Timothy Bradbury

Timothy Bradbury

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Timothy Bradbury is recognised for his expertise by the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2017.

Crime - Western (Bar) - Band 3

Senior junior with a strong reputation for his skilful prosecutions on behalf of HMRC as well as other government bodies. He has expertise as a defender and prosecutor in all manner of tax cases, fraud and regulatory crime.
Recent work: Instructed by the CPS Specialist Fraud Division in relation to a multi-handed cyber repayment fraud case involving an international organised crime group.

Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2016.

Crime - Western (Bar) - Band 3

An experienced junior who is instructed to act on behalf of both claimants and defendants in criminal cases relating to drugs, fraud, serious violence and arms trafficking offences.

Strengths: "He has a real capacity for hard work, an emphasis on polished, fluent advocacy and an effective courtroom style."
Recent work: Appeared before Chelmsford Crown Court in a high-value VAT and income tax fraud case.

Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2015.

Crime - Western Bar - Band 1 Set

Timothy Bradbury has a mixed prosecution and defence practice with particular expertise in fraud, drugs conspiracy cases and violent crime.
Expertise: "He is a great advocate, well suited to top-end, serious cases.
Recent work: Successfully prosecuted an arms dealer arranging the export of a multimillion-pound shipment of munitions from North Korea to Azerbaijan, in breach of the 2008 export control order.

Chambers and Partners UK Bar Directory 2014.

Crime - Western Circuit

Timothy Bradbury, a criminal practitioner with considerable experience of prosecuting on behalf of the CPS, HMRC and other government agencies. His expertise covers a range of regulatory crime and fraud.
Recent work: He successfully prosecuted an arms dealer who was brokering the export of a multimillion-pound shipment of arms from North Korea to Azerbaijan.

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Timothy Bradbury is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2016 for his expertise in the Regional Bar - Western Circuit
Crime – Leading juniors
Timothy Bradbury - Well known for fraud prosecutions.

Timothy Bradbury is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2015 for his expertise in the Regional Bar - Western Circuit
Crime – Leading juniors
Timothy Bradbury - His practice includes fraud, drugs importation and serious violent and sexual offences cases

Timothy Bradbury is recommended by the Legal 500 UK Directory 2014 for his expertise in the Western Circuit
Crime: Leading Juniors - 3PB’s Timothy Bradbury “One of his strong suits is his prosecution work for HMRC in tax fraud cases."

Timothy Bradbury is recommended by the Legal 500 UK Directory 2013/14 for his expertise in the Western Circuit for his Crime expertise at the Bar. "3PB’s Timothy Bradbury is ‘highly regarded by the judiciary’."


Tim prosecutes and defends in all areas of serious crime. He is Standing Counsel to HM Revenue & Customs Prosecutions Office (now CPS) (Western Circuit) and regularly prosecutes on behalf of HM Revenue and Customs, other government prosecuting agencies and the CPS, of which he is a Category 4 prosecutor. In this capacity he regularly conducts confiscation proceedings and advises in relation to the same.

He has extensive expertise in fraud including cheating the Revenue, Evasion of VAT & Excise fraud, importation of drugs, arms trafficking and serious violent and sexual offences. He also regularly prosecutes and defends in the field of regulatory crime and the proceeds of crime.

Although practising principally in crime he is also instructed in relation to civil claims against the police, in particular, actions for false imprisonment and malicious prosecution for both Claimants and Defendants. 

Tim undertakes regulatory and disciplinary law and is regularly instructed in fisheries, animal and firearms cases.

Recent notable cases include

R v Pacurar (2016)(19)SJ.37, CLW/16/19/3, [2016] EWCA Crim 569 where the Court of Appeal, definitively settled the issue as whether an offence under Section 63 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Trespass with Intent to Commit a Sexual Offence) required the prosecution to prove a specific sexual offence (See Archbold 2016 20-201 and e-update 24th May 2016)’

R v Hannam [2015] unreported CACD – Appeal conviction inconsistent verdicts historic sexual offences committed by former Justice of the Peace.

R v Adesaogun & Others [2014] Southwark Crown Court leading junior in prosecution of Organised Crime Group (OCG) in relation to ‘cyber fraud’ which involved the largest ever attack, at that time, on HMRC computer VAT/income tax systems.

R v Lawal & Others [2014] Chelmsford Crown Court leading junior in prosecution of OCG involved in vat and income tax ‘cyber fraud’ on HMRC internet computer systems. 

R v D [2014] EWCA Crim 1683 Abuse of Process/Bad Character successful prosecution appeal against terminatory ruling;  It is not an abuse of process to allege indecent assault as alternative to rape where rape could not be charged with historic offences committed by defendant, when 10 to 14 years old, at time when irrebuttable  presumption that  a child under the age of 14 was incapable of performing intercourse applied;  also, prosecution not precluded from adducing evidence of bad character relating to acts committed by defendant before he had reached age of criminal responsibility.

R v Chiswell & Others [2013] Bournemouth Crown Court defended mortgage broker who was lead defendant in multi-handed, multimillion pound mortgage fraud.

Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation v Carlin Boat Charter Limited [2012] EWHC 1359 Admin.
Successful challenge, following Case Stated to Divisional Court, as to validity of fisheries bye-law made pursuant to Sea Fisheries Regulation Act 1996 on grounds of ultra vires/ irrationality/ illegality

R v Michael Ranger [2012] Southwark Crown Court
Successful prosecution of arms dealer brokering export of multi-million pound shipment of arms including ground to air missile systems from North Korea to Azerbaijan, contrary to Export Control Order 2008.

R v Dhillon [2011] EWCA Crim 1455
Historic and familial sexual abuse of children over 25 year period misdirection/mis-transcription of video evidence/ safety of conviction. 

R v B [2010]
Prosecuting contravention of UN Embargo on trade in goods to Iran contrary to sanctions imposed to combat the Iranian nuclear proliferation program and the production of WMD, contrary to the Export Control (Iran) Order 2007.

Dorset County Council v David Yeates House [2010] EWCA Crim 2270
Cattle Database and Cattle Identification Regulations 1998/ Proper construction of regulation enforcing EC obligations/ Effect of repeal of EC Regulation on domestic regulations.

R v Martin Donald Gumbrell [2009] EWCA Crim 550
Bad Character/ Propensity/ Single incident not subject of conviction/ Obtaining pecuniary advantage by deception/ Confiscation.

R v Roger George Doncaster [2008] EWCA Crim. 5, Crim. LR [2008] 709
Bad Character/Cheating the Revenue/Admissibility of Evidence Obtained in Tax Enquiry in Criminal Proceedings/Applicability PACE Codes of Practice to Local Tax Inspectors/ Section 76 and 78 PACE

R v SR and W [2006] All ER (D) 214, [2006] EWCA Crim 1404
Expert Evidence/Admissibility/Childhood Amnesia/ Historic Sexual Abuse Allegations

R v Beardall & Lord [2006] EWCA Crim 577
Abuse of Process/Fresh Evidence/ Disclosure/Diversion Fraud


May 26 2016:

Tim Bradbury, 3PB Criminal Law Barrister, appears in Court of Appeal case considering specific sexual offences under s63 of SOA 2003 ...read more

September 17 2015:

3PB’s expertise recognised by bumper rankings in Legal 500 Bar Directory 2015 ...read more

October 30 2013:

3PB achieves a record number of rankings in Chambers and Partners Directory 2013 ...read more

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Academic Qualifications

LLB (Hons) Southampton

Professional Qualifications and Appointments

  • Standing Counsel to Revenue & Customs Prosecution Office (Western Circuit)
  • Legal Assessor to the General Medical Council
  • Legal Assessor to Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Grade 4 Serious Crime Group Panel
  • Grade 4 Fraud Panel
  • Grade 4 Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Panel
  • Grade 4 Proceeds of Crime Panel

Professional Bodies

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Western Circuit