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Annabel is a leading Junior with substantial expertise in serious and complex criminal trials and appeals including Murder, Terrorism, offences under the Modern Slavery Act, Firearms offences and Financial Crime.

She is frequently instructed in cases involving a substantial international element, having worked in recent years in France advising a multi – national company on its obligations under the UK Bribery Act, and in Ukraine providing advice and training (to the government of Ukraine, the Chief Military Prosecutor’s Office and the State Security Services) on cooperation with the International Criminal Court and domestic prosecutions for war crimes arising out of the Russian occupation of Crimea and the ongoing armed conflict in the East of Ukraine.

Recent and Significant cases include:

R v AD – Junior Counsel (led by Andrew Morris at ITN) defending in 6-week Terrorism trial heard at the Central Criminal Court. The case involved allegations of 15 Counts of Terrorism including funding and encouraging others to commit acts of terrorism. It attracted both national and international media attention (BBC, Jewish News, Sky News, The Independent).

R v Eric Tomlinson and Ors (The Shrewsbury 24) – Junior Counsel (Led by Piers Marquis) representing the actor Ricky Tomlinson (Best known for his role as Jim Royle in “The Royle Family” T.V comedy) in his successful appeal against conviction for picketing during the first ever national building workers’ strike in 1972.

The Court of Appeal quashed the convictions of the pickets known as, “The Shrewsbury 24”, finding that original witness statements had been destroyed and that their trial, over 47 years ago, was unfair. The appeal also involved declassified documents discovered in the national archives showing a covert Whitehall unit, the IRD (Information Research Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, set up during the cold war to produce anti-communist material), played a significant part in the production of a television documentary, “Red Under the Bed” – a programme about alleged communist infiltration into the trade union movement -  that was broadcast in the course of the trial and featured the defendants. (Press coverage can be found here: The Guardian, BBC).

Jonathan Beere and Daniel Payne - Appeal of the Freshwater Five  - Junior counsel led by Joel Bennathan QC) – Fresh evidence appeal against conviction for conspiracy to import 250 kilograms of cocaine (worth £53 million) into the UK through “coopering” at sea in 2010.

The cocaine was allegedly transported from South America (Brazil) by a commercial container ship, the MSC Oriane, and collected in the English Channel by the crew of a fishing boat, the Galwad-Y-Mor. The appeal turned on fresh scientific (nautical data) evidence calling into question the proximity of the two vessels in the English Channel and whether it was in fact possible for the coopering to have occurred. (The appeal was the subject of a 6-part podcast by the Guardian. Other press coverage can be found here: BBCBBCBBC).

Operation Argon (Leading Danielle Barden, 5SH) - Lead counsel successfully representing young Bulgarian woman accused of facilitating sexual exploitation under the Modern Slavery Act. Ms S was accused of arranging for a teenager to be brought to her flat as bait to attract a drug dealer’s customers. The teenager was allegedly plied with drugs and raped by strangers. It was asserted by the Crown that the teenager was being groomed by Omar Sharif, a local drug dealer, who was convicted after trial and sentenced to 37 years imprisonment for multiple counts of rape as well as well as supplying Class A and perjury. (Press coverage can be found here: Daily MailBBC).

R v N and Ors (Led by Lauren Soertsz) - Led junior counsel representing man (H) charged with conspiracy to throw caustic acid on a three-year-old child. This case concerned a father hiring others to throw sulphuric acid on his three-year-old son at the Home Bargains Store in Worcester in July last year. H was the middleman organising the attack and liaising between the father and those defendants who physically carried it out by throwing the acid. The child suffered serious burns to his face and arm and the case garnered national media attention in light of its unusual and serious nature. (Press Coverage can be found here: BBCBBCThe GuardianTelegraphITV).

R v S and PM (Led by Katy Thorne QC) - Led junior counsel representing homeless man who, together with his girlfriend, was convicted of beating her lover to death inside his flat before setting fire to it in an attempt to cover up the murder. (Press coverage can be found here: BBCITV).

International Advisory Work

ICC and International Humanitarian Law Reform Project, Ukraine, August 2016 – May 2017, Project Coordinator

Based in Kiev, Ukraine, Annabel managed a team of international and Ukrainian lawyers providing international humanitarian law advice and training to the Government of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Military, State Security Services, the Prosecutor General’s Office and Ukrainian NGOs. The project included advising the Chief Military Prosecutor’s Office and the Prosecutor’s Office of Crimea on the investigation and prosecution of war crimes arising out of the ongoing armed conflict with Russia as well as providing advice to members of parliament regarding the use of sanctions and communications to the ICC.

Bribery and Corruption, Paris, 2015 - Advised a French multi–national company engaged in global power and transport projects on its obligations under the UK Bribery Act. Based in the offices of the client in Paris, I managed a team tasked with conducting quasi internal investigations and drafting reports on the adequacy of the company’s ethics and compliance procedures.

Missouri death penalty project, April 2015 – Assisted in the Co-ordination of a project based in Missouri, USA, involving strategic litigation and issues relating to the arbitrary nature of the US death penalty system.

Independent counsel to the Constitution Commission of Fiji – Provided advice to the Constitution Commission and drafted Public Order legislation to ensure compliance with human rights (led by Kirsty Brimilow QC).

Dubai Public Prosecution v Hasnain Ali Hussain – Amicus Curiae brief submitted by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture (Counsel of record, led by Tim Moloney QC).

Mike Smith v Dubai - Application to UN alleging arbitrary detention (Pro bono Counsel).

Domestic Crime

Trial

R v Alstom UK, – Seconded to law firm defending Alstom UK, a multi- national company accused of bribery and corruption, to assist in defence case.

R v Laszlo Gyramati, – Defended a man charged with the murder of a young Hungarian woman whose body was discovered in a suitcase (led by Joel Bennathan QC).

R v Trey Foster, – Defended a young man charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life (junior alone).

R v Ian McKensie, – Defended a man charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent (Section 18) to his partner. The sole prosecution witness was the eight-year-old daughter of the defendant and victim. This case was part of the “Section 28” procedure pilot scheme at Kingston Crown Court. The scheme is currently being rolled out nationally as the standard advocacy approach to the handling of young and vulnerable witnesses.

R v Hassan – Defended a man accused of child cruelty. Case involved the cross examination of children between the ages of 9 and 14.

R v Bradley Garrett and Ors – Represented a university lecturer involved in “Urban Exploration”, the exploring and photographing of London’s underground spaces including disused underground stations (Led by Katy Thorne).

R v O [a child], Ealing Youth Court – Sexual assault on 11-year-old child. Defendant with severe learning difficulties and an IQ of 49. Proceedings ultimately stayed by district judge, following cross examination, in light of abuse of process argument surrounding defendant’s fitness to participate.

R v Ayonrinde, St Albans Crown Court - Insurance Fraud, dismissed at half time after successful submission of no case to answer

R v Farkas and anor, Central Criminal Court - 6 Counts of Fraud [Lebanese loops], sentenced to a conditional discharge for 2 years

R v Hamilton, Inner London Crown Court - Possession with Intent to supply Class A and possession of Criminal Property, successful half time submission of no case to answer

R v Kiddane, Harrow Crown Court - Theft from employer, proceedings stayed as abuse of process for destruction of CCTV evidence

Appellant

R v Gough (ongoing) – Representing Stephen Gough, the “naked rambler” in a challenge to the legality of an ASBO imposed on him to prevent him from appearing nude in public (led by Stephen Powles). This case has now been referred to the ECtHR.

R v Gough [2013] EWCA Crim 1418 – Represented the “naked rambler” on appeal against sentence for breach of an interim ASBO (junior alone, prosecuted by Treasury Counsel Duncan Penny and heard before Leveson LJ, president of the High Court Queens Bench Division).

Bauer v DPP [2013] 1 W.L.R 3617 – Represented protestors on appeal to the High Court on point of law concerning the remit of joint enterprise, Articles 10 and 11 ECHR and the interpretation of the law of Aggravated trespass (led by Richard Thomas).

R v Mears [2011] EWCA Crim 2651 – Successful in appeal against conviction for offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. Convictions quashed on grounds of apparent jury bias (Led by Geoffrey Robertson QC)

R v Boakye and Ors [2012] EWCA Crim 838 – Represented 5 Applicants in test case on the new sentencing guidelines for drug mule importation offences (led by Edward Fitzgerald QC).

R v Bentall [2009] EWCA Crim 1730 – Represented prisoner in CCRC referral on a point of law concerning remand time and the setting of the minimum tariff in life sentences. Heard before the then Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Judge (junior alone).

Courts Martial

R v Captain MA, Court Martial Centre Germany – Secured acquittal of Captain accused of Assault by Penetration. The case involved issues of capacity to consent and applications under s41 YJCEA 1999.

R v Private FM, Court Martial Centre Germany – Secured acquittal of Private charged with the rape of an 18 year old soldier.

R v Sapper St Jean and Ors, Court Martial Centre Germany – Successful submission of no case to answer on charges of assault.

R v LCpl Clarke, Court Martial Centre Colchester – Secured acquittal of young soldier charged with assault. Case involved an abuse of process argument regarding the destruction of CCTV evidence.

R v LCpl Fisher, Court Martial Centre Portsmouth, Royal Navy – Represented LCpl accused of fraud. Case involved expert voice recognition evidence.

R v LCpl Shulz, Court Martial Centre, Bulford – Represented LCpl in the British Army who pleaded guilty to breaching standing military orders in Nairobi. Following a 2-day sentencing hearing the defendant was spared a prison sentence and permitted to retain his rank. The Co-defendant was sentenced to a term of imprisonment and discharged from the army.

Protest Cases

R v Chan and Ors, “The Iceland Skipping Case” – Acted for all three defendants facing prosecution under the 1824 Vagrancy Act for taking food from an Iceland skip. The case was dropped by the CPS four days before trial following mass media coverage.

R v Pankhurst, Camberwell Green Magistrates Court – Secured acquittal of man charged under the 1824 Vagrancy act for taking Costa Coffee from a skip.

The Antifascist 5, Westminster Magistrates Court – Successfully represented one of five antifascist protestors charged with Public Order offences. Case collapsed following legal argument.

The Fortnum and Mason/ UK Uncut Protest – Junior counsel representing 22 protesters charged with offences arising out of the sit-in at Fortnum and Mason during the TUC march in 2012.

Extradition

Instructed to represent requested persons under Part 1 and Part 2 of the UK Extradition Act:

Jason Holland v South Africa – Represented requested person wanted on a warrant for serious fraud in South Africa and facing a minimum term of 15 years imprisonment. Case involved an application to stay proceedings on the basis of an abuse of the UK courts processes by the South African authorities. After significant negotiation with the South African prosecutor and in co-ordination with the requested person’s South African lawyers, the client returned to South Africa voluntarily where he received a suspended sentence by agreement.

Kinga Trybulska v Poland – Successfully represented the sole carer of a 5 year old child whose extradition was sought by Poland for breach of a suspended sentence. The requested person was discharged at first instance.

Inquests

Experience representing bereaved families in inquest proceedings, particularly, but not exclusively, cases arising out of deaths in custody.

Prison Law

Significant experience in representing prisoners at parole board hearings.

Seminars and Publications

Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court: International standards and Best Practices of War Crimes Investigations – Provided to the Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous republic of Crimea, including investigators and prosecutors who are actively investigating war crimes committed during the ongoing occupation of Crimea

Investigating War Crimes: Population transfer and enforced disappearance – Training provided to Helsinki Union and the Regional Centre for Human Rights based in Kiev, Ukraine.

The International Criminal Court and its preliminary examination into Ukraine – Seminar provided to the National academy of Prosecutors of Ukraine

Virtual Courts, London Expo Law Conference 2015 – Panellist speaker on the use of virtual courts in criminal cases.

Amicus (Assisting Lawyers for Justice on Death Row) bi-annual death penalty training – Regularly deliver training on investigation in capital cases and in the process of jury selection in US capital murder trials.

Sexual Prevention Orders, Sentencing issues – Doughty Street Chambers, 2014

Appeals to the Supreme Court - Lexis Practice notes (contributing Author 2013)

Slavery – Westlaw Insight Articles (Contributing Author 2014)