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Chambers of Andrew Smith QC

55 TEMPLE ROW, BIRMINGHAM, B2 5LS, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0121 246 7000
Fax:
Fax 0121 246 7001
DX:
723240 BIRMINGHAM-56
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Web:
www.st-philips.com

Peter Haynes QC

Tel:
Work 0121 246 7000
Email:
St Philips Chambers (Chambers of Andrew Smith QC)

Position

Peter has practised as a criminal courts advocate throughout his career. Domestically, he has appeared for both the prosecution and defence in homicide cases, cases of serious sexual offending and acquisitive crimes, including fraud. Internationally Peter has defended the most serious war crimes cases tried since the Second World War. In the process he has mastered the management of cases of the utmost gravity, complexity and size. He is familiar with the hardware and software employed in cases of real complexity, including LiveNote, CaseMap, and RingTail. He has overseen the management of large multi-disciplinary legal teams, including experts in several fields. Cases include Prosecutor v Popovic et al (2006-2009), ICTY, The Hague which was the single biggest criminal trial since the Second World War, concerning the alleged genocide of 7-8,000 Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica in 1995. The trial lasted over three years and involved approximately 300 live witnesses, 10,000 exhibits, and a trial transcript which exceeded 35,000 pages. Peter defended a general who commanded the Brigade in whose ‘Zone of Responsibility’ the majority of the murders were committed. He was charged with genocide and crimes against humanity, both as an individual and as a commander. Peter was lead counsel and managed a multi-national, multi-disciplinary legal team. The defence included disputes over the evidence of forensic archaeologists, anthropologists, pathologists, demographers and DNA experts, as well as significant amounts of expert military evidence. Peter’s client gave evidence in his own defence and spent almost three months in the witness box.

Career

Called 1983; QC 2008.

Member

Criminal Bar Association; Midland Circuit; International Bar Association; Education Committee of the Association of Defence Counsel (ICTY); ICC; ICTL.

Education

LLB.


Regional Bar : Midland Circuit

Crime

Within: Crime – Leading silks

Peter Haynes QC - St Philips Chambers ‘Well known for appearing in cases involving international terrorism and war crimes.’

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