"An astute and tenacious advocate."
Guy Draper has extensive trial and advisory experience in a range of areas, including crime, employment, transport, property, personal injury and contractual disputes.
Instructing solicitors and lay clients alike have commented on Guy’s knowledge of the law, his swift identification of the issues in cases, his easy manner and ability to connect with clients. Guy has particular strength in dealing with young or vulnerable defendants and witnesses, having acted in a number of cases involving the cross-examination of young children, and in cases with mentally-disordered defendants. Guy has been described as an astute and tenacious advocate.
Guy has a purely defence practice. His instructions for criminal trials include cases of soliciting to murder, historic child sex offences including rape and buggery, causing death by dangerous driving, causing grievous bodily harm with intent, armed and domestic robbery, firearms offences, aggravated burglary, large-scale fraud, child cruelty, money laundering, arson, drug trafficking and production, and stalking/harassment with violence, as well as immigration, data protection, trading standards, public order, and driving offences.
He is also frequently instructed to act for the defence in confiscation proceedings.
Guy represents and advises both claimants and respondents in disputes between leaseholders and freeholders of properties. He regularly appears in leasehold and service charge disputes, and in claims for forfeiture and possession.
Guy also has extensive experience in civil matters. He has acted for the claimant in a multi-track claim against the Metropolitan Police for wrongful arrest, and regularly appears in the county courts and High Court for civil matters that involve a criminal element, such as acting for the claimant in his ongoing claim against a major investment bank for damages for the wrongful restraint of his assets, or for the claimant seeking enforcement of a charge on the respondent’s homes.
Drawing on his experience in criminal law, in particular in fraud and confiscation, Guy accepts instructions in regulatory and disciplinary cases. He is a new member to the team, and is focussing on developing a dynamic practice that combines the criminal and regulatory spheres. Guy is able to present cases on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Guy has a busy motoring law practice covering all aspects of road traffic law. He is principally instructed to argue for special reasons not to endorse the defendant’s licence, and exceptional hardship to prevent a defendant being disqualified. He represents Defendants at both the Magistrates & Crown Court on all aspects of motoring law, and is qualified to take cases on a direct-access basis. Guy has also succeeded in appeals against the revocation of taxi licences.
Guy regularly acts on behalf of both claimants and respondents in personal injury claims, with particular experience in road-traffic disputes involving allegations of fraud. He regularly advises respondents with respect to low-velocity impact defences and ‘crash for cash’ liability disputes.
Guy is licensed to receive direct public access work.