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Louis Maskell

Year of Call: 2018


Bar Professional Training Course, City University, 2018, Graded ‘Outstanding’

Law LLB (Hons), Portsmouth University, 2014 – 2017, First Class Honours 

Areas of Work

Louis is currently a level 1 CPS prosecutor and has experience in hearings such as CTL extension applications, sentences, CBO applications and probation breaches. Louis has represented defendants in both the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court.

Recent cases

R v TS: The defendant was convicted after trial of two charges of assaulting an emergency worker. Despite significant aggravating factors, including a history of violent offences, Louis secured a non-custodial sentence

R v BS: The defendant was convicted of several high value shopliftings (value in excess £4500.00). Despite significant aggravating factors, including a history of dishonesty offences, Louis secured a non-custodial sentence

R v RS: The defendant was charged with harassment. Louis made a successful submission of no case to answer and the defendant was acquitted of the single charge 

R v BM: The defendant faced multiple domestic violence and criminal damage charges. Louis made a successful submission of not case to answer in relation to two of these charges and secured an acquittal of a further charge after trial.

R v FH: Louis represented a youth charged with a knife point robbery. Other youths were also charged with the offence. The trial comprised of cross-examination of two youth witnesses and submissions on principal and secondary liability. Louis secured an acquittal on the single charge.


Road Traffic 

Louis also represents those charged with road traffic matters, whether in the Magistrates’ Court and in the Crown Court by way of appeal.

Recent cases

R v BR: The defendant had been charged with driving without due care and attention, his driving having been witnessed by a police officer. Louis represented the defendant at trial and secured an acquittal of the single charge.

R v LC: The defendant was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol. Louis represented the defendant at a special reasons hearing. Special reasons were found and the defendant avoided disqualification from driving.

R v AM: Louis represented the defendant at an exceptional hardship hearing. The argument was successful, and despite the defending accumulating 12 penalty points within a 3-year period, they avoided disqualification.

R v EB: Louis represented the defendant at an exceptional hardship hearing. The defendant had accumulated 15 penalty points in a 22-day period. The exceptional hardship argument was successful, and the defendant avoided disqualification. 

R v NC: Louis successfully argued exceptional hardship in a case of a defendant who had obtained 12 points within a 3-year period. The defendant in this matter had recently taken over his family’s business and relied on his licence to keep the business operating during COVID-19.

R v OW: Louis represented a defendant in the Crown Court at an appeal against conviction (driving whilst using mobile phone). After legal submissions about the applicable regulations, the appeal was adjourned. The prosecution later offered no evidence, and the defendant was acquitted.



Louis is an approved Nursing and Midwifery Council case presenter and represents them at interim order hearings, review hearings and substantive hearings.

Recent cases

NMC v B: The nurse in question had been charged with, and admitted, working whilst under the influence of alcohol, consuming alcohol whilst working and storing alcohol at the workplace. The hearing lasted 4 days and involved expert evidence. Both misconduct and impairment were found and a 12-month conditions of practice order was imposed

NMC v BH: The nurse had been charged with various investigatory failings during her time as manager of a care home. A number of the charges were proved at the hearing, including a lack of professional integrity. Both misconduct and impairment were found, and a 12-month suspension order was imposed.


Prior to pupillage, Louis was a County Court Advocate, regularly appearing in various courts across the South of England. Louis dealt with a wide range of civil matters such as landlord and tenant matters, mortgage possessions, bankruptcy proceedings, return of goods hearings, and case management hearings.  In addition to these, Louis frequently represented parties in small claims trials.

Mr Maskell is regulated by the Bar Standards Board, holds a current practising certificate and his details can be found on the BSB’s Barrister Register https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/the-barristers'-register/

If you are not satisfied with the service that Mr Maskell provides you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on Chambers Complaints Procedure is available on Chambers website www.9kbw.com/about-us/complaints-procedure

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from Chambers you may complain to the Legal Ombudsman (This must be done within the time limits set out) The contact details can be found on the Legal Ombudsman’s website http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/

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