Justin Rouse QC


Justin is an experienced criminal law practitioner with a pedigree in prosecution and defence. His forces background gives him insight into service life and the use of firearms.

Background and Expertise

Justin has amassed substantial experience over a 45-year career and has been cited as a leading individual in the UK Legal 500.

He has wide experience of many forms of criminality – including how to investigate it, prosecute, defend and adjudicate upon it.

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His forces background gives him insight when defending armed services personnel – and he uses his knowledge of firearms to benefit civilian clients. He also specialises in serious and complex fraud.

Justin can be instructed to appeal a decision to the Court of Appeal, and can advise both orally and in writing upon the prospects for success.

He has a strong record on sex cases, and has had some remarkable successes in defending murder cases.

Justin has advised Parliament on the drafting of legislation, sits as a recorder in the Crown Court, and is an advocacy trainer.

Notable cases

R v R, 2017

Successful acquittal of husband who admitted killing his wife by cutting her throat during an argument. Charges of murder and manslaughter. Cross-examination of five experts.

See BBC article.

R v N, 2017
Prosecuting two men who shot and killed a teenager. Verdicts: both guilty of murder. See local newspaper article. Luton Crown Court.

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R v M, 2016

At Harrow Crown Court, successfully defended the only Operation Yewtree jury trial to end in acquittal. BBC staff member accused of historic sexual assault of subordinate over an entire year. Extreme sensitivity because of defendant’s subsequent employment with government department.

See BBC article.

R v CM, 2016 – 2017
Currently defending multi-million pound fraud of substantial complexity, in case due to run for four months.
Defended £100m carousel fraud case, including cross-border issues, complex technical material, and cross-examination of expert witnesses. Trial lasted five months.
R v M and others, 2016
Murder trial with aggravated burglary. The defendant, with an organised gang, smashed their way into a home and violently assaulted a couple. Issues of telephone analysis were argued and excluded, and forensic evidence was complex. Heard at Maidstone Crown Court.
R v J, 2016
High-profile alegation of rape against two former military police officers, said to have raped a female colleague in Germany. Legal argument was mounted to exclude a video interview with the complainant, because she had committed suicide and could not be cross-examined. Case also involved jurisdictional issues. Heard at Bulford Court Martial Centre.
R v B and others, 2017
Allegations of conspiracy to defraud the public – by high-profile limousine company, whose clients include X-Factor stars, royal family and international celebrities. Acting for principal shareholder. Heard at Chester Crown Court.
R v S and others, 2016
Only one of five defendants to be acquitted of gangland murder, arising from a drugs feud and involving numerous guns and the shooting of rival. Issues around firearms expertise, telephone evidence and cut-throat defences. Heard at Sheffield Crown Court.

Other activities and interests

  • Justin is a lecturer on sexual offences and a tutor on the Inns of Court advocacy course
  • He has been approached to chair a national anti-corruption commission abroad
  • Chair of 9 Bedford Row Education Committee
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PROFILE: Justin Rouse QC

"A fearless advocate."

Legal 500

Year called





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Confiscation / POCA

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Sexual offences

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Inquests / public inquiries

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Regulatory / Disciplinary

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Financial and Corporate law

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Corporate Offences

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VAT Tribunals

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020 7489 2727


Inns of Court School of Law (Bar finals),

BA(Hons) in Law, London,

Ryde School


CBA South Eastern Circuit NRA Bar Yacht Club Amersham and Chiltern RFU


Recorder of the Crown Court Queen’s Counsel

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