Tim Roberts QC


Tim Roberts QC was Head of Fountain Chambers for almost ten years until January 2010 and was the first ever QC appointed from Teesside.

He has a wealth of experience in Criminal Law and has appeared as Leading Counsel in many high profile cases. He was Leading Defence Counsel in the foremost reported case concerning a police undercover operation to infiltrate a criminal conspiracy (R v Harmes and Crane). Multiple breaches of the Covert Human Intelligence Source Code of Practice were established.

He was Leading Defence Counsel for one of the accused in the Baby P murder trial which tested the application of Section 5 of the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004 to third parties. He was Leading Defence Counsel in the “Stephen Lawrence” murder trial dealing with the special forensic scientific problems posed by cold case reviews. He was Leading Defence Counsel for an acquitted co-accused in the Dale Cregan murder trial.

Tim has a particular expertise in cases concerning undercover operations to detect organised crimes, covert surveillance and telephone intercepts as well as agent provocateur and entrapment cases.

Among his many high profile cases, Tim has been at the centre of cases involving manslaughter by gross negligence at sea, a chemical spillage at the mouth of the River Tees, a £40 million cocaine importation, police corruption, reckless transmission of sexual diseases and telephone tapping.

Recent Cases

  • R v Smurthwaite and Gill (98 Crim. App. R. 437) Entrapment. Undercover officer.
  • R v Agar (90 Cr. App. R. 318) Informants Attorney General’s Reference No 5 2002 (2005 1 AC 167) H.L. Telephone interceptions on private systems.
  • R v Konzani (2005 EWCA Crim. 706) Transmission of H.I.V contrary to section 20 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. Defence of consent.



Practice Areas

Crime and Regulatory Law

Qualified to undertake Direct Access work

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