Kirsty's defence and prosecution practices comprise regular instructions in relation to serious assaults and public order offences, arson, robbery, drugs, theft and fraud. Kirsty is recognised for her thorough preparation and for her rapport and patience with vulnerable clients and witnesses.
She has a particular interest in cases which involve mental-health issues, whether this be fitness to plead, insanity/automatism, or seeking an appropriate solution in relation to charges or sentence, and is experienced in advising when to seek expert evidence or enlist the assistance of mental health agencies and/or the Probation Service.
Kirsty has significant experience of frauds and financial offences, including credit card and internet fraud, fraud in the workplace, VAT and benefit fraud.
She has considerable experience in relation to the Proceeds of Crime Act, both confiscation following criminal proceedings, and forfeiture of detained cash, and has dealt with cases involving foreign property, hidden assets, the Official Receiver, and the Court of Protection.
Kirsty is well-known for her expertise in matters of Public Interest Immunity, disclosure and confidentiality. She has significant experience of the Protocol and disclosure process within criminal proceedings and the disclosure of police material into family proceedings. She advises and represents social services, health departments and police forces facing applications for disclosure.
Kirsty accepts instructions on behalf of local authorities in cases involving regulatory offences including trading standards and health and safety matters. Recent examples include taxis plying for hire, and prosecution of a landlord for dangerous and overcrowded premises.
R v Crook  EWCA Crim 378 – Defence appeal against conviction to Court of Appeal involving argument over the presumption against consent in rape under section 75 Sexual Offences Act 2003.
Recent Cases of Interest:
R v FC (2016 and 2017) allegation of ill treatment of disabled client by care worker - acquitted (prosecution did not pursue re-trial).
R v ST (2016 and 2017) manslaughter: death in police custody: junior counsel - acquitted at re-trial.
R v AEY (2016) allegation of assault on a prostitute - acquitted.
R v MQ (2014) paramedic accused of stealing money when attending elderly man in his own home - acquitted.
R v JPP (2016) knifepoint robbery in home of victim.
R v NP (2015) nurse fraudulently obtaining medication in the names of intensive care patients for her own use.
R v FY (2015) theft from elderly couple by care worker.
R v KS (2016) fit to plead guilty to arson. Hospital order with restriction.
R v MT (2016) breaches of PACE in relation to dealing with mentally disordered defendant. Plea to simple arson accepted. Sentenced to community order with mental-health treatment requirement.
R v IB (2014) unfit to plead. Confession evidence excluded. Acquitted of arson.
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