Gordon is a specialist and successful trial advocate. He has extensive experience in serous and complex criminal cases, frequently acting as a leading junior.
Gordon accepts instructions on behalf of the defence and the Crown involving all forms of serious offending, but in particular cases of murder, manslaughter, serious violence, drugs, money laundering and serious sexual offences. Gordon is regularly instructed in complex multi-handed cases with voluminous papers requiring attention to detail and forensic analysis. Current instructions include an individual charged with a large-scale fraud, in which the defendant headed a conspiracy using client details he had mined when working for a well-known firm of Criminal Solicitors.
R -v- JD  EWCA Crim 1866 – Consecutive sentences; Determinate sentences; Licence periods
R -v- TA  EWCA Crim 668 – Admissibility; Attempts; Bad character; Gangs; Murder
R -v- ML  EWCA Crim 2536 – Mens rea; No case to answer; Prosecution appeals
R -v- MA  EWCA Crim 1382 - Breach; Sentence length; Sexual offences prevention orders
R v AM  EWCA Crim 850 - Disparity of sentence; Guilty pleas; Joint enterprise; Offending on bail; Robbery; Separate trials; Totality of sentence; Serious offences
R -v- AH  EWCA Crim 2227 - Burglary; Custodial sentences; Disqualification from driving; Disqualification periods; Proportionality; Rehabilitation - Interpretation and construction of s.147 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000.
R -v- C; R -v- T  EWCA Crim 761 - Post-verdict communication from jurors
Gordon Carse, led by Paul Keleher QC, represented a defendant charged with the murder of two elderly victims separated by a three-year period, in which other serious offending was committed. The case involved complex and extensive expert evidence, including pathology, cell site and DNA evidence.
Gordon Carse, led by Jonathan Higgs QC, represented an alleged member of a Swedish hit team, hired to assassinate a leading member of a rival international OCG. The case made national headlines due to the professionalism of the assassination, in which latex masks and other disguises were used prior to the shooting. The shooting itself was designed to be shocking, taking place on Christmas Eve on the victim’s doorstep and in front of his family.
Gordon Carse represented the defendant who was alleged to have run cannabis farms and conspired in the national supply of wholesale quantities of Class A drugs. Following section 8 applications and written submissions that there was no case to answer, the Crown offered no further evidence and the Jury returned directed verdicts of not guilty.
Gordon Carse represented the lead defendant in an allegation of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. The defendant was a well known ‘drill’ artist and the prosecution was heavily reliant upon bad character evidence of gang activity (including multiple murders). The defendant was acquitted by the jury.
Gordon Carse, led by Sue Rodham, represented the defendant charged with facilitating allegations of attempted murder (2 separate shootings). Following successful submissions as to the admissibility of covert recordings and submission of no case to answer was upheld and the defendant acquitted by directed verdicts.