Timothy Raggatt QC Regulatory

Call: 1974 | Silk: 1993

Introduction

After two years training bar final students Timothy joined the Birmingham Bar in 1974 and thereafter practised as a Junior in Birmingham until taking Silk in 1993. Timothy practises in all areas of criminal law but particularly murder, serious fraud, drug related offences, arson and serious sexual offences cases. He is also authorised to try all Serious Sexual Offences in his capacity as a Recorder. Timothy has appeared in a large number of complex and serious trials in the West Midlands and South East and in particular has been at the very forefront of most of the leading cases involving Black on Black gun crime in the West Midlands. Timothy also played a central part as Leading Counsel in the recent evolution of the law of evidence on key witness protection issues such as anonymity and special protection measures advising the police in the Midlands on overall policy as well as on a case by case basis.

Timothy has a national practice and is instructed all over the country in centres such as Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and London. Timothy prosecutes for the CPS in the Midlands and Thames Valley areas and act for the defence on a national basis. As well as the above Timothy has an extensive referral practice in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division. Through the cases that Timothy has conducted he has built an extensive specialist knowledge in mobile phone technology and cell site analysis as well as in DNA techniques and medical issues related to homicide of young children. Timothy was also instrumental in the introduction of Advocacy Training courses for the Bar on the Midland and Oxford Circuit in 1991 and continued to organise and teach on them up until 1998. The training in the UK is based upon the techniques of the distinguished Australian Professor George Hempel. Timothy was one of those originally trained by Professor Hempel himself when this form of training began in the early 1990s. Since 1998 he has continued to train advocates and advocacy trainers on a regular basis on behalf of the Inner Temple as a senior member of the Inns Advocacy Training Committee. Timothy is a Recorder authorised to try all criminal work apart from homicide as well as all civil work apart from family cases. He has held Judicial Office first as an Assistant Recorder and then as a Recorder since 1991.

Qualifications and Appointments:

Recorder of the Crown Court

Master of the bench of the Inner Temple


Regulatory

Given his extensive experience of dealing with matters of considerable gravity and complexity, frequently involving highly technical expert evidence, Tim is well placed to deal with proceedings brought in relation to regulatory offences. Recent examples include:

  • R(Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council) v Hinckley Golf Club

Instructed by the local authority to lead Junior Counsel in the prosecution of a golf club after an employee suffered fatal injures having been struck on the head by a branch that fell from a tree in the vicinity of where he was working.  It was alleged that the club had failed to ensure their employee’s safety by not conducting suitable and sufficient risk assessments for tree inspections or management, lone working and chain saw work, by failing to have a safe system of work for such activities and by failing to ensure proper training for and supervision of such work. At the end of a 10 day trial where the defendant organisation was also represented by a Silk and Junior, the jury delivered unanimous guilty verdicts on all three counts after seven hours of deliberation.

  • R(West Midlands Fire & Rescue Authority) v Walsall Renovations Limited, Chinderpal Singh & Sundeep Sidhu

Instructed on behalf of a company director charged with 12 counts of breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 arising from the operation of a hand car wash at a former public house where evidence suggested that the premises were also being used as living accommodation. A custodial sentence was avoided.

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