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Gerard has a broad and thorough legal grounding having started out in practice as a common law advocate. His practice now mainly focuses on crime and fraud.  He acts for both defence and prosecution.

Gerard defends in all criminal cases and frequently prosecutes for the SFO, BIS, CPS and HMRC.

Gerard is a Grade 4 CPS prosecutor and is listed on their Rape and Fraud list.  He also appears on the SFO A list.  He has vast and broad experience and was also on the old AG A list for a number of years.

He has sat as a legal assessor for the General Optical Council and in police disciplinary cases.

Gerard has regularly represented police officers and nurses in disciplinary hearings, health care professionals in coroners’ inquests and appellants in the Privy Council on death row cases.

He has appeared on behalf of the Home Office in coroners’ inquests arising out of prison deaths.  He has also appeared in numerous judicial reviews.

He has settled a number of submissions for reclassification of capital sentences to the Jamaican Home Secretary.

Gerard has excellent advocacy skills and has previously been involved in a Ministry of Justice Programme for training Japanese Judges on how to conduct jury trials. He was invited to China in November 2016 [Beijing and Nanjing] to lecture Judges of the Chinese Supreme Court on how the jury system works in England and Wales.

He is an advocacy trainer for his Inn and has lectured on Coroners Law, Sexual Offences, Judicial Review, Disclosure and PII.

He has sat as a Crown Court Recorder for over 10 years and is ticketed to try Serious Sexual Cases.


Crime

Gerard’s practice consists of the full range of criminal offences.

  • In 2017, Gerard prosecuted an attempted murder at Basildon Crown Court [Operation Yaw].  Two men were accused of attempting to murder 3 men in a car.  They had chased the car and discharged many shotguns rounds at the occupants of the vehicle.
  • In 2016, Gerard prosecuted an immigration fraud at Isleworth Crown Court [Operation Crackerjack]. This case concerned a College in West London which was circumventing the student visa system by employing proxy TOEIC test takers.
  • In 2015 and 2016, Gerard prosecuted the largest BIS case to date [Operation Barber]. There were 13 defendants and the case was split into two trials at Southwark Crown Court. The first trial lasted two months and the second trial lasted four months. This case concerned a long firm fraud in the East Midlands which lasted for over eight years.
  • In the last years, he has been instructed in numerous cases of sexual misconduct which are largely historic and involves handling vulnerable witnesses.
  • In 2015 Gerard alongside Laura Kenyon wrote and devised a day long, CPS accredited, RASSO course at Chelmsford Crown Court, concentrating on Sexual Offences and how to deal with Vulnerable Witnesses.

Professional Disciplinary & Regulatory

Gerard acts for both regulated professionals and regulators in a wide range of professions that include health care professionals, police officers, opticians and members of the bar.

  • Gerard has sat as an assessor in numerous police disciplinary cases, including Operation Lancet which arose out of an inquiry into corruption within the Cleveland Police.
  • Gerard has represented officers in Police Disciplinary Matters. In 2015, he represented an officer from the Cambridge Police who faced allegations of gross misconduct. He has also made various submissions on his behalf to the PAT.
  • Gerard has sat as a legal assessor in numerous General Optical Council cases. He is therefore fully au fait with the law and procedure before this tribunal.
  • He has represented nurses before the Nursing and Midwifery Council. He recently represented Nurse A who was alleged to have over declared her hours. This case lasted a week and a number of charges were dismissed which allowed her not to be struck off.
  • For the last 20 years he has appeared on behalf of the Bar Council [now BSB] in disciplinary hearings brought against members of the Bar. He advises and drafts charges, where appropriate.  He has trained BSB staff on High Court appellate procedure

International Representation

Gerard has appeared before the Privy Council on Caribbean death row cases. He also settled a number of submissions as to why the sentences of death should be commuted.

Gerard is a tenacious advocate. One of his proudest possessions is a letter from a man called Denny Chaplin. Chaplin was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. A family member went into a London Law Centre and asked if they could help. The papers were passed to Gerard. He prepared submissions for the Privy Council but was unable to get leave. He then prepared written submissions to the Jamaican Home Secretary as to why the death sentence should be revoked and these were successful. Gerard was first made aware of the result when he received a letter thanking him, as a sentence of 16 years was instead imposed.

  • In 2009, Japan reintroduced a hybrid form of jury trial for the most serious criminal cases. Gerard was asked by the Ministry of Justice if he could help and conduct a number of sessions with approximately half a dozen Japanese Judges, teaching them on specific elements of a summing up.
  • In 2017, Gerard was involved with others in lecturing judges of the Chinese Peoples Supreme Court on the English jury trial system.  He participated in lectures held in court centres and universities in Beijing and Nanjing.  In 2018, it is proposed that the lectures will be repeated in other Chinese cities.

 

Other Specialisms

For a number of years, Gerard was instructed by the Treasury Solicitors to represent the Home Office in connection with deaths in prisons. He was allocated the North West and developed high level expertise in coroners’ inquests, as he was often instructed to deal with deaths at Liverpool Walton Prison, Haverigg Prison, and Shrewsbury Prison.

Gerard has represented motorists in Road Traffic Fatalities before the Coroners Court and also represented health care professional where there have been deaths in care homes.

Called to the Bar in 1980, Gerard started his career in PI and Clinical Negligence. The knowledge he gained has enabled him to understand quickly the various underlying medical issues. For instance, in 2014, he represented nurse S at an inquest in Chelmsford concerning a care home in South Essex where one of the inmates had choked to death on her food. It was suggested that Gerard’s client, when she was called to the scene, had failed to take any or appropriate action to save the patient. Gerard was able to demonstrate that the lack of proper equipment at the care home meant that any action which could have been taken when she arrived would have been too late as this was an accumulated blockage and thus could not be released without suction. Thus the jury held that this was an accidental death rather than lack of care.

He is chairman of the Essex Bar and thus represents the interests of over 100 barristers on the South Eastern Circuit.

 


Education

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LLB [Lond]

BA [Lond][English Literature]

MA [Lond][Japanese Studies]

Memberships

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CBA

SEC

Essex Bar Mess

 

Professional Appointments

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Recorder 2006

Chairman of the Essex Bar Mess 2015

Languages

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French

Italian

Japanese