Jennifer is a criminal fraud specialist, appointed to the A list of the Serious Fraud Office’s Advocate Panel the Fraud Specialist Panel for the Crown Prosecution Service. The trial of a multimillion pound international investment fraud, in which she has been instructed by the SFO as prosecution junior since November 2016, is due to commence in 2021. She has previously accepted instructions from the SFO as independent LPP counsel. Jennifer has spent time as a Senior Crown Prosecutor for the CPS, giving advice on charging fraud matters and preparing fraud cases for trial.
In addition to her fraud practice, Jennifer accepts instructions relating to the full spectrum of criminal cases, and has particular experience of conspiracies to supply large quantities of controlled drugs and excise duties.
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.
Notable Crime cases
R (Operation Edge) v MH – Woolwich Crown Court (2020)
Junior prosecuting counsel (led by James Thacker). 18 month conspiracy to supply significant quantities of class A and B controlled drugs. Intervention by the Metropolitan Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Command over the course of the conspiracy resulted in the seizure of in excess of 31kg of cocaine, 308kg of amphetamine, 593kg of cannabis, and approximately £900,000 in cash. 4 week trial of head of OCN, resulting in conviction. Led by James Thacker. Nine defendants were sentenced to a total of 80 years in prison.
R v MF & others – Snaresbrook Crown Court (2019)
Junior prosecuting counsel (led by Jonathan Loades) conspiracy to defraud through sale of false car insurance policies, 6 Defendants in the dock, significant laundering of the money thereafter, through both innocent and knowing launderers. Main protagonists convicted after trial.
R (Operation Veil) v MF & others - Snaresbrook Crown Court (2018)
Junior prosecuting counsel on behalf of HMRC (led by James Thacker, instructed by the specialist fraud division of the CPS). MF and one other unanimously convicted after a 6 week trial of their leading role in an organised crime group, being knowingly concerned in smuggling with intent to evade excise duty. Judge took a ‘very conservative’ estimate of the total duty evaded as being in excess of £1 million. Each was sentenced to 5 years 9 months’ in prison.
R v TS – Inner London Crown Court (2018)
Sole prosecuting counsel of fraud by abuse of position (bank teller) and procurement thereof by third party. Bank teller pleaded guilty and gave evidence against TS at trial, pursuant to s73 SOCPA. TS convicted after trial and sentenced to 3 years in prison.
R v LT & Others - Central Criminal Court (2015)
Junior prosecuting counsel (led by Tim Godfrey), prosecuting 6 Defendants on a 19 count indictment including fraud by abuse of position and acquiring criminal property. The trial ended in a number of convictions and suspended sentences of imprisonment.
R v MA - Blackfriars Crown Court (2013)
Junior prosecuting counsel (led by Tim Godfrey). Six week trial and 10 count indictment where multiple victims defrauded of at least £600,000. Fraud by abuse of position (MA was a carer with powers of attorney); removing criminal property. The case involved overseas investigations; financial analysis of numerous bank accounts (UK and Jamaican); examination in court of financial investigator/witnesses via live link; spreadsheets and diagrams drafted for jury. A key witness was an Alzheimer’s sufferer who gave evidence with the assistance of an intermediary. Defendant convicted of 9 counts on the indictment and sentenced to 6 years imprisonment.
R (Operation Crystal) v R & Others (2012-2013)
Second prosecuting counsel (James Thacker first junior and Rosina Cottage QC leading), then disclosure counsel in this 14 handed conspiracy to defraud the DWP’s Access to Work scheme. Majority of defendants profoundly deaf. Jennifer drafted both the Disclosure Management Document for court and defence and Disclosure Guidance Document for disclosure officers. Many thousands of pages of electronic, hard copy and third party material. 11 defendants convicted.