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Toby Hedworth Q.C

Toby Hedworth Q.C. was called to the bar in 1975 and became Queens Counsel in 1996. He is the Head of Trinity Barristers Chambers based in Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Leeds. He has been a Crown Court Recorder since 1991. Toby is also a member of the Bar of Northern Ireland.

He prosecutes and defends criminal and regulatory cases in the Crown and Appellate Courts in cases involving:

  • White Collar Crime
  • Fraud
  • Professional/Gangland Crime
  • Conspiracy
  • Baby Shaking & Infant Death
  • Sexual Exploitation/Assault
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Terrorism

Toby has dealt with cases involving professionals defrauding state agencies, and long firm frauds. He has been instructed in HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) cases including Carousel/Missing Trader Intra-Community (MTIC) Fraud, involving cross-jurisdictional issues, complex and voluminous financial evidence. He was involved in the North East Property Buyers Mortgage Fraud (2015) case, which was dubbed the largest fraud in the UK.

Toby is regularly recognised in the leading legal directories:

Legal 500

"His closing speeches are always memorable - he commands the attention of everyone in court"
"A fantastic communicator, who distils complex facts into intelligible themes"
"Toby Hedworth QC's established criminal practice includes prosecutions under the Terrorism Act."
"an outstanding advocate with an impressive court presence"
"Impressive heavyweight ... takes instructions nationwide."
"Charismatic and energetic ... ranks at the top of heavy cases."
"A superb Advocate."
"Recommended for white-collar crime cases."

Chambers & Partners

"An accomplished silk whose practice includes a wide range of criminal and regulatory cases. He has experience of handling homicide and terrorism matters and is recognised for his adept handling of complex judicial review proceedings". “Very good in court."
"A strong performer. He is very experienced and has a great presence with the jury."
"A very experienced advocate who is very persuasive."
"He's an outstanding advocate in trials, and he gives peace of mind to clients who are facing the most stressful of times."
"charm and talent in equal measures."
"The best criminal Barrister in the City ... incredibly industrious and always thinks the best of his clients."
“A highly respected silk...He's experienced and a good fighter in court."

"Toby Hedworth Q.C., cool, calm and effective." - Michael Mansfield Q.C. in 'Memoirs of a Radical Lawyer' 2009

In 2017, Toby received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Northern Law Awards 2017. The award recognises individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the legal profession in the region and to their organisation.

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