Why Should a Solicitor Choose Me?
Jo brings great attention to the detail of a case, which allows effective case management and timely preparation of cases ready for trial or sentence. She is as comfortable dealing with paper heavy cases involving extensive technical and financial evidence as she is dealing with vulnerable witnesses and clients in conference.
She has particular expertise dealing with young witnesses and those with special needs.
She is confident in all areas of proceeds of crime litigation and is happy to provide pre-charge advice which can impact on POCA applications.
Jo has 23 years of criminal advocacy experience both as a prosecutor and defence advocate.
Jo is a Grade 4 prosecutor and a member of the RASSO panel. She has extensive knowledge of all areas of criminal evidence, procedure and sentence arising out of sexual offences litigation and has appeared before the Court of Appeal in appeals against conviction, sentence and AG References.
In addition to the RASSO work, she is regularly instructed in cases involving allegations of child cruelty, which have complex medical issues.
Jo has developed a practice in large scale fraud cases which have gained national coverage, having been involved pre-charge and steered the direction of the prosecution.
She is regularly instructed by Local Authorities to prosecute regulatory work. This has included recent cases involving IPTV box trade mark offences and counterfeiting cases, which gave rise to convictions and confiscation orders.
Jo is regularly instructed to defend in cases where defendants have particular vulnerabilities, including learning difficulties, youth and mental health problems.
She is familiar with the recent developments in Modern Slavery legislation and has successfully challenged a prosecution on behalf of a 16 year old Vietnamese cannabis cultivator, whose case was referred to the National Referral Mechanism. This resulted in the prosecution dropping the case against him.
R v Khan, Tindall and others (2018) six handed prosecution for a sophisticated conspiracy to steal from a vulnerable complainant
R v William Davenport (2017) prosecution of £3 million mortgage fraud
R v O & M (2018) pending prosecution drug importation through Teesport of container of drugs
R v S, S & M (2018) pending prosecution of large scale drugs conspiracy involving three defendants
R v Turner (2017) POCA proceedings following large scale cannabis cultivation conspiracy
R v Van Tuan (2017) defence Vietnamese cannabis cultivation involving modern slavery issues
R v Oloyede and others (2018) child cruelty expert evidence central to burn injury to baby
R v Peveller (2017) child cruelty pregnancy and birth concealment
R v N & R (2018) pending prosecution of child cruelty involving baby with multiple fractures
R v JS (2017) defending historic rape allegations from 1963, involving child defendant
R v JL (2018) defending rape allegation
Rv MS (2018) prosecuting familial rape charges
SBC v Julian Allen (2017) IPTV box trade mark case.
2016; Class 2 2017
University of Cambridge MA Hons Law
Regulatory and Criminal Litigation
Criminal Bar Association