His practice encompasses all areas of criminal law with a particular emphasis on murder and manslaughter, serious violence, sexual offences, drug importations and fatalities arising from road traffic collisions.
He is a jury advocate in the best traditions of the Bar; his calm, persuasive and charming manner lend him a formidable presence in the court room. He is very popular with clients and has a natural feel for the tactical and strategic approach towards cases.
His heavy workload means that his practice is predominantly focused in Devon and Cornwall and the East Midlands but he is always prepared to travel to other areas to suit professional or lay client.
He regularly provides seminars to solicitors as part of Chambers’ well-respected CPD team; he recently lectured on the implementation of section 28 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, Rupert is listed as a recommended Counsel in Legal 500.
R v B and others: representing a man charged with manslaughter arising out of an alleged restraint by doormen of a man in a nightclub.
R v E, Truro Crown Court: defending a man charged with serious sexual offences against his two step-sons over a period of several years.
R v P, Plymouth Crown Court: defending a man charged with the rape of a 14 year old girl.
R v M, Truro Crown Court: defending a man charged with sexual offences against 2 females, the allegations being so extreme that the media could not publish the details.
R v C, Plymouth Crown Court: defending a man charged as part of a multi-handed conspiracy to inflict grievous bodily harm involving alleged drug-dealers.
R v T, Exeter Crown Court: defending a Polish national charged with rape and section 18; the victim subsequently died; the investigation was one of the largest ever undertaken by the Devon and Cornwall Police.
Rupert enjoys water sports, in particular sea kayaking, and is RYA Coastal Skipper qualified. Rupert holds a current HGV qualification and previously served in the Royal Naval Reserve.