Gordon Cole

Experienced in heavyweight serious criminal cases

The Legal 500 2016

Gordon Cole QC

  • Called in 1979
  • Silk in 2006

Crime

Drugs / Guns

  • R v Golubovskij (2014): Successful defence in Legal High Importation case.
  • R v Jewell (2013): Defendant indicted as part of the gang that lived and supplied drugs in Croxteth area of Liverpool – involving shootings / arson / drugs supply in prison.
  • R v Steven Cordwell (2011): Defended man charged with importation of 67 Glock pistols.
  • R v Liaqat Khan (2011): Successful defence of a man charged with a drug-related shooting (Manchester).
  • R v Stella Taylor (2009): One of main defendants in very large drug importation case (Liverpool Crown Court).

Fraud

  • R v Daniel Barrs (2015): Defence in global Carbon Credit fraud.
  • R v Barrs (2015): Defence in MTIC / Carbon Credit fraud and money laundering allegation.
  • R v Manjra (2013): Huge MTIC £150 million fraud – 5 defendants – trial lasted over 6 months.
  • R v Richard Kemp (2011): Successfully defended in a pharmaceutical fraud which was the largest case of its type brought by the MHRA alleging huge importation of counterfeit pharmaceuticals (Croydon Crown Court).
  • R v Rashid & Others (2010): Prosecuted election fraud (Leeds Crown Court).
  • Operation Talmine (2009): Election fraud from Bradford West with numerous defendants (Leeds Crown Court).

Murder

  • R v Sarah Williams & Katrina Walsh (2016): Represented Sarah Williams in high profile murder from Helmshore in Lancashire. Case heard at Preston Crown Court.
  • R v Daniel Johnston (2016): Represented 1 of 3 defendants indicted of murder of 14 year old boy. Particularly brutal killing in churchyard in Carlisle.
  • R v Hoyles (2015): Prosecuted defendant indicted with murder of woman – subject of BBC Two CPS documentary ‘The Prosecutors’.
  • R v Liptrot (2015): Represented defendant indicted with Gross Negligence Manslaughter as a result of him being both landlord and serving firefighter. A tenant had set fire to one of his homes killing 5 persons.
  • R v Stephen Duggan (2015): Prosecuted defendant indicted with the murder of a woman passer by who stopped to assist in an argument between defendant and his partner.
  • R v Jervis (2014): Defence of drug / gang related killing.
  • R v David Ryan (2013): Defendant indicted with the murder of his girlfriend – lady who lived alone in Cheshire – alleging mutilation and murder as result of being forced to pay back monies he had conned from deceased.
  • R v Childs and Price (2013): Defendants charged and convicted of joint enterprise homicide.
  • R v Owen (2013): Double murder of partner and daughter.
  • R v Kenny (2013): Homicide by deliberately running over victim.
  • R v Ricky Jervis (2013): Drug related punishment killing.
  • R v Keith Rumbold (2012): Defended a man charged with murdering his wife who was ill with Alzheimer’s (Manchester).
  • R v Mark Done (2012): Successful defence of a man charged with murder in what is called a ‘no body murder’ (Chester Crown Court).
  • R v Howard & Cotterill (2012): Prosecuted two men in a murder by shooting (Manchester).
  • R v Ashleigh Robinson (2011): Defended woman charged with the pre-planned murder of her father (Mold Crown Court).
  • R v Andrew Daniels (2011): Successfully defended a man charged with attempted murder (Newcastle Crown Court).
  • R v Piotr Kruk (2011): Polish defendant charged with murder – acquitted (Manchester Crown Court).
  • R v Colin Cain (2010): Defended high profile random murder of a young 15 year-old army cadet (Liverpool Crown Court).
  • R v Raeben Kareem (2010): Defence of murder and attempted murder of 2 others after imprisonment and torture by Kurdish Iraqi (Bradford Crown Court).
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Notable Cases


R v Sarah Williams & Katrina Walsh (2016)
Represented Sarah Williams in high profile murder from Helmshore in Lancashire. Case heard at Preston Crown Court.

R v Daniel Johnston (2016)
Represented 1 of 3 defendants indicted of murder of 14 year old boy. Particularly brutal killing in churchyard in Carlisle.

R v Hoyles (2015)
Prosecuted defendant indicted with murder of woman – subject of BBC Two CPS documentary ‘The Prosecutors’.

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R v Liptrot (2015)
Represented defendant indicted with Gross Negligence Manslaugther as a result of him being both landlord and serving firefighter. A tenant had set fire to one of his homes killing 5 persons.

R v Stephen Duggan (2015)
Prosecuted defendant indicted with the murder of a woman passer by who stopped to assist in an argument between defendant and his partner.

R v Daniel Barrs (2015)
Defence in global Carbon Credit fraud.

R v Barrs (2015)
Defence in MTIC / Carbon Credit fraud and money laundering allegation.

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Appointments & Memberships


  • Criminal Bar Association

Directory Quotes


Gordon Cole QC is as a leading silk in the Legal 500 for Crime.

‘Experienced in heavyweight serious criminal cases.’
Legal 500 2016

Legal 500 2016 Leading Individual