Profile

Brett is an experienced advocate who defends and prosecutes in a wide range of cases, primarily at Crown Court level. Brett’s calm and practical manner readily wins the confidence and trust of everyone he deals with, both at client-level and beyond. Diligent and thorough preparation ensures that his client receives the best quality representation at every stage of proceedings.

Brett has appeared in cases involving serious offences against the person including serious sexual offences; major and complex fraud; substantial drugs importations and supply; robbery and other offences of dishonesty; and regulatory offences.

As well as advocacy, Brett is regularly involved in an advisory capacity, both in anticipation, and after commencement, of proceedings. Recent advisory work has related to large-scale document reviews of material arising from investigations in Jersey and in Guernsey.

Expertise

Criminal Litigation

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Brett regularly appears in cases involving serious criminal conduct, either as counsel acting alone or as junior counsel. Brett frequently acts in cases involving complex and substantial areas of law and evidence. He is involved in all aspects of criminal litigation, from providing advice as to charges and evidence to conducting trials and, where necessary, appeals.

Fraud

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Brett has extensive experience of cases involving allegations of fraud brought by the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue & Customs, and the Department of Trade and Industry. Fraud experience covers instructions in significant “boiler room” frauds to “advance fee” frauds, often on a global scale. In addition, Brett has acted in numerous cases relating to conspiracies to defraud and to cheat the public revenue. Brett often appears in heavyweight and complex cases, both for the prosecution and defence. Corruption experience includes offences of misconduct in a public office.

Corporate Crime and Investigations

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Brett has experience of providing advice in relation to investigations arising from corporate crime. He has particular experience of providing advice in complex fraud investigations.

On occasion, this has included large-scale document reviews regarding ongoing investigations and proceedings in England and the Channel Islands with a particular emphasis on legal professional privilege.

Criminal Appeals

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Brett has successfully conducted a number of appeals in the Court of Appeal regarding appeals against conviction and sentence. In addition, Brett has appeared in the Administrative Court for judicial review hearings, often at short-notice.

Confiscation and Asset Forfeiture

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Through his work in fraud cases, Brett has wide experience of contested confiscation hearings and proceedings related to restraint orders. In particular, Brett has been instructed in cases involving assets held overseas with the potential complications that often arise over the realisation of such assets.

Regulatory

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Brett has often acted for local authorities to advise and prosecute a wide range of regulatory offences, including landlord and tenant disputes, food hygiene, noise pollution, and false trademark offences. Brett also accepts instructions in other areas of regulatory litigation.

Appointments

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  • Grade 3 Prosecutor on the CPS List
  • Specialist rape advocate

Memberships

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Member of the Criminal Bar Association

Education

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University of Oxford, BA (Hons), Jurisprudence.

Other

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Interests include sport, current affairs, live music, reading and cinema.

Notable cases

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R v JW

Gross negligence manslaughter allegation.

R v Sabin and Others

£26m conspiracy to evade excise duty.

R v Beasley and Others

Money-laundering the proceeds of a ten-year drugs importation enterprise.

R v Deal and Others

Conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

R v SO and Others

Historic familial sexual abuse allegations.

R v Komaromi

Importation of £1.5m of drugs.

R v MK & Others

Sexual grooming allegations

R v JF & Others

Murder of 17 year-old teenager in north London.

R v Smith

Historic rape allegations against two young boys.

R v Hansel

Causing death by dangerous driving

R v Byom and Others

Conspiracy to rob relating to lone mothers being strangled and robbed in South West London.

R v AS

Violent rape by a defendant of his girlfriend.

R v NG

Rape by taxi driver of a lone female on Christmas Eve

R v Furminger

£25,000 cash-in-transit robbery

R v Aburime and Others

Multiple stabbing of 17 year-old victim.

R v Baird and Others

£2m “boiler room” fraud, prosecuted by Serious Fraud Office

R v Ladva

Misconduct in public office by a diplomat issuing visas to ineligible applicants.

R v MS and Others

Election fraud

R v Tafreshi and Ahmed

Passport fraud over a four-year period

R v Sasson and Others

£2m advance fee fraud

Related news

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26 May

Brett Weaver in Teenage Murder Trial

Brett Weaver is instructed in the trial of Kreshnik Etemi, Halil Ankay, and a 17 year old, who cannot be named. They are accused of murdering 17 year old Joshua Foulkes last year. The trial is...