Tim Starkey

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Tim Starkey

Call: 2002

Tim has a wide-ranging criminal practice, both prosecuting and defending. Tim is a level 3 prosecutor and on the RASSO list, regularly prosecuting rape trials. Hi experience of prosecuting sexual offences encompasses numerous historic allegations, cases involving young children and intermediaries and multiple defendants. Tim is particularly interested in prosecuting cases involving contested expert evidence and has experience of questioning, amongst others, psychiatrists, forensic scientists, neuro surgeons, paediatricians and an expert in Nigerian customary adoption. Tim has also successfully prosecuted a number of high profile cases involving children being trafficked from West Africa into the United Kingdom as well as several multi-handed fraud cases.

Tim has successfully defended in a wide range of criminal proceedings, notably in cases involving allegations of rape, fraud and serious violence. Tim also has extensive experience of immigration offences and abuse of process arguments in relation to the prosecution of defendant’s who are themselves the victims of human trafficking (a subject on which he has given a CPD accredited seminar). In his defence work, previous experience of working as a police station representative has given Tim a keen understanding of the need for good client care from the start to finish of proceedings. Tim’s calm, persuasive manner has secured numerous acquittals, often very much against the odds!

Tim has a growing extradition practice with experience of cases involving arguments based on proportionality, passage of time, right to a re-trial, the requested person’s severe health problems and breaches of human rights in relation to prison conditions and family life.


Tim specialises in cases involving rape and other serious sexual offences including gang rape, offences committed against young children, case with psychiatric issues and historic allegations. He has also prosecuted and defended in trials of complicated multi-handed frauds, drug importations and conspiracy to supply drugs, armed robbery, aggravated burglary, firearms, human trafficking and other immigration offences and child cruelty. He has successfully appeared in the Court of Appeal on numerous occasions both in relation to appeals against conviction and sentence.

Tim accepts instructions under direct public access and also has considerable experience of representing clients at Parole Board hearings.

Notable cases:


R v Peace Sandberg (2008), trafficking of baby into the UK from Nigeria for the purpose of obtaining housing and benefits. Involved expert evidence as to “customary adoption” in Nigeria. Successful prosecutions followed a joint investigation between the Metropolitan Police and UKBA as part of Operation Paladin (Isleworth CC).

R v Champney and Dixon (2008), S18 GBH in which complainant ended up in a coma. Clash of expert neurological evidence as to the causation of brain injury requiring a carefully researched and prepared cross-examination of the defence expert (Aylesbury CC).

R v Adeniji and Roachford (2011) and R v Ojo and Ojo (2012), both cases involving the trafficking of Nigerian children into domestic servitude in London and child cruelty, both successful prosecutions were part of Operation Paladin (both Isleworth CC)

R v Halliday (2013) successful prosecution for a series of mortgage frauds and false representations spanning a 20 year period (Isleworth CC)

R v McIntyre (2013), successful prosecution of a sexual assault on 7 year old girl by her uncle (Isleworth CC)

R v Lambrou (2014), historic rape allegation against the complainant’s uncle, relating to when she was 4 years old. (Wood Green CC)

R v Tshibasu (2015), successful prosecution for multiple historic rape allegations. Complainant described repeated rapes and attempted rapes by a family friend when she was between 5 and 7 years old. This was not something she had disclosed until she was 14 years old, in part as the defendant was a respected man in her church and community. Preparation of the trial involved consideration of disclosure of extensive medical, school and social services records. (Snaresbrook CC)

R v Ojo (2015), historic rape, relating to when the complainant was 11 years old and the defendant 15 years old (Wood Green CC)

R v Hussain (2015), false imprisonment, attempted rape, sexual assault, blackmail. Sensitive case requiring careful ongoing advice to ensure the prosecution complied with its duties of disclosure and review as substantial material phone and social media was discovered that directly contradicted and undermined the complainant’s case (Snaresbrook CC)

R v Bowen (2016) successful prosecution for assault by penetration and sexual assault of defendant’s 11 year old grand daughter (Canterbury CC)

R v Vasev and Nikolov (2016), allegation concerning rape of woman by two flat mates. Extensive legal argument with objection successfully taken in relation to the admissibility of some of the forensic evidence the defence sought to present after concerns raised by the prosecution expert about the accreditation and methodology of the laboratory where the test had been done. In addition, clash of expert evidence in relation to interpretation of findings of semen and also in relation to blood stain pattern analysis. (Isleworth CC)

R v Kithinji and others (2016), successful prosecution of a four handed fraud and money laundering offences involving theft by employee, fraudulent use of company credit cards and subsequent laundering of the proceeds of crime (Kingston CC)

R v Awal and others (2016) rape and four handed conspiracy to pervert the course of justice (Wood Green CC)

R v Tackie (2016) successful prosecution for sexual assault allegations dating back to 1970s when the complainant was between 12 and 14 years old that she had not felt able to report to anyone until her mid fifties. (Inner London Crown Court)

R v Andrews (2016) historic allegation of father raping daughter (Woolwich Crown Court)


R v Sentamu (2011) 9 handed conspiracy to defraud involving the creation of false cheques (Cardiff CC)

R v O (2012) rape, defence of insanity (Harrow CC)

R v Zaman (2014) successfully defended in relation to an allegation of assault by penetration, made against a driving instructor said to have drugged and assaulted a pupil. Expert psychiatric evidence in relation to credibility of the complainant’s evidence (Kingston CC)

R v Jordan (2014) multiple allegations of historic child rape dating back to 1973 (Central Criminal Court)

R v Hussein (2015) successfully defended allegations of assault by penetration (Kingston CC)

R v Anacha (2015) allegation of gang rape (Kingston CC)

R v Moldovan (2015) successfully defended in a 10 handed money laundering conspiracy (Blackfriars CC)

R v Zvarichuk (2015) successfully defended in relation to allegations of assault by penetration.

R v Ingassalo (2016) successfully defended in relation to multiple allegations of rape and sexual assault (Isleworth CC)

Advocacy Training

  • Taught advocacy on the Bar Vocational Course at BPP Law School 2004-2007
  • Advocacy Trainer Middle Temple since 2006


  • Greek (fluent)
  • French (advanced level)