Arthur accepts instructions both prosecuting (grade 2) and defending in the Crown Court, youth court and magistrates’ courts. He joined The 36 Group having completed an 18-month pupillage at 25 Bedford Row, where he gained extensive experience defending in a wide range of criminal proceedings including: violence, public order, drugs, financial crime, driving and weapons offences. He is known for his attention to detail, and has an excellent record defending cases involving difficult questions of law.
Arthur has recently completed a secondment at the Financial Conduct Authority working in the Unauthorised Business Department.
Arthur does not exclusively practise in crime. He has a developing practice defending applications for committal in contempt proceedings at the County Court and has experience advising on actions against the police and on consumer and regulatory offences.
Before joining the Bar, Arthur worked as a criminal defence paralegal and police station representative for Lloyds PR and ITN Solicitors. As a paralegal, Arthur worked on a range of criminal matters and gained particular experience of the youth court, financial crime (including large scale MTIC frauds), confiscation and public order. He has experience assisting clients with charges arising from demonstrations, including the Million Mask March. At the police station, Arthur dealt with serious and complex cases, including terrorism offences investigated by S015 and the SECTU.
Arthur accepts instructions under the Public Access Scheme.
Appointments & Memberships
- Inner Temple
- Criminal Bar Association
- Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
- Howard League for Penal Reform
R v JR, Maidstone Crown Court 
Instructed by the Court to cross-examine on behalf of an unrepresented defendant accused of committing an affray outside a coroner’s court. Involved cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses and the coroner who had been presiding over the underlying proceedings.
R v SK, Wood Green Crown Court 
Successfully defended a security guard accused of stabbing a suspected shoplifter and alleged to have perverted the course of justice by making a false statement in relation to the incident. The defendant was convicted on a related weapons offence only, for which he received a suspended sentence.
R v SL, Chelmsford Youth Court 
Successfully defended a child with multiple serious vulnerabilities charged with s18 GBH, alleged to have been in a group that had attacked a man with a metal pole causing serious injury. Issues arose of fitness to plead/participate and tainted ID following a protracted Facebook investigation by the complainant’s partner.
LBH v LK, Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court [2019
Successfully defended a woman alleged to have committed an offence contrary to s1 of the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013. The issues involved the statutory defence in section 1(4) and whether it was appropriate to prosecute an elderly woman of good character who was alleged to have left her daughter (and her family) in occupation of the premises.
R v KF, Chelmsford Crown Court 
Successfully defended a man accused of robbery of a phone shop, where £40,000 worth of goods were stolen. Involved legal submissions on hearsay, which resulted in the defendant being acquitted.
R v RP, Central Criminal Court 
Defended a man accused of possession of a bladed article. The case involved lengthy legal submissions regarding the burden and standard of proof where the basis for a defence of “good reason” also amounted to self-defence.
R v DK, Maidstone Crown Court 
Successfully persuaded the court to impose a suspended sentence on a defendant convicted of street dealing Class A drugs.
R v JT, Maidstone Crown Court 
Secured a suspended sentence for a defendant convicted of a lengthy period of drug-fuelled dangerous driving involving damage to vehicles.
R v ME, Highbury Corner Youth Court 
Represented a youth accused of handling stolen goods who had made significant admissions during pre-caution questioning. Successfully applied to exclude those comments and the defendant was acquitted.
R v SH, Stratford Magistrates’ Court 
Represented a man accused of assaulting a police officer. Successfully argued that the officer was not “acting in the course of duty”, and the defendant was acquitted.
R v SZ, Bromley Magistrates’ Court 
Represented a man accused of assaulting his ex-partner. Successfully applied to exclude this evidence following a voir dire and legal submissions. The defendant was acquitted.
- Bar Professional Training Course, BPP University – Outstanding
- BA (Hons) Law, University of Cambridge
Awards and Scholarships
- Advocacy Scholarship, BPP University
- Major Award, Inner Temple
- Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award, Inner Temple