Patrick Maggs > Chambers of Martin Rutherford QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Martin Rutherford QC
15 New Bridge Street
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Patrick has appeared as both leading and junior counsel in a wide range of cases including murder, grievous bodily harm, fraud, kidnap, blackmail, serious sexual offences, firearms, drug offences, money laundering and confiscation proceedings.

Patrick has substantial experience of a range of POCA and confiscation matters, including cash detention proceedings, at all levels including the Court of Appeal and proceedings in the High Court. He has been described by the Court of Appeal as arguing his case “with both skill and discretion”.

He has been instructed by the Police Federation to defend police officers in criminal matters.

Patrick has experience of the Consumer Credit Tribunal system, including representing an ex-Detective Inspector in respect of alleged corporate consumer credit breaches.

He has acted as independent counsel when the Metropolitan Police have sought to search solicitors’ offices in respect of criminal allegations and has wide experience in Prison Law, from appearances before the Parole Board through to disciplinary hearings. Patrick is also instructed in local authority quasi-civil proceedings, trading standards and regulatory matters.

Patrick has been instructed in this country and abroad to defend in Courts-Martial cases.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Patrick Maggs15 New Bridge StreetPatrick has an excellent manner with the client. He has a softly-spoken and personable manner which quickly wins the trust of clients, opponents and jurors alike. By contrast, when in Court he is a powerful and effective advocate who hones in on the important points with a laser-like focus, and presents them to the jury with unshakable (and justified) confidence.

15 New Bridge Street is ‘an excellent set‘ with ‘expertise in all areas of criminal law‘ and houses ‘very experienced counsel‘, who prosecute and defend across a diverse range of cases. Martin Rutherford QC  and Simon Smith acted in R v KB, where the defendant was convicted of the murder of his ex-girlfriend and burying her body in the garden of her home. In another high-profile case, Patrick Maggs represented the defendant in R v Gemma Watts, where 21-year-old Watts used the alias of “Jake Watton”, a 16-year-old-boy, to groom young girls on social media; she received an 8-year sentence for sexual offences.