Jessica is a specialist criminal barrister. She prosecutes as a level 3 CPS panel advocate and defends in complex criminal cases. Having prior experience as a mixed common law barrister, Jessica has chosen to continue her varied experience within family law which complements her criminal caseload. Jessica applies a meticulous work ethic to her cases and clients commend her firm but friendly approach and careful advice.
Jessica is able to receive instructions directly from the public in certain cases.
Jessica is currently being led in a number of cases including a murder trial which has attracted national press interest, a multi-handed conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life and a multi-handed conspiracy to burgle.
Jessica has a busy criminal practice and is regularly instructed by both prosecution and defence.
Jessica also has experience representing clients at Parole Board hearings including ‘lifer’ and complex recall cases.
Jessica is an Associate Lecturer at Northumbria University, Newcastle, and teaches the Criminal Practice module on the Bar Professional Training Course.
Jessica was praised by the Court of Appeal for her “concise and persuasive oral submissions” and able representation of her client – Regina v Kass Khan Elgie  EWCA Crim 676.
In a recent appeal regarding a knife point robbery sentence, the Court of Appeal described Jessica’s submissions as “attractive and focused” – Regina v Peter Laws  EWCA Crim 1788.
Defended client accused of raping his girlfriend. The case involved lengthy review of unused material including phone communication between the two parties spanning a large time period.
Defended client in affray trial. The client was acquitted despite CCTV showing him kicking the complainant.
Defended client accused of dwelling burglary. The case was stopped following legal submissions in respect of DNA and moveable objects.
Prosecuted former Catholic priest following historic sex abuse allegations.
Defended client facing section 18 trial after an attack was made by him and his family members against a former work colleague. Successfully negotiated and dealt with the case resulting in a suspended sentence.
Prosecuted 14 year old accused of digital penetration of 10 year old foster sister.
Provided pre-charge advice and prepared prosecution case for trial in a dwelling robbery matter which involved issues of identification and a vast amount of telecommunications evidence. Both defendants received a sentence of 13 years’ custody.
Defended father accused of harassing his teenage son. The case involved cross examination of the child and negotiations resulting in a reduction in the offence and a suspended sentence for the client.
Prosecuted man who had seriously assaulted his partner in front of her young children. The case involved an intermediary and pre-trial visits with the children.
Prosecuted an 8 day conspiracy to burgle dwelling houses involving over £250k worth of jewellery and gold.
Jessica’s experienced family practice covers both children and money cases. She has experience acting for the Local Authority, children and parents during public law proceedings. Given her background in supporting domestic violence victims, Jessica is well placed to advise and represent clients in cases involving non-molestation and occupation orders. In private law proceedings, she has represented clients with complex issues including internal relocation, special guardianship orders and transfer of residence.
Jessica represents clients in relation to applications for financial remedies including settlement and final hearings. Her varied cases have provided exposure to a number of issues, including pension disparity, inheritance disagreements and cohabitation disputes. A client represented by Jessica during a financial remedy final hearing who was awarded more than the usual 50% of the marital assets described her attention to detail “second to none”.