Year of Call: 1968
Year of Silk: 1986
Clerk: Michael Lieberman
Highly experienced and sought-after, Winston specialises in public and criminal law with a specific focus on constitutional law, devolved and central Government. He also handles public inquiries and landlord and tenant cases. He has returned to 9 Park Place following a successful term of office as Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales, ending May 2016.
A Recorder of the Crown Court and Honorary Recorder of Caernarfon, Winston was the first Counsel General to the National Assembly for Wales and was leader of the Wales and Chester Circuit from 2007 to 2010. He is a fluent Welsh speaker and has undertaken a number of cases in Welsh. He took silk in 1986 and was appointed as the first Counsel General for Wales in 1998, the most senior legal adviser to the Welsh Assembly, during which time he advised on the creation and legislative passing of the Welsh Language Act 1993.
Some of Winston’s most recent cases include acting for the successful applicant for judicial review of a County Council’s decision on the grounds that that the decision maker was biased and acting for a County Council on its petition to the National Assembly for Wales under the Special Assembly Procedure. He also handled the prosecution of Terry Andrews for the murder of Bethan Callaghan.
Winston was educated at Ysgol Syr Huw Owen in Caernarfon and then studied at University College, London.