Terence Woods

Legal 500 “able to pick the winning strategy from the off”

 Terence Woods has established successful prosecution and defence practices and is now ranked as a Leading Junior in Crime by the Legal 500. He is a member of the Rape and Child Sexual Abuse List (“the Rape List”) and a member of The Serious Crime Group Panel and is much in demand working in back to back trials throughout 2018.

 He is instructed in cases that cut across the whole criminal calendar including murder, manslaughter, rape, fraud and modern slavery. He has particular expertise in dealing with cases involving serious sexual abuse often of an historic nature and is adept at dealing with vulnerable witnesses. He has also been involved in recent prosecutions under the Modern Slavery Act involving allegations by individuals that they had been exploited over many years by members of the same family.

 He has considerable experience of multi-defendant cases including conspiracies to supply drugs and firearms as well as banking and immigration fraud and is currently instructed as a leading junior in an international conspiracy alleging the manufacture and supply of false documentation to the Middle East.

 He is a Vulnerable Witness Training Facilitator and an accredited Pupil Supervisor and is qualified to accept instructions on a Direct Access basis.

Notable Cases

Earlier Notable Cases

R v Taylor - large scale international Ponzi scheme fraud

R v Ruzindana - murder/manslaughter - diminished responsibility as a result of post traumatic stress from Rwandan genocide

R v Roci - people trafficking from Baltic States for prostitution

R v Parveen- one of first Baby P type prosecutions for offence of causing or allowing the death of a child

R v Usher - one punch manslaughter involving double jeopardy issues

R v Coyle - multi-defendant boiler room fraud involving elderly victims

Recent Cases

R v Connors - one of few prosecutions under Modern Slavery Act for forced labour

R v Chaudhury - large scale retail banking fraud

R v Lilley - historic sex offences

R v Woodley - serious sexual offences involving vulnerable complainants and use of intermediary

R v Knight - attempted murder through injection of insulin to patient in hospital

R v Basham - causing or facilitating breach of immigration law (fraudulent operation of TOEIC test for visa applicants

Reported Cases

  • R v Roci – Leading junior in sentencing guidelines case in people trafficking case involving trafficking from eastern Europe for purposes of prostitution in UK.
  • R v Hartrey – For co-defendant in guidelines case on downloading of indecent images of children.