After 36 years with the Crown Prosecution Service Rob Welling has chosen to move to the independent bar and joins Chambers as of January 2024.
A diligent and well-organised barrister Rob has successfully prosecuted crimes of the utmost seriousness.
Rob was called to the bar in 1989. Working for a number of years within the CPS Magistrates unit, handling hundreds of Trials. Moving on from this he specialised in child abuse cases and undertook a secondment within the Complex Fraud Division.
When the opportunity came for him to move into the Crown Court team, he quickly adapted and not only handled Crown Court Trials, he became the Trial Unit Head, over seeing and managing 12 lawyers.
In 2007 he took on a new challenge and moved to Bermuda, where he prosecuted cases involving serious violence at a time when the Island’s gangs had resorted to the routine use of firearms. In one of the most serious cases he led two junior counsel in an execution style murder case.
In 2012, back in the UK Rob became a Senior Crown Advocate. During this time focussing mainly on cases of rape and serious sexual offences, ‘County Lines’ drugs cases, serious violence, money laundering and fraud. He was often called on to deal with cases that attracted significant media interest including the man who tried to steal the Magna Carta from Salisbury cathedral.
He has a strong advocacy style and a clear analytical mind able to cut to the heart of a case.