Robert Griffiths

Teams: Crime & Regulatory (General Crime, Asset Recovery & Money Laundering, Licensing)

Year Called: 1988

Inn: Middle Temple

Qualifications: LLB. (Hons) Reading

Appointments: CPS Level 4 Prosecutor Rape Panel Advocate

Memberships: Western Circuit, Criminal Bar Association

Bar Council Registration

With nearly 30 years’ experience as a barrister, Rob Griffiths defends and prosecutes in all areas of Criminal Law, but has developed a specialism in cases of rape and serious sexual offences, as well as other cases involving children and other vulnerable witnesses. He has been involved in numerous cases of historic abuse, with Defendants including family members, schoolteachers and a senior Fire Officer.

He has been the leader in a case of conspiracy to import several million pounds’ worth of cocaine and has considerable knowledge of drug conspiracies. These have given him a sound knowledge of the Proceeds of Crime Act and Rob is the editor of Chambers’ quarterly Asset Recovery Newsletter.

As a skilled and experienced trainer, he has often been involved in training for the Police, Local Authorities, Defence Solicitors and the CPS on a wide-range of topics, including homicide, sexual offences, disclosure and effective courtroom techniques. Rob is an accredited advocacy trainer for the Western Circuit and an advocacy assessor for the CPS.

For ten years now, Rob has enjoyed mentoring a team from his old school in the Citizenship Foundation National Mock Trial Competition and is delighted that have won the Regional Heat on three occasions.

Additional cases

2016 R v N
Prosecution of a man for historical sexual offences involving his two (male) cousins with issues as to bad character (previous convictions involving his sister and downloading indecent images of children).

2016 R v C
Prosecution of a man for repeated breaches of a restraining order by emailing his ex-wife and her new partner. Witnesses gave evidence via video-link from the west coast of America. The defence was ‘reasonable excuse’.

2016 R v B
Prosecution for a ‘glassing’ in a nightclub involving the correct interpretation of the word ‘maliciously’ within the Offences against the Person Act 1861.

2015 R v C
Prosecution in the Youth Court of a youth alleged to have raped his girlfriend.

2015 R v A
Prosecution of historic sexual offences where the Defendant admitted some of the behaviour alleged, but claimed he was under 14 at the time, triggering the issues of ‘doli incapax’.

2015 R v H
Prosecution of a man for historic allegations of rape of his daughter and both his sons, resulting in conviction in a sentence of 22 years

2015 R v K
Prosecution for wounding with intent of a man who shot his sex-worker girlfriend in the head with a powerful BB gun. The defence (unsuccessful) was insanity, involving evidence from three consultant psychiatrists.

2015 R v R
Defence of an 18 year old (16 at the time of the offences) for possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to supply.


VAT Number: 777723288


Robert  Griffiths

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