Lisa Bald

Lisa has developed a strong general crime practice specialising in serious and complicated offences. She is regularly instructed in cases (alone and being led), involving gang violence, class A drug conspiracies, serious sex offences and complex frauds.

Recent examples include allegations of county line class A drug operations, conspiracy to commit s18 (GBH with intent), possession of firearms with intent to endanger life, poisoning with intent to endanger life and a multi handed £5 million VAT conspiracy.

She is known for her meticulous preparation, tenacity in court & confident and compassionate manner with clients. In recent years this style has led to an expertise in cases involving young defendants and witnesses, or those who have mental health difficulties, are on the autistic spectrum or have learning disabilities.

In April 2018 Lisa appeared in the Court of Appeal on an Attorney General’s Reference. She had persuaded a sentencing Judge to impose a non custodial sentence for a youth accused of a joint enterprise s18 in which he had stabbed the complainant in the face. The prosecution lost their appeal.

Over the last 9 years of her career, Lisa has gathered trial experience in dealing with a diverse range of evidence including blood spatter, cell-site, DNA, illegal and prescription drugs, poisoning, mental capacity, and language translation issues.

Notable cases

Serious Violence & Dishonesty

R v JK & Others, Southwark Crown Court 2018

JK was accused of violent disorder in an incident involving two men fighting with knives in Brixton underground station. JK was one of three defendants acquitted by the jury.

https://www-dailymail-co-uk.cdn.ampproject.org/v/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5719211/amp/Dramatic-CCTV-shows-two-thugs-STABBING-Tube-train.html?amp_js_v=0.1&usqp=mq331AQGCAEYASgB#origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.co.uk&prerenderSize=1&visibilityState=prerender&paddingTop=54&p2r=0&horizontalScrolling=0&csi=1&aoh=15261326652334&viewerUrl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.co.uk%2Famp%2Fwww.dailymail.co.uk%2Fnews%2Farticle-5719211%2Famp%2FDramatic-CCTV-shows-two-thugs-STABBING-Tube-train.html&history=1&storage=1&cid=1&cap=swipe%2CnavigateTo%2Ccid%2Cfragment%2CreplaceUrl

R v DS, Blackfriars Crown Court 2017

DS was accused of two counts of robbery using a firearm to pistol whip both complainants.

R v EB, Wood Green Crown Court 2017

EB was accused of a s18 stabbing outside a Turkish banqueting suite. EB claimed that he had stabbed the complainant in defence of his brother, who had been pistol whipped by the complainant seconds before. EB was acquitted by the jury.

R v MW, Blackfriars Crown Court 2017

MW stood accused of a s18 stabbing which had occurred at an AA meeting. The jury accepted MW’s account that he had run into the kitchen to grab a knife, brandished it and stabbed the complainant because he panicked not because he intended to cause really serious harm.

R v CS, Inner London Crown Court 2016

CS was acquitted of a charge inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and the alternative charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm. She had bitten part of the complainant’s finger off in a confrontation about an ex-partner but had acted in lawful self-defence.

R v KM & Another, Snaresbrook Crown Court 2016

KM was accused of conspiracy to commit theft in an ‘inside job’ at the bookmakers she worked at. The prosecution alleged that she was part of a trio who had organised a ‘robbery’ of the premises. The case involved marshalling a large amount of telephone evidence and complex arguments re the admissibility of bad character.

R v AS & Others, Aylesbury Crown Court 2015

Lisa defended one of four defendants jointly accused of false imprisonment and robbery in a revenge attack which involved threats to drill into the complainant’s knee caps.

R v VT & Others, Central Criminal Court 2014 & 2015

Led junior in a three-handed manslaughter by flight. The case raised complex issues re the correct application of the principles of causation, specifically foreseeability and remoteness. The case also raised issues of expert evidence on language/dialect, blood spatter and DNA.

The defendant’s conviction for this matter was successfully overturned at the Court of Appeal and a retrial. After a second conviction the Court of Appeal again granted leave to appeal the rejection of the half time submission.

R v HH & Others, Aylesbury Crown Court 2014

The defendant was accused of two counts of witness intimidation in that he was said to have threatened to blow up the houses of two complainants who had allegedly been shot by his family members months earlier. They were all tried together in a 6 week trial, during which there were further allegations of witness intimidation and jury intimidation. Of the 6 defendants, Lisa’s defendant was one of only two to have been acquitted.

Drugs & Money Laundering

R v AK & Another, Birmingham Crown Court 2017

Two Turkish men were accused of attempting to smuggle over £200,000 of drug money out of the UK. AK explained that they had been transporting gold bullion across Europe legitimately. Both were acquitted by the jury.

R v JK & Others, Croydon Crown Court 2017

The prosecution were forced to offer no evidence during a conspiracy to supply class A trial after Lisa’s successful 6 day s78 argument using R v Boardman.   Lisa’s client was said to be the leader of the conspiracy. The trial against three other defendants continued but as a result of Lisa’s argument the telephone evidence against them was ruled to be inadmissible.

R v AA, Canterbury Crown Court 2016

Lisa defended in this allegation of Class A drug importation. The defendant claimed he had travelled back from Calais with Class A drugs under duress – his family members had been threatened by a local gang. The defence relied upon psychological evidence to show that the defendant had a particularly low IQ and was highly suggestible. The defendant was granted special measures to ensure his effective participation in his trial.

R v TR, Woolwich Crown Court 2016

Lisa defended this vulnerable defendant who had an extremely low IQ. She was accused of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply. She explained that the drugs found in her home had come from a friend of hers who had a robbed a local drug dealer. The defence relied on expert psychological evidence to help explain her unusual account and accused the police of misconduct. TR was acquitted of all counts – both possession and possession with intent to supply.

R v SB, Reading Crown Court 2012

Lisa was led in this conspiracy to supply class A drugs. The Crown alleged that SB was involved in an operation to import shipments of cocaine hidden within carbon fibre yams.

Fraud & HMRC Offences

R v TE & Another, Manchester Crown Court 2017

Lisa was led by Mark Fraser in this £2 million conspiracy to defraud which revolved around a ‘rogue trader’ operation, perpetuated on a very large scale. An entire company was accused of defrauding its customers at every stage of its business – advertising, delivery, fitting and customer service.

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/two-jailed-deliberately-dishonestly-selling-13951509

R v WJ & Others, Blackfriars Crown Court 2017

Lisa defended WJ in a multi-handed tobacco smuggling conspiracy involving 5 defendants. The case involved a significant amount of cell site and tachometer evidence.

R v MG & Another, Swansea Crown Court 2016

Led junior in a complex VAT fraud conspiracy which involved a vast amount of evidence (over 70,000 pages).

R v MM, Blackfriars Crown Court 2015

Lisa defended in this multifaceted international fraud and money laundering conspiracy. Fraudsters cloned a bona fide investment company and then proceeded to cold-call high net worth individuals. They were persuaded to transfer large sums of money, supposedly to purchase shares that they were assured would significantly increase in value. The profits from the fraud were then transferred to bank accounts across the world.

R v EB & Others, Blackfriars Crown Court 2013

Led junior in an international money laundering conspiracy where the defendant was said to have laundered over £26million. The case involved complicated issues surrounding coded lists discovered at the defendant’s address and also the defendant’s fitness to plead.

Historic Sex Offences

R v BJ & Others, Reading Crown Court 2017

Lisa was led by Jon Swain in this multi handed historic sex case which accused a number of taxi drivers of grooming and raping a vulnerable youth who lived in a care home. The case involved voluminous social services disclosure issues as well as numerous s41 and bad character arguments.

http://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/15328594.JAILED__Asian_child_sex_gang_preyed_on_schoolgirl_they_drugged_with_cannabis_and_heroin/

R v CD, Southampton Crown Court 2017

Lisa was led in this 58 count historic sex abuse trial by Jon Swain. During the trial Lisa was tasked to conduct the legal arguments on the admissibility of s116 hearsay, a purported 39 page confession made in a 1980 police interview and the permitted scope of social services records to demonstrate previous inconsistent statements. She also cross-examined one of the ten complainants.

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/14125699.Former_children_s_home_boss_charged_with_abuse_of_nine_boys/

R v SM & Another, Oxford Crown Court 2016

This trial was part of the Operation Bullfinch investigation that revealed the abuse of care home children by Asian males in the Oxford area. Lisa was led by Alexia Power in this extremely serious allegation of gang rape & child prostitution.

Serious Sexual Offences

R v CB, Snaresbrook Crown Court 2016

CB was acquitted of raping his girlfriend during an argument about whether or not she had cheated on him the previous evening. CB had admitted assaulting her before and after their sexual activity. The trial involved complex arguments about bad character and the admissibility of the complainant’s previous sexual history.

R v LA, Wood Green Crown Court 2016

LA was accused of ‘stranger rape’. The defendant claimed that he had engaged in consensual sex with the complainant after only just meeting her. LA was acquitted.

R v AH, Blackfriars Crown Court 2015

AH was alleged to have raped a young woman after being invited to an impromptu party at her home. The prosecution alleged that he had plied the woman with illegal drugs and alcohol before taking advantage of her inebriated state. After a hung jury, the prosecution offered no evidence against AH.

R v JT, Oxford Crown Court 2014 & 2015

JT was part of an ice skating boy band troupe who was accused of sexually preying on teenage fans. He faced allegations of sexual activity with a child, rape, assault by penetration and possession of indecent images over two trials. The cases involved complicated legal arguments re admissibility of bad character, s41 material and severance.

Child Cruelty

Regina v BW & Another, St Albans Crown Court 2017

Lisa defended a young mother accused of neglecting her son by not taking him to hospital after he suffered a broken bone at the hands of her husband. Both defendants were acquitted by the jury.

Complex Cases Involving Mental Health Issues

Regina v JR, Stafford Crown Court 2015

Lisa defended a man serving a life sentence for murder who faced one count of poisoning with intent to endanger life while he was a serving prisoner. The Crown accused JR of attempting to overdose another prisoner by putting his prescription medication in their coffee. JR had confessed to the crime after the prisoner was found acting strangely in his cell. The case involved marshaling a large volume of expert evidence in – psychiatry, psychology and toxicology. The Judge was asked to enter a verdict of not guilty.

Regina v AJ, Southwark Crown Court 2014

Lisa successfully defended a young defendant accused of inflicting grievous bodily harm in an unprovoked attack on Oxford Street. The defendant suffered from acute polymorphic psychotic disorder – a rare mental health disorder. She successfully argued that he could not have formed the specific intent necessary for the offence.

Regina v CA, Aylesbury Crown Court 2014

Lisa successfully defended a care home assistant accused of mistreating a severely autistic vulnerable patient on two occasions that had been captured on secretly installed CCTV. The case demanded a wide knowledge of the levels of training and standards expected of care assistants to enable effective cross-examination of the manager of the care home.

Vulnerable Youths – Certificate of Counsel Cases

 R v FA, Barkingside Youth Court 2016

FA was accused of seriously sexually assaulting a deaf care worker at his care home. FA was an extremely vulnerable hearing impaired youth. The defence were only able to identify one expert in the UK who was able to assess FA’s ability to participate in his trial. Lisa successfully argued for the Court to bridge the funding gap between the LAA and the expert. When the Crown were made fully aware of the vulnerabilities of FA they acceded to her representations that it was not in the public interest to proceed.

R v HC, Highbury Corner Youth Court 2016

HC was accused of stabbing a young man at an illegal car show in North London and faced a charge of inflicting GBH with intent. Lisa successfully overturned the conviction on appeal at Wood Green Crown Court.

Trading Standards & Company Act Offences

R v PH, MH & CH Teeside Crown Court, 2015

Lisa represented a family who were accused of running a counterfeit t-shirt printing business. MH & CH had accepted their involvement but the Crown still pursued their father’s prosecution. PH was acquitted at trial.

Department of Business, Innovation & Skills v RL & PL; Southwark Crown Court 2014 & 2015

Lisa prosecuted this multi-handed BIS case. The defendants had been disqualified from acting as company directors but were alleged to have installed their son as a director in name only.

Nursing & Midwifery Council & Health Care Professionals Council

NMC v CN 2016

Lisa successfully represented a community psychiatric nurse who was accused of dishonestly amending digital records after he had been told that one of his patients had committed suicide.

HCPC v SD 2015

Lisa represented a social worker who had posted abusive tweets (from his personal profile) on well known, right leaning politicians twitter accounts. The issue at the final hearing was whether or not these comments had occurred in the private or public sphere and where the line between freedom of speech and misconduct is drawn.

Court of Appeal

R v JC 2017
Lisa successfully appealed her defendant’s sentence of 54 months imprisonment for possessing criminal property obtained from class A drug dealing. The Court of Appeal agreed that the sentencing Judge had erred in substituting the Money Laundering Guideline for the Definitive Drug Guideline. The defendant’s sentence was reduced to 30 months.

R v JW 2013

Successful appeal of an extended sentence imposed for an offence of s20 Grievous Bodily Harm; the appeal point was identified while representing the defendant at a parole hearing. The defendant was released immediately after serving over 5 years in custody.

R v LB [2012] EWCA Crim 346

Successful application to the Court of Appeal when Lisa was a pupil barrister; the defendant’s sentence for actual bodily harm was reduced from 28 months to 16 months.

Other experience

Lisa was asked to train police officers participating in the Metropolitan Police Drug Expert training course in October 2016. This involved rigorous cross-examination attacking the foundation of the officer’s expertise, their objectivity and their accuracy. Detective Superintendent Brendan Gilmour of the Specialist Crimes & Operation Unit praised Lisa’s performance, stating that many of the participants had rated her exercise as the “best court exercise they had ever undertaken”.

For the last two years Lisa has worked as part of the night lawyer team for a well-known tabloid newspaper. This involves checking tomorrow’s edition for libel, privacy and contempt of court concerns.

Prior to becoming a barrister, Lisa worked as a paralegal at Corker Binning Solicitors where she gained a wealth of experience in complex multi-handed fraud cases, extradition matters and general crime.

Lisa completed an internship with the charity Amicus in 2009-2010 where she worked as a mitigation investigator for the Office of Capital Defense, Jackson, Mississippi. During her time in America, Lisa was given her own caseload and was tasked with investigating the lives of her clients who were facing the death penalty. Lisa was involved in 4 cases during her time at OCD; none of her clients received the death penalty.

Lisa now interviews applicants who wish to complete similar internships and assists in the Amicus training program.

 

Positions of Responsibility

Member of the Tenancy Committee

Pupillage Secretary, Furnival Chambers

Surrey & South London Bar Mess Committee Member

Academic
  • Lincoln’s Inn Keble College Scholarship 2014
  • Very Competent BVC BPP London
  • 2.1 Law (LLB) Kings College London
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