Joshua Purser

Barrister

Called 2016

Inn of Court: Middle Temple

Memberships: Criminal Bar Association, Midland Commercial and Chancery Bar Association, Discrimination Law Association
CPS Panels/ Grade: Grade One

Background

Education and Awards:

Lord Lowry Scholarship – Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

Wig Scholarship – University of Law

Dean’s List Award for Academic Excellence

LLB Law (Hons) – First Class

Joshua joined chambers after successfully completing pupillage in-house at a large firm of solicitors. During his time in pupillage he obtained a great deal of experience in defending in rape and serious sexual assault cases, notably assisting in an five-month conspiracy to rape trial at Oxford Crown Court as part of Operation Silk.

Joshua has a professional interest in sexual offences and has written a number of articles in the area. Most recently, he gave commentary on the new law surrounding sexual communications with children. He has a particular interest in crimes within the LGBTQ+ community and has been involved in cases concerning serious offences within same-sex couples.

Joshua has always had a keen interest in criminal practice and during his time at university worked for the Innocence Project, a charity which investigates purported miscarriages of justice and makes references to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

Civil


Joshua enjoys a busy and varied civil practice in an array of different areas, ranging from contractual disputes, personal injury and contentious probate. He acts for both Claimants and Defendants and regularly appears in the County Court and High Court across all Tracks. He has notably acted for a mobile phone giant in an action brought in misrepresentation and a large package holiday provider in claims for breach of contract.

Alongside a busy court practice, Joshua has a depth of knowledge and experience in providing advice in writing on complex matters of law, liability and quantum. He provides advice on the prospects of claims under the Wills Act and Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 as well as providing opinion on the quantification of such claims.

He is deft at quantifying loss in personal injury matters and drafts pleadings with accuracy and tactical nous. He has experience at pursuing claims against large employers and also has substantial experience of road traffic claims, including disputes concerning credit hire, low velocity impacts, staged accidents and allegations of fundamental dishonesty.

He will accept instructions on a CFA basis in appropriate cases.

Joshua has a detailed knowledge of the Civil Procedural Rules and uses them to great tactical advantage in advancing the best interests of his clients. His experience working as a costs draftsman at DAC Beachcroft has served him well in his pursuing costs only matters. He has an appreciation for the importance of this satellite litigation and has experience in drafting Points of Dispute in readiness for Provisional and Detailed Assessment.

Crime


Joshua is well versed in appearing before an array of different Courts, be it the Magistrates’ Court and, most frequently, the Crown Court. Joshua also had the opportunity to observe Court Martial proceedings during his First Six. Joshua has enjoyed a busy Crown Court practice, defending in appeals against conviction and sentence, Newton hearings, PTPHs, sentence hearings and mentions. He was recently instructed as disclosure junior in an historic sexual abuse trial at Gloucester Crown Court, in which he demonstrated sound tactical reasoning and was commended for the quality of his written legal argument.

Joshua has a great deal of experience in general crime and regulatory matters, particularly charges for fraudulent trading brought by Trading Standards. He was also instructed to defend in a fraud sentence concerning a pensioner who defrauded the Royal British Legion of £30,000. A case which attracted considerable media attention.

Notable Cases:

  • R v Boliver- Prosecuted a fraud by the head of accounts at a garden centre, the proceeds of which were over £76,000.00.
  • R v Cuss- Defended in a neighbourhood dispute trial at Worcester Crown Court which lead in an acquittal following a successful submission of no case to answer.