After serving in the British Army Gavin ran his own electrical business before making a dramatic career move : reading law at Essex and then practising as a solicitor, gaining higher advocacy rights in criminal law. In 2015 he converted to the Bar, continuing to work as an employed barrister before joining EA Law - East Anglian Chambers in July 2016.
Following an Access to Higher Education course at SEEVIC Gavin chose to read law at the University of Essex. Whilst there he decided to focus on criminal law with a view to becoming an advocate. Gavin then went on to complete his Post Graduate Diploma in legal practice (LPC) at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford.
Gavin also began training as a police station accredited representative in 2009 at Cardiff University, becoming a fully accredited representative and regularly representing clients at police stations in the UK and abroad for a variety of offences. He was admitted to the Roll of solicitors in 2013 and shortly thereafter obtained his Higher Rights of Audience and Duty Solicitor Qualification.
Both before and after his transfer to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 2015 Gavin has primarily undertaken criminal cases, including those before military courts. He has also prosecuted on behalf of local authorities and the Department for Work and Pensions. Gavin also accepts civil instructions and regularly conducts MOJ stage 3, infant settlement and small claims contested hearings.
Gavin’s practice is made up of both Criminal and Civil work. In his criminal practice both prosecution and defence work is undertaken. Gavin is a CPS grade 1 prosecutor. He also specialises in motoring law and regularly represents clients for a variety of driving matters, striving always to obtain the best possible result for his clients, and in doing so has seen some considerable success.
Gavin is a registered Public Access Practitioner so is able to take instructions directly from members of the public.
Some of Gavin’s recent cases include :
R v H
- Acquittal : Crown Court trial for handling stolen goods where a stolen item was found in the defendants’ bedroom and was found to have a finger-print belonging to the defendant on.
R v O
- Acquittal : Crown Court trial for theft from a building which was alleged to have been witnessed by three people present at the time.
R v I
- Acquittal : 2 counts of threats to firebomb a property where the defendant was alleged to have contacted his ex-partner and her mother on separate occasions threatening to firebomb their properties.
R v H
- Court Martial Acquittal : 4 allegations of assault and mistreatment of soldiers by a senior NCO assaulting soldiers under his control in a training environment.
R v E-S
- Acquittal : Possession of a bladed article, assault and threats to kill. In this case it was alleged that a kebab shop owner had threatened a neighbouring shop owner having entered the store and arming himself with a large knife. This was alleged to have been witnessed by a number of people in the store and also in neighbouring shops.
R v M
- Perverting the course of justice : Gavin persuaded the judge to impose a suspended sentence of imprisonment for a defendant who drove a motor vehicle without a licence and under the influence of alcohol before crashing in to another vehicle and leaving the scene then reporting the car as stolen to police.
R v G
- Grievous bodily harm without intent (s.20) : Gavin persuaded the judge to impose a suspended sentence of imprisonment for a male who caused a significant break to the arm of his wife following an argument.
R v S
- Theft from employer : Gavin persuaded the judge in this occasion to impose a suspended sentence of imprisonment for an employee who had stolen goods to the value of £16,000 from his employer.
R v H
- Dangerous dogs : In this case a dog pulled an elderly male from a mobility scooter and bit him several times. Gavin successfully persuaded the magistrates not to destroy the dog in this instance.
R v V
- Dangerous dogs : In this case a dog had bitten another dog and also a person who tried to intervene. Gavin successfully persuaded the magistrates not to destroy the dog despite the owner having a previous conviction for a similar incident.