Annabel is a criminal barrister with extensive experience of acting for the defence in a wide range of serious and complex criminal trials and appeals.
She has particular expertise in cases involving political protest. In 2012 she was junior counsel [representing 22 defendants] in all three trials arising out of the Fortnum and Mason protest during the TUC March.
In tandem with her trial work Annabel has a growing appellant practice. She was recently led by Edward Fitzgerald QC in the Court of Appeal in the test case of R v Boake and ors
2012 EWCA Crim 838. The case concerned the proportionality of historic sentences for ‘drug mules’ in light of the new sentencing guidelines.
In 2011 Annabel was led by Geoffrey Robertson QC in the Court of Appeal in the case of Victor Mears, the owner of the Lapland theme park prosecuted under the Consumer Protection from Trading Standards Regulations 2008. The conviction was quashed on the grounds of apparent juror bias R v Mears 
EWCA Crim 2651.
She is a contributing author to the Lexis Practice Notes on Appeals to the Supreme Court and regularly advises on appeals in capital cases both in the US and to the Privy Council
In addition to criminal work Annabel regularly acts for serving prisoners in parole board hearings and advises on judicial review in prison law cases.
She is also instructed by the armed forces to represent service personnel facing courts martial both in the UK and abroad. She has experience of defending cases involving both military offences and violent criminal offences.
Before coming to the Bar Annabel worked on capital murder trials in Mississippi. She is the current Chair of the Amicus executive committee, a charity that trains and sends lawyers and students to the US to work on capital cases.
Annabel also undertakes advisory work and is currently acting as an independent legal advisor to the Constitution Commission of Fiji.
See below for examples of criminal appeals, financial and regulatory crime, protest cases and other serious criminal cases in which she has appeared.
BA (Hons) English Language and Literature
First Class Honours
Sir Joseph Priestly Award 2007
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