Briony Molyneux

Year of Call: 2009
Inn of Court: Lincoln’s Inn

Briony Molyneux


Her practice includes crime, professional discipline and fraud & commercial crime.  She is a tenacious advocate who is able to effectively assimilate and deal with large amounts of information and put them into a coherent case strategy.

Well-known for being approachable and a personable character, she is able to establish a strong rapport with a wide range of lay clients. Her 6 years of criminal court advocacy have gained her experience in cases involving, violence, drugs, conspiracy and fraud. Her practice includes 2 years working at Serious Fraud Office working as disclosure counsel and 3 years experience of professional discipline proceedings.

She is comfortable either as a junior or being led, and has received praise from those who have led her regarding her enthusiasm and solid work ethic.

Significant Cases

Significant Criminal Cases

  • R v. Rogers & Others – Bristol Crown Court – Junior for the first Defendant in a complex 10 handed conspiracy to manufacture crystal meth in a trial that lasted 8 weeks. The case involved analysing nearly 400 hours of raw recordings data taken from covert devices that had been placed in the vehicles of some of the defendants.
  • R v. Wood – Central Criminal Court – Junior led by a QC in a particularly violent murder and attempted murder case concerning two victims involved consideration of a large amount of disclosure in the shape of phone, forensic, pathologist, toxicologist and body-worn and camera evidence as well as dealing with a large amount of tension between the respective families.

Significant Professional Discipline Cases

  • NMC v. Awe & Others – Represented the registrant in a complex 8 handed case against agency nurses concerning serious charges of contributing to the death of a patient. This case involved analysis and consideration of detailed and specialist expert evidence.
  • LL.B, Sussex University
  • BVC, College of Law
  • Pupillage Committee at Charter Chambers
  • Management Committee at Charter Chambers
  • Head of Mini-pupillage at Charter Chambers
  • Sir Thomas Moore Bursary, Lincoln’s Inn (2009)
  • 2nd Prize in Young Advocate of the Year, Criminal Bar Association (2012)
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Cybercrime Practictioners Association
  • Amicus

Areas of Specialism


Crime

 

Predominantly Defence but also on the CPS list Level 1 as well as the SFO Disclosure Panel.

She is experienced in all types of cases ranging from violence and drugs to complex conspiracies and frauds. Able and versatile practitioner either alone or being led her notable cases include being led on a 10 handed 10 week long drug conspiracy case acting for Defendant 1. She often described as a tenacious and effective advocate in the courtroom.

Professional Discipline

She is instructed on a regular basis to deal with Registrant’s regulatory proceedings at all levels including restoration applications, interim orders, substantive order reviews and substantive hearings. She has currently had conduct of over 50 substantive hearings including a complex 8 handed case lasting 7 weeks.

Fraud

 

She undertook a secondment in-house at the Serious Fraud Office for 24 months as disclosure counsel working on two complex and ongoing investigations.

She has acquired good working knowledge of all aspects of fraud work, including confiscation and money laundering. For example her work at the SFO included being on the disclosure team for a £400 million Ponzi property fraud scheme, the largest case of its kind ever in the UK.

 

Other Details


She is a supporter of Amicus – charity that works towards worldwide abolishment of the death-penalty, placing UK interns with US firms working on Capital cases both pre and post conviction.