Having been a lawyer with the CPS for twenty years; and one of the first CPS Crown Advocates, I have dealt with a wide range of cases including: dishonesty, violence, racially aggravated offences, public order and sexual offences. This work involved case review, charging decisions and advocacy. It required frequent instruction at short notice and assimilating information under pressure; and in preliminary hearings, this would regularly entail preparing twenty or more cases (including overnighters) without notice, assessing the progress and next steps in each. During that time, I was also the First Division Union representative and was elected as National Convenor – the highest possible Union position. Through this work considerable employment law knowledge was gained by me leading to my appointment as a member of the Employment Tribunal in 2010. After leaving the CPS I took a sabbatical to spend more time with my family, but missed the cut and thrust of advocacy and therefore switched profession to become a barrister and specialise in advocacy. With considerable experience in criminal law, I now specialise in criminal advocacy in both prosecution and defence.
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