UK Criminal Defence Barrister Appointed As KC For Excellence In Jury Advocacy

May 30, 2023

If you or a family member are looking for representation from a barrister with the skills and experience of a top silk, along with the solid work ethic of a junior barrister, then look no further than the law offices of Howard Godfrey KC.

If you require one of the very best criminal defence KCs (formerly QCs) fighting in your corner, then Howard Godfrey is your go-to choice. Not only is his knowledge of the law unparalleled, but he also understands the personal side of his cases - the way they affect clients’ families and friends. It’s this deeply personal understanding - and his approachability and friendliness - that put Howard’s clients very much at ease in taking him on.

His combination of professionalism and compassion is just one of the factors that have earned Howard a reputation as one of the UK’s best bribery and corruption criminal defence barristers. It also certainly played a role in his appointment to the King’s Counsel (KC) for expertise and leadership in his field.

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Howard has also built a reputation as one of the nation’s top criminal barristers owing to his extensive knowledge of the law, refined cross-examination skills, and the eloquent persuasiveness of his jury advocacy.

His advocacy experience spans over 40 years and covers both national and international cases, as well as a range of criminal charges, both serious and less serious. Howard believes that, although it is the judge who ultimately rules according to law, it is the jurors who decide his clients’ fate. Thus, excellence in jury advocacy is indispensable to the art of criminal defence.

Before diving into details, Howard will first get a bird’s-eye view of your case so as to clearly see the optimal route of attack against the prosecution. Armed with this understanding, he may very well - as he has done with many previous clients - get you acquitted before the jury trial even begins.

In the early stages of your case, Howard will work to give you the best possible position by focusing on the prosecution’s disclosure of information before the trial. Making an early push for disclosure in this way can reveal, for example, gaps in critical evidence or misconduct by the police. As a result, it's possible that you may be given a pre-trial ‘not guilty’ verdict.

Howard maintains his practice in his birthplace of London while living in Berkshire with his wife of over 40 years. He studied law at the London School of Economics (LSE) and went on to teach at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and then at LSE, before taking on full-time practice as a barrister.

According to Howard: ‘When you advocate in court, it’s the jury who decide if someone is guilty or not. The judge deals with questions of law, but at the end of the day it’s the jury that really matters’.

Howard has been recognised as one of the UK's leading criminal defence experts with a proven track record of winning both court and appeal hearings. He is determined to help you get through the stress of your trial with optimism, determination, and dignity.

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