[photo] Jemma Levinson (2001)Jemma Levinson (2001)

Teams

Actions against the Police, Crime and Public Law


Education

LL.B. (Hons.) Law, Leeds University


Profile

Crime

Jemma is a busy criminal defence practitioner and also has a varied practice in the area of judicial review and prison law. Jemma has a particular interest in cases involving substantial legal argument.

Jemma also has a successful appellate practice and has appeared in the Crown Court, the Court of Appeal and has been led in the Privy Council.


Notable cases

R v Grant [2006] UKPC 2L: Led by Queen's Counsel in the Privy Council.

R v Thompson: Led by Queen's Counsel in a murder trial at the Central Criminal Court (widely reported in media as the "honey trap case") 2009.

R v Badza: Led by Queen's Counsel in a murder trial at the Central Criminal Court, 2008.

R v Brown: Led by Queen's Counsel in a murder trial at Maidstone Crown Court, 2007 (conviction for manslaughter quashed by Court of Appeal).

R v JA: Led by Queen's Counsel in an importation of drugs trial at Croydon Court, 2005 (conviction quashed in Court of Appeal).

R v Khan: Led by Junior Counsel in a fraud trial at Southwark Crown Court, 2003

R v He: Reading Crown Court, largest processing cannabis factory found in Kent area, defendant acquitted, 2009

R v R: Two sucessful appeals, a year apart, against sentences of imprisonment for public protection imposed in different cases against the same young defendant, 2009, 2008

R v Frawley: Successful appeal against sentence of imprisonment for public protection, 2008

R v Brown: False identity documents, successful appeal against sentence 2007

R v Alassani: Immigration offences, successful appeal against sentence, 2007

R v Ibrahima [2005] Crim L Rev 887: Appeal against conviction regarding admissibility of opinion evidence in allegations of possession with intent to supply

 

Judicial Review

Jemma's judicial review practice concerns crime, prison and parole related matters including the decision to caution, the decision to prosecute, decisions of lay benches, bail in the crown court, prison disciplinary matters and parole board decisions.

R v CC of Derbyshire Police (ex parte Tilley): Judicial review of the decision to caution, conceded by other side before hearing.

R v CC of Nottingham (ex parte Horvath and others): Judicial review of the decision to caution, conceded by the other side before hearing.

R v Uxbridge Magistrates Court (ex parte Thornhill): Successful judicial review where court had erred in allowing an amendment of information, 2008.

R v St Albans Magistrates Court (ex parte H): Judicial review of the decision to prosecute a 10 year old for assault regarding a school fight , reported in The Times newspaper.

R v Croydon Crown Court (ex parte Brookes): Successful judicial review of the Crown Court's revocation of the defendant's bail, 2006.

R v Sutton Magistrates Court (ex parte Irwin): Successful judicial review of the ecision to grant the prosecution an adjournment, 2004

R v Balham Youth Court (ex parte parte F): Successful judicial review of the decision to grant the prosecution an adjournment, 2003

 

Jemma is strongly opposed to the death penalty and has worked as a voluntary intern in New Orleans (3 months) and Texas (4 months) representing prisoners facing execution.

Her interests include travel, the outdoors, jogging, learning Spanish and being creative.