Hal was called to the Bar in 1997, after reading Law at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University. Hal has wide experience of criminal law, including in the Courts Martial. He is regularly instructed by both prosecution and defence.
Hal has conducted cases across the range of criminal offences. These have included serious violence (murder and section 18 grievous bodily harm), kidnap, robbery, firearms cases, sexual assault, fraud and thefts.
In 2011, he defended in a six week conspiracy to defraud trial, relating to the production and distribution of illegal vodka. He was also instructed, as junior counsel, in an advance fee fraud case with over ten thousand pages of witness statements and exhibits. This case required several days spent checking the unused material which was made available to the defence.
He has also dealt with a number of local authority prosecutions (including offences under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, Education Act 1996 and Health and Safety matters). Hal is currently instructed in a prosecution for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
In the Courts Martial, Hal defended in a case involving an allegation of kidnap, assault on and abuse of an officer. He has also defended those charged with military offences, such as being absent without leave.