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 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.