Jamie Hill KC


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.

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 also has considerable experience in regulatory matters, particularly involving issues of Discrimination, Health and Safety issues.  He has regularly represented the Police Federation over the last 25 years both as a Q.C. and Junior in relation to Police Disciplinary Hearings and Inquests.  He has also advised several high ranking officers in relation to employment matters.

In addition Jamie has also advised a group of BME officers in Cleveland regarding discrimination claims which were settled as well as  local hotel chain in relation to a serious fire safety case.

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 and extends to undertaking family cases where his criminal litigation skills are relevant to the issues before the court.


Recent Cases

North Yorkshire Council v Newbury and others (2023 Trading Standards prosecution of a nationwide building fraud

Durham County Council v Stonegate Pub Co. Ltd (2023) Health and Safety prosecution following death of a student outside a nightclub in Durham

Durham County Council v Durham County Cricket Club (2022) Health and Safety Prosecution following partial collapse of stand at International cricket match

R v Hamblin (2022) attempted murder by torture

R v Mottershead (2021) conspiracy to murder (gang violence in Sheffield)

R v Higgins (2020 defence of mother accused of manslaughter (head injury to baby)

R v Gregory (2020) attempted murder (gang shooting in Sheffield)

Operation Seabrook (3 trials September 2018-February 2019) Have been advising Police and CPS (with DPP case meetings) on prosecution of prison officers in respect of historic sexual and violent offending against inmates at a Detention Centre between 1960’s and 1980’s. 1700+ complaints. This the biggest historic abuse case in English Legal History

R -v- Marsden, British Cycling and another (2018) Mold. Health and Safety prosecution on behalf of Denbighshire County Council

R -v- Unwin and McFall (2018) Newcastle. Successful prosecution of two previously convicted murderers accused of raping and murdering a woman

R -v- Burn (2018 Newcastle Crown Court

R -v- Jones (2017) Leeds Crown Court. Successful defence of man accused of murder by arson.

R -v- Dhillon (2017) Newcastle Crown Court. Defence of Sikh soldier accused of stalking and murdering ex-girlfriend

R -v- Imray (2016) Newcastle Crown Court. Successful defence of learning disabled man accused of murder

R -v- Cruse (2016) Teesside Crown Court. Successful defence of teenager accused of gang murder

R -v- F and D (2015) Leeds Crown Court. Defence of 14 year old girl charged with murder

Adverse decision appealed to Police Appeals Tribunal; subsequently we succeeded in Administrative Court on Judicial Review

Chief Constable of Northumbria v MA (2015) defence of Chief Inspector accused of gross misconduct due to sexual harassment of work colleagues

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

R v Garbutt (2011) Melsonby Post Office murder.

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

R v C (2010) serial rapist in Hartlepool.

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.


1984 Inner Temple






Judicial Appointments

Recorder (Crime, Class 2 and Civil) 2002




Head of Fountain Chambers (Middlesbrough and Newcastle) 2010 – 2020

Member of North Eastern Circuit (Northern Area Silk Representative on Circuit Executive Committee)

Circuit Advocacy and Vulnerable Witness Trainer

Train Home Office Pathologists re giving expert evidence

Criminal Bar Association

Health and Safety Lawyers Association

Practice Areas