Jamie Hill QC


Jamie Hill QC is our popular and much respected Head of Chambers who regularly appears for both the prosecution and defence in high profile cases across the North East.

With his extensive experience in all aspects of criminal law he is the Silk of choice for many defence solicitors when seeking leading counsel for clients charged with serious offences, including murder, manslaughter, sexual abuse, kidnap, rape and fraud. He has particular expertise in medical and scientific issues, with recent experience of non-accidental head injuries in babies, and involvement in a leading case in the interpretation of LCN DNA evidence

He can often be found at the centre of the high profile murder cases on the North Eastern Circuit.

His practice includes both legally aided and private work.

He also has considerable experience in employment and regulatory matters, particularly involving issues of Discrimination, Health and Safety and Police Disciplinary proceedings.

Jamie has spent most of his career with Fountain Chambers and is married with two daughters. Outside of court he can be found trying to play golf, supporting Whitley Bay and Tynemouth Hockey Club or watching football.

Recent Cases

R v Kamran (2009) attempted murder gang violence in Bradford.

R v Fathi (2009) murder within Iranian community on Teesside.

R v Reed; R v Garmson [2010] 1 Cr App R 23 leading case on the scope of expert evidence and the interpretation of LCN DNA.

R v C (2010) serial rapist in Hartlepool.

R v Gladstone (2010) successful cut-throat defence in Gateshead murder.

R v Garbutt (2011) Melsonby Post Office murder.

R v D (2011) historic sexual abuse case involving recovered memory syndrome.

R v Johnson  (2011) successful defence in an Easington murder based on interpretation of forensic evidence.

R v Willis (2011) Gateshead murder involving defendant with early onset dementia.

R v Wood (2012) Health and Safety gross negligence manslaughter.

R v Rashid (2013) successful defence in a notorious West Yorkshire murder at Leeds.

R v D (2013) a lengthy and complicated ‘shaken baby’ manslaughter.

R v Honeyman and others (2013) prosecution of three handed South Shields murder.

Environment Agency v Huntsman Tioxide following a leak of sulphuric acid at Seal Sands, Teesside.

R-v-Park Gates Leisure (2013) Teesside Crown Court successful defence of a company accused of Health and Safety breaches following a fall from height.

R-v-O’Donnell (2013) Leeds Crown Court manslaughter prosecution with allegation of non-accidental head injury in a baby.

R-v-Garner (2013) Newcastle Crown Court cut throat defence in a murder with juvenile defendants.

Inquest touching the death of Kirk Williams (2014) Teesside Coroner’s Court representing a Police Officer following a death in custody.

R-v-Daniel Johnson (2014) Newcastle Crown Court Prosecuting a murder with a defence of insanity.

R-v-Middleton and Sowerby (2014) Teesside Crown Court Prosecution of Hartlepool axe murder.

R-v-Duncan (2014) Newcastle Crown Court Defence of social worker charged with historic sex offences in Children’s Homes.

R-v-Sutton (2014) Leeds Crown Court Defence of man accused of killing his wife and attempting to murder her children.

Chief Constable of Northumbria –v- DE (2014) defence of Sergeant charged with serious misconduct; including abuse of process arguments; case pursued to successful appeal before Police Appeals Tribunal.







Practice Areas

Regulatory and Criminal Litigation



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Criminal Bar Association

Health and Safety Lawyers Association