Ramiz Gursoy is a defence and prosecution practitioner who covers serious multi-handed cases, ranging from rape and sexual assault, large heroin importation and serious organised crime, involving blackmail, extortion and conspiracy to murder.
Although predominantly a defence practitioner, Ramiz also has considerable prosecution experience and is currently listed as a Grade 2 Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service.
Before joining the bar in 1991, Ramiz worked at an international law firm in Istanbul for seven years. He is fluent in Turkish, knows the Turkish law and legal system, and has represented a large number of clients from Turkey.
Ramiz’s current practice is largely defending with some prosecuting. His work include drugs and organised crime, murder and other violent crimes, sexual offences, money laundering and fraud. He also has broad expertise in associated forensic and evidential issues such as abuse of process, disclosure, expert evidence and DNA. Ramiz is also experienced in cases involving vulnerable witnesses.
His experience and knowledge of the criminal judicial and court system is demonstrated by the more significant cases he has been involved in over the last 10 years:
Case of significance over the past 10 years include:
Ramiz has extensive experience in defending large scale, multi-handed drugs cases as a junior, leader or on his own. Cases of significance over the past 10 years include:
Recently Ramiz has undertaken a number of large scale money laundering cases with international dimensions, some of which involved extradition proceedings.
Ramiz regularly defends in rape cases and also other sexual offences, including cases involving sexual conduct with under aged children and a wide variety of pornographic image cases. Cases of significance over the past 10 years include:
Ramiz has appeared in the appellate courts, successfully overturning convictions and securing retrials, including the notable case of R v Jisl (2004) EWCA Crim 696, (Arch 4-84a), which gave rise to the case management guidelines. Ramiz has also regularly acted in appeals against sentence.
Ramiz has recently (2017) appeared in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court on a judicial review acting for a client against the West Yorkshire Police, The Home Secretary and the National Crime Agency. An application was made for the courts to rule that actions of the British Government in actively assisting a jurisdiction which the UK did not internationally recognise were unlawful.
Ramiz was junior in Apostilides v Orams  EWHC 2226 (QB) in the Queens Bench Division, acting for a retired elderly English couple who had bought property in North Cyprus that had originally belonged to a Greek Cypriot, prior to the division of the island in 1974. This was a landmark case which involved the actions of the Greek Cypriot Court that had no jurisdiction in the northern part of the island under the acquis signed when Cyprus joined the EU.
Criminal Bar Association
Advocate at the British Sovereign Base areas of Dhekelia and Akrotiri, Cyprus
Crown Prosecution Service Grade 2