Year of Call: 2009
Inn of Court: Lincoln’s Inn
Her practice includes crime, professional discipline and fraud & commercial crime, licensing appeals and LPP review work. 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 9 years of criminal court advocacy have gained her experience in cases involving, violence, drugs, conspiracy and fraud. Her practice includes 4 years working for periods for the Serious Fraud Office as disclosure counsel, a 6 month secondment to the Bank of England dealing with financial disclosure issues, and 5 years experience of professional discipline proceedings. Furthermore she has experience in front of several Regulatory bodies including appeals against TFL, SIA and other licensing bodies and is instructed by the HSE dealing with serious cases.
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.
Charter Chambers and its members are regulated by the Bar Standards Board
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 Taylor Chelmsford Crown Court. Junior led by QC representing one of two Defendants charged in this very violent murder and 3 accompanying s18 GBH charges. The issue was one of self-defence, the matters that complicated the case were a series of events between the parties that led up to the incident and the fact that the Defendant had taken weapons, including an axe, to the scene.
Defendant was unanimously acquitted of all charges.
Significant Professional Discipline Cases
- NMC v Walker This was a case against a health visitor who was facing over 50 charges relating to historic failures to keep proper records, conduct visits properly, and escalate concerns over vulnerable infants. On the first day of the hearing it was successfully argued that the failure to particularise the majority of the charges adequately meant that the case fell foul of her Article 6 right to ‘having a fair trial’ and that to continue would amount to an abuse. As a result, over 36 of the charges were stayed and the remaining charges went on to not amount to any current impairment.
- 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
Areas of Specialism
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 instructed Junior in 2 murders; 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.
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 appeared regularly in front of panels of the NMC, HCPC, GPhC, and ACCA.
Due to her wealth of experience in this area she is able to adapt easily to any Regulatory body and is confident and knowledgeable about the processes and current case law applicable often securing great results for her clients.
To date she has appeared in well over 100 substantive hearings.
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.
She has undertaken various secondments at the SFO on and off for the last 4-5 years on a variety of cases as well as 6 months at the Bank of England.
Her experience also extends to dealing with freezing and forfeiture orders made by authorities such as the SFO and NCA against individuals under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
She has very recently just finished her role as instructed Junior for the first Defendant in a 17 handed highly sophisticated international visa fraud and immigration case at Kingston Crown Court for which her Defendant had been set to face 4 separate trials. The case itself followed a Home Office investigation over several years and the material amounted to tens of thousands of pages of material from phone and other electronic downloads to consider.
Following her successful application to join the list of ‘Specialist Regulatory Advocates’ early in 2019 she also now has experience prosecuting on behalf of authorities such as the Health and Safety Executive, appearing at both the Magistrates and Crown courts to deal with such cases.
Over the past few years she has also developed a specialism in dealing with taxi licensing appeals in front of TFL or local Councils, as well as also undertaking other licensing authority matters such as appeals against the SIA.
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.