Jess accepts instructions to prosecute and defend in the Crown Court. She is a grade two prosecutor and has experience of prosecuting two successful grade three trials in Teesside and Leeds, respectively. Jess’ prosecution practice has included her being briefed as junior Counsel in cases for the Complex Case Unit including allegations of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering totalling hundreds of thousands of pounds. Jess is familiar with and appropriate when speaking with prosecution witnesses and complainants whom have attended at court, whether to give evidence or for sentencing hearings.
In her defence practice, Jess brings a personable yet professional approach to matters and is able to explain procedure and legal nuances to Defendants well. Jess is familiar with what is required in representing vulnerable clients and has, on several occasions, successfully secured suspended sentence orders where an immediate custodial sentence was a real possible outcome. Jess has experience successfully arguing for the exclusion of bad character and hearsay evidence and is able to consider and advise clients on the strength of the evidence against them throughout proceedings.
R v CT & Others 
Led by Ian Mullarkey, Jess and Ian prosecuted a trial of six Defendants on charges of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering instructed by the Complex Case Unit in Newcastle. The trial was heard over two weeks at Newcastle Crown Court and the lead conspirator, Christopher Taylor was eventually sentenced to 16 years’ imprisonment following convictions for money laundering over £600,000. The trial was before HHJ Prince at Newcastle Crown Court and was - for the first time in that Court Centre - presented entirely electronically with jurors provided with electronic tablets to access and navigate the voluminous financial records which formed the prosecution case.
Press coverage of the case can be found at:
R v WM, LD and Others 
Jess was Junior Counsel for the prosecution in a complex criminal case of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering concerning twelve Defendants, the total sum of the conspiracy coming in at £471,000. The Defendants were split into two trial groups which were heard at Bradford Crown Court across several weeks. Convictions were secured in relation to eight of the Defendants and they are due to be sentenced in the New Year.
Jess was led in this matter by Clare Holmes of Wilberforce Chambers and was responsible for handling the disclosure for the case and the agreed facts. In addition to liaising with defence teams and the police about the same.
R v MA 
Jess defended a trial where there were allegations from multiple complainants of harassment and one charge of criminal damage. The trial lasted four days in Bradford Crown Court, at the conclusion of which the Defendant was acquitted of all counts but one of the harassment counts on the indictment.
R v LY 
Jess represented a Defendant at his sentencing hearing who had pleaded guilty to multiple offences of assault by beating and common assault following a drunken incident at a pub in West Yorkshire. Jess in mitigating on his behalf was able to persuade the judge to suspend his sentence allowing the Defendant to serve a sentence within the community.
R v LA 
Jess successfully prosecuted a seventeen-year-old Defendant charged on indictment with an aggravated burglary following a three-day trial at Leeds Crown Court. The court heard evidence from the victim that the Defendant and his two associates attended at his address in the early hours armed with a glass hammer. The Defendant then used this to cut the victim’s forearm and gain entry to his flat where they took several items including kitchen knives.
R v GW 
Jess successfully prosecuted a Defendant charged on indictment with an offence of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence following a three-day trial at Teesside Crown Court. The Defendant had attended at the Victim’s property and discharged his firearm on multiple occasions, causing her windows to smash. He was sentenced to six years imprisonment.
R v NT 
Jess successfully prosecuted a Defendant charged on indictment with producing a controlled drug of Class B. The Defendant was found guilty after a four-day trial at Teesside Crown Court when his attempt to rely upon a defence of being a victim of modern slavery was undermined by evidence to show he was in fact a person involved in the organisation of trafficking, opposed to a victim of it.
R v TL 
Jess was prosecution Counsel for the sentencing exercise of a Defendant guilty of thirteen charges. Eight of these were for offences of voyeurism whereby the Defendant had been covertly filming his female housemates during their time at university. The Defendant had hidden cameras in the communal bathrooms of his student house throughout his time at Kent University. At the lengthy sentencing hearing four out of the seven victims of the voyeurism charges attended, and two read their own victim personal statements. Press coverage can be found here: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/crime/pervert-jailed-after-secretly-filming-people-in-bathrooms-using-hidden-cameras-3866449