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William Sneddon

Call 2016

Practice Profile

William is known for having a calm and approachable manner with his clients whilst also presenting robust, comprehensive, and persuasive advocacy in the courtroom. He has particular experience dealing with young clients and clients suffering from mental illness. Having been instructed in a number of serious and complex youth cases, William is very familiar with telephone and cell site evidence.

He has experience in multiple areas of criminal law and acquired a range of specialist experience before coming to the Bar. Immediately before pupillage, William spent a year working for a boutique law firm in Malaysia, drafting submissions that were instrumental in achieving the exoneration of death row inmates charged with either murder or drug trafficking. Prior to this, he spent 9 months in the USA assisting with the investigation and preparation of capital defence cases. William has also spent a year practising civil law during his time as a County Court Advocate.

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Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers
  • Human Rights Lawyers Associationb
  • The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

Appointments

  • CPS Grade 1 Prosecutor
  • Social Mobility Advocate of the Bar Council of England and Wales
  • Treasurer of the Inner Temple Junior Bar Association

Scholarships & Prizes

  • 2021                  Pegasus Scholarship (Washington, USA), Pegasus Trust
  • 2019                  Award for Excellence in Advocacy, Criminal Bar Association
  • 2018                  Ede and Ravenscroft Prize, Inner Temple
  • 2016                  Internship Award, Inner Temple
  • 2016                  Travel Award, Northumbria University
  • 2015                  Travel Award, Northumbria University
  • 2015                  Winner, Bar Mooting Competition, Northumbria University
  • 2015                  Exhibition Award, Inner Temple

Publications

Malaysia’s Test for Incompetence of Counsel, Outdated from its inception? [2019] 5 MLJ xviii

Recent Cases


  • R v KR [Maidstone Crown Court] 2021

    Dwelling burglary and dangerous driving

    William was instructed to represent a client who had pleaded guilty to dwelling burglary and dangerous driving and not-guilty to two counts of attempted burglary. Following representations being made to the CPS, the Crown offered no evidence on the attempted burglary counts. Citing the case of R v Jessemey [2021] EWCA Crim 175, William successfully argued that the Crown Court’s sentencing powers were limited to those of the Magistrates’ Court and he was able to secure an eight-month suspended sentence for his client. Instructed by Thomas Boyd Whyte.

  • R v JC [Chelmsford Youth Court] 2021

    Conspiracy to supply Class A drugs x 2

    William was instructed to represent a youth client who was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Following representations being made to the CPS’ reviewing lawyer regarding the positive NRM referral and the inherent weaknesses of the Crown’s case, the Crown discontinued the charges. Instructed by Paul Martin & Co

  • R v TB [Highbury Youth Court] 2021

    Conspiracy to commit robbery

    William was instructed to represent a youth client who was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery with two others. William drafted a Section 78 PACE argument seeking to exclude the entirety of Crown’s cell-site evidence, which resulted in the Crown discontinuing the proceedings against his client. Instructed by Edwards Duthie Shamash.

  • R v Wayne [Court of Appeal] 2020

    Appeal against sentence - dwelling burglary, harassment, and criminal damage

    William was granted permission to appeal against a sentence made by Portsmouth Crown Court. The appeal concerned the relevance of the factors indicating lesser harm in a case of a burglary where nothing was stolen and the intention was to cause criminal damage. The Court of Appeal also considered the cases of R v Manning and R v Jones in the wake of lockdown measures being lifted. Instructed by Geoff White Solicitors.

  • R v SE and FE [Highbury Magistrates Court] 2020

    Public Order 1986, Section 4A

    William Sneddon represented a defendant, who was accused of making threats to the footballer Mesut Özil and his security staff. Following cross-examination of both complainants over two days, and William’s ‘half-time’ submission of no case to answer, the Court dismissed the case against Mr Ekinci. Instructed by Joseph Hill & Co.