Charles Crinion


Called 2002



Charles is an experienced criminal law barrister who moved to Birmingham in December 2015. He was previously a tenant at 1MCB (the chambers of John Benson QC).

Charles practices through his Limited Company, Charles Crinion Limited which is registered in England and Wales under registration number 11576500 and which is a member of Chambers. His entity is licensed and regulated by the Bar Standards Board to provide advocacy services.


Charles has been instructed in a wide range of serious matters from murder trials to large frauds. He is a Level 4 Advocate on the CPS Advocates’ Panel. He is public access approved. Charles has a particular expertise in cases involving trademark offences.

Charles has appeared in the Court of Appeal in several reported cases (for example: R v Nelson [2006] in Archbold on bad character applications and R v Fazal [2010] 1 Cr.App.R. 6 CA on the meaning of “converting” criminal property). Charles writes regularly for legal journals. His articles have appeared in the Criminal Law Review and Archold News.


Notable Cases


R v GF (Shrewsbury CC) (March 2018)

Represented a man in his 30’s facing a 20 count indictment alleging rape and attempted rape of his stepdaughter over a 6 year period. Acquitted of all counts after an eight day trial.

R v B & 2 others (Warwick CC) (February 2018)

Successfully prosecuted at trial a gang smuggling handguns, ammunition and conversion kits into the UK from America.

R v Mark Greenall (Warwick CC) (June 2016)

Represented a Defendant accused of 9 counts including 4 counts of rape, grooming, indecent images and “revenge porn”. Successfully negotiated a plea to some of the counts and a basis of plea that reduced his sentence considerably. Case reported in the Mirror, Mail, Independent and Liverpool Echo.

Meikle & 4 Others (Wolverhampton CC)(May 2016)

Successfully prosecuted a gang for selling class A drugs across Birmingham. Substantial sentences imposed. Widely reported in the local media.

R v Moss (Coventry CC)(January 2016)

Successfully defended a man accused of raping his ex-partner several times.

R v W & 4 others (Birmingham Crown Court) (3 week trial in October 2015)

Conspiracy to rob. Defending a retired civil servant accused of masterminding a campaign of robberies against members of a rival motorcycle club as part of “a turf war” in Hereford.

R v Nye & 11 others (Hove Crown Court) (August 2015)

Conspiracy to convert criminal property. Defended N accused of being part of a conspiracy to sell stolen cars, laptops and phones worth £210,000 in the Brighton area.

R v Emmanuel Kalejaiye (Chelmsford CC) (April 2014)

Murder. Defending and led by John Benson QC. K was acquitted of murdering his mother and, instead, convicted of manslaughter on the basis of diminished responsibility. Widely reported in the national press.

R v Sark Int (a company) and Malhotra (Birmingham Crown Court) (February 2014)

66 counts of trademark and product safety offences. Defending the company director. Negotiated a plea to lesser offences on a basis which meant the director did not go to prison. Successfully settled the POCA proceedings.

R v Darren Constantine & 4 others (Ipswich Crown Court) (May 2013)

Evasion of duty on cigarettes. Successfully defended a shipping agent accused of organising the smuggling of 1 million counterfeit cigarettes into the UK.