Silas Lee

Call 2018

Since joining Chambers, Silas has represented clients in the magistrates’ and Crown Court as well as joining the counsel team for the Infected Blood Inquiry.


Notable Crime cases

R v C [Kingston Crown Court]

Eight-month sentence suspended for 18 months for a defendant convicted of seven counts of indecent/prohibited images of a child, including of category A.

R v AC [Croydon Crown Court]

44-month sentence for defendant convicted of indecent images counts (circa 1,000 Class A moving images of children from 2-4 years old) and multiple breaches of an SHPO. Defendant had previous for indecent images and child sexual abuse and had received prior sentences of immediate imprisonment.

R v AB [Ealing Youth Court]

Youth accused of theft, wherein he was said to have threatened an adult male at night in a park with a knife. Successfully made bad character application in relation to complainant, adducing his previous conviction for rape on the basis that he was not “worthy of belief”. Defendant acquitted after trial.

R v A [Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court]

Vulnerable defendant acquitted of all three counts of criminal damage despite evidence from a “credible witness”.

R v AA [Thames Magistrates’ Court]

Secured bail for client charged with s. 18 and possession of an offensive weapon where it was accepted they had knowingly evaded police following the incident, had refused to provide a bail address to police on arrest and could not provide an address suitable for a tagged curfew.

R v B [Ealing Magistrates’ Court]

Defendant acquitted of failing to provide a specimen of breath, following cross examination of Custody Sergeant on the failure to have an appropriate adult in attendance prior to the procedure. Court persuaded that this was a PACE breach and allowed a s. 78 application.

R v BA [Westminster Magistrates’ Court]

Eight-week suspended sentence for defendant convicted of affray, in which he had smashed a bottle and used it to threaten numerous bar and security staff.

R v BB [Colchester Magistrates’ Court]

Court persuaded not to apply “hate crime” uplift in relation to numerous voicemails referring to foreigners “invading our country” and phrases such as “do I have to go over to France in my f****** dinghy and come over that way to get a f****** house?” on the basis that the defendant was not motivated by hostility based on race.

R v AD [Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court]

Client acquitted of two public order charges after trial in case where two police officers gave evidence that they saw the defendant approach a group in a threatening manner with a tyre iron.

Silas has represented clients charged with fraud and money laundering, as well as in POCA proceedings following conviction. He is a member of the chambers fraud group and has worked with other members in preparation for argument in the Court of Appeal on the law of private prosecutions.

Silas is a member of the counsel team on the Infected Blood Inquiry and has previously worked with Nottingham City Council on their response to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

  • Silas has been the recipient of the Buchanan Prize, the Lord Denning Scholarship and the Hardwicke Award.

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