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Called to the Bar in 2006

Practice Areas: Crime, Family

Jessie is an experienced practitioner, specialising in criminal and family law. 

To instruct Jessie, contact her clerks at or on 020 7936 2613.

After successfully completing her pupillage, Jessie joined chambers in 2008. During her time in Chambers Jessie has established a criminal and family practice.


Jessie’s experience encompasses both defence and prosecution work across the whole spectrum of criminal law. She has been instructed in cases including:

  • Drugs

  • Fraud

  • Public disorder

  • Violence

  • Weapons/Firearms

  • Arson

  • Sexual offences

  • Child pornography

  • General dishonesty

  • Driving matters

Jessie has acted in numerous jury trials as well as summary trials and has prosecuted and defended at many different kinds of hearing. Particular hearings and issues Jessie has dealt with in the course of her practice include:

  • Abuse of process

  • Confiscation

  • Mental Health Act disposals

  • Defence of duress

  • Hearsay and bad character

  • Identification

  • Questioning of child witnesses

  • Questioning of expert witnesses

  • Special measures

  • Contested applications to vacate plea

Jessie regularly appears in the Crown Courts of London and the South East, and has enjoyed success in the Court of Appeal. Jessie accepts instructions from the DWP, RCPO and CPS in both the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court. She has prosecuted numerous trials for both the CPS and the DWP and is on the Attorney-General’s list for approved prosecution counsel for the SE circuit and is a Grade 2 Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service.

Prosecution notable cases:

  • R v E (and others), 2012, led Junior in a £2.7 million, multi-handed Advance Fee Fraud

  • R v A and B, 2012, multi-handed benefit fraud carried out over a period of five years, over 700 pages of exhibits and extensive jury bundles

  • R v X, 2012, 30 count fraud of over £200,000

  • R v C, 2011, a child cruelty case with multiple allegations of abuse carried out over a long period of time

Defence notable cases:

  • R v K, 2012 two week aggravated burglary (with intent to commit GBH), attempted GBH, harassment with violence, involved telephone evidence

  • R v M and others, successfully defended a multi-handled robbery trial

  • R v E, and others, 2012, successfully defended in a 4 week, nine-handed racially aggravated violent disorder trial, allegation involved racially aggravated attack on a Mosque

  • R v H and others, 2012, multi-handed conspiracy to commit burglary

  • R v A, 2012, operation Witham, burglary during the London riots

  • R v A and others 2011,successfully defended a multi-handed possession with intent to supply a large amount of class A drugs

  • R v H, 2011, charges of downloading/distribution illegal images of children, involved arguments regarding appropriate levels of the images

  • R v S, 2010, 21 count Indictment alleging multiple sexual offences, including indicting a child to engage in sexual activity and distributing illegal images

  • R v M and others, 2010 successfully defended a two-week multi-handed robbery trial, involving complex arguments surrounding the admissibility of expert evidence and the appropriate use of an intermediary

  • R v T and others, 2010 multi handed GBH with intent and violent disorder following a glassing outside a nightclub

  • R v S, 2010, successfully defended a charge of possession of a firearm

  • R v P, 2009, multiple charges of fraud using a complex system of hacking into the computer systems of gambling websites and identity theft

  • R v B, 2009, successfully defended a five day trial of multiple allegations of sexual assault in the work place

Court of appeal cases:

  • R v H, 2009, successfully appealed a compensation order and got a sentence reduced on the basis that it was manifestly excessive

  • R v V, 2010, appeal following a finding of dangerousness


Jessie specialises in Children Act matters. She represents all parties in public law care cases/adoptions and private residence/contact disputes. She also represents parties in relation to injunctive relief under the Family Law Act. Jessie’s experience includes:

  • Numerous public and private law children cases

  • Cases involving jurisdictional issues

  • Complex advice regarding instruction of experts

  • Interim care orders

  • Applications and opposing occupation orders

  • Applications and opposing non-molestation orders

Jessie recently completed some experience with Helen Ward at Manches in order to gain more experience in Ancillary Relief.


  • Jessie has also been instructed in civil cases and her experience includes:


  • Application for an injunction under the protection of harassment act

  • Criminal victim compensation tribunal


2006- The College of Law, Bar Vocational Course, Graded Outstanding

2005- Exhibition Scholarship, Inner Temple

2005- The College of Law, Graduate Diploma in Law, Distinction

2003- Sussex University, BA in Social Anthropology, First Class Honours


Criminal Bar Association

Human Rights Lawyers Association

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