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.
Gerard’s practice consists of the full range of criminal offences.
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 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.
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.
BA [Lond][English Literature]
MA [Lond][Japanese Studies]
Essex Bar Mess
Chairman of the Essex Bar Mess 2015