Called in 2003
Jo is a graduate of the University of Durham and is widely respected for her keen intellect. She combines this with vast practical experience. Also police accredited, Jo has over fifteen years experience of acting in the best interests of her clients from the point of investigation onwards. Her knowledge of police powers and procedures gives her an advantage when conducting Crown Court trials and identifying points of law. She easily identifies breaches of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.
Jo is part of Chambers’ direct access team because she considers direct access and choice of representation for clients to be vital.
Jo has a particular interest in homicides including those caused by road traffic collisions. She is experienced in shaken baby syndrome cases, infanticide and mercy killing and has written for publication on those topics.
Jo is also regularly instructed to prosecute and defend in cases involving serious violence, rape and other serious sexual offences, large-scale drugs trafficking and production, fraud and dishonesty.
Jo is particularly respected for her capacity to cross-examine expert witnesses in relation to matters such as footprint evidence, DNA, fingerprints, cell site analysis, blood spatter evidence and firearms residue. Having trained as an intelligence analyst with the RAF, Jo is aware of the limits and reaches of expert evidence in this and many areas of investigatory work. Jo is also experienced in challenging evidence on the basis of failings in memory.
Jo is an SFO prosecutor. She is also on the Bar Standards Board prosecution panel and receives regular instructions.
Jo also specialises in military courts-martial. Her military background gives her an advantage over others when defending servicemen.
‘An advocate with fire, passion and total commitment’.
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