What Others Say
He was ranked as a Leading Junior by the Legal 500, in 2015, having been previously ranked on a number of occasions. He was noted as a barrister ‘who defends in a broad spectrum of complex, weighty matters’.
He is the winner of the Lawyer Monthly Legal Award's Prisoner's Rights Barrister of the Year for 2016 and 2017.
Criminal defence specialist with an emphasis on regulatory and financial crime, including high value frauds and money laundering instructions.
He is regularly instructed in cases of gravity including allegations of homicide and serious violence, drug importations, armed robbery and firearms offences.
He has been instructed in many voluminous, complex and significant cases, both in his own right and as led junior counsel.
- He has particular interests in Contempt of Court, both Civil and Criminal applications.
He was a member of the CBA working group who responded to the Law Commission’s Consultation Paper (No. 209) on Contempt of Court.
- He is admitted to the approved list of counsel for the International Criminal Court.
R v Richard Miller, Carlisle Crown Court – large-scale crash for cash fraud (39 Defendants)
R v Imran Sarwar, Manchester Crown Court. Led by Rupert Bowers QC – international money laundering
R v Kimberley Quigley and Others, Manchester Crown Court – multi-handed Trading Standards prosecution. High-value conspiracies to commit insurance fraud, housing benefit fraud relating to the operation of housing rental companies.
R v Paul Bottomly, Minshull St Crown Court – Trading Standards prosecution. Fraud, relating to the supply of kitchens.
R v Harpal Singh – Stafford – Represented company director. Offences under the Insolvency Act 1986 and Companies Act 2006. Alleged dishonesty relating to company accounts.
R v Christopher Fletcher, Nottingham Crown Court. Led by Simon Csoka QC – Large scale conspiracies relating to the supply of class A drugs and laundering of the proceeds.
R v John Hargreaves, Caernarfon Crown Court – Trading standards prosecution for fraud/ regulatory offences.
R v Ahmet Melin – Wood Green Crown Court. This case was the first prosecution of its kind. It involved the Laundering of the Proceeds of an illegal Poker Club.
R v Ball, Plymouth Crown Court - Led Junior in conspiracy to commit high-value fraud.
R v Maqsood Ahmed, Luton Crown Court - Operation Movement. Led junior in conspiracy to steel and money laundering. 14 handed case, split into several lengthy trials. Involved the theft of high performance vehicles and their onward shipment to Africa. Described by the sentencing Judge as the largest case of its kind ever in the UK. The prosecution sought a confiscation order in excess of £2m. An order of £1,500 was negotiated.
R v Paul Hewett, Liverpool Crown Court – Operation. Led junior, instructed solely to deal with confiscation proceedings involving a benefit figure in excess of £37,000,000.
R v Liddle and Others – Central Criminal Court – Conspiracy to Defraud – nationwide conspiracy.
R v Samani and Others – Leicester Crown Court – Conspiracy to convert criminal property. Successfully defended Company Director who was the only one of 6 defendants to be cleared of all charges. Paperless trial.
R v Alexandra Turc and Others – Central Criminal Court – High value conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering. Involved the skimming and cloning of credit cards on a large scale and subsequent laundering of the proceeds.
R v AI – Leeds Crown Court - Led by Rupert Bowers QC in the successful representation of an accountant, cleared of all charges of conspiracy to commit insurance and mortgage fraud, and money laundering following a 6 week trial.
R v Shahid Akhtar and others – Preston Crown Court – Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs. This 13 handed case involved the wide-scale supply and distribution of drugs throughout Lancashire. The Sentencing Judge accepted submissions to the effect that Mr Akhtar played a lesser role. He was sentenced to a term of 2 years imprisonment.
R v Thompson, Manchester Crown Court - Successful application to stay the indictment as an abuse of process. Firearms case.
R v Bourke, Liverpool Crown Court - Firearms case in which exceptional circumstances were found to justify departing from the 5 year minimum sentence. 9 months imposed.
R v Gow, Leeds Crown Court - 13 handed conspiracy to burgle – Led junior.
R v Bradshaw, Leeds Crown Court - Led Junior in a 4 week trial defending man charged with 40 counts of arson.
R v Ayub, Minshull Street Crown court - Led junior in 11 week trial involving 7 defendants on charges of conspiracy to kidnap and false imprisonment. Acquitted following half time submission.
R v Sindhu, Manchester Crown Court - Led junior in 5 handed European Drug importation. Case involved site visit to the Hague.
R v L- 17 year old man arrested for attempt murder. Committed a series of knife point robberies, one in which a taxi driver’s throat was slit. Avoided a sentence under the ‘Dangerousness’ provisions.
R v M – Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court - Historic rapes and sexual assaults, multiple. complainants. Indictment stayed following successful abuse of process application, at the close of the prosecution case.
R v JS, Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court – 18 year old defendant, with psychological difficulties, admitted and was dealt with for his involvement in the torture of another young man over a period of approximately 8 hours. Received a relatively lenient, 3 and half years.
R v Dawid Mokrzanowski – Preston Crown Court. This case was the subject of substantial press interest worldwide. Led by David Bentley QC. The Defendant was one of 3 who were all charged following the tragic and brutal death of 6 week old Thomas Gacek, eho died as the result of a shaking injury. Following 5 days of evidence, as a result of medical evidence obtained by the defence, the Prosecution offered no evidence on a count of manslaughter and a further count of causing or allowing the death of a child.
R v RH  EWCA Crim 2064 – successful sentence appeal for a youth. Armed robbery, in dwelling.
R v David Taylor  – successful appeal against a restraining order on acquittal.
R v Norman Scarth  EWCA Crim 2228 - successful appeal against sentence for contempt of court. The appellant was an 85 year old decorated Second World War veteran. The case generated substantial media interest.
R v Hughes (John)  EWCA Crim 3216 – successful appeal against sentence. Burglary of dwelling.
He represents prisoners charged with offences against prison discipline, He also appears at parole, lifer and IPP panel hearings.
He is instructed in cases involving contempt's committed in criminal and civil proceedings and has also advised local authorities and companies in respect of them.
Attorney General v Scarth  EWHC 194 (Admin) – Divisional Court – On an application brought by the Attorney General, World War 2 veteran received a suspended sentence for multiple contempts of court.
He has advised on judicial review in matters relating to criminal law and prison law.
R v Mercer involved a challenge to the decision of a Magistrates' Court to commit a youth for trial.
Amos has a particular interest in Professional Discipline and Regulatory matters and is able to draw on his relevant experience in Regulatory and Financial Crime.
He has represented professionals including Doctors, Accountants and Company Directors in those areas. He has also represented professionals who have faced allegations of sexual offences and has represented Defendants in Criminal matters involving highly complex medical evidence.
He has also appeared on behalf of families and insurers in inquests.