Lisa Bald

Lisa has developed a wide ranging practice for her level of call, both prosecuting and defending. She is regularly instructed in cases (alone and being led), involving serious violence, drugs, sex offences and complex frauds. Recent examples include allegations of rape, s18 GBH with intent, poisoning with intent to endanger life and a multi handed £5 million VAT conspiracy.

She also represents professionals facing disciplinary proceedings in the Nursing & Midwifery Council and the Health Care Practitioner’s Council. This work has helped inform her defence of those accused of criminal conduct in care homes (charges of abuse and or gross negligence of patients).

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

Lisa has gathered experience in dealing with cases 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

Drugs

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.

 

Serious Violence & Dishonesty

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 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 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 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.

 

Fraud Offences

 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.

 

Serious Sexual Offences

 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.

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.

 

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 2014 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

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

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

Regina v John Wright Court of Appeal, January 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.

Regina v Lee Bignell [2012] EWCA Crim 346

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

Other experience

Lisa was chosen to play the part of defence counsel for 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.

For the last two years Lisa has worked part time as a night lawyer 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

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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