A thorough and persuasive advocate, Jennifer specialises within a number of Chambers' key practice areas: clinical negligence, personal injury, criminal fraud and police law.
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Jennifer dedicates a significant and increasing amount of time to her clinical negligence practice. She advises in a wide variety of areas, from delayed diagnosis, to wrongful birth to substandard performance of surgeries to inadequate treatment of patients with mental health issues. She advises both in writing and in conference and regularly drafts pleadings. She has particular experience of advising in conferences involving both experts and clients, able to explore complicated issues of breach and causation with an expert while simultaneously explaining the issues in clear and simple terms to clients. She represents families of deceased individuals at inquests and in any subsequent civil litigation. She has also appeared in NMC hearings and medical appeal tribunals.
Jennifer advises in a wide range of multi-track personal injury cases, including PL, EL and RTAs. She regularly drafts pleadings and schedules of loss and advises in writing and in conference on liability, quantum and evidence. She conducts settlement negotiations and mediations. Above all else, Jennifer is at her most comfortable in the courtroom in trial: thorough and persuasive, she puts her clients at ease while steadfastly fighting their corner. She also advises in and appears at CCMCs and other costs hearings. Jennifer represents the families of the deceased and other interested parties at inquests and advises in fatal accident claims. She also appears in tribunal appeals for criminal injuries compensation, an area where her knowledge of criminal law and procedure becomes particularly useful.
Jennifer has significant experience in the criminal courts and is able to advise and represent individuals facing criminal charges relating to road traffic offences.
Jennifer regularly lectures on new and interesting areas of personal injury law. She was a contributor to the 9 Gough Chambers first edition of 'Asbestos Claims: Law, Practice and Procedure'.
Jennifer appears in inquests on behalf of the deceased, the police and other interested parties. She is able to provide advice on subsequent civil litigation where appropriate. Jennifer draws on her breadth of experience in other practice areas for this work, whether it relate to the professional negligence of a medical professional, the criminal act of an individual, poor work practices of an employer or negligent driving on the roads.
Jennifer's breadth of practice has been particular helpful during her regular appearances for the police in applications for civil orders made in the criminal courts, including Closure Orders, ASBOs, Foreign Travel Orders, Sexual Harm Prevention Orders and Sexual Risk Orders. She also defends the police in actions issued in the county court, including actions for unlawful killing, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.
Jennifer is a criminal fraud specialist, appointed to both the Serious Fraud Office’s Advocate Panel and Fraud Special Panel for the Crown Prosecution Service. She appears alone and as junior counsel in a variety of complex cases including conspiracies to defraud, fraud against an employer, fraud by abuse of position, benefit fraud and false accounting. Judges have commended her thorough preparation and skilful advocacy in front of a jury.
She is currently instructed by the SFO in an investigation into an alleged international conspiracy to defraud investors. She has previously accepted instructions from the SFO as disclosure junior and independent LPP counsel. Jennifer has also worked as a Senior Crown Prosecutor at the CPS, giving advice on charging fraud matters and preparing fraud cases for trial.
Jennifer is able to advise on applications for and the effects of ancillary orders, including serious crime prevention orders, confiscation, compensation, forfeiture and destruction and financial reporting orders. She regularly appears in such hearings.
Before being called to the Bar, Jennifer spent six months working as an intern in the Prosecutor’s Office of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia.