Year of Call: 2015
Inn of Court: Middle Temple
A robust and passionate advocate, she is well known for her attention to detail and experience in dealing with vulnerable witnesses and clients.
Megan’s has a growing practice in crime, professional discipline and coroner’s inquests. She is well known for her client skills, her persuasive advocacy and her ability to drill down into the minutiae of a case, even at short notice. She has been commended for her flexibility on her feet and her tenacity in and out of court.
Megan has a Crown Court defence practice and was recently successful in the Court of Appeal. She has a growing base of clients facing allegations of sexual offences and domestic violence and has been requested to represent in cases involving serious violent offending and mental health issues.
Megan’s professional discipline practice is predominantly based in the medical field, representing registrants before the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Health and Care Professions Council. Megan has a record of receiving excellent feedback from registrants. Her tact in these often delicate circumstances is welcomed. Megan frequently represents registrants in high profile and long-running substantive fitness to practice hearings. She is always pleased to hold conferences and to be involved in cases from the outset. Megan has also provided advice on appeals by the Professional Standards Authority.
In her coronial practice, Megan has predominantly represented nurses attending as interested parties. She has represented in an Article 2 inquest, resulting in a ‘contribution by negligence’ verdict not being offered to the jury. Megan was commended for her ability to cross-examine on technical medical evidence, which resulted in clarity as to causation and timings, for her client, the Coroner and the jury.
Charter Chambers and its members are regulated by the Bar Standards Board
NMC v C (2019)
Megan was instructed to represent a Midwife in a sad case, involving the death of a baby. Megan was able to demonstrate a lack of causation and to tactfully cross-examine the parents, in such a way as to limit trauma to the witnesses whilst acting in the best interests of her client. This led to a positive outcome for the registrant.
NMC v M (2019)
Megan was instructed to represent a registered nurse acting as a Care Home Manager. After the sad death of a frail resident, questions were asked as to the care afforded to the resident and the systems in place at the care home to prevent and treat pressure sores. The case gained some notoriety when a family member of the resident published a book regarding the care their relative received whilst in the home.
The case involved significant medical evidence, and thorough consideration of policy documents, care plans and witness statements.
Megan’s hard work on the case resulted in a number of charges being found not proved at half time, further charges being found not proved at the end of the facts stage and an eventual finding of no current impairment.
HCPC v A (2019)
Megan was instructed to represent a registrant social worker, alleged to have been dishonest in relation to their relationship with an offender. It was an emotionally fraught case in which the union ws heavily involved. Megan’s submissions as regards impairment led to a finding of no current impairment, despite a finding of dishonesty and misconduct.
Article 2 Inquest into the death of MT
Megan was instructed to represent an Interested Party in a 2 week inquest; a nurse, alleged to have missed routine checks for a patient in a low-secure mental health service. The patient ended their own life whilst under the care of the hospital. Megan’s focussed cross-examination led to a decision by the Senior Coroner not to leave a verdict of contribution by negligence to the jury.
R v Y (2019)
Megan was instructed to represent a defendant alleged to have been involved in the supply of Nitrous Oxide to another. Her client was found in possession of more than 30 canisters of the substance (now clarified by the Court of Appeal to be a ‘psychoactive substance’ for the purposes of the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016), as well as a number of balloons.
Megan’s client’s case was that he was in possession of the substance, which is not an offence, but that he did not nor did he intend to supply the substance to any other person.
Megan effectively cross-examined police officers and called her client to explain the circumstances for which he had the Nitrous Oxide in his possession, leading to an acquittal.
R v B (2019)
Megan represented her client before the Court of Appeal in an appeal against sentence.
Megan’s client received 2 years’ immediate custody for an offence of Blackmail. Although there is no sentencing guideline for this offence, Megan’s knowledge of the caselaw led her to believe that this was manifestly excessive and therefore she advised that the sentence should be appealed.
Megan’s oral and written submissions were accepted by the Court of Appeal and her client’s sentence was reduced by 25%.
- LL.B (Hons), The University of the West of England
- BPTC, The University of the West of England
- Middle Temple Entrance Exhibition Award (2014)
Areas of Specialism
Megan joined chambers with experience in Professional Discipline and took a keen interest in professional regulation during her pupillage. She previously worked for the Royal College of Nursing, preparing for substantive hearings. She also spent some time at a large Solicitor’s firm, instructed by the Health and Care Professions Council; during which she advised on charges, took witness statements and prepared hearing bundles for substantive hearings. Megan has a particular interest in medical professional regulation
She is a keen and diligent advocate who accepts instructions in both the Crown Court and the Magistrates’ Court for all areas of criminal law.