Callum Church
Callum Church


Callum is a criminal practitioner with a practice significantly ahead of his year of call and has been ranked as a Tier 1 Rising Star for Crime (General & Fraud) in the Legal 500 UK Bar Rankings 2024.

His combination of in-depth research, persuasive manner before juries, and a conference style which puts Defendants at ease makes him a sought-after counsel.

Beyond the Crown Court, Callum has a particular expertise in Road Traffic Law and is regularly instructed to defend individuals on a private basis.

Callum undertakes a wide range of regulatory matters in the Magistrates Court, Crown Court, and professional tribunals, acting for both private prosecutors and those accused.

Recent cases - Crime

R v LH [2023]: Defending – Led by Jonathan Rees KC, Callum represented a defendant acquitted of three offences of rape and three offences of assault occasioning ABH.

Operation Guy [2021]: Defending – led by Edmund Vickers KC, Callum represented a Defendant accused of assisting an offender following a homicide

Coventry Telegraph

R v CW: Instructed as Junior alone Callum represented the lead Defendant in a firearms conspiracy, prosecuted by the National Crime Agency, which attracted national media coverage. Callum also represented the same Defendant when he was acquitted of s.18 wounding in linked proceedings.


Operation Moonstone [Current]: Instructed as Junior Alone, Callum represents a Defendant in a 23-handed firearms and drugs conspiracy.

Operation Tafias [Current]: Instructed as Junior Alone, Callum represents a Defendant charged in connection with a 13-handed drugs conspiracy.

R v SB [2022] – Instructed as Junior Alone, Callum represented a Defendant accused of child sex offences which drew national media coverage.


Operation Consistency [Current] – Instructed as Junior Alone, Callum prosecutes a 4-handed drug conspiracy.

Recent cases - Regulatory / POCA

R v Malik [2023] – Defended as Junior Alone on enforcement of a confiscation order valued at £1.6million. Issues of abuse of process due to lost/stolen assets.

Officer of the Traffic Commissioner v AH [2021] – Secured reinstatement of a driving license for an HGV Driver.

Royal Mail v MB [2021] – Instructed to prosecute a postal delivery driver accused of stealing over £75000 of goods from the course of the post.

Chief Constable of Humberside Police v MWT [2021]: Secured return of a £32,000 watch in police custody pursuant to s.1 Police Property Act 1897

Sexual Risk Orders

West Mercia Police v JS [2020] – Led by Samantha Powis, instructed on behalf of the Respondent. Responsible for the drafting and delivering of a successful application for strike out due to abuse of process, leading to costs being recovered.

Warwickshire Police v X [2022]: Instructed on behalf of a Respondent. Issues relating to potential criminal charge & Respondent’s right to silence had to be considered and we subject to an abuse of process argument and the staying of proceedings.


“Callum is thorough, patient and extremely well-prepared. He is unflappable in difficult situations.” – Legal 500, 2024.


Downing College, University of Cambridge (Law BA)

BPTC – London Holborn  (Very Competent)

LLM Legal Barrister (Distinction)

CPS Panel Advocate – Grade 2

Appointments & Memberships

Middle Temple

Midlands Circuit​

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