Bartholomew has practiced exclusively in criminal defence since qualifying as a solicitor at TV Edwards in 2017. In 2019 he was made an associate solicitor in recognition of his ability and experience. Bartholomew has represented clients accused of a wide range of offences including: murder, firearms offences, robbery, rape, people trafficking, large scale drugs supply, regulatory offences and multi-million pound frauds.
Bartholomew has very good client care skills, prepares his cases thoroughly and is acknowledged as a persuasive and tenacious advocate who stands up for his clients. He often represents professionals accused of criminal offences and regularly obtains positive outcomes for his clients.
Particular areas of expertise
Bartholomew’s training included a year in TV Edwards’s mental health department working on both criminal and mental health cases. He is experienced in representing clients suffering from autism spectrum disorder and mental health disorders including paranoid schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder. Bartholomew frequently receives referrals from mental health professionals and solicitors and often represents clients with mental health issues in police interviews in psychiatric hospitals and police stations.
Bartholomew has significant skill in exploring issues such as fitness to plead, insanity, defences involving mental health issues, mental health disposals and whether defendants should have the assistance of an intermediary during trials. He regularly instructs expert psychiatrists and psychologists during the preparation of his cases.
Notable cases – general crime
- R v M – client accused of stranger rape in a park. CPS offered no evidence after service of a defence statement and an application to adduce the complainant’s previous sexual behaviour in evidence.
- R v D – client acquitted at trial of committing grievous bodily harm with intent in prison.
- R v H – teacher acquitted at trial of two charges of assault by beating and the prosecution’s post acquittal restraining order application was refused.
- R v S – client sentenced to a community order for growing cannabis with an estimated street value of £27,500.
- I – represented a solicitor accused of a criminal breach of a planning enforcement notice. No further action taken after a prepared statement was submitted in interview.
- F – represented a vicar accused of historic sexual assault. No further action taken by the police after interview.
- X – provided advice to a politician about the consequences of a previous conviction.
Notable cases – mental health
- R v O – client pleaded guilty to a stalking four women by sending sexually explicit and threatening messages over the course of nearly a year. The prosecution gave a starting point of five years imprisonment, but the client was sentenced to a two year suspended prison sentence on the basis of his mental health issues.
- R v S – persuaded the CPS to discontinue the resumed prosecution of a paranoid schizophrenic client who had committed grievous bodily harm in Broadmoor Hospital.
- R v A – client suffered from Asperger’s syndrome and a delusional disorder and was charged with possession of four kitchen knives. He was found unfit to plead and to have done the act. Client given an absolute discharge.
- R v S – persuaded the CPS to discontinue charges of criminal damage after client found to be insane at the time of the alleged offence.
- R v M – persuaded the CPS to discontinue the prosecution of a paranoid schizophrenic client accused of possession of a bladed article and using threatening behaviour on the basis that he was not fit to plead.
- R v E – persuaded the CPS to discontinue the prosecution of a 15 year old client who suffered from learning difficulties and autism and was accused of sending malicious communications.
- K – represented a paranoid schizophrenic client at the police station who was accused of murder. The police took no further action against the client after two interviews.
- A – represented a nurse who was accused of dishonestly failing to disclose £50,000 of savings to the DWP when applying for benefits. The DWP took no further action after a prepared statement detailing her mental health issues was submitted in her interview under caution.
- Leonard Sainer Scholarship – awarded whilst Bartholomew completed his LLM at UCL.
- Accredited police station representative
- Duty solicitor
- Young Legal Aid Lawyers – committee member
- London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association
Quotes from clients
The best I’ve ever had… keep Bartholomew for me alone.
Thank you very much. I will never change solicitors. Mr Bartholomew Dalton is my best solicitor in all the world.
I cannot thank you enough for all the hard work you did for me. I can tell that… if it wasn’t for every single little detail you found I could easily have been looking at years and years. This has been the most frightening experience of my life… but I always had faith in you and you delivered. I know you have a very long bright and amazing career as a defence solicitor ahead of you.
I can't thank you enough for all your help, advice and patience at the court yesterday. It was an extremely dark day for me, and having you there to advise and guide me through the hearing and sentencing was reassuring to say the least. I was impressed with your thoroughness and insight and I do believe you prevented me from having a far more serious punishment for my actions.
Very good solicitor. When our meeting was over and I returned to my cell I felt very clear headed and relaxed. I really needed my solicitor’s advice which gave me good confidence and I was thinking calmly. Shortly that day when everything was over I got released with no charge… I was very happy. I can’t thank him enough.
I and my family thank you for the great and excellent job that you have done… you have been very professional, very intelligent and very kind
Attitude was friendly and so professional and explained everything in an understandable way.
Gave good advice, and he knew what he was doing, I was very pleased.