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East Sussex
DX: 50250 Lewes 4
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Barbara Down

Barbara Down

Called 1999   |   Email: bdown@westgate-chambers.co.uk

Area of Practice

All levels of crime – prosecution and defence.

Notable Cases

  • R–v-Beaver (& others) – VHCC at Kingston Crown Court as junior alone. This was a large scale drugs conspiracy.
  • R–v-S – defended a youth with mental health problems.  His first trial was a four-week multi-handed s18 in Chichester and the second trial was a two-week rape at the same Court.
  • R-v-Newman (& others) – 2 week drug conspiracy at Lewes Crown Court.
  • R-v- J (& others) – a three-week multi-handed wounding with intent in Lewes Crown Court resulting in an acquittal.
  • R-v-Jarvis (& another) – two week rape at Lewes Crown Court
  • R-v- McDonagh (& others) – leading junior in a twelve week 10 handed conspiracy to steal trial in Winchester Crown Court resulting in an acquittal.
  • R-v-Taher -instructed as led junior on a six-week £28,000,000 money laundering trial at Guildford Crown Court – no evidence offered at trial.


LLB (Hons), Kingston University

Professional Associations

Criminal Bar Association
Sussex Bar Mess

Additional Information

Grade 3 Prosecutor; London and South East. Rape approved.

Attended 2011 CBA Serious Sexual Offences Seminar (CPS accredited).