Philippa is a specialist criminal defence advocate. She has built on strong academic foundations of first class honours (BA Oxon) and an LLM distinction to develop particular expertise in criminal defence law, courts martial, and financial and regulatory law. Instructed in diverse cases from serious violence and sexual assault, to drug offences and offences of dishonesty, she has established a reputation for determined and incisive defending. She has particular experience in financial crime and issues of forfeiture and confiscation having dealt with substantial and high-profile allegations of fraud and money laundering.
Philippa is also a trustee of Cecily’s Fund, a charity helping with the education of Zambian children orphaned by AIDS. Selected for a 2011 Bar Human Rights Committee delegation, she has tutored advocacy and criminal procedure in Tanzania.
Philippa has particular expertise in financial crime, having been instructed as junior counsel or sole advocate in complex and serious fraud and money laundering offences. She has gained a reputation for strength in marshalling and managing voluminous material and meticulous case preparation. Whilst she is an experienced defence advocate, she has also been instructed by the SFO as independent legal counsel for consideration of material for the determination of legal professional privilege.
Recent and current cases in fraud and financial crime include:
Philippa has experience as led junior in notable murder cases including:
Philippa has been instructed in serious and complex cases from offences of violence and sexual assault, to high-level drug offences and offences of dishonesty as both led and sole counsel. A constant theme throughout the diversity of caseload is her committed and considered defending.
Recent cases include:
Philippa also undertakes inquest work, most recently representing the driver of the vehicle involved in a fatal accident, in relation to controversial circumstances in which police negligence was said to have been a contributory factor to the death.
Philippa undertakes work in Courts Martial and in Standing Civilian Courts.
Philippa appears regularly in the Court of Appeal and has contributed to the up-coming edition of Taylor on Criminal Appeals.
Notable appearances in Court of Appeal include:
Kings College London, LLM [Distinction]
New College, Oxford University, BA, Philosophy, Politics & Economics [First Class]
Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
Bar Human Rights Committee
Young Fraud Lawyers' Association
UK Environmental Law Association
Constitutional and Administrative Bar Law Association
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