[photo] Jessica Dickason-Mitra (2003)Jessica Russell-Mitra (2003)

Teams

 

Actions against the PoliceAnimal Welfare & Dangerous Dogs Act, Commercial & Contractual Disputes, Housing & Community Care, Property Litigation, Employment & Discrimination, Public Law & Judicial Review, Crime, and Prison Law

 

Direct Access

Yes

 

Practice

 

Criiminal Law

  • busy criminal defence practitioner, fierce jury advocate with an interest in complex legal arguments.

 

Recent notable cases:

R-v-S (CA): Appeal against conviction, application of s.31 defence in possession of identity documents

R-v- C & others: led junior in 3 month trial, multi-handed property fraud conspiracy

R-v- P: £50,000 theft from employer

R-v-L: Cultivation of cannabis farm

 

  • defending in Health and Safety Law proceedings, including most recently in a complex fairground machinery case and in food hygiene regulation 

 

Civil Actions against Police and Other Bodies

  • in civil actions against the police where she regularly advises and represents clients undertaking actions against the Police, prisons, and other bodies. She is a member of PALG.

 

Recent notable cases:

R (on the application of "P") v Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police [2014] EWHC 1436 (Admin): successful judicial review to remove inappropriate information from P's ECRC. 

S-v- Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis: malicious prosecution based on police officer "identification" evidence.

L-v- Commissioner of Police: L was wrongly charged with offences of assault PC, s.5 POA, and common assault. Charges were dropped, the PC who had punched L in the face was disciplined and a successful civil action was taken against the Commissioner for  the battery, unlawful arrest and false imprisonment and unlawful detention of L. 

E-v-HMP Pentonville: successful action for miscalculation of sentence and release date for convicted prisoner.

F v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis: ongoing action for conversion by police of high value property. 

 

 

Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory 

  • defending in Regulatory Disciplinary matters, including matters before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (GMC), Nursing and Midwifery Council, the General Pharmecutical Council and the General Dental Council etc

 

Recent notable cases:

GMC-v- A: Judicial review permission application of the decision not to exclude evidence obtained by entrapment by a leading newspaper.

NMC-v-R : successful submission no case to answer for prison mental health nurse accused by prisoner.

NMC-v-E & others: substantial charges reduced to one over course of lengthy proceedings against background of death of patient, E allowed to remain in practice.

NMC-v-N: Busy highly-skilled nurse practitioner in GP surgery found fit to practise; GP made nearly one hundred unfounded complaints about her work.

GOC-v-S: licence returned on review.

 

Civil Harassment and other Injunctions

  • In civil harassment cases, she is known for her meticulous and fierce approach

 

Recent notable cases:

P-v-B: injunction and substantial damages for claimant in neighbour harassment

R Ltd & others: harassment of leasehold company.

Advising celebrity client about harassment proceedings and libel/defamation issues

YR-v-NHS Trust: successful injunction to stop internal disciplinary proceedings.

 

 

Commercial and Residential Property

  • In commercial and residential property disputes, land and conveyancing matters, she is regularly instructed, especially for contentious issues, due to her fierce criminal advocacy background.

 

Recent notable cases:

K-v-L: possession claim with harassment counterclaim

V-v-L: disrepair claim 

I Ltd-v-O: business tenancy dispute

HRA-v-D S: charging order dispute

 

 

 

Education

Inns of Court School of Law

B.A. (Honours) Latin and English Literature (University of Bristol)
Harmsworth Scholarship (Middle Temple)