Justin Hugheston-Roberts


Justin is a seasoned and experienced practitioner, who regularly acts as leading junior and junior alone in lengthy and complex cases.

Background and Expertise

Justin’s case experience includes multi-million pound frauds; very large drug importations; murders; rapes and other serious sexual assaults; and other offences involving violence.Before being called to the Bar, Justin was a senior equity partner in a Legal 500 firm of solicitors. His practice covers all criminal courts across England and Wales, and he is regularly involved in defending high-profile cases.

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Justin was one of the first solicitor-advocates to be appointed, and was also one of the first to be instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to prosecute in the Crown Court. He is a direct access barrister and also has qualifications to enable him to act in police stations as a duty solicitor.

He is a member of the Secretary of State’s standing committee for the review of military law, and appears for the defence in courts martial wherever UK troops are stationed. He is also president of Forces Law, the national organisation that provides assistance and representation to service personnel and their families.

Justin also sits as a member of the Legal Aid Agency’s complex case appeals committee, and he undertakes work as an independent cost adjudicator.

He has written articles on military law, appeared in training videos, and has advised on the production and scripting of feature films.

Justin is an associate tenant at Zenith 10 Park Square, Leeds.

Notable cases

R v W 2017

This defendant was one of 8 who was accused of being involved in a substantial drugs supply ring within the Black Country and the West Midlands. It involved the supply of Class A drugs. This defendant was found within the address that was used to repackage the drugs. After a 5 week trial he was the only one who was acquitted. Wolverhampton Crown Court.

R v C and others, 2016

Acted as junior in an allegation of murder when all other defendants were youths. Acting as a group, they entrapped and knifed a man they thought was a paedophile. Heard at Chelmsford Crown Court.

R v W, 2018

St Albans Crown Court. The defendant a man in his mid-20s was accused of rape and very serious sexual assault alleged to have been carried out on his sister. The offences were historic in that it was said that they took place when he was 12 and the sister 8. After a two week trial he was found not guilty of all charges.

R v L, 2018

Southampton Crown Court. The defendant was accused of being one of a gang who broke into the complainant’s house and attacked him with a claw hammer and knives. The injuries were very serious.

After a lengthy deliberation the jury were unable to reach a verdict and they were discharged.

R v J, 2018

A lengthy trial before a jury at the Crown Court at Snaresbrook where Justin led another member of chambers. The defendant was accused of tobacco smuggling. HMRC conducted months of surveilence on all the defendants in this case and located a tobacco processing plant. The loss to the public purse in taxes exceeded £1 million.

R v P, 2018

Winchester Crown Court. The defendant was acquitted following a trial where it was said that he attacked a fellow worker on a building site. The prosecution case was that he attacked the alleged victim with a 1.5-meter solid metal iron bar hitting him with such force that the bar bent on impact. He was found not guilty.

R v M, 2018

A trial at Stafford Crown Court where defendant was accused of various parts of sexual assault against a teenage male lodger. The defendant was acquitted on the order of the Judge.

R v C 2017

A 19 year old female defendant who was accused with others of a conspiracy to murder. She was accused of threatening to kill a woman who she had never met nor who was aware of the threats. Snaresbrook Crown Court.

R v W, 2017

A defendant who was subjected to a ‘hard stop’ by armed police officers in Watford. When searched a loaded firearm was found on teh front passenger seat of the car which he was driving. After a lengthy trial which saw the conviction of all others he was acquitted. Harrow Crown Court.

R v E, 2017

European national accused of gross commercial exploitation contrary to the Modern Slavery Act. This man was said to be the lead In an organisation that brought people from eastern Europe  to the UK and then sort 2 exploit them financially keeping them as the prosecution service in squalor.

The case was tried before a jury Kingston Crown Court when is currently subject to leave having been granted appeal conviction.

R v J, 2017

A company director faced trial. Prosecution having been brought against the individual the limited company and a an employee. Prosecution followed very extensive investigation that resulted after the tragic death of an elderly female cyclist when she was struck by a part of a vehicle driven by one of the defendants.

R v S, 2016

Defendant was accused of attempted murder of her former husband who visited her at her home. The defence was one of self-defence: the defendant complained that she was raped by the witness and she feared that she would be subject to further assaults. Birmingham Crown Court.

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R v Z and another, 2015
The 24-year-old defendant was accused of allegations of repeated rape of a 15-year-old girl. The complainant was a child who had had extensive involvement with social services, and stated she was in love with the defendant and he with her. Acquitted of rape. Leicester Crown Court.
R v M, 2016
Wolverhampton Crown Court. Acted as junior in case alleging manslaughter by gross negligence. The case involved a JCB digger driver hitting the deceased who was in a skip crushing rubbish.
R v G, 2016
Guildford Crown Court. Case alleging a detailed and planned fraud over a period of years where the victims were vulnerable pensioners who were specifically targeted. The fraud involved building and roofing works being carried which were not required and grossly overpriced. Acquitted of conspiracy.
R v W and three others, 2016

Harrow Crown Court. Successfully defended conspiracy to transfer S1 firearms. Following a forced stop by three armed response units, loaded firearms were recovered from the seat of the car the defendant was driving. A five-week trial resulted in the conviction of all other defendants and the acquittal of this one.

Other Activities and Interests

  • Justin lectures to undergraduate students at Hertford and Coventry universities. He is also involved in the international studies program for Stetson and Pepperdine universities in the US
  • Other activities include dog walking, horse riding, cooking and country pursuits

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PROFILE: Justin Hugheston-Roberts

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Confiscation / POCA

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Road traffic

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Sexual offences

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Inquests / public inquiries

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Financial and Corporate law

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Corporate Offences

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Gray’s Inn, Midland Circuit, CBA, Honourable Artillery Company, Company of Pikemen and Musketeers, Freeman of the City of London, Liveryman of Worshipful Company of Cooks of London, Leander Club


Senior of Gray’s Inn

President of Forces Law

On Secretary of State’s committee on military law

VHCC appeals committee member

On FCO pro bono lawyers panel

On LAA’s appellate committee

LAA franchise supervisor

LAA independent costs adjudicator

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