Bill Evans

Year of Call: 1988

"An extremely dedicated barrister who presents himself with absolute finesse."

Legal 500, 2020

"An extremely skilled advocate. He is respected by his peers and my clients are always impressed by his compassion and his combative approach to their case."

Nora Talbi, Associate Solicitor, EBR Attridge LLP Solicitors

"Bill has great integrity coupled with an easy manner, and is an impressive advocate. He works hard for his clients. He is our 'go to' counsel for serious criminal cases."

Yaqub Hussain, Partner, LP Evans Solicitors

"He is a persuasive and attractive advocate, with natural presence, sound judgement and calm disposition."

Legal 500, 2021 (Crime)

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Legal 500 2022: Leading Junior

Bill Evans is a criminal specialist who defends in back-to-back serious cases often as leading counsel. Bill is a tactically astute and forceful advocate. He has a reputation for excellent client care and a hands-on approach to case preparation.

Criminal Defence

Overview

Bill is a very experienced senior junior with a reputation for excellent case preparation and presentation, combined with a powerful court presence and approachable manner. His practice consists of serious crime with a particular emphasis on drugs conspiracies, serious violence and fraud. He has defended in numerous multi-handed cases prosecuted by the NCA, and acted as leading counsel in many substantial drug and fraud cases.

Notable Cases

Past notable cases can be viewed below. Click here to see a list of recent notable cases.

Murder

R v M (Teeside Crown Court) Albanian client acquitted of gangland execution following 3 month trial

R v R (Central Criminal Court) Gang related triple attempted murder with a scorpion sub machine gun

R v C (Central Criminal Court) 14 year old charged with murder of 18 year old

R v L (Winchester Crown Court) 28 year old acquitted of body in the boot murder in Bournemouth

R v M (Central Criminal Court) Perverting the course of justice in a murder investigation

R v N (Central Criminal Court) Murder of schoolgirl Arsema Dawit

R v C (Central Criminal Court) Revenge shooting in a block of flats in Peckham

R v M (Central Criminal Court) Defendant acquitted of multi defendant murder

R v Y (Central Criminal Court and Court of Appeal) Reported at [2008] EWCA Crim 10. Admission of hearsay statements in a murder trial

R v E (Central Criminal Court) Pregnant woman charged with murder of husband and father of her 5 children

R v N (Woolwich Crown Court) Double murder including murder of PC Patrick Dunne

Drugs

R v W (Isleworth Crown Court) Importation and distribution of thousands of kilos of cocaine

R v G (Wood Green Crown Court) Importation and distribution of large quantities of cocaine via network based in Holland

R v K (Cardiff Crown Court) Organised crime network involved in the distribution of large quantities of class A drugs

R v A (Liverpool Crown Court) Operation Starlight major drugs conspiracy

R v S (Birmingham Crown Court) Importation of cocaine through Heathrow and firearms

R v R (Leeds Crown Court) Importation of £15m of MDMA into UK via Amsterdam

R v S (Woolwich Crown Court) Supply of drugs and money laundering

R v S (Woolwich Crown Court) Columbian cocaine importation - supergrass case, defendant acquitted

R v H (Woolwich Crown Court) Heroin importation - supergrass case, defendant acquitted

R v P (Snaresbrook Crown Court) Importation of half a tonne of cocaine on a yacht from the Caribbean

R v T (Woolwich Crown Court) Supply class A drugs - supergrass case

Other

R v O (Bristol CC) Organised grooming and sex abuse - defendant acquitted by jury

R v D (Nottingham Crown Court) Leading counsel in grooming and sex abuse case - judge ruled no case to answer at the end of the prosecution case

R v B (Croydon Crown Court) Leading counsel in kidnap and blackmail - case thrown out at end of prosecution case after submission of no case to answer

R v A (Inner London Crown Court) Defendant acquitted of kidnap and blackmail after two-month trial

R v P (Snaresbrook Crown Court) Importation of half a tonne of cocaine on a yacht from the Caribbean

R v T (2001 Woolwich Crown Court) Supply class A drugs - supergrass case

R v A (Woolwich Crown Court) Conspiracy to pervert the course of justice with a corrupt customs officer

R v F (Southwark Crown Court) Supply of drugs involving corrupt police officers

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Financial Crime and Confiscation

Overview

As a result of Bill's work in serious fraud stretching back over 20 years, he is adept at managing large volumes of prosecution evidence and quickly understanding the key issues in a case, pursuing disclosure and undermining the foundations of the prosecution.

Notable Cases

Past notable cases can be viewed below. Click here to see a list of recent notable cases.

Fraud

R v R (Nottingham CC) Acting for the first defendant in a four month sophisticated high cost company fraud

R v S (Croydon Crown Court) Laundering of £50m of drugs money through Dubai

R v H (Southwark Crown Court) Defendant acquitted by jury of international film equipment fraud

R v D (Reading Crown Court) Leading counsel for company director charged with fraud following investigation by BIS and police

R v P (Blackfriars Crown Court) Leading counsel for first defendant in a large VAT invoicing fraud

R v K (Maidstone Crown Court) Irish lorry driver acquitted of massive duty diversion fraud

R v M (Canterbury Crown Court) Massive insurance and tax fraud

R v H (Southwark Crown Court) Importation of £3m worth of fake trainers from China

R v O (Southwark Crown Court) Fraud on the Olympic Delivery Authority

Operation Tangelo (Southwark Crown Court) Successfully defended director of UMBS - the "MTIC fraudsters bank"

Operations Mentum and Ghast (Southwark Crown Court) Large-scale duty frauds - successful abuse of process arguments

R v G (Operation Venison) (Southwark Crown Court) Massive duty fraud - successful abuse of process arguments

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Background

Since qualifying in 1988 Bill has divided his time between practising from chambers and as an in house advocate at two London solicitors firms, where he was a partner. He consequently has a complete understanding of the pressures faced by criminal solicitors and the service and assistance they require from counsel they instruct.

Education

  • LLB University of Liverpool
  • 1988 Called to the Bar
  • 1994 Qualified as a Solicitor

Professional Membership

  • Middle Temple
  • Criminal Bar Association

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