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Crown Advocates

Lawyer with tabletCPS West Midlands houses one of the largest in-house Crown Advocate Units in the country, consisting of 42 Crown Advocates who are based at our offices in Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent. The Unit is leading the way on Crown Advocacy for the CPS and is supported by a centralised Clerking and Fees Team who are based in Birmingham.

Our advocates work as a team with the investigating officers, lawyers and caseworkers bringing together all their experience to build the best possible cases for court.

The advocates are dealing with and prosecuting cases of all degrees of seriousness from straightforward thefts and assaults to rapes, serious sexual offences, complicated frauds and murders.

Our advocates work as a team and are committed to looking to the future and to developing their experience and successes. Training is delivered to the advocates on a regular basis; we are constantly looking how we can effectively deploy our advocates across CPS West Midlands to bring diversity of practice to all advocates.

We have a lot to be proud of what we have achieved so far. With these firm foundations set we are committed to provide a high standard of advocacy to the West Midlands.

Management Team

Iain Willis, District Crown Prosecutor

Iain is a solicitor and higher courts advocate who joined the CPS in 2003 after working for criminal defence firms in Worcester and Coventry for almost 15 years. Until 2015 Iain prosecuted as an advocate in the Magistrates' and Crown Courts and has prosecuted homicide, fraud, drugs and sex offences and appeared in the Court of Appeal on a number of occasions. Iain hung up his wig in 2015 and joined the West Midlands Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit where he developed the specialist skills required to prosecute serious sex cases. Iain has trained lawyers inside and outside the CPS in relation to prosecuting sexual offences. Iain joined his current team in 2017.