Timothy Bradbury

Timothy Bradbury

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Timothy Bradbury prosecutes and defends in all areas of crime. He is Standing Counsel to HM Revenue & Customs Prosecutions Office (Western Circuit). He regularly prosecutes on behalf of HM Revenue and Customs and other government prosecuting agencies as well as the CPS and in respect 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 particular experience in the following areas:

  • Fraud; Cheating the Revenue, Evasion of VAT & Excise fraud
  • Importation of Drugs
  • Serious offences of violence
  • Sexual offences

Timothy Bradbury’s specialist areas of practice are in prosecuting and defending in the field of regulatory crime and proceeds of crime (See specialist profiles).

Despite practising principally in crime he also accepts instructions in relation to civil claims against the police, in particular, actions for false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.

Practising principally on the Western Circuit, he also travels nationwide.

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

For more information see his specialist profiles.


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