Siobhan Grey QC

s.grey@doughtystreet.co.uk

Year of Silk

2016

Year of Call

1994
Siobhan Grey QC
What the Directories say

"Very, very good and not afraid to ruffle feathers in court - she fought tooth and nail for the client but was very charming with it. I was very impressed with her commitment, which was extraordinary." Chambers and Partners 2017
 

"Takes every proper point and fights the whole way." Legal 500 2016, ranked Tier 1 Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations).
 

"An unbeatable combination of great intelligence, great insight and really hard work."  Chambers & Partners 2014
 

"A polished advocate."  Chambers & Partners
 

 

Profile

Since taking Silk, Siobhan Grey's practice has focused on Homicide, Fraud, Rape and Sexual Offences. She regularly engages in pre-charge advice, as well as appearing in court, for corporations and individuals relating to Export Control for Military and Dual Use Goods

 

Siobhan Grey leaves no stone unturned when it comes to the preparation of her cases and the pursuit of disclosure and unused material which can result in Not Guilty Verdicts and the Crown offering No Evidence even before cases get to trial.

 

Siobhan Grey is building a particular expertise in criminal cases with a medical emphasis and the cross-examination of expert witnesses. She regularly lectures on expert evidence in Homicide cases. Her recent cases have involved:

 

(i) Forensic and neuro-psychiatry involving Alcohol Dependency Syndrome, the effects of prescribed and non prescribed drugs on the brain, psychosis, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders and Epilepsy.

 

(ii) Forensic, Neurological and orthopaedic pathology,

 

(iii) Toxicology and Pharmacology

 

(iv) Heptology and diabetes.

 

{v} DNA.

 

In white collar crime, she has defended in high profile cases brought by the Financial Conduct Authority, Serious Fraud Office and HM Revenue and Customs. She has extensive experience of dealing with cases involving insider dealing, pension fraud, MTIC fraud, Investment fraud and money laundering offences.

 

Recent Significant Cases
 

R v H: PRESTON CROWN COURT

Murder                

The case involved complex neuro-psychiatric issues regarding Alcohol Dependency Syndrome as well as the effects of alcohol and ketamine on the brain.

 

R v Goodridge: SHEFFIELD CROWN COURT

Murder               

The case involved issues about causation of death which required the cross-examination of numerous expert witnesses in the areas of pathology, orthopaedics, cardiology and heptology (liver medicine).

 

R v Halliburton: COURT OF APPEAL

Murder  

Ms Grey was not instructed at trial but instructed at Appeal level whereby the minimum period of the life sentence was reduced from 16 to 13 years.

 

R v  Campbell: CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT

Double Murder 

Ms Grey represented the main defendant in a six handed gang-land double murder at the Old Bailey.

 

R v Seton: EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS, STRASBOURG

Murder

Gang land shooting. Ms Grey took the case to Strasbourg and the case was one of few cases to be declared admissible on hearsay evidence. The case is reported in CLR Commentary 2016

 

R v Richards: OXFORD CROWN COURT

Rape    

The defendant was profoundly deaf with low cognitive ability. The case involved psychological evidence, intermediaries and deaf interpreters.

 

R v PR: NEWCASTLE CROWN COURT

Historic Rape

Represented the Defendant on multiple allegations of rape and serious sexual assaults.

 

R v D: SWANSEA CROWN COURT

Rape 

An allegation of rape made against a football player.

 

R v Kaur: WOOLWICH CROWN COURT

Immigration Fraud

Represented a solicitor for allegations of Immigration Fraud.

 

R v McGregor: SOUTHAMPTON CROWN COURT

Fraud   

Acted for an accountant on an indictment involving eight defendants charged with Conspiracy to Defraud by using the Construction Industry Scheme to defraud HMRC of over £1million of tax owed by subcontractors in demolition projects.

 

R v Perkins: CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT

Fraud and Export Control

Represented a company director on 22 counts of Fraud and exporting dual purpose goods (commercial and military items) to China without a licence. The case involved novel and complex legal argument concerning the EC Regulation 428/2009 and whether it lacked legal certainty in the context of the classification of Microwave Monolithic Integrated Circuits. Three expert witnesses in the fields of electrical engineering and export control were engaged in the case. 

 

R v Armstrong: BOLTON CROWN COURT

Fraud and Money Laundering

Defended one of two defendants charged on an indictment with 27 counts of Fraud and Money Laundering involving million of pounds regarding property in the Cayman Islands.

 

R v BW: GUILDFORD CROWN COURT

Fraud

Represented a former solicitor on charges of Fraud and forgery against members of his Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

 

R v Pitcher: SOUTHWARK CROWN COURT

Fraud

Represented a pensions' trustee in a Conspiracy to Defraud involving £52 million of pension funds which were disinvested from the United Kingdom and reinvested internationally. The case is considered the biggest pensions' fraud since the Maxwell trial in the 1990s.

 

R v Sheikh: MANCHESTER CROWN COURT

Money-Laundering

Defended the wife of the principal defendant in a £200 million money laundering regarding a licensed money service business specialising in remitting money to Pakistan.

 

R v Sanders: SOUTHWARK CROWN COURT

Insider Dealing

Defended the first of five defendants in the first cross-jurisdictional prosecution of Insider Dealing brought by the FSA. The case has been cited in The Lawyer magazine as one of the top 20 cases of 2012.

 

Publications 

Interview on 'Investment Fraud'. To read the interview please see here pages 54-55.

  

Two chapters on Regulatory offences and Insider dealing in Fraud: Law, Practice and Procedure

 

The Journal of Media law  "The World Wide Web: Life Blood for the Public or Poison for the Jury".

  

Article Exposed: Surveillance, Privacy and Censorship.

  

Co-wrote JUSTICE’s Manual on “Appealing criminal cases to the Court of Appeal.

 

The articles are reproduced with the permission of Counsel Magazine, the monthly journal of the Bar of England and Wales.

 

Hear more from Siobhan:

 

As part of the lead-up to a seminar Siobhan hosted on 22nd June 2017, Expert Witnesses in Homicide Cases (click here for details) she interviewed Professor Michael Kopelman on the circumstances where a neuro-psychiatrist may be of more value to a client than a forensic psychiatrist.

 

Click above to see Siobhan giving a presentation at our event on 22nd June 2017 on Expert Witnesses in Homicide Cases (click here for details). 

 

Regulatory and Financial Crime

R v McGregor Acted for an accountant on an indictment involving eight defendants with Conspiracy to Defraud by allegedly using the Construction Industry Scheme to defraud HMRC of over £1million of tax owed by subcontractors in demolition projects

R v Perkins  Represented a company director on 22 counts of Fraud and exporting dual purpose goods to China without a licence. The case involved novel and complex legal argument concerning the EC Regulation 428/2009 and whether it lacked legal certainty in the context of the classification of Microwave Monolithic Integrated Circuits. Three experts in the field of electrical engineering and export control were engaged in the case.

R v Armstrong Represented one of two defendants charged on an indictment with 27 counts of Fraud and Money Laundering in relation to property in the Cayman Islands.

R v Tree Represented a woman charged with offences of fraud relating to the production of bomb-detector devices sold to Governments and Law enforcement agencies across the world.

R v Ostler  Represented an individual charged with Misconduct in Public Office resulting from the police investigation (Operation Elveden) into corrupt payments to public officials. The case concerned the disclosure of confidential information to newspapers about patients at Broadmoor Hospital in exchange for money.

R v Sheikh Represented the wife of the principal defendant in a £200 million money laundering regarding a licensed money service business specialising in remitting money to Pakistan. After a lengthy investigation and pre-trial hearings, the prosecution did not pursue criminal proceedings against the defendant.

R v Green Benefit Fraud involving a lay client with long standing, acute psychiatric issues. After service of psychiatric reports and submissions based on the defendant’s mental health the prosecution offered no evidence.

R v Sanders Defended the first of five defendants in the first cross jurisdictional prosecution of insider dealing brought by the FSA. The case has been cited in The Lawyer magazine as one of the top 20 cases of 2012.

R v McInerney Represented a company director in relation to a multi million pound Boiler room Fraud.

R v Taneja Represented the senior partner of a law firm on allegations of conspiracy to defraud insurance companies. The case focused on the issue of referral fees within the context of legal expenses insurance. After extensive legal arguments, the prosecution offered No evidence.

R v Usher Represented a company director in a multi-million pound international investment fraud. Led Junior, prosecuted by QC and Junior. The defendant was eventually found Not Guilty.

R v Hening Represented a company director in a "Missing Trader" VAT fraud involving the evasion of VAT to the sum of £54 million. The defendant, a French national, was extradited from France and was said to be the mastermind behind the operation. Led Junior, prosecuted by QC and Junior.

Homicide Offences

R v H: Man accused of slashing the deceased with a machete. The case involved complex issues regarding the combination of alcohol, ketamine and diabetes.

R v Goodridge: Man accused of murder. The case involved complex issues of causation as the deceased suffered from renal failure as well as renal bone disease.

R v Halliburton: Represented the Appellant on Appeal in relation to his minimum period of a life sentence

R v Campbell: Represented first on the indictment of six defendants in relation to a double murder by stabbing concerned with gang land violence.

R v Seton: Represented first on the indictment in relation to a gang-land shooting.

R v Bowman: A defendant charged with murdering his wife 25 years after her death. The body was exhumed and the Crown's pathologist concluded that the cause of death was strangulation. On appeal, six pathologists testified as to the flaws in concluding strangulation as a cause of death. It is the leading case on the presentation of expert evidence before the courts.

R v Dorling:  Represented the first defendant in relation to a multi handed gang-land murder

R v Morrison An appeal in relation to a sentence for imprisonment for public protection imposed on a guilty plea to manslaughter. The matter in issue was the way in which the probation officer had concluded that the appellant was dangerous. On appeal, the report writer accepted that he had applied the wrong test when considering the issue of dangerousness.

R v Astall Man accused of the manual strangulation and double rape and sexual assault of his partner.

R v Young Represented one of five defendants charged with stabbing to death the “wrong man” in his own home.

Rape and Sexual Offences

R v Richards: Represented a deaf man with low cognitive ability accused of rape.

R v PR: Represented a man charged with multiple historic rape allegations as well as multiple sexual assaults

R v D: Represented a professional football player charged with rape

R v Astill: Represented a man charged with murder, rape and serious sexual assaults on his long term partner.

Terrorism

R v Fernandes Led junior defence counsel in a case where an undercover operation was said to have revealed a conspiracy to obtain radioactive red mercury and whose main prosecution witness was the News of the World's "Fake Sheikh" journalist. 

 

Education

BA (Hons) London University;
CPE City University;
 

 

Memberships

Bencher at Gray’s Inn

Grade A Advocacy Trainer

Member of the Criminal Bar Association

Member of the South Eastern Circuit (SEC)

 

   

 

Publications

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