R v KB & Others (2019): Sophie was instructed as a junior alone representing one of four defendants said to have committed consumer fraud and money laundering offences totalling a loss to consumers of over £350,000 through the creation and development of companies and websites purporting to sell electrical goods. The case involved sophisticated website fraud focusing particularly on the mis-direction of monies via bogus websites using worldwide payment mechanisms such as PayPal with evidence of at least 850 consumer transactions illustrating the breadth of the fraud.
R v SS & Others (2018): Led by Oliver Blunt QC in a 13-week multi-handed murder trial before HHJ Chris Moss QC at the Central Criminal Court. This was an extremely complex case involving 5 linked attacks over a 3 month period.
R v MI & Others (2018): Sophie was a led junior in the second of two trials on behalf of one of eight defendants relating to > £1,100,000 motor insurance fraud conspiracy.
R v DH (2018): Led by Phillipa McAtasney QC, Sophie acted for the defendant accused of killing his mother in the home they shared together. The case was high profile, attracting local and national news coverage. Their client was acquitted of murder.
R v AZ & Others (2017): Sophie represented the central member of a family who was charged jointly and severally with money laundering offences to a value of £500,000. This money represented the defendants’ benefit from the large-scale importation of heroin from Pakistan to the UK by another.
R v RL (2017): Sophie defended as a led junior in a multi-handed high value car-ringing conspiracy which involved complex analysis of evidence particularly in relation to covert surveillance, prison audio recordings and cell site analysis.
R v AA (2016): As a junior alone Sophie successfully defended a young man charged with grievous bodily harm with intent having been accused of repeatedly stabbing the victim in the chest and stomach. Following legal argument relating to the admissibility of the Defendant’s police interviews the Crown offered no evidence.
R v RY (2016): Sophie appeared as a led junior in Birmingham Crown Court in the successful defence of man charged with conspiracy to murder. The proceedings required meticulous examination of the Crown’s disclosure process and volumes of unused material which precipitated complex disclosure arguments. Following upon 7 weeks of disclosure argument the prosecution discontinued their case against the defendant.
R v BG (2016): Led by Oliver Blunt QC, successfully advancing a submission of no case to answer at the close of the prosecution case to an allegation of grievous bodily harm with intent on the basis that the Crown are unable to prove that the Defendant’s actions, even if proved, were causative of the Complainant’s injuries – other potential events could not be excluded as being the sole cause of the head injuries, therefore causation could not be established.
R v JT (2016): Successful defence of the first of two defendants charged with joint enterprise actual bodily harm where it was alleged that the Defendant used a metal pole to beat the Complainant to the ground, causing a fractured skull. The Defendant accepted presence but successfully advanced the defence of self defence.
R v CD (2016): Led by Jeremy Carter-Manning QC securing the acquittal of the Defendant who was charged with rape. The case required careful scrutiny and examination of complex forensic and toxicological evidence, the issue in the case being that of consent and/or belief in consent.
R v EC (2016): Successful defence of an allegation of sexual assault said to have been carried out by a mental health nurse upon a colleague whilst on duty at work.