Justin Hugheston-Roberts

Year of call 2009


Justin Hugheston-Roberts is a seasoned and experienced practitioner.

Before being called to the Bar he was a senior equity partner in a Legal 500 firm of Solicitors. His practice covers all Criminal Courts across the country, and regularly is involved defending in high profile cases.

  • Admitted as a Solicitor 1986
  • Solicitor Advocate 1996
  • Transferred to the Bar 2009

One of the first Solicitor-Advocates to be appointed, he was also one of the first to be instructed by the CPS to prosecute in the Crown Court.

Justin is a Direct Access Barrister and also has qualifications to enable him to act in Police Stations as a ‘Duty Solicitor’.

He appears for the defence in Crown Courts throughout England and Wales. He regularly acts as Leading junior and junior alone in lengthy and complex cases including multi-million pound frauds, very large drug importations, murders, rapes and other serious sexual assaults and other offences of violence.

He is a member of the Secretary of States Standing Committee for the Review of Military Law and again appears for the defence in Courts Martial wherever UK Troops are stationed. He is currently the President of the national organization that provide assistance and representation to service personal and their families – ‘Forces Law’.

Justin also sits as a member of the Legal Aid Agency Complex Case Appeals Committee and he also undertakes work as an Independent Cost Adjudicator.

A “Lawyer of the Week” in the Law Society’s Gazette. He has written articles on Military Law, appeared in training videos and has advised on the production and scripting feature films.

Practice Areas

  • Murder and Manslaughter
  • Serious Crime
  • Rape and Sexual Offences
  • Fraud
  • Military Law

Notable cases

R v K     Winchester Crown Court 2014

Police Corruption and misuse of the Police national computer for gain.  

R v M    Southampton Crown Court 2015              

Nationwide Conspiracy to Steal from DIY outlets  

R v C     Winchester Crown Court 2015                            

Murder – identical twin killing his identical brother.  

R v M    Southwark Crown Court         2015                    

Rape and Sexual Assault by serving solider on potential recruits.  

R v G     Southampton Crown Court 2015              

Gang Rape by group on a single female this defendant only 15 years of age with others all over 25.  

R v R     Chelmsford Crown Court 2016                          

Murder by estranged husband taxi driver of his wife’s lover.  

R v C     Chelmsford Crown Court 2016                          

Murder of stranger by group of youths all aged under 21

R v S      Birmingham Crown Court 2016/2017                

Attempted murder by estranged wife who sought to disembowel her husband.  

R v W    Harrow Crown Court 2016                       

Conspiracy to transport prohibited weapons.  

R v G Guildford Crown Court          2016                    

Very large fraud on vulnerable victims in a trading standards prosecution against rogue traders.  

R v W         Court Martial       2017          

Soldier accused of multiple rapes.  

R v R          Southwark Crown Court     2017            

Soldier accused of possession of unlawful Firearms and theft of military equipment  

R v H          Court Martial       2017          

Soldier accused of possession of large amount of child pornography whilst on duty  

R v E          Birmingham Crown Court      2017          

Very large fraud on vulnerable victims in a trading standards prosecution against rogue traders.


  • A member of the Honourable Artillery Company  (The Oldest Regiment in the British Army)
  • Serving member of the Company of Pikemen and Musketeers – one of the Six Companies of Ceremonial Bodyguard Warranted by the Sovereign
  • A Freeman of the City of London
  • A Liveryman of the Worshipful; Company of Cooks of London
  • A member of Leander Club

Justin lectures to undergraduate students at Hertford and Coventry Universities. And is also involved in the international studies program for Stetson and Pepperdine Universities in the USA.

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