Elizabeth Lowe2017-07-17T15:36:09+00:00
Elizabeth Lowe

Elizabeth Lowe

Defends and prosecutes across the whole range of serious crime.

YEAR OF CALL 1999

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Education

MA – Oxon (Jurisprudence – University College, Oxford)
Qualified mediator

Appointments

Recorder of the Crown Court (2015)
Appointed to CPS Advocate Panel at Level 3 (2012)
Appointed as a specialist rape prosecutor (2012)

Memberships

Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
Fraud Lawyers Association

Overview of Practice

Liz defends and prosecutes across the whole range of serious crime including serious fraud, large scale drugs conspiracies, money laundering, firearms and large scale Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings. She is widely regarded as an experienced and respected leading junior.

Liz has a particular expertise in the careful and sensitive handling of allegations of serious sexual offences especially those involving children and those with special needs. She is fully trained in cases involving vulnerable witnesses and defendants and is a highly sought after advocate in this field. She has also gained significant success in the Court of Appeal.

Liz has a reputation as a first rate advocate who prepares cases to a high standard and is prepared to work extremely hard for her clients. She is also approachable with a confident and calm manner which will put even the most anxious defendants at ease.

Practice Areas/Notable Cases

Liz is a highly specialised and experienced criminal advocate with a practice that encompasses the full spectrum of offences including murder, non-fatal violence, organised crime, money-laundering, fraud, confiscation and large scale drug conspiracies. She has appeared in a large number of cases of the utmost gravity and complexity.

She has particular expertise in conducting serious sexual cases. She is very experienced in complex matters involving children and vulnerable witnesses and cases involving allegations of institutional and historic sexual abuse and is sought after in this field.

Notable cases

Sexual Offences

R v. JB – Rape. Young defendant with mental age of 7 year / use of defence intermediary.

R v. DE – Multiple rapes on 3 victims. Reported 30 years after allegation.

R v. YY – Defendant accused of a series of incidents of escalating seriousness culminating in rapes and false imprisonment. 4 different victims.

R v. MS – Defendant accused of historic sex offences whilst coaching alleged victim. Complainant a serving police officer at the time of the allegations.

R v. MM – Rape. 14 year old male defendant accused of raping an 8 year old male.

R v. KO – Young defendant charged with a gang rape of a girl with very significant special educational needs.

R v. SS – Rape. Father accused of raping 8 year old daughter with communication skills of a 4 year old.

R v. AJ – Operation Articulate – Aylesbury sex ring. 3 month trial.

Homicide / Violence

R v. AB – Allegation of attempted murder in a domestic context

R v. JK – Allegation of manslaughter arising out of the alleged supply of food supplements to a member of a gym who subsequently died.

R v. DG – Operation Camaro. 11 handed conspiracy to supply firearms with intent to endanger life.

R v. TC – Gang alleged to have robbed occupants of a domestic property with firearms.

Drugs

R v. WC – Large scale multi-handed Class A drug conspiracy (28 defendants), spanning from London to North East of England.

R v. WA – Operation Spell. Large scale multi-handed Class A drug conspiracy in Thames Valley.

R v. KG – Operation Kiwi. Large scale multi-handed Class A drug conspiracy/money laundering spanning from Liverpool to Swansea.

Corruption

R v. LO – Flying Squad officer charged with multiple counts of theft of cash exhibits at the scenes of various armed robberies in and around London.

Fraud / Dishonesty

R v. KA – Money laundering allegation arising out of the issuing of fraudulent Standby Letters of Credit in Dubai

R v. NC – International Fraud. Fraudulent transactions originating in shipping company in London traced via Germany, Russia and Cyprus.

R v. AA – Mortgage Broker charged with 24 counts of mortgage fraud (total value circa £5 million). All but 4 counts dismissed at half time.

R v. AM – Operation Sorrell. Conspiracy to steal and export very high performance and high value vehicles using sophisticated technology. 3 month trial.

Proceeds of Crime

R v. S – Multi million pound confiscation proceedings arising from defendant’s involvement in identity and mortgage fraud.

R v. N – Multi million pound confiscation proceedings arising from defendant’s conviction for people trafficking from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Liz’s fierce intelligence and keen eye for detail mean she is well regarded in this field. She is able to digest large amounts of complicated information very swiftly. Recent instructions in this field include an allegation of high value money laundering surrounding the issue of fraudulent Standby Letters of Credit in Dubai.

Fraud / Dishonesty notable cases

R v. KA – Money laundering allegation arising out of the issuing of fraudulent Standby Letters of Credit in Dubai

R v. NC – International Fraud. Fraudulent transactions originating in shipping company in London traced via Germany, Russia and Cyprus.

R v. AA – Mortgage Broker charged with 24 counts of mortgage fraud (total value circa £5 million). All but 4 counts dismissed at half time.

R v. FY – Large scale conspiracy to defraud re benefits

Liz is regularly instructed in high value confiscation proceedings even when she has not been instructed to conduct the trial at first instance. She has fierce intelligence and a keen eye for detail and enjoys applying the logic which the POCA legislation requires to the differing situations which she has encountered.

Proceeds of Crime Notable Cases

R v. S – Multi million pound confiscation proceedings arising from defendant’s involvement in identity and mortgage fraud.

R v. N – Multi million pound confiscation proceedings arising from defendant’s conviction for people trafficking from Afghanistan and Pakistan.