Jessica defends a variety of criminal charges including serious violence, dishonesty and drug offences. She often challenges the prosecution’s case early in proceedings resulting in charges being dismissed or lowered.
Jessica regularly successfully defends sexual offences on both a public and private basis and has extensive experience in cross-examination of complainants and analysing, presenting and obtaining electronic material.
Jessica is privately instructed to defend in Road Traffic Offences and has had considerable success in putting forward both Special Reasons and Exceptional Hardship arguments.
In R v X, Jessica was instructed by a client at an early stage in defending allegations of fraud and various regulatory offences, handling detailed pre-charge procedures relating to raids on corporations, seizures and injunctions. This company was a global corporation and therefore the case involved multiple jurisdictions (including the British Virgin Islands, Mauritius and Greece). She was also part of the team reviewing and challenging the original search warrants.
She is a CPS grade 2 listed prosecutor and regularly prosecutes violent, fraudulent, dishonesty and drug related offences in the Crown Court as a single junior. She recently prosecuted a section 18 stabbing case involving youth defendants and complainants and vulnerable witnesses. She often advises the CPS on evidence, charge, and whether a prosecution is in the public interest and has considerable experience in advising on and acting in any subsequent POCA proceedings following a conviction.
She also prosecutes for the Royal Mail, often being instructed at an early stage in proceedings to advise on charge or evidence.
Jessica was instructed by the HM Government of Gibraltar in an LPP review. She took a leading role in the exercise and was responsible for providing legal advice and practical guidance in relation to LPP and PII to counsel who were inexperienced in the field and acting in an advisory capacity to other reviewing lawyers.
Jessica was also instructed first by the CPS and then by Thames Valley Police as independent disclosure counsel in Operation Hornet, a case that resulted in numerous convictions. She was also instructed as disclosure counsel assisting in the Hillsborough Inquest and has previously been instructed by Eversheds as an independent counsel in a private prosecution.