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piers-norsworthy

Piers Norsworthy

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Core Practice Area: Crime
Call:
2001
Inn:
Lincoln’s Inn
Education:
The University of Exeter
Appointments:
Devon Chambers' Head of Crime, The Western Circuit Representative for Devon and Cornwall 2008-2013, Devon Chambers' Criminal Bar Association Representative (2013- )
Memberships:
Criminal Bar Association, The Western Circuit.

"A well-regarded defence barrister." Legal 500 2016 Leading Juniors

Piers practises Criminal Law. Almost all of Piers' work is for the defence. He regularly undertakes cases involving, amongst other areas, murder/manslaughter, death by dangerous/careless driving, arson, firearms, human trafficking, serious violence, all aspects of drugs possession and supply, fraud and regulatory and disciplinary offences..

Road Traffic Offences
Piers is a specialist in road traffic offences especially death by dangerous/careless driving. Piers possesses an LGV C+E licence (aka HGV Class One) permitting him to drive articulated lorries and has been instructed to represent lorry drivers who are involved in serious collisions during the course of their employment.

Court Martial
Piers also undertakes all forms of Criminal Law before the Court Martial.

Tribunals
Piers has also undertaken work before Sporting Disciplinary Tribunals and the Care Standards Tribunal (list 99).

Family Law
Piers will also undertake work in the Family Courts particularly in cases that call for the questioning of expert witnesses for example in fact finding hearings.

Judicial Review
As matters relating to trial on indictment cannot be the subject of Judicial Review such applications are rare for most criminal practitioners. However, Piers has appeared in the High Court making an application in order to correct an error of the Crown Court and the Prison Service and to seek a rehearing for a Defendant who was not given an opportunity to be heard.

Direct Public Access
Piers is authorised to undertake work in accordance with the Public Access Scheme which means that members of the public can instruct Piers directly. For further details please contact one of Devon Chambers' Clerks.
Private Clients
Piers has built up a substantial practice of private client work. With the ever growing restrictions upon legal aid, Defendants are increasingly looking to instruct a barrister on a private basis. Piers' Clerks will be happy to discuss all aspects of fees in order that clients fully understand how much their case will cost them.

Across the Country
Whilst Piers is based in Plymouth he is happy to travel, and frequently does so, throughout the country in order to represent Defendants wherever their case may be heard.

Notable or reported cases

Notable Cases
Regina v. H [2015] Defence of a man charged with murder.

Regina v. H [2015] A nine week trial at The Old Bailey defending a man charged with conspiracy to commit fraud. It was alleged that he and two others had conspired to commit fraud in the sum of approximately £2 million from the international humanitarian charity ShelterBox.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-35006028

Regina v. N [2015] A case of a lorry driver charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Regina v. C [2014] Defence of a man charged with murder.

Regina v. C-H [2014] Defence of a young man charged with causing death by careless driving whilst intoxicated. 

Regina v. W [2014] Defence of a man charged with murder.

Regina v. J [2013] Defence of a man originally charged with attempted murder.

Regina v. F [2013] Defence of a man charged with causing death by careless driving whilst intoxicated.

Regina v. R [2013] Defence of a man charged with conspiracy to supply in excess of a million pounds worth of amphetamine.

Regina v. G [2013] Defence of a man charged with murder.

Regina v. D [2012] Defence of a man charged with murder, whilst a serving Marine.

Regina v. H [2011] Defence of a man charged with murder by poisoning.

Regina v. W [2011] Causing death by careless driving.

Regina v. C [2011] Defence of a man charged with causing death by dangerous driving, whilst driving his lorry. The impact of his diabetes as a potential defence was a significant consideration.

Regina v. D [2011] Defence of a man charged with conspiracy to supply Class 'A' drugs. The prosecution case was that the conspiracy was as a multi million pound operation.

Regina v. R [2010] Defence of a young man charged with arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered. The main issue concerned the impact of prescribed drugs upon his state of mind.

Regina v. M [2009] Defence of a man charged with murder by stabbing. Provocation was argued in order to commute the offence to one of manslaughter.

Regina v. L & T [2007] Prosecution of two men charged with the murder of a man by drowning.

Reported Cases
Regina v. D (and Others) [2013] Before the Court Martial Appeal Court and the Administrative Court (Judicial Review), regarding the continuation of an Anonymity Order for a Defendant..

Regina (on the Application of Webb) v. Swindon Crown Court and Secretary of State for Justice [2011] Judicial Review in order to correct an error of both Swindon Crown Court and the Prison Service regarding the length of time the Applicant should be recalled to prison.

Regina v. Purdy [2007] Appeal against conviction on the grounds of an error in the Learned Judge's summing up to the jury.

Regina v. Marron [2006] Appeal against conviction on the grounds of the appearance of bullying during the jury's deliberations.

Other Interests

The Countryside, Rugby and Politics.

UK recommended barrister 2014