Pippa practises in the areas of criminal justice, immigration and human rights. She maintains a particular interest in defending the rights of vulnerable, marginalised or disadvantaged individuals.
Alongside her core practice defending serious allegations in the criminal courts, Pippa has a keen interest in related areas, including international criminal law and death penalty cases, prison law and crime-related public law, actions against the police and extradition. She practises in all areas of immigration and asylum law and more recently has begun acting for professionals before their regulatory bodies.
Recent instructions range from defending in the first trial of the new domestic violence offence of coercive control, to representing children accused of serious sexual offences and child trafficking victims seeking asylum to acting for appellants in capital cases before the Ugandan Supreme Court.
Pippa never gives up on a case and is fast developing a reputation for first-rate client care, clinical preparation, and fearless advocacy.
Before coming to the Bar, Pippa worked for the Centre for Capital Punishment Studies in Uganda where she acted for individuals facing the death penalty, and advised the domestic judiciary and international bodies on human rights and criminal justice reform.
Pippa has also worked for a broad array of domestic and international organisations including working as an immigration and social security caseworker for Barnet Law Centre; an intern at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia; an analyst for the UN SRCT Drones Inquiry; and as a volunteer paralegal for Reprieve’s Death Penalty Team, the London Innocence Project, and the National Centre for Domestic violence.
Pippa has experience teaching at primary, secondary and undergraduate levels and has delivered training to students, practitioners and the judiciary both in the UK and internationally.
Outside of the law, Pippa has played hockey at international level and was an opera singer, performing on stages including the Royal Opera Houses in London and Vienna. She continues to sing to support organisations promoting civil liberties including Advocates for Human Dignity - a small Human Rights NGO that Pippa founded with fellow students whilst completing her law degree.
Pippa is a fearless defender, often achieving successful outcomes against the odds. She regularly represents defendants and appellants in domestic proceedings at all levels and is consistently instructed to defend in serious and complex cases covering a wide range of offending including violence, human trafficking, fraud, sexual offences and drugs. Pippa has further assisted Andrew Hall QC in terrorism and murder cases.
Pippa continues to assist a number of prisoners in Uganda (see international law below) and undertakes cases on a pro bono basis for the London Innocence project, examining potential miscarriages of justice.
Given her experience of immigration law (including cases involving national security) Pippa is well placed to deal with cases involving breaches of immigration laws, human trafficking, deportation on sentencing, and terrorism offences.
Alongside her casework. Pippa has also delivered training to students, practitioners and judges in criminal advocacy and mitigation.
Examples of recent instructions include:
R v Smithers
(Snaresbrook Crown Court). Successfully defended in the first ever trial concerning the new domestic offence of coercion and control. The case raised complex issues concerning the relationship between an offence seeking to criminalise psychological manipulation and allegations of physical violence;
R v Cristea & 10 ors
(Southwark Crown Court, led by James Martin). Romanian national charged with large-scale conspiracies in human trafficking, controlling prostitution and money laundering. The prosecution case collapsed following argument regarding disclosure, anonymous hearsay and evidence of police manufacturing evidence;
R v Khan
(Kingston Crown Court) Assisted Andrew Hall QC in preparation of legal submissions concerning what acts should constitute ‘acts in preparation’ for terrorism under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006;
R v Hussein
(Snaresbrook Crown Court). S.20 GBH. The Judge commented that whilst he had previously considered the crown’s case very strong, the “well measured” cross-examination of the complainant had “turned the case around completely”. He was persuaded to leave the case to the jury on the basis of excessive self-defence and the Defendant was acquitted.
R v Elderfield
(Oxford Crown Court) Assisted Andrew Hall QC defending a vulnerable woman with mental disorders and a history of abuse charged with the murder of her violent partner.
R v M & 2 Others
(Central Criminal Court) Assisted Andrew Hall QC representing a minor in a 3-way cut throat murder trial.
R v Bembenik
(Woolwich Crown Court). Defendant acquitted of unlawful possession of a bladed article despite two prior convictions for possessing knives.
CPS v Drinkwater
(Maidstone Magistrates Court). Father charged with stabbing his 5-year son with a fork, witnessed by the complainant’s 15 year-old brother. Defendant was acquitted.
R v Lomonosas (Snaresbrook Crown Court) Appeared for a Defendant committed for sentence following guilty pleas to affray and possessing an offensive weapon without legal representation or the assistance of an interpreter. Following a successful application to vacate the Defendant’s plea to the weapons charge on the basis there was no case to answer the crown offered no evidence and the Defendant was received a suspended sentence for affray.
R v Symes
(Kingston Crown Court) Successful application to dismiss a racially aggravated Section 4(a) public order charge.
R v Westwood
(Inner London Crown Court) Sentencing for making indecent images. The Defendant received a community order and the court was persuaded that the SOPO terms sought by the crown would breach Article 8 rights.
Pippa is passionate about protecting the rights of vulnerable individuals, including young people. Alongside her legal knowledge, she uses her extensive experience working with young people in schools, sports clubs and children’s homes to make sure young defendants feel included and are given agency in what can otherwise be an overwhelming and confusing process.
Recent examples of youth cases include:
Pippa has considerable experience in capital cases having run the Uganda Capital Mitigation Project for the Centre for Capital Punishment Studies. Prior to that she also volunteered for Reprieve’s death penalty team. Whilst working in Uganda, Pippa acted for over 400 ‘condemned’ men and women, of whom 225 have been released from death row so far. In addition to assisting in capital appeals before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, Pippa acted for those whose death sentences had been vacated as unconstitutional following the 2009 Supreme Court 2009 ruling in Kigula & 417 others but who had subsequently remained on death row indefinitely without lawful sentence or further access to the courts.
Ugandan cases of particular note include:
Pippa has advised the judiciary and international bodies including UNDP, International Committee of the Red Cross and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on international practice and procedure in capital cases as well as human rights and proposed areas of reform including introducing mental health and pre-sentence reports into the mitigation process.
Pippa’s experience in cases before international criminal tribunals involving accusations of war crimes and crimes against humanity includes:
Case 004 – Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia working as part of the team defending an individual in Case-004, led by Goran Sluiter and Richard Rogers;
assisting Richard Rogers in preparation of a supplementary communication to the Prosecutor of the ICC under Article 15 of the Rome Statute inviting her to initiate investigations into widespread and systematic land grabbing by the Cambodian elite since 2002 as a crime against humanity.
As a volunteer analyst working for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights (Ben Emmerson QC) inquiry into the use and legality of lethal Drone strikes in global counter-terrorism operations, Pippa was responsible for collecting and analysing evidence in relation to drone strikes causing civilian casualties in Pakistan.
Pippa has also lectured in international human rights law and international criminal law at Panastra University, Pnom Penh and Makarere University, Kampala.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Pippa volunteered, and later worked as a part-time caseworker at Barnet Law Service in the immigration and social services department before completing her first six months of pupillage in immigration law under the supervision of Alex Burrett.
Pippa has experience dealing with appeals at all levels and judicial review matters. She has undertaken cases involving human rights, asylum, domestic violence, family re-union, nexus deportation, unlawful detention, nationality, EU treaty rights, trafficking and statelessness.
Given her experience in criminal law, Pippa is well placed to act in cases where issues of criminal conduct are raised.
Pippa undertakes pro-bono cases for Bail for Immigration Detainees and the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
Recent cases include:
During pupillage Pippa assisted in the case of Pham v SSHD
 UKSC 19 before the Supreme Court, concerning deprivation of the appellant’s British citizenship on national security grounds, statelessness and EU citizenship. The Appellant has now been extradited to the USA on terrorism charges. SIAC proceedings remain on-going.
Pippa undertakes advisory work and and representation for practitioners brought before their professional disciplinary tribunals, including the NMC and HCPC. She currently acts for a mental health nurse before the fitness to practice committee of the NMC charged with administration of un-prescribed medication and failure to properly assess a patient who was later hospitalised with broken ribs and a punctured lung.
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