0207 440 8888
Criminal Advocate, Par Excellence
Chambers of Howard Godfrey QC
2 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4BU
Tel: 0207 440 8888
Fax: 0207 242 1738
Video Conferencing Also Available
Widely regarded as one of the UK’s very best criminal appeals barristers, Howard
Godfrey QC has an unrivalled track record in overturning convictions and in reducing
The job of persuading judges in the Court of Appeal is very different from persuading juries, because the Court of Appeal has just 3 very senior judges and no jury, and the style of advocacy has to suit this type of audience.
What Howard works to do is to get the judges to take a strong interest in the case
that he’s arguing about, and to appreciate the seriousness of his complaint and the
strength of his argument.
While there are many grounds for appeal, the most common are:
When Howard persuades the Court of Appeal judges that a criminal conviction is an
unsafe one, they will quash that conviction.
Sometimes that’s the end of the matter, but, depending on the circumstances of the
case, the Court of Appeal may order a re-
When Howard conducts an appeal against sentence, he tries to persuade the Court of Appeal judges that the sentence passed by the criminal trial judge was far too severe. He has done this successfully in very many cases over the years, where sentences have been quashed and replaced with something much more lenient. Sometimes the sentence is reduced so much that the client gets to go home immediately after the appeal hearing.
The case that changed the law on assault charges. It requires the prosecution to specify precisely what the allegation is, because in law ‘assault’ and ‘battery’ are technically different things. The Appeal Court rejected the DPP’s appeal. Mr Little was not guilty as charged.
‘H’ American lady attorney convicted of involvement in £44 million criminal VAT fraud. Successful sentence appeal where Court of Appeal reduced her 8 year sentence by almost 50% resulting in her being released from prison shortly after appeal heard.
‘T’ Warehouse worker implicated in large heroin and cigarette importations. He had pleaded guilty at his trial to conspiracies. Sentenced by the trial judge to a total of 18 ½ years. Court of Appeal accepted that he did not have a leading role in the planning of the crimes and reduced his sentence to 10 years imprisonment.
‘R’ Company bookkeeper tried and convicted of stealing large sums from his employers by fraudulently altering company payments and diverting them into his own bank accounts. The conviction was appealed because of misdirections of law made by the judge in his summing up to the jury. The appeal was allowed and the conviction quashed.
“Distills and plots
a course through
the most complex of work with ease”
If you or a family member, would like representation by one
of the UK’s very best criminal appeals barristers and QC’s,
and would like to
discuss your case,
please feel free to
contact me for
an initial conversation.