Gavin McLeod Crime

Call: 2010


Gavin joined St. Philip’s upon completion of pupillage in 2014, having been principally supervised by John Brennan (commercial). He came to the Bar as a Lord Justice Holker scholar and Beloff QC public law essay prize winner of Gray’s Inn.

Gavin has a particular interest in trusts, property and professional negligence matters. He regularly advises and settles pleadings, especially on contractual and landlord/tenant issues, and has appeared on a variety of applications. As pupil to John Brennan, he was heavily involved in helping the appellant bank prepare for its case before the Supreme Court in AIB Group v Redler [2014] UKSC 58 (concerning the liability of a solicitor in breach of trust). He is to teach equity and trusts to undergraduates at Nottingham University in 2015/16.

Gavin undertakes various cases in areas of regulatory law, including licensing appeals and consumer protection and trading standards prosecutions. Gavin brings his particular knowledge and interest in matters of public and administrative law to relevant regulatory work.

 Qualifications and Appointments

2011: LL.M. Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge

2010: Bar Vocational Course (Outstanding)

2009: LL.B. (Hons), First Class, University of Nottingham


Gavin appears in the magistrates’ and Crown Courts on a variety of criminal matters. He has particular experience of prosecuting probation breaches and matters of a regulatory nature, whilst his defence work is more general. He appears in the Crown Court for various pre-trial hearings, in appeals and for sentence. He regularly attends for trial in magistrates’ courts and has experience in the Youth Court. He has mitigated successfully to obtain suspended terms and other disposals avoiding immediate custody for violent offences, including s.20 GBH.

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