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Rufus Taylor

Rufus Taylor

Call 1998

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Rufus is regularly instructed as prosecuting and defending counsel in Crown Courts on the Western Circuit.

His experience includes substantial VAT and Excise frauds as well as sex, drug and violent offences at all levels. Junior counsel to the Attorney-General’s panel of Prosecuting Advocates List C (London and S.E. Circuit) in 2002 and List B (Western Circuit) in 2006. His practice includes Courts-Martial and Sea Fishery prosecutions.

He was appointed a Deputy District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts) in 2009.

Notable Cases

Elliott, Pearce and McGee, The Times, 15th May, 2003, CA (Section 23 CJA 1988 admissibility conditions)

Lewendon, The Times, 7th March 2006, C.A. (Proof of convictions in Bad Character applications)

Operation Fawley - Led Junior (prosecution)
in a case involving allegations of neglect against the owner and manager of a residential home of sixteen mentally incapacitated residents under their care.

Operation Orr - One of three standing counsel prosecuting cases involving indecent images of children.

R v Lewis and Others - Second Junior (prosecution)
in an alleged MTIC fraud (loss to HMCE was over £100 Million.)

R v Matthews and Others - Led Junior (defence)
in a 6 handed Conspiracy to Defraud. Petrol rebate claims by Poole fishermen.

R v Mohammed and Others - Led Junior (defence)
in an alleged 4 handed (cut-throat) murder within the Kurdish Community.

R v Mouzourou - The twelfth defendant in a Conspiracy to Import/Supply drugs
(Operation Benzol - Led Junior (prosecution.)

R v P (John James) [2009] 1 Cr. App. R. (S.) 247 (Application of the Sexual Offences Sentencing Guidelines)

R v S and others - 10 handed allegation (defence) of Section 18/Violent Disorder.

R v Watts and Others - 10 handed Conspiracy to Steal (defence)

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August 7 2012:

3PB congratulate both Adam Hiddleston on his recordership appointment to the South Eastern Circuit and also to Rufus Taylor on his recordership appointment to the Western Circuit. more

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Academic Qualifications

BVC, Inns of Court School of Law

Diploma in Law, City University

LLB (Hons), Edinburgh University

Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken

Professional Bodies

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Western Circuit