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Neil Whittle

Neil Whittle

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Core Practice Area: Crime, Regulatory, Civil
Call: 2018
Middle Temple
Called to Bar of Queensland: 2002
Education: LLB (Hons) – Bond University (Queensland, Australia); Bar Transfer Test (BPP University, London)


Neil joined Devon Chambers as a pupil in 2018 and accepted an offer of tenancy commencing December 2018. 

Neil was called to the Bar of Queensland, Australia in 2002 and in 2018 he was called to the Bar of England and Wales after completing the Bar Transfer Test.


Prior to relocating to the United Kingdom, Neil worked for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions before commencing private practice at the Queensland Bar, predominantly as defence counsel encompassing criminal and regulatory matters. 


Neil is a Grade 1 Crown Prosecutor and is regularly instructed in trials, breach hearings, committals and appeals in the Crown Court.

Regulatory Crime

Neil welcomes instructions in relation to breaches of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA) and health & safety regulations, including: construction (Design and Management) regulations; risk assessment provisions; landlord's gas safety, food hygiene and fire regulations.

Having attained his NEBOSH Certificate in 2015 (National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety), Neil is motivated and enthusiastic to build a regulatory practice, focusing on HSE offences.


Neil has also commenced a civil core practice encompassing personal injury, medical and healthcare law.

Pre-Law Career

Before undertaking his law degree, Neil had a successful career in Australia as a Paramedic and in 2017 worked as a support medic in Eastern Ukraine for the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-Operation in Europe) - Special Monitoring Mission.  His medical background is especially useful in cases involving mechanism of injury (MOI), forensic or scientific issues and medico-legal intricacies.

Neil accepts instructions under the Direct Access Scheme