Paul Jackson is a highly regarded and specialist junior barrister with extensive expertise in serious and complex criminal cases involving sexual offending, homicide, multi-handed violence and gun crime. Paul places great emphasis on thorough preparation and first class advocacy.
Paul has a wealth of expertise in the defence of those accused of rape and other serious sexual offences and is frequently instructed to act in historic cases involving multiple complainants. Aside from this main areas of practice involves all forms of serious offending but including cases of murder, manslaughter, serious violence, drugs, money laundering and serious fraud. Paul is often instructed in complex multi-handed cases with voluminous papers requiring attention to detail and forensic analysis.
Mr Jackson is able to accept instructions direct from the public in appropriate cases. For further information in this regard please contact the Senior Clerk.
Paul Jackson acted in the Defence of former professional boxer Colin ‘The Hammer’ Vidler charged and cleared of the attempted murder of his own cousin by striking him multiple times to the head with an axe.
Paul Jackson represented a male accused of being the leader of a London based gang that supplied huge quantities of class A drugs to Swindon as part of a multi-handed conspiracy. This case centred around the close analysis of cell site evidence.
Paul Jackson instructed as defence counsel to represent an 83 year old male charged with the indecent assault of five girls between 1970 and 1975. Following the close of the Crown's case, I applied to stay the indictment on the ground that the delay in the case prevented the defendant from receiving a fair trial and thus amounted to an abuse of process. That application was successful.
Paul Jackson represented a male accused of knocking unconscious another male in a drunken street brawl. The defendant asserted that he acted in self-defence only. The incident was captured on CCTV. Defendant acquitted.
Paul Jackson represented a male charged with attempting to kill two males on two separate occasions. The allegation concerned gang activity and a firearm the defendant was found in possession of days after it had been used in a near fatal shooting. The first allegation was dismissed and the second was topped at half-time. In this case the admissibility of evidence of gang affiliation featured heavily.
Paul Jackson defended a male charged with harassment, putting his own brother in fear of violence. The complainant was so discredited during cross-examination that the Crown offered no evidence declaring in explanation to the jury that "the complainant's credibility had been diminished to vanishing point". Not guilty verdict entered. The trial judge then imposed a post-acquittal restraining order under section 5A(1) of teh Protection from Harassment Act 1997 which was subsequently quashed by the Court of Appeal.
R v Mohammed Emanul Haque (2014) EWCA Crim 832 and R v Mohammed Emanul Haque (2015) EWCA Crim 767.
Paul Jackson defended a male charged with possession of class A drugs with intent to supply. Some time before trial the defendant sacked his original solicitors and Counsel. At trial the defendant accepted possession of the drugs but denied having any intent to supply. The Crown were allowed by the trial judge to put to the defendant a response to a question in the PCMH form asking what were the real issues, his original barrister, had written "no possession". The Crown sought to cross-examine on that statement as being inconsistent with his defence and plea to possession. The resultant
R v Alan Newell (2012) 1 W.L.R.3142 overturning the decision in R(on the application of Firth) v Epping Magistrates' Court (2011) 4 All.E.R.326