Year of Call 2005
Joey was called to the Bar in 2005 and is a Jules Worth and Benefactors Scholar and a Harmsworth Scholar of the Middle Temple. Originally from Hong Kong, he studied Law at the University of Cambridge and completed the Bar Vocational Course at Nottingham Law School, with specialisms in Crime and Immigration, where he was deemed “Very Competent”. Joey is currently a Grade 2 Prosecutor.
Since joining Chambers, Joey has developed a busy criminal practice for both Prosecution and Defence. Instructed on Crown Court trials across the East Midlands and West Midlands, his work covers a broad spectrum of crime. He has successfully prosecuted and defended jury trials for offences of Section 18, Robbery, Tax Fraud, Possession of class A drugs with intent to supply, Possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, Dangerous driving and Burglary.
Notable cases he has dealt with since joining Chambers include:
» R v Hill. Joey successfully prosecuted Mr. Hill for a section 18 Grievous bodily harm with intent. At trial, Joey carefully navigated through the Crown witnesses’ contradictory accounts of how Mr. Hill hit the victim on the head with a bottle, as well as cross examining three Defence witnesses’ accounts that Mr. Hill was acting in self-defence. The jury convicted Mr. Hill.
» R v Damiani. Joey successfully defended Mr. Damiani in the Court of Appeal. Mr. Damiani had pleaded guilty to Causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment. Joey persuaded the Court of Appeal to reduce Mr. Damiani’s imprisonment to 4 months, resulting in Mr. Damiani’s immediate release.
» R v Swift. Joey successfully prosecuted Mr. Swift for Tax fraud. Mr. Swift falsely claimed over £180,000 of business expenses. Joey was able to explain the complex bank transactions of Mr. Swift’s 9 bank accounts to the jury, and persuaded them to find Mr. Swift guilty. After advising on proceeds of crime confiscation, Joey obtained the entire amount of tax owed back to the HMRC.
» R v Lamb and Lamb. Joey successfully defended Mr. Lamb for Possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. Three Crown witnesses saw Mr. Lamb with a shotgun in a public house car park. The police found a matching shotgun when they searched Mr. Lamb’s house. At the trial, Joey cross-examined the three Crown witnesses thoroughly and persuaded the jury to find him not guilty.
» R v Smith. Joey successfully prosecuted this contested sentencing hearing. Mr. Smith’s mental health led him to using samurai swords in a park. The Defence sought to persuade the judge to allow Mr. Smith to be treated in the community. Joey carefully examined the defendant’s two psychiatrists and successfully persuaded the judge to make a Hospital Order with a section 41 Restriction instead.
» R v Fynes. Joey defended Mr. Fynes for Possession of class B drugs with intent to supply and Failing to surrender to custody. In 1999, the Police caught Mr. Fynes with 52 kg of Cannabis and £8000 cash. Mr. Fynes then fled the country for 15 years until he finally arrested under a European Arrest Warrant. Mr. Fynes pleaded guilty and the Prosecution applied for a Proceeds of Crime Confiscation Order. Joey mitigated Mr. Fyne’s sentence of imprisonment to three and a half years, and successfully persuaded the judge not to grant a Confiscation Order.
» R v Hall. Joey successfully prosecuted Mr. Hall for Threatening with an offensive weapon with immediate risk of serious physical harm. The defendant tried to stab a man with a butterfly knife in a nightclub. Only one Crown witness saw the knife. The Defence called three witnesses to say there was no knife. Joey vigorously cross-examined all three Defence witnesses, resulting in the jury rejecting their account and convicting the defendant.
» R v Hames. Joey successfully defended Miss Hames for Being in charge of a dangerous dog (causing injury to a person). Miss Hames was going to plead guilty. Joey conducted legal research and found a defence for Miss Hames. Joey’s defence was successful, resulting in Miss Hames being found Not Guilty after trial.
Joey has successfully represented HMRC and the Police Constabulary in regulatory offences, and is developing his civil practice. Most notably, in the case of R v Caldwell, he successfully responded on behalf of the Leicestershire Constabulary to an appeal against the making of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order. At the time, Mr. Caldwell was one of three people on Leicestershire Police’s most at risk list.
Prior to joining Chambers, Joey worked as a barrister for the Crown Prosecution Service. As well as advocacy experience, Joey gained much litigation experience in the CPS. His most notable cases include:
» R v Tarsoly. Joey secured a Murder conviction, where he was commended for his early identification of the issues and his handling of disclosure.
» R v Johnson, Morley and Shaw. Joey secured convictions for a multi-handed Conspiracy to Burgle, where three defendants burgled 54 different hmes across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. The Prosecution team was commended on the preparation and presentation of this complex case involving a telephone cell siting.
» R v Hall. Joey securing a section 18 Grievous bodily harm with intent conviction, where the defendant stabbed the complainant with a machete. Joey carried out an extensive disclosure exercise and drafted a successful Public Interest Immunity application.
Joey is also fluent in Cantonese Chinese.
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