Will is a well regarded barrister with extensive experience defending and prosecuting serious crime throughout the south-east.
Defending, he is a tenacious advocate with a proven track record. He is also a Level 4 prosecutor accustomed to managing large complex cases with multiple defendants.
Background and expertise
Will’s recent instructions include murder, manslaughter and other serious violence; rape and other sexual offences; child abuse; kidnappings; large-scale drug cases; firearms; fraud; deception; regulatory offences; and proceeds of crime proceedings.
Multi-handed conspiracy to murder trial to be heard later this year at the Central Criminal Court. The case involves an alleged plan to execute a rival gang member. The gun was discharged injuring but failing to kill the intended target. The victim has refused to co-operate with the police investigation and so the case is being pursued on CCTV, cell site and ANPR analysis.
Successful prosecution of a serial rapist who targeted and solicited prostitutes whom he suspected were in the UK unlawfully. The defendant pretended to be a police officer, brandished a gun and threatened the women with deportation before raping and robbing them. The case involved liaison and co-operation with a number of overseas authorities as well as video linked testimony from South America.
Murder acquittal for 15 year old boy. The defendant was the younger of two brothers alleged to have mounted a planned attack on the ex-boyfriend of their mother, on the doorstep of a home he was about to enter.
Successful prosecution of multi-handed conspiracy to murder trial at the Old Bailey. Victim shot through the letter box of his home. 4 men prosecuted and convicted following extensive cell site, mobile phone and ANPR analysis. The case also involved expert interpretation of ballistic, DNA and GSR evidence.
Prosecution of a 15 year old boy for attempted murder in which the victim (also a 15 year boy) was stabbed multiple times during a dispute in north London. The case involved the careful handling of vulnerable child witnesses. The defendant was convicted of s.18 GBH in the alternative. The defence appealed the conviction, leave was granted but, following argument from both sides, the defendant’s appeal was rejected by the Court of Appeal.
The prosecution of a serial arsonist who set fire to several properties in rural Bedfordshire causing in excess of £1 million worth of damage and putting numerous lives at risk. The defendant received a life sentence following his conviction at trial. Luton Crown Court.
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Successful prosecution of multi-handed “county lines” drugs operation. The head of the serious crime group was based in London; he built up a network of vulnerable young people who were groomed and subsequently recruited to deliver drugs and move money between London and Hertfordshire. The case involved detailed analysis of call data and cell site patterns as well as establishing phone number attribution in order to show how the operation worked and who was “at the top of the tree”. St. Albans Crown Court.
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Lead counsel in the defence of a man who was accused of robbing the first defendant during which the first defendant murdered the second defendant’s companion. The two defendants were tried together with each running a “cutthroat” defence against the other. St. Albans Crown Court.
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Lead counsel in the successful defence of a man charged in a multi-handed conspiracy to defraud trial. The case related to a sophisticated £1.2m “cash for crash” scheme. The case involved approximately 20,000 pages of evidence. The defence that was advanced necessitated an attack on the credibility of solicitors and a doctor contending that they were not prosecution witnesses of truth but parties to the conspiracy. The jury accepted that the defendant had been the subject of identity theft.
Successful acquittal of the alleged getaway driver in an alleged armed robbery in which the defendants had travelled down from London to Gravesend in the early hours of the morning, forced their way into a house and sought to rob the complainants at gunpoint.
Defence of a former taxi driver prosecuted for multiple historic rapes on vulnerable women picked up in his taxi late at night. Defendant was identified by his DNA 10 years after the events. The defendant contested the allegations alleging consent.
Murder acquittal in youth gang violence which resulted in a fatal stabbing
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Other Activities and Interests
- Cycling, cricket, rugby and football.
- Will is also a keen landscape photographer and has had many of his pictures exhibited.
"A very able advocate who is good at cases which are paper-heavy or laden with information and schedules. He is adept at absorbing large amounts of data and information and presenting it to the jury in a way that is not daunting."
"Will is a fair prosecutor in court and a pleasant colleague outside of it." (Chambers UK, 2023)
"Will is dedicated and fights ferociously for his clients. His advocacy is determined and persuasive and has the ability to turn the unwinnable into a winner." (Legal 500, 2023)
"A clear, persuasive advocate who fights hard for his client." (Chambers UK, 2021)
‘He has developed into a highly skilled, highly respected and highly effective advocate. While the phrase is used about many, it is more than true for Will, a very safe pair of hands for any case. He is very high on my list for counsel to be instructed.’ (Legal 500, 2021)
‘Well respected because he is conscientious, hardworking and tenacious.’ (Legal 500, 2018)
PROFILE: Will Noble
Confiscation / POCA
Fraud, Bribery & Corruption
Regulatory and disciplinary blue
020 7489 2727
BVC, College of Law London
CPE, College of Law York
BA Philosophy, University of Wales
SEC, CBA, Herts & Beds Bar Mess (mess junior)
CPS Panel (Grade 4)
CPS Rape Panel (Grade 4)