him of having committed an offence.

Notable cases

R v. O’Leary [2015] Attempted Murder. The Defendant was acquitted of Attempted Murder and section 18, in circumstances where it was alleged that he had entered a corner shop armed with two kitchen knives and had attempted to stab the shopkeeper in the face whilst saying that he wanted to kill a Muslim.

R v. Hasan [2013] (Junior Counsel). Murder. The Defendant was acquitted of Murder following a two week trial despite having purchased the Murder weapons, accompanied the principle to the scene before fleeing and then absconding with him. Read press report.

R v. JM [2012] – A curious case which attracted considerable media interest. The Defendant, a BBC producer, was cleared of sexually assaulting a female paramedic on the basis that he had groped her whilst in a state of non-insane automatism as a result of some oysters he had eaten earlier.
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R v. Lewis [2012] (Junior Counsel). Murder. Shooting in Harrow. The Defendant was acquitted of Murder following a successful severance argument. 
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R v. Grueva [2012]. Causing Death by Dangerous Driving. The Defendant a Bulgarian lady drove on the wrong side of the road whilst overtaking into the path of an oncoming vehicle, killing the driver outright.
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R v. Vance [2010] (Junior Counsel). Murder. The Defendant Asher Vance was acquitted at the Central Criminal Court following a for week trial. He had been identified by several witnesses as the gunman who twice shot the victim at point-blank range. 
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R v. Banaszek [2009] (Junior Counsel). Murder. The Defendant was acquitted of Murder by reason of provocation notwithstanding the fact that he had stabbed the victim 94 times.
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R v. Lumsden [2008] Junior Counsel). Murder. Six week trial at the Old Bailey involving the shooting of a 16 year old in a night club.
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R v. David Kirsch [2008] (Junior Counsel). Murder. Defendant strangled his partner and then allegedly committed acts of necrophilia on the corpse. The case attracted considerable media scrutiny as a result of the salacious nature of the allegations.
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Winner of the “Barstow Scholarship,” ICSL.

Runner up to the “Du Cann Memorial Prize” for excellence in advocacy.

Third highest marks on the Bar Vocational Course 2001

Professional associations

Criminal Bar Association

Amnesty International

South Eastern Circuit


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