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Stuart Duke

Stuart has expertise in, and extensive experience of, the defence of major and organised crime, homicide, serious sexual offences, money laundering and proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Stuart Duke, defence barrister
Stuart Duke, criminal defence barrister

Career highlights

Call: 1989

In his early days as a Crown Prosecutor in London and Manchester, Stuart was part of a Prosecution team that successfully brought to trial several murder cases involving organised crime groups and street violence.

Whilst at the Bar, he successfully defended several high-profile murder cases in and around the North West.

Stuart can provide advocacy services, advice (written or via the telephone, if required immediately) and formal training in respect of the same, together with all aspects of criminal procedure and the law of evidence. Written arguments and applications can be supplied in short order, if urgently needed.

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Specialist areas

Drugs offences and County Lines

Stuart has defended in many long running trials involving the importation of drugs, grooming gangs, and gang related murders.


Stuart specialises in firearms law cases and is a qualified firearms instructor.

Notable cases

R v T 2018 (Rape)

Trial involving multiple allegations of knifepoint rape.

R v Q and others 2017 (Fraud)

Lengthy fraud trial involving multiple defendants

R v W 2015 (Murder)

Murder trial involving the beating to death of a vulnerable neighbour.

R v D and others 2012 (Serious sexual offences)

Ground-breaking grooming trial involving multiple defendants and allegations of knifepoint rape.

R v C and others 2007 (Drugs)

Drugs importation trial involving the supply of millions of pounds of Class A drugs.

R v M and others 2006 (Firearms)

Trial involving the supply and subsequent use of firearms by organised crime groups