Vanessa is instructed in all areas of criminal law, and has experience in complex and sensitive cases, including offences involving serious violence, sexual offences, financial crime, and offences involving young people. Vanessa has specialised training in dealing with children and other vulnerable witnesses and defendants.
Notable Crime cases
R v S  Croydon Crown Court
After extensive mitigation, secured a 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 M  Isleworth Crown Court
Provided detailed written submissions regarding the broader circumstances of the case in order to secure a suspended sentence of 3 months’ for a client convicted of perverting the course of justice by making multiple false reports to the police accusing a named individual of committing a crime.
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 W  Harrow Crown Court
Commended for conscientious advocacy in assault case involving vulnerable youth complainant.
R v S  Westminster Magistrates Court
Secured acquittal and successfully opposed Crown’s application for restraining order upon acquittal in document-heavy malicious communications case.
R v J  Cambridge Crown Court
Successfully mitigated for client with numerous previous offences charged with multiple counts of assault on emergency worker, assault by beating, and criminal damage to secure sentence of time served.
R v O  Uxbridge Magistrates Court
Secured out-of-court disposal for 16-year-old defendant charged with possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply following written submissions on the inadmissibility of police interview.
R v W  Inner London Crown Court
Persuaded Court not to activate suspended sentence in spite of defendant’s repeated breaches and multiple previous knife-related convictions.
R v B  Uxbridge Magistrates 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 H  Brighton Magistrates Court
Secured acquittal for defendant charged with assault and criminal damage following reliance on defence of others and householder provisions of s.76 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008.
R v D  Staines Magistrates Court
Represented vulnerable client in ABH trial 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
Forced Crown to offer no evidence in Newton hearing for 17-year-old defendant charged with four group robberies involving the brandishing of a knife and violence resulting in injury. Successfully opposed the Crown’s application to adjourn and persuaded the Court to lift the defendant’s stringent bail conditions pending sentence.
R v J  Highbury Youth Court
Successfully opposed bad character application for 17-year-old defendant charged with possession of a bladed article where Crown sought to adduce defendant’s two previous convictions for attempted robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.
R v O  Uxbridge Magistrates Court
Secured acquittal for a defendant charged with stalking an ex-partner after being arrested whilst heavily intoxicated outside her house. Conducted extensive cross-examination of the complainant and complainant’s teenaged daughter.