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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 is a specialist criminal practitioner who 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.

Mr Baxter 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 and 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 appeared in a number of interim hearings and final disposals. He is also instructed in regulatory, disciplinary 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.

 

Appointments / Memberships

CPS Level 3 Prosecutor

CPS Level 3 Specialist Fraud Panel Advocate

Specialist Regulatory Advocate – List C

Northern Circuit

Criminal Bar Association

 

 

Areas of Practice

Described as having an ‘engaging and authoritative manner’ 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.

Such is the development of his practice, Mr Baxter has recently been appointed to Level 3 of the CPS Advocates Panel and has appeared in numerous trials in the Crown Court, including:

 

  • Murder
  • Drugs: Possession with intent to supply Class A & B drugs (including conspiracy), conveying prohibited articles into prison and production offences;
  • Modern Slavery: Offences requiring persons to perform forced/compulsory labour and human trafficking.
  • 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);
  • Theft Act offences: Burglary (including conpiracy 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;
  • Firearms & Offensive Weapons: Including possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition and threatening with a bladed article;
  • Fraud/Financial: Revenue (income tax and VAT) and non-revenue fraud offences, money laundering and possessing criminal property;
  • Miscellaneous: Conspiracy to cause explosions, misuse of computers act offences, violent disorder, affray, threats to kill, escape, perverting the course of justice, breachof a restraining order, contempt of court and dangerous driving; and
  • POCA: All stages including arguments as to benefit, available amount, third party interests and final hearings.

 

Notable Cases

Murder

 

  • R v MW: Led Junior for the defence representing a 19 year old male accused of the knifepoint murder of a rival drug dealer (on going).

 

Drugs Offences

  • Op. Kodak: Representing a Merseyside based defendant as part of a 5kg (category 1) conspiracy to supply Class A drugs to Bournemouth as well as possession of a disguised firearm. Case made national news and involved a large amount of surveillance and telephone evidence/billing. Following a successful Newton hearing the defendant’s role, and sentence, was significantly reduced. Ultimately sentenced to 5 years imprisonment.
  • Op. Bugbear: Representing a Merseyside based defendant as part of an allegation of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. The case involves issue surrounding forensic evidence. Defendant was acquitted following a successful submission of no case to answer.
  • Op. Cicilian – Led junior for the prosecution in two multi-handed drugs conspiracies. The cases involved issues as to disclosure (both s.8 and PII), abuse of process and resulted in a successful prosecution of all defendants on trial.
  • R v AC – Instructed to prosecute two defendants for conveying prohibited articles into prison (drugs and telephones) by the use of drones. The case involved expert evidence in relation to GPRS data and photographic evidence recovered from the drone.

 

Modern Slavery

  • Op. Master – Led junior for the prosecution involving allegations of conspiracy to require workers to perform forced/compulsory labour in car washes and human trafficking. Case ongoing.

 

Serious Violence

  • Op. Sydney – Led junior for the defence 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 autrefois acquit.
  • Op. Kirkhill – Led Junior for the prosecution in eight trials relating to large scale public disorder outside St Georges Hall, Liverpool in February 2016. A total of 56 defendants were convicted who were affiliated to extreme left and right wing organisations.
  • R v BW – Instructed to defend in a S.18 trial whereby the allegation was a slash to the face with a Stanley Knife following an earlier robbery.
  • R v CM – Instructed to defend in a S.18 trial involving the use of a knife in a domestic setting. Following receipt of disclosure material requested the case resolved on a S.20 on the basis of excessive self defence.

 

Fraud/ Proceeds of Crime

  • Op. Burnbank – Prosecuted a nine-handed POCA final hearing following a trial for conspiracy to import and supply Class A drugs. Benefit figures ranged up to £400,000.
  • Op. Manzini – Led junior for the prosecution in a multi-handed fraud trial relating to the theft of mail followed by numerous fraudulent applications for credit cards/personal loans. Value in excess of £100,000.
  • 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 IA – Prosecuted a Yemeni national for offences of possession false travel documentation with improper intent.

Miscellaneous

  • Op. Java – Represented a young male for sentence following guilty pleas to 10 offences contrary 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 stresser, 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 acquittal after a 4 day trial despite cogent police evidence.
  • R v LM – Defending in a shoplifting case which involved the defence of non-insane   automatism brought about by the Defendants diabetes. Skeleton argument submitted  along with expert evidence which resulted in the case being ultimately dropped against  the Defendant.

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