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Ralph Pickering’s practice focuses primarily on criminal law, professional discipline, inquests, public inquiries, and trading standards cases.
He regularly represents defendants in the Magistrates’ Court, Youth Court and Crown Court. His practice spans the full range of the criminal spectrum. He has represented individuals in Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings following large-scale drug supply conspiracies and has successfully represented Defendants on trial for violent offences, including armed robbery and attempted Grievous Bodily Harm.
Ralph was recently seconded to the Law Officers’ Department in Jersey, providing advice on a range of criminal matters, including complex financial crime, serious sexual offences and large-scale drugs importation. Through his work in Jersey Ralph also developed significant experience in the sphere of Mutual Legal Assistance.
Ralph has also acted for local councils and Boroughs in trading standards cases and private prosecutions ranging from breaches of consumer protection regulations to violations of the Trade Marks Act.
Alongside his criminal practice Ralph has regularly successfully represented medical professionals at inquests.
Ralph has a particular interest in public inquiries and is currently instructed as junior counsel in the Independent Inquiry relating to Afghanistan.
Prior to coming to the bar Ralph worked as a stage actor, performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is also a fluent Russian speaker.