R v RS (Central Criminal Court) September 2017 – Led by Oliver Blunt QC, Sophie is currently defending in a multi-handed murder trial.
R v RL (Maidstone Crown Court) 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 (Cambridge Crown Court) 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 (Birmingham Crown Court) 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 (Wolverhampton Crown Court) 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 (Aylesbury Crown Court) 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 (Southampton Crown Court) 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 (Aylesbury Crown Court) 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.
R v TA (Wood Green Crown Court 2016) – Sophie secured the acquittal a defendant accused of dwelling burglary where the prosecution evidence was CCTV footage and the alleged positive ‘recognition’ identification of the defendant by 3 police officers having viewed the CCTV stills.
R v A (Aylesbury Crown Court) 2015: Acting as junior alone secured the acquittal of a defendant charged with grievous bodily harm. Successful advancement of the defence that person(s) unknown must have caused the grave injuries to the Complainant in the period of time after leaving the company of the Defendant and being discovered by passers-by on the road.
R v C (Kingston Crown Court) 2015: Representing one of two defendants, secured the acquittal of the Defendant charged with possession with intent to supply 1.3kg of cannabis (and acquittal of simple possession in the alternative). Successful advancement of the defence that the Defendant did not know the drugs and paraphernalia found in her kitchen cupboard where she lived alone with her young children were there. The co-defendant was convicted.
R v C & Others (Central Criminal Court) 2014 – 2015: Led by Lisa Wilding QC as Second Junior for the Crown in the successful prosecution of 4 men, all of whom were convicted of double murder following a complex 3 month trial which involved substantial analysis of cell site and forensic evidence, particularly in relation to phone ‘co-location’ and the varied mechanisms of blood deposition.
R v H (Court of Appeal Criminal Division) 2014: Successfully granted leave to appeal sentence before the full court following a renewed application on the question of whether a determinative sentence of imprisonment may lawfully run consecutive to an extended determinative sentence under the Criminal Justice Act 2003, as amended by the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.
R v I (Guildford Crown Court). Led by Pippa McAtasney QC in a two-week sexual offences trial involving historic allegations of rape and sexual assault on a minor.
R v S (Snaresbrook Crown Court). Led by Queen’s Counsel in a high value two-week alcohol excise fraud trial. The case centered upon VAT evasion by a UK bonded warehouse through covert deliveries of alcohol from overseas, involving complex and extensive evidence including cell-site analysis and covert surveillance.
R v S (Ealing Magistrates Court). Sophie successfully defended a minor with severe autism against an allegation of assault by beating, the court accepting the defence case that the defendant did not have the mental capacity to form the requisite mens rea of the offence.