Jo Morris

Year of Call: 2003
Inn of Court: Middle Temple

Jo Morris


Jo’s practice mainly comprises of crime, military justice and public law including the law of armed conflict. She is experienced in homicide, non-fatal offences of violence, sexual offence, firearms and fraud. Jo accepts instructions from both the prosecution and the defence. She was recently leading counsel in a multi-handed drugs case.

Jo is part of the military courts-martial team in Chambers.  She has been an RAF reservist for six years but has recently transferred to the Army’s 77th Brigade where she advises upon the law of armed conflict. Her military background gives her an advantage over others when defending servicemen.  She accepts instructions both from the SPA and the AFLAA.

A grade three CPS prosecutor, Jo receives regular instructions from CPS.  She is also a Bar Standards Board prosecutor, a probation prosecutor and on the SFO panel.

 

Current Cases

  • R v. K – An allegation of stranger rape of a vulnerable adult
  • R v. P – An allegation of S18 and witness intimidation
  • R v. K – An allegation of multi handed attempted murder, first on the indictment
  • R v.  W – An allegation of historical rape of a child.
  • R v. S – POCA arising from a multi handed drugs supply
  • R v. T – An allegation of violent disorder, first on the indictment
  • R v. J –  An allegation of child cruelty, first on the indictment.

Significant Sexual Offences Cases

  • R v. G – Instructed to defend a multi count allegation of sexual misconduct towards many    complainants.  Acquitted after trial.
  • R v. F – An allegation of three counts of rape.  Acquitted after trial.
  • R v. W – An allegation of historical rape supported by recent complaint. Acquitted after trial.
  • R v. K – An allegation of historical child abuse. Complainant supported by her mother. Acquitted after trial.
  • R v. T – An allegation of rape involving four different offences. Acquitted after a trial.
  • R v. R – An allegation of two counts of rape with a background of domestic abuse.  Acquitted after trial.
  • R v. T – Secured a community order for a defendant who was convicted after trial of grooming
  • R v. K – Prosecuted an allegation of sexual assault. Guilty after trial
  • R v. M – Instructed to defend in an allegation of historical sexual abuse involving a wide reaching paedophile ring.  Not guilty after trial.
  • R v. B – An allegation of historical rape.  Acquitted after a trial as Jo successfully argued this was a case of regretted sex.

Court Martials

  • R v. H – An allegation of desertion heard at Catterick Military Court Martial.  Guilty plea leading to a suspended sentence despite a starting point of three years.
  • R v. C – An allegation of AWOL heard at Colchester
  • R v. R – An allegation of AWOL heard at Colchester
  • R v. P – An allegation of fraud against the Army. The SPA offered no evidence.

Significant Violent Offence Cases

  • R v. C – Instructed to prosecute an allegation of S18 assault.  Guilty to S20 after trial.
  • R v. H – Briefed to prosecute arson with intent to endanger life.  Guilty to arson.
  • R v. M – An allegation of arson with intent to endanger life and assault with intent to commit a sexual offence. Fitness to plead issues were raised and decided in favour of the defence.
  • R v. P – An allegation of S18 involving gang violence. Convicted of S20 and acquitted of S18
  • R v. Y – An allegation of blackmail, large scale cannabis production and attempted kidnap. Co-defending with Lesley Manley. The Crown accepted pleas to S4 public order.
  • R v. A – Defended an allegation of people trafficking.  Acquitted after trial.
  • R v. S – An allegation of breaches of a non molestation order in circumstances where they were being encouraged by the complainant.  Acquitted of all charges after trial in which the complainant gave evidence and was disbelieved.
  • R v. G – An allegation of breach of a restraining order which amounted to one single polite text.  Acquitted after trial.
  • R v. P – An allegation of trivial breaches of a restraining order.  Acquitted after trial.
  • R v S – An allegation of coercive control offences.  Acquitted of all charges after trial.

Significant Fraud Cases

  • R v. M – Prosecuted a fraud involving the embezzlement of money from a charity.  Guilty after a trial.
  • R v. T – Defended in a large scale handling stolen goods involving an allegation of widespread car ringing.
  • R v. F – Prosecuted a million pound fraud from employer.  Guilty after trial.

Domestic Violence and Consequent Orders

  • R v. S – An allegation of breaches of a non molestation order in circumstances where they were being encouraged by the complainant.  Acquitted of all charges after a trial in which the complainant gave evidence and was disbelieved.
  • R v. G – An allegation of breach of a restraining order which amounted to one single polite text.  Acquitted after trial.
  • R v. P – An allegation of trivial breaches of a restraining order.  Acquitted after trial.
  • R v. S – An allegation of coercive control offences.  Acquitted of all charges after trial.
  • Bar Council International Committee
  • Attorney General’s Chambers in the Isle of Man (Secondment in 2011)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (Secondment in 2014)
  • SFO disclosure counsel panel
  • Prosecutes professional conduct matters for the Bar Standards Board
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit
  • Legal advisor to Pro Dogs Direct Ltd

Areas of Specialism


Crime

Jo’s practice mainly comprises of crime, military justice and public law including the law of armed conflict.  She is experienced in homicide, non fatal offences of violence, sexual offence, firearms and fraud.  Jo accepts instructions from both the prosecution and the defence.  She was recently leading counsel in a multi handed drugs case.

Jo is a graduate of the University of Durham and is widely respected for her keen intellect.  She combines this with vast practical experience.  Also police accredited, Jo has over fifteen years experience of acting in the best interests of her client from the point of investigation onwards.  Her knowledge of police powers and procedures gives her an advantage when conducting Crown Court trails and identifying points of law.  She easily identifies breaches of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.

Jo also undertakes cases of extreme sensitivity.  She has many years experience of dealing with vulnerable defendants and complainants alike.  She has completed RASSO training and the Vulnerable Witnesses training.

In addition to her domestic practice, Jo also accepts instructions in Gibraltar.  She is a consultant barrister at Litigaid Law in Gibraltar and can be contacted here.

She is  also a member of the Bar Council International Committee which seeks to promote the rule of law abroad.  She has recently attended advocacy training at the International Criminal Tribunal in the Hague.

A grade three CPS prosecutor, Jo receives regular instructions from CPS.  She is also a Bar Standards Board prosecutor, a probation prosecutor and on the SFO panel.

Jo is part of Chambers direct access team because she considers direct access and choice of representation to be vital.

Military Law

Jo is part of the military courts martial team in Chambers.  She has been an RAF reservist for six years but has recently transferred to the Army’s 77th Brigade where she advises upon the law of armed conflict.  She has represented servicemen in Germany, Colchester, Catterick and in Aldershot.  She has an intimate knowledge of the Armed Forces Act, the Law of Armed Conflict and other relevant legislation.  Her military background gives her an advantage over others when defending servicemen.  She accepts instructions both from the SPA and the AFLAA.

Jo is particularly respected for her capacity to cross examine expert witnesses upon matters such as impression and marking evidence, DNA, cell site analysis, blood spatter evidence and firearms residue.  Having trained both as a HUMINT operator and an intelligence analyst with the RAF, Jo is aware of the limits and reaches of expert evidence in this and many areas of investigatory work.  Jo is also experienced in challenging evidence on the basis of failings in memory.

Other Details


Homicides

Jo has a particular interest in homicides including those caused by road traffic collisions.  She is experienced in shaken baby syndrome cases, infanticide and mercy killing and has written for publication on those topics.

Copies of her work can be found here:

Fraud

Currently instructed in a multi handed conspiracy to commit “cash for crash” fraud, Jo has expertise in this area.  She has written for publication on this topic.

Military Justice

Jo is commissioned by Law Brief Publishing to write a book upon military justice which will be available in April 2018 and can be seen here

Other articles include;

“Marine A – Criminal or Casualty”, Counsel Magazine

.“Military Justice – the Severity of Sentencing” in the Barrister/

“The Jurisdiction of the Military Court Martial”

“The Court Martial and the HRA” in the Barrister

Law of armed conflict

Jo is commissioned by Law Brief Publishing to write “A practical guide to the law of armed conflict” which will be available in April 2018 and can be seen here

Sexual offences

Jo is regularly instructed to prosecute and defend in cases involving serious sexual violence.  She has written, with Lesley Manley, the leading article upon anonymity for those suspected of rape which has been published both by Crimeline and Westlaw.  Copies can be viewed here

Also, she has written “Sexual offences – has one excess bred another” The Barrister

Offences contrary to public justice

Jo has written the seminal article upon the emerging issue of vexatious allegations

Violence and domestic abuse

Jo has written, with Fiona McAddy, upon the new offence of “Coercive Control” and the issue of the ‘egg shell’ partner.

Forensics and evidential issues

Jo has developed comprehensive knowledge of impressions and markings evidence.  She is commissioned to deliver a seminar for MBL Seminars on this topic in 2018 and has written upon this topic here

Also, she has written for publication upon the issue of memory contamination.

 

Approaching lectures and webinars

Places can be booked by emailing Jo.Morris@Charterchambers.com.

Previous lectures and webinars

  • ‘Firearms’ – Chambers lecture series.  Lesley Manley and Jo Morris.
  • ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’.  Chambers lecture series.  Jo Morris and Fiona McAddy.
  • ‘The Military Court Martial’.  Chambers lecture series.  Jo Morris and Fiona McAddy.
  • ‘Perverting the Course of Justice’.   Chambers lecture series.  Jo Morris
  • ‘Mercy Killing and Infanticide’.  Chambers lecture series.  Lesley Manley and Jo Morris.
  • ‘Footprint and marking evidence’.  Chambers lecture series.  Jo Morris and Colin Witcher.
  • ‘Cell Site Analysis’.  Chambers lecture series.  Jo Morris.