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Mr Jamie Baxter

Called to the Bar by the Honorable Society of Lincoln's Inn - 9th October 2014

BPTC - Very Competent (79%) - BPP Manchester

Law LLB (Hons) - University of Liverpool

Wirral Grammar School for Boys

Practice Areas

Crime

Mr Baxter joined Chambers in March 2016 following a successful completion of his pupillage under the supervision of Mr Martin Reid. During pupillage Mr Baxter observed a wide variety of cases ranging from murder and multi-handed fraud and drugs conspiracies to offences under the OAPA and Theft Act.

Throughout his second six Mr Baxter appeared frequently in the Crown Court and Magistrates Court both prosecuting and defending. He understands the importance of client care and prides himself in being an approachable advocate who is determined to provide the best possible result for the client. He is accustomed to taking cases on short notice and is happy to advise both his lay and professional clients throughout all stages of the proceedings.

Mr Baxter has been instructed in cases involving vulnerable witnesses/defendants, including cases requiring the use of ABE interviews and issues of fitness to plead/stand trial. He is accustomed to dealing with cases involving expert evidence including telephonic, forensic, medical, and accountancy. 

Mr Baxter has also frequently appeared in appeal hearings (in the Crown Court), private motoring offences (including arguments as to exceptional hardship) and has a keen interest in POCA/confiscation proceedings having appearing in a number of interim hearings and final disposals. He is also instructed in regulatory and licensing matters including taxi, security industry and firearms licensing appeals.

 

Personal Interests
 

Outside of the law Jamie has an interest in football, rugby and darts and enjoys eating out.
 

Areas of Practice

Since becoming a tenant Mr Baxter has quickly established himself a busy and diverse Crown Court practice and is instructed by both the Prosecution and Defence in equal measure. He is already at Level 2 of the CPS Advocates Panel and has appeared in numerous trials in the Crown Court, including;

OAPA offences: Section 18, Section 20 and Section 47 assaults and an offence under Section 29 (throwing corrosive fluid on a person, with intent to do grievous bodily   harm)

Drugs: Possession with intent to supply Class A & B (including conspiracy) and   production offences

Theft Act Offences: burglary (including conspiracy to burgle), robbery, handling stolen goods and aggravated vehicle taking

Sexual offences: including inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, sexual assault and outraging public decency.

Fraud: both revenue (income tax & VAT) and non-revenue offences

Misc: Conspiracy to cause explosions, misuse of computers act offences, violent disorder, affray, threats to kill, escape, perverting the course of justice, breach of a re  straining order, contempt of court and dangerous driving

POCA: all stages including arguments as to benefit, available amount and final hearings.

Notable Cases

  • Op. Sydney - led junior in a case lasting 3 months - first on the indictment whereby the allegation was conspiracy to cause explosions in order to steal from ATM machines. The case involved in excess of 10,000 pages of evidence and was heavily reliant on telephone and attribution evidence between conspirators. The case also involved an argument of Au-trefois Acquit.
  • Op. Java - Represented a young male for sentence following guilty pleas to 10 offences con-trary to the misuse of computers act following an extensive investigation by the cyber crime unit. Offences involved complex issues of DOS and DDOS attacks by the use of a ‘stress-er,’ which the Defendant would sell, causing an overload of traffic on servers and temporary incapacitation. Over 200,000 ‘attacks’ took place. Sentenced to 2 years suspended for 18 months. Case made national news.
  • R v JW - representing a man accused of casting a destructive substance with intent to cause GBH (spitting Mercury) at a police officer contrary to S.29 OAPA 1861. Successful acquit-tal after a 4 day trial despite cogent police evidence.
  • R v AA-S - defended a Kuwaiti national in an allegation of sexual assault on a train. The trial involved the use of an interpreter. Successful acquittal after 4 day trial.
  • R v LM - Defending in a shoplifting case which involved the defence of non-insane   automatism brought about by the Defendant’s diabetes. Skeleton argument submitted  along with expert evidence which resulted in the case being ultimately dropped against  the Defendant.
  • R v KS - Successfully prosecuted a man for fraudulently evading income tax involving  an online eBay business. The case involved expert accounting evidence and a large   amount of PayPal and banking receipts.
  • R v PB - Acquitted after a 3 day trial for robbery where the allegation was that the   Defendant was a getaway driver (the principal co-defendant had pleaded guilty). The   case required a thorough understanding of the new joint enterprise law and the case of  Jogee.
  • R v GB - Defended a man accused of theft of a screwdriver and robbery (using the   screwdriver). Case involved factual issues and issues of identification. Succeeded in a   submission of no case in respect of the theft and thereafter successfully acquitted of   robbery after a 3 day trial.
  • R v JC (Warrington Crown) - defended a man accused of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity who pleaded on the day of trial - successfully argued that the case fell outside the guidelines in resulting in a starting point of 3 years for sentence as opposed to 6 years.
  • R V JB (Liverpool Crown) - defending in a s.47 assault whereby the Defendant was ac-cused of a fight involving stamping. Identified a disclosure issue which resulted in evidence of a s.47 assault being undermined and dropped. Successfully argued not a joint enterprise attack and matter reduced to s.39 assault resulting in a fine.

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