Derek joined Chambers after being called to the Bar at Inner Temple in March 2017. Until then he was a criminal defence solicitor since 1989, appearing in the Crown Court daily since 2007 as a Solicitor Advocate.
Derek has been at the forefront of criminal defense work for many years. In 2005 set up and was the senior partner at the First Law Partnership, one of the 20 biggest criminal defence firms in the country.
Derek has appeared in some very high profile cases involving murder, manslaughter, death by dangerous driving, rape and sexual offences, serious drugs conspiracy.
Derek has appeared in the Court of Appeal, most recently he was successful in a new evidence case where he was able to overturn the conviction of a man who had been convicted of robbing a woman who was on her way to bank the day’s takings from the convenience store at which she worked.