Called in 1999
Mr Sherriff is a specialist Criminal Defence Counsel.
He predominantly receives instructions in his own name from both professional and lay clients either as single or leading counsel, or as a junior being led by Queens Counsel.
Whilst lay clients may not appreciate the legal implications of some of their decisions Mr Sherriff’s belief is that it is the responsibility of counsel to explain to the client, in language they understand, how their case stands in relation to the evidence. Most importantly, it should never be forgotten that it is the client’s case.
With these values in mind Mr Sherriff always prepares his cases with one question in mind: “How would I feel if I was in the dock on this case?”
No case is to big or to small, all cases should be prepared with this question in mind.
Mr Sherriff has been successful in defending clients on the full range of criminal allegations, from failing to provide information in Road Traffic cases to those accused of Murder.
Just prior to joining Chambers he secured a unanimous acquittal, after an eight-week trial, for his client who was alleged to be the business organizer behind a county lines drug dealing conspiracy, this was despite the client not giving evidence.
Since joining Chambers he has secured the acquittal of a Detention Officer at a Police Station for sexual assault on a “drunken unconscious woman”, the incident being captured on CCTV, after she admitted in cross examination to having a high tolerance to alcohol and being conscious the whole time but deliberately “faking it” in order to make his job more difficult.
He is considered to a specialist in areas such as forensic evidence (particularly DNA), Police procedures and finding the small details that lead to important consequences.