Justin Hugheston-Roberts


Justin is a highly experienced practitioner. A seasoned jury trial advocate and formidable opponent. He is also a direct access barrister and regularly acts as a ‘leading junior’ in defence cases.

Background and Expertise

Justin’s case experience includes multi-million pound frauds; very large drug importations; murders; rapes and other serious sexual assaults; and other offences involving violence especially instances where fatalities occur.

His approach to his work is both meticulous and clinical.

Before being called to the Bar, Justin was a senior equity partner in a Legal 500 firm of solicitors and has practiced as a criminal defence lawyer for some 36 years.

He has a very detailed understanding as how to run a case.

His practice covers all criminal courts across England and Wales, and he is regularly involved in defending high-profile cases.

He was admitted as a Associate Writer to the Signet of Scotland and is still a member of the Law Society of Northern Ireland.

Justin was one of the first solicitor-advocates to be appointed and was also one of the first to be instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to prosecute in the Crown Court.

He is a direct access barrister and also has qualifications to enable him to act in police stations as a duty solicitor holding a dual capacity practising certificate.

A former member of the Secretary of State's standing committee for the review of military law, and appears for the defence in courts martial wherever UK troops are stationed.

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Notable cases

R v B, 2023

Justin successfully defended in a large Kidnapping Conspiracy in a trial lasting many months in Newport South Wales.

His client was acquitted following a trial that had lasted some 7 months in total.

R v K, 2023

Justin was briefed to defend a male in his early twenties who was accused of attempted murder where it was said that he attacked and stabbed a man in a car.

The defendant was acquitted unanimously by the jury sitting at Birmingham Crown Court.

R v H, 2023

Justin again defended in a case of Kidnapping.

R v KS 2023

Justin defended a senior care worker accused of physical abuse of Alzheimer’s patients.

The allegation was denied, and the trial took place at the Crown Court at Leeds, with a unanimous, not guilty verdict been returned by the jury after four days of evidence

Justin was instructed by Blackford’s solicitors.

R v S 2022

Represented a soldier arrested for attempted murder ultimately charged with wounding but after considerable investigation and work it was agreed that he was indeed suffering from a mental illness at the time of the commission of the offence and was therefore subject to a hospital order.

R v B 2022

Secured a reduction of Sentence in the Court of Appeal for a man accused of stealing in drugs.

R v B 2022

Defended in a multi handed and complex kidnapping case in Newport Crown Court.

After some 4 months and prior to the close of the Crown case a retrial was ordered.

R v D 2022

Represented a Senior warrant officer at court Marshall accused of fraud in connection with the disposal of spent ammunition. Three days into the trial the prosecution backed away from the allegation and he was acquitted the other defendants continue to face trial.

R v S 2021/22

Caernarfon Crown Court represented a lady in her late 60s accused with others of kidnapping a child from the island of Anglesey. Matter taken to the Court of Appeal on the grounds that the Judge had misrepresented the law

R v W 2021

Wolverhampton Crown Court. Grandfather accused of historic abuse of his grandchildren. Acquitted after trial

R v M 2020

Birmingham Crown Court. The defendant was accused of murder on a joint enterprise basis with his brother who were accused of being responsible for the death of another passenger in the vehicle in which they were travelling.

R v Q 2020

Newcastle Crown Court. The defendant was a registered nurse who was accused at trial and again at retrial of assaulting a number of patients who were suffering from dementia. (Leading brief)

R v W 2019

Caernarfon Crown Court The defendant was a game keeper accused of Corporate Manslaughter when a shot gun discharged in his car killing a rear seat passenger.

R v G 2019

Court Martial Appeal Court – Instructed by the Registrar in place of trial counsel. To deal with an anomaly in the law between the armed forces arc and Queens Regulations. The resulting decision effected a change in the Queens Regulations.

R v A 2019

Swansea Crown Court. The defendant was a registered carer accused of assaulting people in his care. He was acquitted.

R v W, 2018

St Albans Crown Court. The defendant a man in his mid-20s was accused of rape and very serious sexual assault alleged to have been carried out on his sister. The offences were historic in that it was said that they took place when he was 12 and the sister 8. After a two week trial he was found not guilty of all charges.

R v L, 2018

Southampton Crown Court. The defendant was accused of being one of a gang who broke into the complainant’s house and attacked him with a claw hammer and knives. The injuries were very serious.

After a lengthy deliberation the jury were unable to reach a verdict and they were discharged.

R v J, 2018

A lengthy trial before a jury at the Crown Court at Snaresbrook where Justin led another member of chambers. The defendant was accused of tobacco smuggling. HMRC conducted months of surveillance on all the defendants in this case and located a tobacco processing plant. The loss to the public purse in taxes exceeded £1 million.

R v P, 2018

Winchester Crown Court. The defendant was acquitted following a trial where it was said that he attacked a fellow worker on a building site. The prosecution case was that he attacked the alleged victim with a 1.5-meter solid metal iron bar hitting him with such force that the bar bent on impact. He was found not guilty.

R v M, 2018

A trial at Stafford Crown Court where defendant was accused of various parts of sexual assault against a teenage male lodger. The defendant was acquitted on the order of the Judge.

R v W 2017

This defendant was one of 8 who was accused of being involved in a substantial drugs supply ring within the Black Country and the West Midlands. It involved the supply of Class A drugs. This defendant was found within the address that was used to repackage the drugs. After a 5 week trial he was the only one who was acquitted. Wolverhampton Crown Court.

R v C 2017

A 19 year old female defendant who was accused with others of a conspiracy to murder. She was accused of threatening to kill a woman who she had never met nor who was aware of the threats. Snaresbrook Crown Court.

R v W, 2017

This defendant was one of 8 who was accused of being involved in a substantial drugs supply ring within the Black Country and the West Midlands. It involved the supply of Class A drugs. This defendant was found within the address that was used to repackage the drugs. After a 5 week trial he was the only one who was acquitted. Wolverhampton Crown Court.

R v E, 2017

European national accused of gross commercial exploitation contrary to the Modern Slavery Act. This man was said to be the lead In an organisation that brought people from eastern Europe to the UK and then sort 2 exploit them financially keeping them as the prosecution service in squalor.

The case was tried before a jury Kingston Crown Court when is currently subject to leave having been granted appeal conviction.

R v J, 2017

A company director faced trial. Prosecution having been brought against the individual the limited company and an employee. Prosecution followed very extensive investigation that resulted after the tragic death of an elderly female cyclist when she was struck by a part of a vehicle driven by one of the defendants.

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PROFILE: Justin Hugheston-Roberts

Year called

1986 (Solicitor) 2009 (Barrister)



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Confiscation / POCA

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Road traffic

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Sexual offences

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Serious Crime


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Inquests / public inquiries

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Financial and Corporate law

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Corporate Offences

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020 7489 2727


Gray’s Inn

Midland Circuit


Honourable Artillery Company

Company of Pikemen and Musketeers

Freeman of the City of London

Liveryman of Worshipful Company of Cooks of London


Doyen of Seniors of the Seniors Panel of Gray’s Inn

President of Forces Law

On FCO pro bono lawyers panel

LAA franchise supervisor

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