Pamela practises in all areas of criminal defence, including serious crime and offences alleging violence, (attempted murder, s.18 and s.20 Offences), drugs, firearms, robbery ,animal welfare,abuse of process submisssion and confiscation. She has appeared before the Court of Appeal on numerous occasions. She has significant experience in public order law and offences arising out of protests, having represented miners during the 1980s, anti poll tax and anti war protestors more recently. She has been noted for dealing with difficult and sensitive cases over the years. She has been led in cases ranging from murder to confiscation and RIPA and been both led junior and junior alone in the High Court involving Dangerous Dogs.
Pamela has extensive experience in Dangerous Dogs law and has appeared, been consulted and advised in numerous cases since the 'draconian' Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 was first enacted. Her work in this area is both under the criminal and civil proceedings (Dogs Act 1871) and the work includes s.1 Breed Type, s.3. aggravated and non aggravated offences. Her appearances in the Court of Appeal include -R v Rodney Haynes  EWCA Crim 3247 where the Appellant could agree undertakings and appeals against Destruction and disqualification orders; An important and successful appeal on keepership/ ownership under s.1 Dangerous Dogs Act (a referral from the CCRC 00611/2005 Re Ashman to the Crown Court) which required extensive research and paperwork into H.O. Circulars and statute; Appeals have also been by way of Judicial Review and Case Stated. She has appeared on many occasions in both the Magistrates (which include some of the 'Amnesty Cases' in Liverpool) and Crown Court since 1991. Research into The Dogs (Northern Ireland) Order 1983 No 764 (N.I.8) and Dogs(Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2001 and responded to the DEFRA consultation.
Other members of 1 Mitre Court Buildings also undertake Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and Dogs Act 1871 cases.
Pamela is qualified to undertake Public Access Work in the fields of Dangerous Dogs, animals and civil liberties, crime.
Pamela has responded to consultations issued by DEFRA and the Sentencing Guidelines Council.
She has written extensively on Dangerous Dogs law and its interpretation. For example, Criminal Law & Justice Weekly, 31st March 2012.
Examples of recent work
R v Y & 3 Others: Multi handed Importation of class a drugs with intent to supply at Woolwich Crown Court
R v O & Others: Anti War Protestors at Hove Crown Court who successfully relied on defences under s.3 Criminal Law Act, Reasonable Excuse under Criminal Damage Act 1971 and Necessity
Dangerous Dogs recent work
The Queen on the application of Sandhu v Isleworth Crown Court judicial review 2012 (EWHC) 1658 (Admin): A court has no power under the Dangerous Dogs Act to direct where a prohibited dog (Section 1, DDA) lives as there is no power in the Act to impose conditions, whereas the court does have a power if the charge is under Section 3 of the Act. When considering if the dog is a danger to public safety, it is the dog that the court must consider and if the court decides that the dog does not present a danger to public safety and makes a contingent destruction order, the dog shall be exempted provided the conditions set out in the Dangerous Dogs Compensation and Exemption Schemes Order 1991 (amendment in 1997) are satisfied. A person other than the owner can be keeper of a dog, this is not a transfer of ownership and therefore is not in contravention of Section 1(2)(c) of the DDA 1991.
R v Canterbury Crown Court 2012: By virtue of Section 4A(5) an Order for Destruction may be contingent on measures for its control specified by the court. This can include the court having power to direct where the dog can reside.
Member of Inner Temple
Born in London but spent 5 years in Liverpool prior to studying law and returned for family reasons. She was practising as a tenant in 8 Kings Bench walk until 2002 when she joined the Chambers of Michael Boardman which then joined with Francis Taylor Buildings which became 4 Breams Buildings with Nicholas Valios QC. Pamela returned home to 1 Mitre Court Buildings (Formally 8 Kings Bench Walk) in July 2010.
Border collies, photography, civil liberties, jazz , cinema, animal health and welfare.
Criminal Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare
The Haldane Society