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Maria Rushworth
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Robert Woodcock QC


Robert revels in the challenge of forensic science and has considerable skills in cross-examining scientific and medical expert witnesses.

He has acted in cases of so-called "baby shaking" and successfully advanced defences of diminished responsibility where murder was alleged. Indeed because of his known skills in medico-legal issues and his reputation as a highly effective cross-examiner in that field, he has recently been asked to represent a parent in Family Proceedings in the High Court where the perpetration of exceedingly serious violence on a tiny child was the issue. The evidence in these proceedings was also the Crown case in the parallel prosecution of alleged perpetrators and in which Robert also leads for the defence.

He is fearless as an advocate and in the conduct of his cases, whatever their nature, and believes that regardless of Government thinking everyone deserves fair, vigorous and the best representation whatever the nature of the allegations made against them. This he believes is so, regardless of how controversial the origins of a case or the law which prohibits the alleged offending.

Robert has also excelled in cases of gangland violence and organised crime. He has recent experience in the handling of anonymous witness evidence in serious gangland offending. His career has involved him in defending countless homicides in addition to prosecuting such cases both as a leader and in earlier years as a junior alone.

Reported Cases

  • R v Douglas (and ors)(2013) : Secured acquittal of 77 year old man on trial for murder, while two co-accused were convicted.  Court heard during 7 week trial that the other two defendants lured victim to the home of the female defendant, who then abused and assaulted him along with the other male defendant. She gouged his eyes causing a heart attack from which the victim died.  His body was left to rot in her rabbit hutch for weeks before being transported in a suitcase and deposited in a freezer.
  • R v D (2011) : Conducted the defence of a father who, with the mother of the child, was accused of numerous acts of serious violence to his daugther, aged two, and who at the time was afflicted with respiratory and cardiac problems, breathed through a ventilator and was fed by gastrostomy.  This criminal trial was preceded by several weeks of perpetration hearing in the High Court in which Robert also acted for the father.
  • R v Millchamp (2011) : A youth charged with rapes of cousins, each of whom was autistic and incapable of meaningful cross-examination, in which trial the Judge directed a fair trial possible and where numerous acquittals were secured.
  • R v Cunningham (2011) : This man was accused of shaking his baby daughter of one-month in age and causing serious injury.  The full array of medical evidence was amassed against him in support of the so-called "shaken baby syndrome" but which failed to secure his conviction.
  • R v Claire Nichols (2010) : This lady was accused of the murder of her husband.  The allegations were akin to torture over many weeks and further alleged the recruitment by her of her brother and her lover to achieve it.  It was also alleged she had directed assistance from her own children to perform some of the acts of brutality leading to his death.
  • R v Stephenson (2010) : This man was accused of the murder of his dying father in his hospital bed.  Diminished responsibility occasioned by alcohol dependency and acute depression was a successful defence.
  • R v Hodgson (2010) : This man was accused of murdering an 85-year-old lady as she slept in her bed.  He was a skilled domestic burglar who crept into her home to steal from her.  He set alight to and destroyed her home as he fled, in order to destroy such evidence as he may have left behind.
  • R v Nesbit (2010) : This man was accused of raping numerous of his former wives and girlfriends and even some of his own children.  All allegations were historic and intertwined with collusion by his accusers.
  • R v Mann (2010) : This lady was accused of poisoning her own child by feeding her doses of an adult and extremely powerful painkiller.  She demonstrated all the known symptoms of Fictitious Induced Illness Syndrome, formerly known as Munchausen by Proxy.


  • North Eastern Circuit
  • Member of the Criminal Bar Association