Will Noble

Introduction

Will is a well regarded barrister with extensive experience defending and prosecuting serious crime throughout the south-east.

Defending, he is a tenacious advocate with a proven track record. He is also a Level 4 prosecutor accustomed to managing large complex cases with multiple defendants.

Background and expertise

Will’s recent instructions include murder, manslaughter and other serious violence; rape and other sexual offences; child abuse; kidnappings; large-scale drug cases; firearms; fraud; deception; regulatory offences; and proceeds of crime proceedings.

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Notable cases

R v M, 2019

Prosecution of a 15 year old boy for attempted murder in which the victim (also a 15 year boy) was stabbed multiple times during a dispute in north London. The case involved the careful handling of vulnerable child witnesses. The defendant was convicted of s.18 GBH in the alternative. The defence appealed the conviction, leave was granted but, following argument from both sides, the defendant’s appeal was rejected by the Court of Appeal.

R v G, 2019

The prosecution of a serial arsonist who set fire to several properties in rural Bedfordshire causing in excess of £1 million worth of damage and putting numerous lives at risk. The defendant received a life sentence following his conviction at trial. Luton Crown Court.

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R v B and others, 2019

Successful prosecution of multi-handed “county lines” drugs operation. The head of the serious crime group was based in London; he built up a network of vulnerable young people who were groomed and subsequently recruited to deliver drugs and move money between London and Hertfordshire. The case involved detailed analysis of call data and cell site patterns as well as establishing phone number attribution in order to show how the operation worked and who was “at the top of the tree”. St. Albans Crown Court.

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R v D and another, 2019

Lead counsel in the defence of a man who was accused of robbing the first defendant during which the first defendant murdered the second defendant’s companion. The two defendants were tried together with each running a “cutthroat” defence against the other. St. Albans Crown Court.

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R v A, 2018

Lead counsel in the successful defence of a man charged in a multi-handed conspiracy to defraud trial. The case related to a sophisticated £1.2m “cash for crash” scheme. The case involved approximately 20,000 pages of evidence. The defence that was advanced necessitated an attack on the credibility of solicitors and a doctor contending that they were not prosecution witnesses of truth but parties to the conspiracy. The jury accepted that the defendant had been the subject of identity theft.

R v G, 2018

Successful acquittal of the alleged getaway driver in an alleged armed robbery in which the defendants had travelled down from London to Gravesend in the early hours of the morning, forced their way into a house and sought to rob the complainants at gunpoint.

R v A, 2018

Defence of a former taxi driver prosecuted for multiple historic rapes on vulnerable women picked up in his taxi late at night. Defendant was identified by his DNA 10 years after the events. The defendant contested the allegations alleging consent.

R v J, 2018

Murder acquittal in youth gang violence which resulted in a fatal stabbing

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Other Activities and Interests

  • Cycling, cricket, rugby and football.
  • Will is also a keen landscape photographer and has had many of his pictures exhibited.

‘Well respected because he is conscientious, hardworking and tenacious.’ (Legal 500, 2018)
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PROFILE: Will Noble

Legal 500, 2021 Chambers UK, 2021

Year called

2000

Specialisms

Crime

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Confiscation / POCA

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Corporate Offences

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Cybercrime

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Serious Crime

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Sexual offences

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Terrorism

Disciplinary

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Regulatory and disciplinary blue

Road Traffic

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Road traffic

Contact

020 7489 2727

Education

BVC, College of Law London

CPE, College of Law York

BA Philosophy, University of Wales

Bryanston School

Memberships

SEC, CBA, Herts & Beds Bar Mess (mess junior)

Appointments

CPS Panel (Grade 4) and Rape Panel

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