Jennifer accepts instructions to prosecute and defend serious financial, dishonest, violent and drug-related crime.
She is a financial crime specialist, appointed to the A list of the Serious Fraud Office’s Advocate Panel the Fraud Specialist Panel for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Jennifer is on the CPS Advocacy Panel, Level 4, and has spent time as a Senior Crown Prosecutor, giving advice on charging fraud matters and preparing fraud cases for trial. In recent years, she has appeared in cases involving various conspiracies to commit crime, including the international movement and supply of multi-kilo consignments of drugs and the defrauding of pension investors in ‘ethical’ teak forestry schemes.
Jennifer has significant experience appearing for parties in Inquests, in particular those accused of criminal offences or seeking to bring civil actions, and has appeared in both the civil and family courts in relation to crossover proceedings with the criminal law. Her broad practice base in her early years at the Bar is a significant asset.
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.
Jennifer is a Recorder of the Crown Court.
Notable Crime cases
R v S&B (Global Forestry Investments) – Southwark Crown Court
Junior prosecuting counsel, instructed by the Serious Fraud Office. Five year conspiracy to defraud 2,000 investors and pensioners in 3 separate forestry investment schemes, as well as misconduct in the course of winding up a company. The SFO’s worldwide investigation stretched from Brazil, to the UAE to Mauritius and involved very significant tracing of funds. Convictions came at the conclusion of a 3-month trial at Southwark Crown Court and the Defendants received a total of 22 years in prison.
R v S – Kington Crown Court
Sole prosecuting counsel. Defendant pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs after the jury was discharged during his first trial. Sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison.
R (Operation Edge) v MH – Woolwich Crown Court
JJunior prosecuting counsel. 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. Four week trial of head of OCN, resulting in conviction. Nine defendants were sentenced to a total of 80 years in prison.
R v MF & others – Snaresbrook Crown Court
Junior prosecuting counsel, conspiracy to defraud through sale of fictitious car insurance policies, significant laundering of the money thereafter, through both innocent and knowing launderers. Six Defendants in the dock, main protagonists convicted after trial.
R (Operation Veil) v MF & others - Snaresbrook Crown Court
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
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
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
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
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.