Grant Vanstone

Grant Vanstone is a leading junior and has wide experience in all criminal cases including murder, attempted murder, Conspiracy to murder, serious fraud, conspiracy to steal, money laundering, serious sexual offences, kidnapping, armed robbery, public order and serious drug offences.  His practice incorporates all areas of crime, but particular specialities include fraud (including computer and internet fraud), drug offences (National Crime Squad), people trafficking, murder, all offences of violence (including large scale prison riots and a number of football cases), car ringing and rape. Other areas of speciality are Police discipline,Road Traffic, Inquests, football banning orders, health and safety and other financial regulatory work.
He is also involved in training and lecturing added to this he is a registered pupilage supervisor with Middle Temple, since 1996, and involved in training the Bedford Police.

Notable Cases

R.v.Simon Vallor
Author of the 3rd most virulent computer virus and first major prosecution reported in the national press.
R.v. Brelaton and others
Cited in Archbold where delay upheld as an abuse of process. M20 coach crash case.
R.v.Mumtaz Ali
Cited in Archbold on extended sentences.
Largest advance fee fraud of its time. Defendant claimed to be able to fix many other less sophisticated frauds.
Leading junior in a sophisticated mortgage and housing benefit fraud involving millions of pounds. Successfully acquitted.
R.v.Walker, Blake and others.
Authority on ‘Dangerousness’. Defendant committed armed robberies either side of a murder involving other members of a gang. Defendant did not fall in to dangerous category.
Junior in infamous gangland killing linked to the Infamous ‘Gunn’ family.
R.v.Owen Alfred
Leading junior in multi million pound conspiracy to import class A drugs from Trinidad and Tabago into the uk. The case involved the first defendant to be extradited from outside the jurisdiction.
R.v Liverpool
Originally instructed junior in ‘Joss Stone’ Kidnap case.

Recent cases in the Press

Originally instructed junior in ‘Joss Stone’ Kidnap case.
R.v Samuel Biddess
Acquitted of attempted rape of male in Crawley by another male.
R.v. Jamie Mattock
Friend of Jack Tweed who together carried out a revenge beating on a number of local youths after taunting Jade Goody.
R.v.Leslie German
A prominent local businessman charged with alleged historic systematic abuse of his step daughter. Successfully acquitted
R.v Maurice Dance
Prominent Local businessman charged with alleged historic systematic abuse of his step daughter and sister. Linked to allegations that his family (father and brothers) had also seriously sexually abused other members of their family and local children. The case was widely reportedin the press as the body of a sister was exhumed for tests. Successfully acquitted.
R.v. Kotusiewicz
Conspiracy to murder and blackmail. The ex employee of a co defendant who pleaded guilty to the conspiracy alleged that he had hired the defendant to kill his wife and then he was blackmailed by him. Succesfully acquitted.
R.v Northmore
Allegations of abuse of vulnerable local girls in care. Operation. Successfully acquitted.
R.v. Collingwood
Prominant local businessman accused of rape and sexual assaults over many years of local children. Defendant unfit at trial.
Ex Cheif Fire Officer for Richmond and Twickenham charged with abuse of a friend’s daughter.

Professional Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Middle Temple
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • North London Bar Mess
  • Pupillage Supervisor
  • School Governor


  • Fencing
  • Playing the guitar
  • Rugby
  • Skiing
  • Cooking