Paul Addison

Called in 1988

Areas of Practice
Crime, Direct Public Access Barristers


Practice Profile

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Practice Profile

Paul Addison is an experienced and very able barrister. He is briefed in a wide-range of criminal, confiscation, landlord and tenant and planning based matters.

This has included murder, serious assaults, serious allegations of sexual offences, high profile drugs and firearm cases and allegations of dishonesty. He has also been briefed in a variety of frauds such as large scale banking and consumer fraud. This has included cases concerning credit card counterfeit factories, card skimming and substantial City of London cheque conspiracies, online and on-course spread and cash betting fraud. He has an exceptional and in-depth knowledge of the variety of gambling frauds practised and has received judicial and professional client-based praise for his work.

His practice also includes Regulatory work concerning the Medicines Acts and associated European Directives.
He has been briefed as leading junior counsel for both the defence and prosecution in a wide variety of serious cases.

He is on the CPS Special Casework and Fraud panels. He has also lectured to the Crown Prosecution Service, City of London Police Fraud Section and the Medicines Healthcare Regulatory Agency on a wide range of topics.

He was nominated as an "A" list counsel on the Attorney General's Panel of advocates.

Paul is qualified to accept instructions under the Bar Council Direct Public Access to Barristers Scheme.

Notable Cases

R v Atomei and Others Central Criminal Court 2015

Leading junior prosecuting multimillion cross-territorial bank card skimming conspiracy. The case consisted of over 75,000 documents. The investigating detectives from the City of London Police were commended by the trial judge for their tenacious, painstaking hard work on the case that led to convictions.

R v Smith and Others. 2014. Leading junior defending in a multiple bank ram-raid conspiracy valued at in excess of £1 million.

R v Rutherford 1998 Criminal Law Review; meaning of “fear” within section 23 CJA 1988 (defence)

R v Tannov and others. Southwark CC October 2000. Largest credit card “factory” in which a complete card could be produced. (prosecution)

R v Mukadi 2003 EWCA Crim 3765. Authority in rape cases for definition of “sexual activity” and Section 41 YJCE Act 1999. (defence)

R v C November 2003 Southwark CC. Attack via computer on the Port of Houston USA main frame server. (prosecution)

R v Kennedy 2008 Criminal Law Weekly 08/47/1 Judge should direct jury on effect of breaches of disclosure rules by investigators.(defence)

R v I 2013 Snaresbrook CC. Discharge of firearms into private occupied dwellings in gang related dispute. (prosecution)

R v O 2013 Central Criminal Court. Defendant jointly charged with another in supplying large quantity of cocaine after police raid. O acquitted but separately represented co-defendant convicted. Old Bailey trial judge HHJ Marks QC complemented Mr Addison on the way he marshalled his cross-examination of the police officers who conducted observations and carried out searches upon which the case depended. (defence)

What clients say:

"I have instructed Paul Addison for over 15 years. During that time I have found him to be professional in all aspects of his work. He is an excellent advocate who is incredibly thorough, providing advice on all aspects of the case in which he is briefed. Paul is an individual who has very good client care and empathy dealing with clients and family in a compassionate way. Paul has had some excellent results in those cases in which I have briefed him and has shown that his advocacy skills have impressed clients and juries alike."     Irene Hill, Smith Brown & Sprawson


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Paul is qualified to accept instructions under the Direct Public Access to Barristers Scheme.

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