Jess Butterell

  • Year Of Call

    Year of call: 2018
Jess Butterell


Year of call: 2018

Call clerks: 0113 297 1200

Email clerks:

  • Practice Summary

    Jess completed her pupillage with the oversight of Katy Rafter, a criminal specialist in both prosecution and defence work. Jess is regularly in the Magistrates and Crown Courts.

    Jess has a busy Crown Court practice; she appears for trials and other hearings such as: PTPHs, bail applications and committal for sentence hearings.

    Jess is a Grade 2 prosecutor and has experience of prosecuting violent offences, robbery, domestic violence and sexual offences, drug offences and offences and criminal damage. Jess also has experience prosecuting firearms offences.

    Jess’ defence practice is also varied. She has experience working with vulnerable clients and is well-equipped to deal with clients where questions of capacity arise. Jess is familiar with defending clients for a number of offences including controlling and coercive behaviour, arson, drugs offences and violent offences.

    Jess is experienced in representing Defendants through from PTPH hearings to sentence, and providing appropriate advice regarding evidence, trial and advice on appeal.

    Notable Cases

    R v GW [2022] — Jess successfully prosecuted a three day trial at Teesside Crown Court. The matter concerned offences of possession of an imitation firearm and criminal damage where the Defendant had attended at the Victim’s property and discharged his firearm on multiple occasions, causing her windows to smash. The Defendant was sentenced to six years imprisonment. 

    R v BA [2021] – Jess successfully prosecuted a two-day trial at Barnsley Magistrates Court concerning four counts of racially aggravated offences including harassment and assault. The trial included evidence from seven prosecution witnesses and two defence witnesses. There was over two hours of media footage to be considered and used within the trial as evidence. Convictions on all four counts were secured.

    R v C [2021] – Following analysis of CCTV footage and arguments made about the admissibility of identification evidence, the CPS reviewed this matter and subsequently dropped all charges of assault against C in a case where the identification sought to be relied upon was through social media and procedures regarding his identification had not been conducted properly.

  • Practice Summary

    Jess has experience in both private and public family law matters. Jess has represented Local Authorities, parents and the Children’s Guardian in a wealth of cases. These have included care proceedings where adoption, Special Guardianship Orders, Care Orders and Long Term Foster Care have been the care plans and eventual outcomes.

    Jess has experience representing clients who are vulnerable and in cases where children have been required to give evidence. Jess is well equipped in preparing and undertaking questioning of young child witnesses. Jess is well-equipped to deal with instructions from professional clients such as Children’s Guardians and has been involved in cases concerning more than one relevant Local Authority where proceedings begin in one location but placement is in another.

    Jess has been instructed in lengthy care proceedings on behalf of Local Authorities. She is experienced in dealing with cases from the initial hearing through to Final Hearings. Jess has dealt with cases concerning different care plans and the life-long decisions for the future of multiple children within the same family.

    Jess has dealt with applications for Independent Social Workers, children giving evidence, party status applications of extended family members and the instruction of psychiatric and psychological experts within her cases. Jess is also experienced in proceedings involving unrepresented parties.

    Jess has dealt with cases concerning issues of physical abuse, drug and substance misuse, neglect and domestic violence.

    Notable cases

    Re RH – Jess was instructed in a week long fact-finding private family case concerning allegations of sexual abuse by a parent to their child. At the hearing Jess was required to prepare appropriate questions for the child in question about the allegations and make representations about the necessity of the child giving evidence at that hearing.

  • Education and Awards

    Newcastle University – Bachelor of Laws;

    University of Law – BPTC (Very Competent);

    Gray’s Inn – Felicity Ann Goddard Scholarship;

    Called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn 2018;

    Winner of the University of Law KBW Criminal Moot 2018;

    Voluntary Work

    Jess volunteered with the National Centre for Domestic Violence whilst studying the Bar. During this work she would assist victims of DV through drafting their applications for Non-Molestation Orders.