Year of Call: 2011
Inn of Court: Middle Temple
A passionate criminal defence advocate, she prides herself on a high standard of client care and attention to detail. She is a tenacious advocate, fearless in her advocacy and always keen to take on a challenge.
Her practice includes both Magistrates and Crown Court work, being instructed in all aspects of criminal law. She also has experience representing clients in extradition hearings and prison law adjudications.
Prior to joining Charter Chambers in 2015, she was an employed Barrister for a reputable criminal defence firm. This allowed her a wide variety of experience at an accelerated rate. She also obtained duty status, allowing her to act as a duty barrister in the Magistrates’ courts. She is qualified to represent clients at police stations and has a great deal of experience in criminal litigation, having been a caseworker and paralegal prior to obtaining pupillage.
- R v. CS & Another  – Westminster Magistrates Court – Acquittal following cross-examination of two child witnesses regarding a violent road rage incident.
- R v. A minor  – Stratford Youth Court – Represented a 15 year old charged with firearms offences.
- R v. BS  – Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court – Acquittal of a vulnerable young adult facing an allegation of Burglary, requiring the use of an intermediary.
- Poland v. MJ  – Administrative Court – Conducted the full extradition hearing and the subsequent appeal.
- R v. MM  – Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court – Successfully defended in a sensitive case involving sexual activity with a child where s.28 YJCEA was utilised for pre-recorded cross-examination of a child witness.
- AG v. ML  – Royal Courts of Justice – Defended an Attorney General’s reference for a sentence imposed at the Ipswich Crown Court. The reference was successfully defended in part as the length of the sentence was not increased but was made concurrent to a previous sentence as the concurrent sentence originally imposed was ruled unduly lenient.
- R v. AA  – Wood Green Crown Court – Achieved not guilty verdicts on a five count indictment of multiple threats to kill, representing a vulnerable adult who is considered a victim of trafficking.
- R v. PW  – Snaresbrook Crown Court – Successfully defended an allegation of ABH, jointly charged with another despite damaging CCTV footage.
- R v. A minor  – Wimbledon Youth Court – Extensive legal argument in the Youth Court resulting in the Prosecution being forced to offer no evidence in a case concerning a charge of ABH.
- R v. TO  – Warwick Crown Court – Acquittal for offences of Assault x 2 and Possession of a bladed article following a trial involving two eye witnesses.
- R v. RM,  – Basildon Crown Court – Secured a suspended sentence of imprisonment following a guilty plea for possession of a stun gun disguised as a torch.
- LL.B (Hons), University of Hertfordshire
- Bar Professional Training Course, College of Law
- Magistrates Court Qualification, University of Cardiff
- Middle Temple, Harmsworth Scholarship
- Longman Law (Pearson education) Prize
- Chancellor’s scholarship, University of Hertfordshire
- Police Station representative
- Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme (CLAS)
- Criminal Bar Association
- CyberCrime Practitioners Association
Areas of Specialism
Her practice includes both Magistrates and Crown Court work, being instructed in all aspects of criminal law. She has defended clients on offences from low level driving matters, violence, Theft, Fraud and Public order right through to GBH, Robbery and Firearms offences. She is regularly instructed on cases involving youths and offences of a sexual nature due to her personable approach.
She enjoys being involved in pro-bono work and was recently part of an outreach team who regularly conducted sessions with local school children to teach them about the different roles of lawyers and court procedure.
Whilst establishing a career at the Bar she was a University lecturer, specialising in Criminal Law and Advocacy. She continues to offer assistance to students of the University acting as a Judge for various competitions.
Recent publications include:
- ‘Dissenting Judgments in the Law’ (Wildy, Hill & Simmonds): Chapters concerning consent as a defence and the availability of compensation for miscarriages of justice (2012)