Charles Conway has an exclusively criminal defence practice that consists mostly of leading junior work.
As a junior he has been led in many high profile cases including the Russell Bishop “Babes in the Wood” murder, the Jason Swift paedophile killing, the Brinks Matt £26 million Gold Bullion robbery, for Freddie Foreman in the £6 million Security Express robbery and for Kenny Noye in the road rage murder.
For the last 25 years he has had a largely Leading Junior practice in a diversity of heavy criminal cases ranging from murders to fraud, drug importations to money laundering. He has also held leading junior briefs in a range of various types of fraud cases.
He represented all five Stephen Lawrence suspects in the Divisional Court and three of them in the McPherson Public Inquiry. He appeared as Junior Counsel for one of them at the Old Bailey.
He also has a substantial private practice and he has successfully represented Ray Winstone and Max Beesley.
In more recent times he has held leading junior briefs in long, complex, high profile drug, fraud and robbery cases many of which are said to have been amongst the largest of their kind ever brought e.g. the £53 million Tonbridge Securities robbery when he acted for a major player.
He has recently held the leading junior brief in a contested £3 million mortgage fraud at the Old Bailey and was recently instructed in a high profile murder case. He is instructed in a major high profile gangland murder case to be held in Birmingham next in the year. He is also instructed in a serious fraud to be tried at the Central Criminal Court later in the year and also in a serious multi-handed armed robbery when £600,000 was stolen (to be tried in Harrow Crown Court). He has been instructed in the last 5 years in many heavy drugs cases by solicitors from all over the country including Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.
Charles is an occasional contributor to TV news programmes.
In 2016 he represented one of 8 Defendants in a Rotherham sex abuse trial in the Sheffield Crown Court. (RvA) and has been retained in another Rotherham sex abuse case to be heard in 2018. He also represented an organiser in a multi-handed conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin in Derby Crown court (RvR).
This year (2017) he successfully represented a Defendant charged with attempted murder (a shooting) in Birmingham Crown Court (Rv K) and successfully defended a major player in a serious perverting the course of justice trial in Manchester Crown Court which lasted 4 weeks (R v M). The Defendant was alleged to be an organiser of a large OCG in the north west of England.
He also represented a major organiser charged along with 8 others in a conspiracy to import 165 kilos of heroin from Pakistan (Rv MA). This was an 11 handed case in which the other 2 major organisers were represented by Queen’s Counsel.
In July 2017 he successfully represented a Defendant charged with possessing a firearm (a shotgun) with intent Rv S (St Albans Crown Court) and in September 2017 secured the acquittal of a Defendant charged with fraud at Basildon Crown Court (Rv B).In November/December 2017 at Cardiff Crown Court, in a case prosecuted by Queens Counsel, he represented the main Defendant in a 4 week £1/2million conspiracy to convert criminal property trial (RvE).
In Jan/Feb 2018 at Basildon Crown, his client was acquitted of rape after a 7 day trial and later that month, at Chelmsford CC, he represented the Co Defendant in a 4 week 2 handed high profile murder trial charged with perverting the course of justice and possessing loaded firearms (RvS) (prosecuted by Queens Counsel).
In August 2018 after a 2 month trial in Chelmsford CC, his client was acquitted of money laundering (RvM) and in September 2018 at Sheffield Crown Court, in another Rotherham sex abuse trial his client was acquitted of 5 out of 7 allegations brought against him after a 6 week trial ( prosecuted by Queen’s Counsel).
In January 2019 at St Albans Crown Court his client (principal Defendant) was acquitted of a £100,000 conspiracy to steal.
Represented a variety of defendants, mostly in drug and fraud cases where millions of pounds have been at stake.
I have been involved in recent years in a variety of fraud cases including carousel frauds and diversion frauds. Recently I held a leading brief in a £3 million mortgage fraud. Soon I will be representing a director in a Company Directors Disqualification Act case, which is scheduled to last 2 weeks. I have done a number of these cases in the past and have represented an Appellant in a leading authority of R v Doring 2003 that is still cited in Archbold.
I have held leading junior briefs in 5 murders in the last 10 years.
In the last year I have represented a number of clients involved in a variety of sexual offences ranging from rape to sexual assault.