Vanessa is instructed in all areas of criminal law. She has experience in complex and sensitive cases, including cases of serious violence, sexual offences, drug trafficking, weapons, and financial crime. Vanessa has specialised training in working with children and other vulnerable witnesses and defendants.
Notable Crime cases
R v J  Woolwich Crown Court
Secured double acquittal for client charged with assault and ABH in a case involving a dispute over an American Bully XL dog.
R v S  Croydon Crown Court
Secured an unusually low sentence of 4 years’ custody for a client convicted of possessing 12kg of cocaine with intent to supply. The cocaine was determined to be import-grade purity (90-93%) with an estimated street value of £400,000.
R v H  Isleworth Crown Court
Secured acquittal on the more serious charge for client charged with multiple knife-related offences.
R v M  Isleworth Crown Court
Secured a rare suspended sentence for a client convicted of perverting the course of justice.
R v N  Bromley Youth Court
Secured acquittals on all nine offences for 17-year-old client charged with being concerned in the supply of cocaine and heroin and possession of multiple knives by successfully advancing a defence under s.45 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
R v S  Westminster Magistrates Court
Secured acquittal and successfully opposed Crown’s application for restraining order upon acquittal in document-heavy online malicious communications case.
R v W  Reading Magistrates Court
Secured acquittal for client charged with stalking an ex-partner in the midst of contentious family law proceedings.
R v B  Uxbridge Youth Court
Secured acquittal for 17-year-old defendant charged with dwelling burglary of goods worth £10,000 who had been independently identified by two different officers based on CCTV footage of the incident. Cross-examined both officers regarding lack of compliance with PACE Code D and made submissions addressing the weakness of the identification evidence.
R v D  Staines Magistrates Court
Represented vulnerable client charged with serious assault in which expert evidence of the defendant’s acute psychosis at the time of the incident was relied upon at trial.
R v C  Uxbridge Magistrates Court
Conducted successful Newton hearing in assault on emergency worker case in which the complainant-officer suffered a gash across the forehead requiring stitches. After cross-examination of three police officers, persuaded the Court that the complainant-officer had been the aggressor in the encounter and secured a penalty of a simple fine for the defendant.
R v J  Stratford Youth Court
Conducted successful Newton hearing for 17-year-old defendant charged with four group robberies involving the brandishing of a knife and violence resulting in injury.