Mr Rupert Wheeler > Chambers of John Price QC and Cairns Nelson QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of John Price QC and Cairns Nelson QC
23 Essex Street
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Rupert is a criminal barrister with substantial expertise in related public law and human rights matters. He is a tenacious and committed advocate with particular skill in identifying and employing subtle points of law in order to succeed in his client’s case. As well as being an accomplished trial advocate, he has been instructed in numerous cases before the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) and the High Court (Queen’s Bench Division).

Rupert has represented clients charged with the whole range of serious criminal offences. His recent trials include armed robbery, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, and aggravated arson. Rupert also has significant experience in financial crime cases and the related confiscation, forfeiture and asset recovery proceedings.

In addition to traditional criminal law, Rupert regularly advises on and litigates judicial review and civil claims arising from criminal litigation. His dedication and eye for detail have led to recent successful claims against the Ministry of Justice, the police and the lower courts.

Rupert has a strong interest in international criminal law. He recently assisted a defence team at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague. He has a wide knowledge of international human rights issues and is a member of the Executive of the Bar Human Rights Committee.

Outside of daily practice, Rupert regularly contributes to legal journals and publications. He is the co-editor of “Confiscation” for Butterworths’ Money Laundering Law.


Called 2010.

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London Bar > Crime

23 Essex Street ‘has a great range of barristers for general crime‘. The set prosecutes and defends in a mix of work across the board. Instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service, John Price QC prosecuted at trial – and appeared in subsequent appeals – Jemma Beale, who in 2019 had her ten year sentence for perverting the course of justice and perjury upheld by the Court of Appeal; Beale caused a man to be sentenced to seven years imprisonment for a rape he did not commit, and successfully claimed compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority; one key legal issue in the appeal was if the jury direction about “rape myths” given to juries in rape trials should be given to juries in perjury trials concerning rape allegations. Turning to defence work, in Court of Appeal, Francis FitzGibbon QC represented the appellant in R v GS, a case which concerned the prosecution of victims of trafficking. Unled junior highlights include Rupert Wheeler acting as sole counsel for the successful claimant in R (Poskitt) v Reading Magistrates’ Court, in which the High Court quashed a decision of a Magistrates’ Court to overturn another’s decision using section 142 of the Magistrates’ Court Act. Senior junior Rupert Pardoe has retired.