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Hamish Fraser

Call 2021

Criminal Regulatory & Environmental

Hamish is developing an environmental, criminal regulatory, and health & safety practice. He has appeared as sole counsel in both the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court, for both the prosecution and defence.

Recent examples of Hamish’s instructions are as follows:

  • Environment Agency v South West Water Limited [2023]: a long-running Environment Agency prosecution of a water company concerning a series of alleged illegal water discharge activities and contraventions of environmental permits (led by Dominic Kay KC and Malcolm Galloway).
  • MAIB Investigation [2023]: advising the coastguard in respect of an MAIB investigation into a death at sea.
  • Thames Water v Bellway Homes Ltd [2023]: private prosecution against a large homebuilder in respect of the illegal installation and use of a water fitting at a housing development (successful at trial).
  • R v J [2023]: defence of drug driving charges at trial where the defence was a challenge to the prosecution expert toxicology report.
  • Reeves v Reeves & Curnock [2023] EWHC 73 (Ch): representing the claimant in these quasi-criminal contempt of court proceedings in relation to allegedly false statements made in previous proceedings. Useful guidance provided by the court on the test for permission to bring committal proceedings.

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  • BPTC (Outstanding), BPP
  • GDL (Distinction), City University
  • English Language & Literature (First Class), University of Oxford,


  • Buchanan Prize for outstanding performance on the BPTC (Lincoln’s Inn, 2020)
  • Advocacy Scholarship (BPP, 2019)
  • Tancred Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn, 2019)
  • Winner, the Crowther Shield for public speaking (Lincoln’s Inn, 2019)
  • Winner, the Crown Office Mooting Competition (2018)
  • The Janet Quigley Prize for Middle English studies (Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, 2016)

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