Brian St.Louis QC

1994 (Middle Temple) 2017 QC

 

Exclusively criminal defence – Brian specialises in murder, firearms, sex offences, fraud and actions against the police.

He in addition has experience of representing clients facing regulatory misconduct hearings.

Notable Cases

 

Murder

Brian has defended in excess of 35 murder trials, including allegations of international contract killings, rival gang murders, transferred malice and murder within the home.

Advising and retained to represent a Defendant being extradited to England to face a murder allegation.

Advising and retained to represent a Defendant being extradited to England to face a manslaughter allegation.

Summary of former cases:

R v I – Central Criminal Court, torture and a revenge gangland killing.

U v R – Court of Appeal, murder of a child.

R v Y – Central Criminal Court, gangland killing.

R v B – Central Criminal Court, honey-trap murder, organised from a prison cell.

R v M and Others – International contract killing between Colombia, Spain and United Kingdom. Stated to be the biggest disclosure exercise ever undertaken by the Metropolitan Police. This was a ‘Super Grass’ case.

G v R – Successfully resisting a double jeopardy application before the Court of Appeal to retry a Defendant acquitted of murder based upon Super Grass evidence.

R v J and Others – Represented a defendant accused of killing an elderly woman with her two step-grandchildren.

R v W (2004) EWCA Crim. 2770 – Guideline case on murder tariffs.

 

Attempted Murder

Numerous cases including:

R v A – Kingston Crown Court, Defendant accused of attempting to kill a complainant with an axe

R v A-M – Harrow Crown Court, Defendant accused of attacking a rival gang member in an off-licence with a knife whilst members of the public were present

R v T  – Snaresbrook Crown Court, Defendant accused of shooting the complainant 7 times at point blank range.

Defendant accused of a frenzied attack, resulting in 17 stab wounds.

 

 

Grievous Bodily Harm With Intent

Represented numerous people charged with GBH, including:
Organised fights between rival gangs in parks and open air spaces.
Gangland torture – hot iron to chest and cigarette burning to the skin.
Defendant accused of biting the eyelids off his wife.

London riots 2012 cases.

 

 

Fraud

Instructed in a wide variety of high value frauds (multi million pounds).

Particular experience in Very High Cost Cases.

Extensive experience of all types of VAT and Benefit frauds.

Recent cases include:

R v P 2016 – Central Criminal Court, Defendant accused of a gangland killing and attempted murder of another.

R v E 2016 – Central Criminal Court, Defendant accused of murdering a fellow drug supplier.

R v D 2016 – Snaresbrook Crown Court, international conspiracy to supply cocaine.

R v A 2015 – Birmingham Crown Court, Defendant accused of being the leader of a large-scale sham marriage operation

R v M 2014 – Birmingham Crown Court, a multi-million pound VAT fraud

R v K 2014 – Leicester Crown Court, Defendant accused of being the organiser of a £4 million mortgage fraud

R v B 2014 – Canterbury Crown Court, large scale document fraud which facilitated the fraudulent entry of 110 people into the UK

R v H 2013 – Southwark Crown Court, a £28 million VAT fraud

R v K 2012 – Harrow Crown Court, Local Authority fraud committed by a senior manager£1million fraud from a national supermarket chain in which a transvestite manager embezzled the money to fund his proposed sex change and his alleged prostitute mistressCarousel frauds, involving monies in excess of £1.5 million

£5 million MTIC fraud.

 

 

Firearms Offences

Recent cases include:

R v P 2016-Nottingham Crown Court: Armed robbery of a jeweller (shotgun).

R –v F 2016– Snaresbrook Crown Court, Defendant charged with discharging a firearm with intent to endanger life outside a nightclub.

R v G 2013 – Harrow Crown Court, Defendant responsible for shooting of a rival gang member.

R v P 2013 – Woolwich Crown Court, armed robbery.

R v N 2012 – Inner London Crown Court, armed robbery.

R v A 2011 – Southwark Crown Court, carjacking with a firearm.

Other cases include:

Armed robberies of: turf accountants, racetrack premises, post-office and off-licences.International conspiracy to supply firearms.Possession with intent to endanger life (a Defendant found in possession of 16 firearms including automatic weapons).

Possession of firearms.

 

 

Rape and other Serious Sexual Offences

Serial rape.
Multiple rapes of child victims.
Sexual activity with a child.
Particular experience of rape allegations within ethnic communities.

Recent cases include:

R v I 2016 – Maidstone Crown Court, Defendant accused of multiple rapes upon his step-daughter.

R v J 2015 – Croydon Crown Court, Defendant accused of punching and beating his ex-partner to force her to have sexual intercourse with him.

R v P 2014 – Reading Crown Court, Defendant accused of rape within a long-term sexual relationship

R v M 2013 – Central Criminal Court, Defendant accused of raping two different victims by suggested drug use. In addition, a bad character application to adduce his previous acquittal of a third complainant raped in similar circumstances.

R v P 2012 – Snaresbrook Crown Court, multiple rapes of a female aged 5 years of age.

R v I 2012 – Woolwich Crown Court, vaginal and oral rape of a stranger contacted via the internet.

R v P 2012 – Inner London Crown Court, gang rape of a minor.

R v Y 2011 – Aylesbury Crown Court, historic multiple rape and sexual activity with step daughters from the ages of 8 to 16 years.

R v A 2011 – Blackfriars Crown Court. Forced marriage of a 14 year old girl. Multiple rapes within marriage (including allegations of the digital removal of stitches, prior to vaginal rape, post birth).

Other cases:

A man accused of indecently assaulting prostitutes and then subjecting them to violent attacks over a 5 year period.

R v C-Lincoln Crown Court, multiple rapes of a minor.

 

 

Sports-related cases

Brian has specialised in recent years in all aspects of football-related crime. He has experience in handling footballers facing criminal allegations and is sensitive to ways in which suggested criminal activity has an impact upon a club and/or players’ agents, who have direct responsibility for the conduct of their players and/or clients. Brian is often instructed to advise pre-charge in an attempt to prevent criminal proceedings being instituted.

Recent cases include:

R v GG and others – Represented Mr G, a professional footballer, who was charged with murder.

R v JC – Represented Mr C, who was charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent, inflicted following allegations made against his brother.

 

 

Drug Offences

Instructed in a wide number of cases involving conspiracies to supply both class A and B drugs.

Recent cases include:
International conspiracy to supply drugs covering 3 continents.
£4.5 million importation of class A and B drugs.
Accusing the police of ‘fitting up’ a defendant accused of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.
Undercover police operations to break up drugs rings.

 

 

Actions against the Police

Summary of cases includes:

Instructed in a malicious prosecution by the police against a minor for an arson the police knew he did not commit.

A woman caused Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by police officers attending her home address to arrest her son.

A man attacked and bitten by a police dog, causing multiple injuries.

False arrest triggering the early onset of schizophrenia in a 16 year old youth.

Qualifications

LLB (Hons): LLM
Middle Temple Benefactor’s Scholar
Blackstone’s Major Entrance Exhibition
King’s College London, Master of European Laws (LLM)
Direct access qualified

Appointments

Queen’s Counsel (2017)

Professional Associations

Criminal Bar Association
Member of the South Eastern Circuit
Bar European Group

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Associated Work

Member of the Bar Mentoring Committee 2016 to date

Middle Temple moot Judge (2010 to date)
Member of the Bar General Management Committee (2007-2012)
Vice Chair of the Bar Public Affairs Committee (2007-2009)
Chair of the Bar Conference (2005)
Former member of the Bar Pupillage Committee

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Forthcoming Cases

R v M – Bristol Crown Court – attempted murder

R v H – Central Criminal Court – multi-million pound bank fraud

R v C – Woolwich Crown Court – multiple child rape within the home

R v B – Canterbury Crown Court – conspiracy to import cocaine