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Jessica offers a mixed practice across areas of crime, regulatory, civil actions against the police, property litigation and civil litigation. She has a reputation for being extremely thorough, handling large evidential cases with ease and presenting arguments methodically and robustly. She also sits as an Assistant Coroner for Surrey.
Jessica is a busy criminal defence practitioner, being an advocate of jury trials with an interest in complex legal arguments.
- R v S (Court of Appeal): appeal against conviction, application of section 31 defence when in possession of identity documents;
- R v C & others: led junior in 3 month trial of a multi-handed property fraud conspiracy;
- R v P: £50,000 theft from employer;
- R v L: cultivation of cannabis farm.
Jessica offers defence in regulatory disciplinary matters, including matters before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (GMC), Nursing and Midwifery Council, the General Pharmaceutical Council and the General Dental Council.
- 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 practice after a GP made nearly one hundred unfounded complaints about her work;
- GOC v S: licence returned on review.
Actions against the police
Jessica regularly advises and represents clients undertaking actions against the police, prisons, and other bodies. She is a member of the Police Action Lawyers Group (PALG).
- R (on the application of P) v Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police  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, section 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 of L;
- E v Governor, 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.
Jessica has gained a reputation for her meticulous and fierce approach in civil litigation 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;
- Y v NHS Trust: successful injunction to stop internal disciplinary proceedings.
In commercial and residential property disputes, land and conveyancing matters, Jessica is regularly instructed, especially for contentious issues, due to her fierce criminal advocacy background.
- K v L: possession claim with harassment counterclaim;
- V v L: disrepair claim;
- I Ltd v O: business tenancy dispute;
- HRA v DS: charging order dispute.
- BA (Honours) Latin and English Literature, University of Bristol
- Inns of Court School of Law
- Harmsworth Scholarship (Middle Temple)