Graeme was called to the bar in 2016 having practised as a criminal defence lawyer at Senior partner level in his own local firm and immediately prior to his call, several years as an in-house solicitor advocate at a respected South Tyneside Solicitor firm.
Specialising exclusively in crime since 2005, representing clients in serious and complex matters including that of murder, rape, causing death by dangerous driving, armed robbery and conspiracies ranging from class A drugs to wounding with intent, he brings a wealth of experience to the Criminal Team and their professional clients.
Graeme was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court, North Eastern Circuit in 2008 and presides over a range of criminal matters including serious sexual offences such a Rape. He sits at level two on the Crown Prosecution Service panel of Advocates.
R-v- S: Conspiracy to Supply Class A – Successfully argued no case to answer after 5 weeks of evidence.
R-v-W: Conspiracy to supply class a drugs – Jury acquittal after a 4 week trial.
R-v-W: Rape – Complainant was the Defendant’s girlfriend – Defence of alibi – jury failed to agree a verdict – Crown did not proceed to a re-trial.
R-v-E: Death by careless driving.
R-v-L: (Police Officer) – Racially aggravated S39 – Jury acquittal.
R-v-C: Rape – Defence of exaggeration succeeded.
R-v-R: Fraud – Successful submission of no case to answer after rigorous cross examination of Chief investigator on PACE.
R-v G: Robbery & witness intimidation – Jury acquittal.
R-v-B: Section 20 – Jury acquittal – street brawl involving CCTV and independent witness evidence.
R-v-B: Murder first S73 agreement for a defendant charged with murder.
Appointed Recorder of the Crown Court 2008
LLB (Hons): Law (1982)