Overview of Practice
Szilvia is a valuable member of the Criminal Bar Association fraternity, belonging to a handful of independent barristers who undertake the defence and prosecution of criminal cases in equal measures. She appears in complex cases, specialising in serious violent and organised crime, including human trafficking, modern slavery and sexual exploitation offences, and proceedings involving vulnerable witnesses, high profile defendants and joint international investigations and cross-jurisdictional prosecutions.
Szilvia is a specialist rape and serious sex offences prosecutor, and has defended clients facing allegations of historic and child sexual offending and prohibited image offences, and has a wealth of experience in the deployment of, and challenging expert forensic evidence including: digital and cell site analysis, facial recognition and identification evidence, psychiatry & pathology, architecture, and accountancy.
Szilvia is a specialist Human Trafficking and Slavery prosecutor, and leading defence counsel in Modern Slavery Act offences, appearing in cases involving large-scale trafficking of prostitutes into and within the United Kingdom, child grooming offences, commercial and domestic slavery operations, and exploitation offences committed by organised criminal trafficking networks, including money laundering and corruption offences.
Szilvia has been appointed by the UNODC and the national prosecution authority of Kenya, as part of a team instructed by Shamini Jayanathan and lead by Anu Mohindru Q.C. to advise on the considerations and legal framework for controlled deliveries and the use of informants in East Africa, devising policy and legal protocols to trace the flow of illicit goods such as drugs, wildlife specimen, counterfeit products or falsified medical products, and enable successful prosecution of organised groups involved in such enterprises in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda for seniors members of the respective DPP, CID, and transnational crime police units.