Neil Ross

Year of call: 2006

Neil is instructed in all aspects of criminal work including serious violence, drugs, fraud and confiscation. He has a burgeoning regulatory practice, with experience in environmental, trading standards cases, and offences under the Insolvency Act and Companies Act. While predominately a defence practitioner, Neil is a Grade 2 CPS prosecutor.


In addition to criminal work, Neil appears in the First Tier and Upper Immigration and Asylum tribunals. Recently praised for the cogency of his submissions in the Court of Appeal, Neil is able to distil complicated arguments and make them accessible to client and court alike. He is known for a friendly and approachable manner, with a knack for putting even difficult clients at ease.

When not in court, Neil serves as an elected member of the Bar Council, the representative body for all barristers. He is also on the executive committee of the Criminal Bar Association and the Young Barristers’ Committee and is also a member of the IT panel of the Bar Council. Neil has recently been appointed to the Ministry of Justice’s panel of experienced defence practitioners to advise on improvements that might be made to the criminal justice system.


BA (Hons) Psychology – Lincoln College, Oxford University
Graduate Diploma in Law – BPP School of Law (London)
Bar Vocational Course – BPP School of Law (London)
Lord Justice Holker Award (Gray’s Inn)
Direct Access qualified

Notable Cases

Serious Fraud Office v C – Disclosure counsel in a case in which it is alleged that government officials were bribed to award lucrative contracts

R v S – Court of Appeal – an application for leave to appeal against sentence in a conspiracy to supply cocaine case involving 5kg of drugs and an undercover operation lasting three months

R v R – Court of Appeal – a successful appeal against sentence in a case in which the defendant made admissions to dealing drugs in a pre-sentence report but had pleaded guilty to simple possession

R v H – Multiple counts of fly-tipping, breach of duty of care and forgery. The waste included bonded and unbonded asbestos, with the total waste weighing several hundred tonnes
Oxfordshire County Council v D & C – 12 counts of unfair trading and 1 count of fraud, reduced to 4 counts of unfair trading. Both defendants received a fine.

R v M & A – A grievous bodily harm offence where the complainant, a paranoid schizophrenic, was stabbed in the chest

Professional Associations

Criminal Bar Association

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Forthcoming Cases

Fraud/Regulatory offences

SFO v P – Disclosure counsel in the prosecution of a hedge fund founder following the collapse of a fund worth over $600 million

R v A – Offences under the Insolvency Act and Companies Act following the administration and subsequent liquidation of a company

Offences of violence

R v P – Aggravated burglary in which a machete was said to have been used

R v R – Prosecution of an ABH against a partner, in which it is an attempt to pervert the course of justice is alleged

Sexual offences

R v C – Sexual assault of an 18 year old woman with mental health issues


• Review for Counsel Magazine of “Electronic Evidence”, a leading text on information technology and impact on the use of such technology in litigation, February, 2012.

• Co-authored the Criminal Bar Association’s response to the Triennial Review by the Ministry of Justice of the Legal Services Board, March 2012

• Co-authored the Criminal Bar Association’s response to the Office of Fair Trading’s consultation on leniency and no action in cartel cases, November, 2012