Amanda Denton

Amanda Denton

AMANDA DENTON

Year of call: 1993

Call clerks: 0113 297 1200

Email clerks: clerks@kbwchambers.com

  • Recommendations

    ‘Experienced in handling cases involving vulnerable defendants and witnesses.’ Legal 500 (2014)

    ‘Recommended for serious defence cases.’ Legal 500 (2013)

    ‘Has a down to earth approach with clients.’ Legal 500 (2012)

    Practice Summary

    Criminal specialist on behalf of Defence and Prosecution. Has a wide experience of all types of serious and high profile criminal cases, in particular those involving the very young (both as Defendants and witnesses) and those with mental illness. Level 4 prosecutor (including RASSO panel).

    Attended training in prosecuting serious sexual offences and in the use of intermediaries to assist vulnerable witnesses.

    Recent Cases

    Murder

    • Has acted as Junior Counsel in a large number of murder cases
    • R v Omar – Allegation of a vicious stabbing in broad daylight in full view of large numbers of members of public on a bus against a juvenile suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of witnessing the massacre of his own family in his war torn homeland
    • R v James – Allegation of the brutal and motiveless slaying of a friend on a camping trip against a 16 year old
    • R v Ortton – Allegation of setting fire to a wheelie bin leading to the deaths of a whole family against a 15 year old
    • R v Bonnick – Allegation of joint and frenzied knife attack in a take away shop against a university student

     
    Mental Disability

    • Particular specialism in those offenders with mental disorders and psychiatric illnesses.
    • R v Yasin – Allegation initially dealt with under the terrorism procedures of a mentally disordered defendant manufacturing home made explosive devices. Conduct of the fitness to plead hearing and the subsequent trial by jury of the actus reus
    • R v Hodgson – Allegation of sexual assault in public sports facility against young and mentally impaired defendant. Conduct of fitness to plead hearing and the subsequent trial by jury of the actus reus

     
    Violence

    • R v Lewis – Attempted Murder allegation against 17 year old as part of a gang shooting of a drug dealer
    • R v Hammond – Attempted Murder allegation against a young Defendant involving a shooting as a revenge attack
    • R v Medlock – Attempted Murder allegation involving shooting with a sawn off shotgun as part of an ongoing feud between two families)

     
    Serious Sexual Offences

    • Regularly instructed in serious sexual offences by defence and prosecution including difficult and sensitive cases often involving third party disclosure issues.
    • Recently completed the Serious Sexual Offences course and fully conversant in the most recent legislation including the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

     
    Drugs

    • Extensive experience in cases involving the supply and distribution of class A drugs and linked proceeds of crime legislation.
    • R v Salmons – Lengthy drugs conspiracy trial involving admissibility arguments in relation to covert police surveillance and intercepted telephone calls)

     
    Child Abuse

    • Wide experience of offences against child victims, both sexual abuse and cruelty. Involved in a number of high profile child abuse cases including the nationally reported “House of Horrors” case against the parents of twin infants who were starved to within hours of death.
    • R v C and B [2003] 2 Archbold News 2, CA – Leading authority on sexual history evidence

  • Called to the Bar 1993/Lincoln’s Inn

    Education

    • LLB (Hons) Business Law

     
    Professional Membership

    • Criminal Bar Association
    • North Eastern Circuit