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Justin Rouse QC

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An experienced Silk with a strong record in both prosecuting and defending all manner of high profile and grave criminal matters. Cases involve murder, a very strong record in serious sexual offences including historic allegations, drug importation and dealing, armed robbery and other firearms related offences. Devastating in defending complex fraud and acquisitive crime.

2020 currently instructed to prosecute 7 handed gang murder and defending in another multiple defendant murder, also defending an allegation of perverting the course of public justice.

2019: R v Pencille, murder of a father in front of his son on a Guildford train, R v Campbell - Clapham South murder by stabbing of student by another student (acquitted), recently defended further allegations of murder including killing of wife by husband (acquitted), defended in nationwide fraud allegation on government apprentice scheme and spent 6 months defending another fraud involving £100millon loss to HMRC.

His Forces background gives him insight when defending in Courts Martial cases. He has represented forces personnel across the UK and in Germany on serious offences including rape and grievous bodily harm with an outstanding success rate. He uses his knowledge of firearms to benefit civilian clients. This expertise is also deployed to privately defend allegations of wildlife crime.

Although now principally a defence advocate, he has lectured on sexual offences, advised on the drafting of legislation for Parliament on wildlife crime, was Grade 4 as prosecution counsel, London RASSO rape accredited counsel and trained as a QC at CPS HQ in extradition work.


BA (Hons)(Law)

Called 1982

Pupillage at CCC with First Senior Treasury Counsel

Recorder (Appeals & Serious Sex tickets) 2004

Silk 2015

Professional Memberships

Criminal Bar Association, South Eastern Circuit, BASC, Lincoln’s Inn.


Former school governor responsible for investigating cyber bullying.


Advocacy trainer for Lincoln’s Inn and Pupil Supervisor. Languages: Some French and Spanish.