Amanda Denton

Amanda Denton


Year of call: 1993

Call clerks: 0113 297 1200

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  • 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


    • 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


    • 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.


    • 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


    • LLB (Hons) Business Law

    Professional Membership

    • Criminal Bar Association
    • North Eastern Circuit