Gabriella has developed a busy practice prosecuting and defending in the Crown, Magistrates’ and Youth Courts.
Gabriella has conducted a broad range of criminal cases, many involving allegations of violence, drugs, dishonesty, and sexual offences. Gabriella has particular experience representing children and young people charged with serious crimes and has frequently appeared as appointed counsel for the defence in such matters. She has a strong grasp of the full range of issues that routinely arise in these cases including; DNA and fingerprint evidence, identification evidence, telephone download and cell site evidence, and evidence of bad character and hearsay.
Prior to commencing practice, Gabriella worked as a paralegal at a large criminal defence solicitors’ firm. Whilst there, she worked on Appeals to the Court of Appeal on the full range of criminal offences, often of the most serious kind. She also represented prisoners charged under the Prison Rules at Adjudication Hearings. In addition, she previously worked for the Financial Ombudsman Service as an investigator in their Fraud and Financial Crime Team.
Gabriella has also acted as a legal researcher to the online edition of Blackstone’s Criminal Practice, with particular contributions to the Road Traffic and Evidence sections.