Joshua Purser


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


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.


Joshua accepts instructions in all areas of civil litigation and acts for both Claimant and Defendant. Joshua appears regularly in the County Court on a host of matters, from infant approval hearings and MOJ stage three hearings to small claims.

Joshua has a detailed knowledge of the Civil Procedural Rules, having undertaken the Chancery and Judicial Review electives on the Bar Professional Training Course. He went on to cement that knowledge when he worked as a costs paralegal at DAC Beachcroft, handling the negotiations of high value costs claims and drafting Points of Dispute in readiness for Detailed Assessment.

Joshua has experience in advising and appearing in contentious probate matters. He has a particular interest in claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 and issues of testamentary capacity.


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.