Josh Normanton


"I cannot believe that someone of that call could produce a performance that a silk would have been proud of"

- Crown Court Judge

"Always well prepared and clients love him"

- Instructing Solicitor


Josh appears regularly in high profile, sensitive and complex criminal cases nationwide. He acts both for defendants and the prosecution in cases involving serious fraud, violence and sexual conduct. He has been described as “meticulously prepared” and an advocate that “no opponent should underestimate”.

His specialisms include financial services law developed during a secondment to the General Counsel’s Division of the Financial Conduct Authority. Josh has since conducted international financial regulation work, instructed by off-shore financial regulators.


Josh is a skilled prosecutor and is regularly instructed in private prosecution work in all courts. He is often instructed to provide specific advice on merits or procedural aspects of contemplated private prosecutions. His clients have included local authorities, companies and individuals. He recently secured a substantial confiscation order following the successful private prosecution of an individual.


Josh also appears regularly in serious sexual cases involving vulnerable witnesses and defendants. He was a core member of the Rook Group Advocacy and the Vulnerable Committee which developed a nationwide course now being rolled out to all Solicitors and Barristers. Josh has written extensively on law and practice relating to the questioning of vulnerable witnesses.

Josh is a contributing editor for Archbold Criminal Pleading, Evidence and Practice.

Josh works closely with senior Silks and the Judiciary on social mobility and diversity projects. He is regularly involved in mock trials, conferences and seminars to improve access to the profession for those from all backgrounds.

Josh is a member of the executive committee of the Criminal Bar Association. He is the social secretary for the Young Fraud’s Lawyers’ Association.

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