Barrister Gareth Weetman

Gareth Weetman

Year of call: 1999  

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“He is an all-round performer who is industrious and a very good jury advocate.”

Chambers & Partners

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Overview


What the Directories are saying:


He is determined and has a very strong work ethic.” Chambers & Partners 2019

He’s excellent: really impressive. Incredibly hard-working but really down-to-earth.” – Chambers & Partners 2017

“His strengths are his detailed preparation, calm advice and measured advocacy.” – Legal 500 2017

“He is extremely good, very thorough, his pleadings are excellent, his attention to detail is superb, and he’s got a very nice demeanour in court and with clients.” – Chambers & Partners 2015

“Well prepared and an excellent advocate who is able to engage the jury from the outset.” – Chambers & Partners 2014


Gareth Weetman has 20 years of experience as an advocate and during that time he has developed a wide-ranging practice in which he is instructed in serious and complex criminal and personal injury cases.

He is entrusted by defence and CPS teams with cases of particular sensitivity, including those involving serious sexual allegations, child witnesses, vulnerable parties, intermediaries and mental health issues. He is well regarded for his approachable manner, both in and out of the courtroom, and his ability to judge the right pitch for a particular case or witness. He frequently handles trials involving allegations of sexual or physical or abuse of children.

He is a member of the Attorney General’s panel of Special Advocates and is also a grade 4 prosecutor, appointed to the advocate lists for Rape and Serious Sexual Offences, Serious Organised Crime and Fraud. He regularly conducts CPS Complex Casework trials and is frequently instructed as lead junior counsel. His role as a Special Advocate involves written and oral advocacy in the High Court, SIAC and other tribunals pertaining to cases of alleged extremist activity and Closed Material.

Gareth also conducts personal injury work for Claimants and Defendants. His cases span long-term disability, fatal accidents, brain injury, stress and industrial disease work. He is able to transpose the trial skills that he has developed in jury cases to good effect in the examination of witnesses in both County Court and High Court proceedings and in cases concerning alleged historic abuse.

He is a member of Gray’s Inn’s panel of advocacy trainers, providing tuition sessions for younger members of the profession. His own experience first developed at University, where he was President of the Cambridge Union and an award-winning debater and public speaker. He studied law at Christ’s College, Cambridge.

Recommended as a leading junior in Chambers and Partners guides 2014-2019.

Appointed as a Recorder to sit in family law on the South Eastern Circuit, 2019

 

Crime

Crime


Having been promoted in 2013 to the highest grade of qualification for prosecution work, Gareth appears for both the Crown and Defence in complex and serious cases. His works spans the spectrum from very high value fraud and money laundering trials to multi-party murder cases. He is a member of the Attorney General’s panel of Special Advocates and is on the list of approved Counsel for the Complex Casework Unit.

“Your excellent Counsel has represented you so well during these proceedings”

Mr Justice MacDuff, Nov 2013

Memberships


  • Criminal Bar Association

Crime Cases


  • R v Clark and others (2019) Prosecution of 5 men who were convicted of a conspiracy to bring 1.4 tonnes of cocaine, worth £112,000,000, into the Country.R v Golam-Rassoude & others (2019) Prosecution of a couple who laundered over £1,000,000 in cash derived from drug smuggling.R v Kolodziejczyk & others (2018): Defence of a man accused of being a key member of a county lines cocaine supply ring.
  • R v Hess and others (2018): Prosecution of a gang of three men who carried out armed robberies on retail outlets.
  • R v Gammon (2018): Prosecution of a man for rape whose defence was ‘parasomnia’, namely that he was asleep at the time of the act. Convicted.
  • R v Walker and others (2018): Prosecution of a ‘county lines’ gang supplying substantial quantities of cocaine across the Midlands.
  • R v Rai (2018): Prosecution of a man for defrauding an elderly and vulnerable lady for whom he exercised Power of Attorney.
  • R v Ellis & Sanderson (2017): 2 month trial. Successful prosecution of 2 men who ran a complex online retail and insurance fraud that spanned several years.
  • R v Van Le & Others (2017): Prosecution of a large-scale drugs supply conspiracy. 6 week trial.
  • R v Savill & Others (2015-6): Junior defence Counsel in a highly complex ‘film fraud’ case, the largest prosecution brought by HMRC to date. Trial lasted 7 months.
  • R v DA (2014): Successfully defending allegations of historic sexual assault.
  • R v L & O (2014): Prosecuting two Defendants in quadruple rape/attempted rape case.
  • R v S (2014): Defending in a VAT fraud matter at the Old Bailey.
  • R v C (A child) (2013): Defending, with Joel Bennathan QC, a child accused of Terrorism offences.
  • R v RL (2013): Successfully defending a man accused of the attempted murder of his partner and her pregnant friend. Trial before MacDuff J.
Personal Injury

Personal Injury


Gareth has developed a high-level practice for both Claimant and Defendant personal injury work. His work spans long-term disability, fatal accidents, brain injury, stress and industrial disease work.

With 20 years’ experience of regular trials, he has a particular skill for witness handling and advocacy in liability trials, including issues pertaining to alleged fraud, malingering or exaggeration of claims.

His personal injury and criminal experience are also combined in cases relating to alleged sexual and physical abuse (both historic and recent), civil actions against the police and inquests.

He is frequently entrusted to handle difficult interlocutory applications, such as relief from sanctions applications and setting aside default judgments, where careful and persuasive written and oral submissions are required.

Fraudulent Claims Defendant Abuse

Fraudulent Claims


Gareth has combined his experience of high-level investigative and prosecution work with 20 years of personal injury cases to develop a particular specialism in pleading and establishing fraud. His advocacy experience, spanning criminal and civil trials, leaves him well disposed to the requirements of successful, incisive cross examination of a party accused of fraud. He is frequently instructed on behalf of a major national retailers and insurers to advise on the gathering and presentation of evidence in such cases. He has successfully argued for findings of ‘fundamental dishonesty’ to be made, with associated orders as to costs against that party.

Defendant Abuse


Gareth has particular expertise in cases concerning the investigation and trial of allegations of historic abuse. He is often specifically instructed for his experience in obtaining, distilling and presenting to significant effect records held by social services, local authorities, schools, medical agencies and the like. In recent years he has put this experience to good use both in jury trials but also in civil actions, including those involving local authorities and also large organisations. Several high value claims, including one valued at over £1million, were defeated following his use of severely undermining material that had been found in third party records.


How to get in touch


For more information please contact us by calling +44 (0) 20 7242 3555 or by emailing his criminal or civil clerks.

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