Gregory is a criminal advocate who has a strong Crown Court practice, both defending serious cases and prosecuting as a CPS Grade 3 panel Advocate. In the Court of Appeal he has "distinguished himself by tenacious submissions" (Laws LJ, 2015). He joined the Crime Team as a Tenant following a successful pupillage with chambers under the supervision of His Honour Judge Rupert Lowe.
Gregory has been instructed on a wide range of cases of varying complexity, including firearms offences, section 18 GBH, armed robberies and burglaries, sexual assault, high value fraud, drug supply and money laundering, witness intimidation, assault on vulnerable persons in care homes, and domestic assault on spouses and children. He is often involved in cases outside of the mainstream, including cases which question an individual's freedom of expression. He was recently led in the most significant prosecution of care home directors and employees of its kind.
Gregory holds a Law with American Law degree from the University of Nottingham, having gained scholarships to study criminal law at the University of Texas at Austin. After completing the BVC at Nottingham Law School with a scholarship from Lincoln’s Inn, he qualified as a Police Station Representative and worked for two years at a leading Midlands criminal firm.
Gregory has prosecuted and defended serious and complex driving offences: careless and dangerous driving, including a man who mounted a pavement in an attempt to run down pedestrians, and a lorry driver who pushed a car sideways along the M5; false documents; tachograph offences; alcohol and drugs; speeding; loss of licence.
Gregory is a recognised specialist in animal welfare, hunting and raptor persecution legislation. He has expertise in the complex legislative framework surrounding the enforcement of animal welfare offences, including the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) and the viability of private prosecutions. He is instructed by the CPS and private groups to advise on prosecutions, and has produced guidance for use by the National Wildlife Crime Unit in the investigation of Hunting Act offences.
Gregory has conducted prosecutions of a Master Huntsman and a Whipper-in under the Hunting Act, for allegedly flushing a fox from a badger sett and pursuing it on the Somerset Levels. Gregory has also successfully defended a livestock holder and employee of the Wildlife Trusts, who was alleged to have fired his shotgun over the heads of riders with a passing hunt to intimidate them.
He is a keen birder, a sometime horse rider and a nature photographer.
Gregory advises, prosecutes and defends on cases relating to all major animal welfare legislation, including:
- Animal Welfare Act 2006
- Dangerous Dogs Act 1991
- Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976
- Hunting Act 2004
- Protection of Badgers Act 1992
- Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
- Zoo Licensing Act 1981
Gregory is a Regulatory List C Panel Advocate of specialist regulatory advocates. He is instructed in all major regulartory offences - including health and safety, food standards and environmental regulations - whether brought by HSE, DEFRA, Local Authorities or private utility companies.
PATRYCK WICHOWSKI, on 8th January 2019