Member of Chambers Profile

Dominic  Hockley

Year of Call: 2011



Dominic is dedicated, hard-working and approachable and combines sound legal advice with skilled advocacy.


Dominic prosecutes and defends in jury trials across London and the surrounding area. He is accomplished at witness handling, whether questioning vulnerable or difficult witnesses or cross-examining medical and forensics experts.

Dominic has been a Grade 2 CPS Advocate Panel member since early 2013 and has regularly conducted trials involving offences of drug trafficking, s.18 GBH and money-laundering. 

Dominic has been led in a number of large conspiracies to defraud and has particular professional experience of infant manslaughter cases. He has spent several months as a disclosure junior at the Serious Fraud Office and has received instructions as independent legal privilege counsel.

Dominic accepts private instructions, including for motoring offences, and has significant experience acting for clients on a direct access basis.


R v MH & SH (March 2017): Defending attempted murder, client acquitted of attempted murder at close of prosecution case and acquitted of attempted s.18 GBH by the jury.

Op Dinghy 2 (January 2017): led junior, five-handed £½ million fraud.

R v WL & others (December 2016): led junior, four-handed conspiracy to import multi-kilo packages of cocaine from Trinidad & Tobago and South Africa. Including significant legal analysis regarding entrapment in a foreign jurisdiction and duress. 

Op Bernstein (October 2016): led junior, £600,000 fraud.

Op Fiano (January 2016): led junior, six-handed £½ million insider bank fraud.

R v WH & DH (November 2015): led junior, child cruelty and manslaughter of infant by foster carers. As junior alone, prosecuted the carers for associated benefits fraud.

R v SM & 14 others (RH) (October – November 2015): 8 week trial, defending client accused of being part of a conspiracy to supply £4m Class A drugs in Hampshire. Only defendant to be acquitted.

R v AS (June 2015): led junior, manslaughter of an infant by shaking.

R v MS (June 2014): led junior, manslaughter of an infant after defendant became frustrated with Assassin’s Creed video game.


Dominic is a very experienced advocate before professional bodies, particularly in the healthcare field. He has appeared in over fifty substantive Fitness to Practice hearings as well as numerous interim and health committee hearings.

Dominic accepts instructions from both regulators and registrants. He has case-presented on behalf of the General Dental Council and is frequently instructed by the Royal College of Nursing. Dominic also accepts instructions on a direct access basis.

Education/Professional development

BPP Law School, Holborn – BPTC

University of Virginia School of Law, U.S.A – LL.M

University of Cambridge, Cambridge – M.A. (Cantab)

University of Utrecht, The Netherlands – Erasmus exchange


Sachs Prize (2011) – Middle Temple, London

Queen Mother Scholarship (2010) – Middle Temple, London

Holland Travel Fund Scholarship (2009) – Trinity College, University of Cambridge

Lizette Bentwich Prize (2007 & 2009) – Trinity College, University of Cambridge


Criminal Bar Association

South Eastern Circuit

Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers

Central London Bar Mess – Blackfriars Crown Court representative.