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Gareth Gimson

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Gareth worked for many years as a high-end grade 3 Prosecutor for the CPS. Since joining Chambers Gareth has pursued a mixed Defence and Prosecution practise. Defending now more than he Prosecutes.

Gareth comes from a working class background. He spent his late teens and early 20’s competing as an international semi-professional cyclist.

He retired from this sporting career and returned to education at a local college. From there he achieved a place at Oxford University studying Jurisprudence.

He regularly deals with cases of all types: Fraud, violence, drugs, sexual assaults (historic and more recent). He has been lead in murder cases for both sides. He has successfully prosecuted and defended cases involving allegations brought by the Trading Standards authority.

It is his background and ultimate level of academic achievement that has lead Gareth to possess a real skill and ability in getting on and communicating with people from all walks of life. Gareth has a relaxed and down to earth manner that is effective and enables him to communicate sometimes complex issues in a way easily understood by all.

He is highly regarded for his judgement, detailed preparation of a case and his marshalling of the facts. He is noted for the quality of his closing speeches and mitigation. He is respected for his polite yet tenacious cross-examination of witnesses.

Notable recent defence cases:

2017 R v M.K.
Gareth successfully represented M.K. M.K. was a single mother accused of possessing a prohibited firearm. Gareth came to the case as a late substitute. He quickly saw that the Crown had problems in terms of material not disclosed to the defence. He successfully argued for the disclosure of sensitive material in the case. The Crown were forced to withdraw the case and offered no evidence.

2017 R v G.T.
Gareth successfully represented G.T. GT was accused of attending at a neighbours address and seriously assaulting him (s18 GBH). G.T. argued that he was not the man who did this. He was found not guilty.

2018 R v M.W.
Gareth successfully represented Mr W. a man from the travelling community accused by a number of witnesses of attacking another man with a knife causing serious injury (s18 wounding). M.W. argued self-defence and was found not guilty.

2018 R v S.B.
Gareth successfully represented S.B. who was accused of a serious assault (s18 GBH) along with another man. Close analysis of the expert medical evidence enabled a successful argument to be made with regard to the causation of the serious injury. S.B. accepted responsibility for a public order offence but verdicts of Not Guilty were returned on the more serious allegation allowing SB to retain his liberty.

Notable recent prosecution cases:

2017 R v E.A.
E.A. had followed a girl home from a nightclub ultimately grabbing hold of her down and alleyway. EA denied attempting to rape the girl. He was convicted

2018 R v S.S.
Conspiracy to burgle. SS was charged along with a 3 other men of carrying out high value domestic burglaries all in rural areas. The case was paper heavy and required detailed analysis and effective presentation of cell site evidence. All 4 men were convicted.

2018 R v A.B.
A.B. had groomed who thought to be a 12 year old girl over the internet for sexual purposes. This was in fact a paedophile hunter case and the girl was a “decoy”. A.B. maintained at trial that he knew this was an adult. Detailed analysis of the nature of the conversation between he and she revealed otherwise. He was convicted.

Current work

Gareth looks forward to a variety of work in the coming months. He is instructed to defend in cases alleging: sexual assault, VAT fraud, PWITS drugs, Fraud, Robbery and serious violence.

He is instructed to prosecute a number of s18 assaults, sexual assault allegations, a conspiracy to burgle and cases on behalf of HM Customs and Excise.