Joe Hingston

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Experienced led junior in all areas of serious and complex crime. Acts exclusively for the defence. 

In the last twelve months, defended in cases of international people trafficking, bribery, blackmail, armed robbery, and money laundering. Specialises in representing those accused of organised crime. Currently instructed in allegations of murder, drug trafficking and firearms.

In addition to trials on indictment, experience in advising individuals and corporations on criminal investigations and representing interested parties at Coroners’ inquests.

Assists in the representation of individuals facing the death penalty and prisoners detained in the "war on terror", travelling and working alongside lawyers in regions including the United States, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Consults on numerous death penalty projects with the charity Reprieve, and lecturing and teaching on the subject. Acting on a largely pro bono basis. Recent work includes travelling to Pakistan in September 2015 to provide training to capital lawyers  and assisting in the representation of an individual facing extradition to Ghana to face the death penalty.  

in 2015, Joe was awarded special recognition at the Bar Pro Bono Awards acknowledging his work for access to justice initiaitives and representing those facing the death penalty. 

Before being called to the Bar, worked for a number years in the United States assisting in the representation of individuals facing the death penalty. Led the investigation on behalf of scores of defendants at all stages of the capital trial process.

Trustee for the Centre for Criminal Appeals, a non-profit “access to justice” initiative which investigates miscarriages of justice. 

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