Posted on 31st January 2019
In 1998 the Government abolished the principle of doli incapax. This was the presumption in law that children aged under...
I am a criminal defence solicitor with a special interest in representing young people and cases involving police brutality, the misuse of police powers and criminal behaviour orders (CBOs), especially those which involve restrictions on making and performing music. I have written blogs on these topics.
I am an accredited Police Station Representative and I have Higher Rights of Audience which allows me to represent clients in the Crown Court. I have experience in the preparation of a wide range of Youth Court, Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court cases.
Through written representations, I have successfully persuaded the prosecution to discontinue or refer back to the police station for caution a wide variety of cases including possession of an offensive weapon, possession of a bladed article, robbery, criminal damage, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, public disorder and ABH.
I am a director of 4Front, a youth-led social enterprise which addresses the root causes of serious youth violence. I have been involved in a frontline youth project and mentoring for several years.
During my training contract I gained experience of Public Law and Judicial Review and worked on the multi-party action against the Department of Health and GlaxoSmithKlein regarding the Pandemrix vaccine. I also worked in the Civil Liberties Department assisting with actions against the police and applications under the Miscarriages of Justice Application Scheme.
Before joining Hodge Jones & Allen I worked as a paralegal in the specialist youth court team and then the general crime team in a large legal aid firm in London. I also have experience with prison law representing clients in adjudications and mental health law. During my GDL, I volunteered for the School Exclusions Project, representing school children who had been permanently expelled from school. Whilst studying for my undergraduate degree, I completed an internship for the Runnymede Trust, a race equality think tank. I have also volunteered as a legal intern for Release, a drugs and human rights charity.
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In my spare time I enjoy boxing, reading, films and documentaries.
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