Martin Rutherford QC

1990 Year of Call 2015 QC

Martin has practiced exclusively in criminal law for 25 years, and is recognised as being at the very top of the profession. Martin is now regularly instructed to defend in the most serious of cases, sought out for being fearless, highly intelligent and popular with judge and juries alike.



Martin is known for having expertise in two key areas, the first being general crime (murder/manslaughter/drugs) and the second being serious fraud. His practice is currently split evenly between the two.

Notable Cases

R v P Conspiracy to murder/Attempted murder. Shooting of wrong man in botched drug deal. Defendant sole acquitted defendant.

R v V Murder. Gangland stabbing in Westfield shopping centre. Defendant acquitted.

R v BS Rape offences. Aylesbury CC, Alleged rapes of a number of family members including wife and children.

R v CKJ Child abuse. Hove CC, 4 week trial representing main defendant in alleged sexual exploitation of 2 minors.

R v BC Sexual assaults. Guildford CC, 3 week trial representing male nurse accused of sexually assaulting multiple female patients.

R v LA Sexual abuse of children. CCC, 4 week trial representing senior member of PIE ( Paedophile Information Exchange ) in sex abuse of children case.

R v W Kidnap/torture. Kidnapping and assault of man alleged to be paedophile. Defendant acquitted of all counts.

R v B Misconduct in a public office. Defendant a member of the Household Guards, alleged to have sold stories to the News of the World about Prince Harry for money. Defendant acquitted after an appeal.

R v C Offences under the Mental Capacity Act. Defendant a nurse, alleged to have falsified patient notes. All defendants bar two pleaded guilty. Prosecution stopped against this defendant and one other after successful argument that the hospital computer database was unreliable. Defendant acquitted.

R v W Manufacture of drugs. Defendant a pharmacologist alleged to have manufactured millions of pounds worth of fake Viagra. Pleaded guilty to manufacturing a smaller quantity of tablets to secure lesser sentence.

R v M Fraud ( on the legal aid scheme ) Defendant connected with a firm of solicitors alleged to have defrauded legal aid of approximately £1m. Defendant sole acquitted defendant.

R v B Fraud ( a multi-million pound betting scam ) Defendant alleged to be art of a group of men selling worthless horseracing tips for money.

All defendants convicted, but this defendant received the smallest sentence.

R v B Fraud ( Lexi Holdings plc, a fraud amounting to £110m ) An 8 month trial at Manchester Crown Court, at the end of which this defendant was the sole acquitted defendant.

R v H Fraud ( tax evasion ) Defendant pleaded guilty to evading tax amounting to one-fifth of the amount initially alleged by prosecution. Lesser sentence secured.

R v L Gangland murder, Central Criminal Court.

R v L Fraud against the DPP involving deaf defendants.

Other Experience

Martin is regularly asked by Lincoln’s Inn to train advocacy to pupil barristers and qualified barristers alike.

He instinctively knows how to run and present a case”. 

Legal 500 -2018 Crime (General Crime) Leading Silks



BA (Hons.) English

Diploma in Law


Professional Associations

Criminal Bar Association



Queen’s Counsel (2015)

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