Abigail specialises in extradition and criminal appellate work, which she combines with a broad Crown Court and public law practice. Related fields in which she has been instructed to advise include judicial reviews, ROTLs and prisoner-categorisation and privileges. She has a particular professional interest in forensic medical science and law. In 2010, she earned the qualification of Dip.FMS (Diploma in Forensic Medical Sciences) at Barts and The London, where she studied under Professor Peter Vanezis OBE, Home Office pathologist. She has taken up an invitation from the Institute of Psychiatry to speak as a guest lecturer on the M.Sc. course in Clinical Forensic Psychiatry. She is a member of the British Academy of Forensic Science and the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries.
Abigail has a strong practice in private and publicly funded advisory work. In February 2013, she was co-opted as a Working Party member of the Criminal Bar Association (CBA), and assisted in drafting a response on behalf of the CBA to the Law Commission consultation on reform of contempt.
Abigail’s legal career started in 2006, as an academic lawyer at UCL and Oxford.
Abigail has appeared in a number of High Court appeals, and advises at each stage of full hearings in which she is instructed.
Abigail has appeared in the Court of Appeal in cases of significant public importance. She is a speaker at the Criminal Appeal Seminar Series. Abigail formed the third panel member alongside James Wood, Q.C. and Professor Michael Kopelman (consultant neuropsychiatrist at the Maudsley) at a seminar on psychiatric aspects of criminal evidence and procedure in cases of homicide.
Recent successes include the following:
Abigail accepts both criminal publicly funded and CFA instructions. She is currently instructed as junior in a judicial review which involves three claimants. The two defendants are the Chief Constable of the British Transport Police and the Southwark Crown Court. The judicial review concerns hearings in connection with applications for warrants at the Southwark Crown Court. The claim challenges the lawfulness of the issue and execution of three separate search warrants. It raises serious issues as to how investigations are conducted into solicitors, and where a solicitor’s relationship with his client is interfered with by the same investigating team as has charge of the main criminal investigation.
Abigail has a particular interest in the proportionate policing and prosecution of public disorder, involving legal argument on Articles 10 and 11, ECHR. She has acted for political activists and campaigners on issues such as:
Abigail accepts private and publically funded instructions in cases before regulatory and administrative tribunals.
February 2013: Abigail represented VG at trial, who was acquitted of having caused actual bodily harm (ABH) at the Inner London Crown Court. The gist of the allegation was that the defendant had launched an unprovoked and sustained attack on the complainant, allegedly in connection with an outstanding sum of money owed by the complainant to the defendant.
The jury took four minutes to indicate their verdict of 'Not guilty'.
Dip.F.M.S. (Diploma in Forensic Medical Sciences), Barts and The London School of Medicine, 2010
Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL), Distinction, Balliol College, University of Oxford, 2008
Law with Advanced Studies, First Class Hons., UCL, 2002-2006
Criminal Bar Association
Young Fraud Lawyers' Association
Extradition Lawyers' Association
Fair Trials International
British Academy of Forensic Science
Worshipful Society of Apothecaries
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