Teams: Crime & Regulatory (General Crime, Asset Recovery & Money Laundering, Court Martial & Service Law, Trading Standards, Prison Law, Judicial Review), Public Access (Direct Public Access)
Year Called: 1999
Inn: Lincoln’s Inn
Qualifications: Degree MA Oxon,
Winner of Sir Louis Gluckstein Prize for Advocacy
Appointments: CPS Grade 3 Prosecutor
RASSO panel member
Memberships: Western Circuit,
Criminal Bar Association
Bar Council Registration
Mary completed pupillage at the chambers of Richard Ferguson QC and then initially practised in London for a number of years, where she developed an extensive Defence practice covering a wide range of serious criminal matters. She now defends and prosecutes predominantly on the Western Circuit, but still retains some of her practice in London.
She has developed a particular expertise in sexual offence cases, especially those involving children as either complainant or defendant. She has extensively defended and prosecuted rape and serious sexual offences covering the range of both 'historic' and recent allegations.
Mary is recognised as being especially skilled in dealing with cases where there are Mental Health Act issues or complexities involving mental disorders, or vulnerable witnesses/defendants, bringing her warm, open, yet sensitive approach to them. She regularly both prosecutes and defends cases of this nature.
She has vast experience of the various Special Measure Directions, including s28 cross examination, Ground Rules Hearings with Intermediaries and fitness to plead hearings (in both Crown and Youth Courts), as well as the ancillary orders that arise in sex cases.
She is also regularly instructed to prosecute cases where the Defence have instructed Queen's Counsel.
She is also a legal advisor on sexual offences to a women's charity and also advises on appeals to the Court of Appeal.
Mary also has a great deal of experience in Domestic Violence matters, including harassment and breaches of restraining orders.
Recent cases from the last 12 months include:
R v Green - successfully defended a grandmother accused of numerous sexual assaults on her young grand-daughter. Case was conducted at Kingston Crown Court and was part of the s28 cross-examination pilot scheme.
R v Roberts - Defendant acquitted of allegation of rape made whilst released on licence for rape and other sexual assaults.
R v C - prosecuting rape allegation in the Youth Court where Defendant found to be under a disability.
R v Tucker - prosecuted Defendant who was accused of non-recent sexual offences against sisters ranging from indecent assault to rape.
R v Omiogate - Defendant accused of sexual offences involving his step-daughter, involving multi-jurisdictional issues.
R v Jurd - Defendant who had significant learning difficulties accused of sexual assaults on niece.
R v Corless - Defendant accused of rape of his teenaged ex-girlfriend over a prolonged period.
R v Deans - Defendant accused of raping complainant whilst asleep.
R v Peat - Defendant already serving considerable sentence for past sexual offences faced fresh allegations of non-recent rapes and domestic violence against his ex wife.
Mary also defends and prosecutes serious drug offences, conspiracies and violent crime. She also has extensive knowledge of the ancillary orders that frequently arise out of these types of cases, such as Confiscation and Cash Seizures.
Confiscation and Asset Recovery:
Mary is a memberf the Confiscation Team, with a considerable experience of issues arising out of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, including asset recovery, cash seizures and restraint, which she also frequently applies in the course of her Defence work. Mary has appeared in a number of these cases prosecuting for the local Police Force and local authorities.
As a member of the Team, Mary's Regulatory practice involves a wide range of criminal matters under instructions from various local authority clients, focusing mainly on fraudulent/rogue traders. She recently prosecuted a 'rouge trader' case with an initial estimated value of £1.2million with numerous elderly witnesses, as well as dealing with restraint and breach of restraint orders.
Mary undertakes all aspects of criminal litigation and has experience of case stated and judicial review - see for exmaple DPP v Ng EWHC (Admin).
She regularly advises and appears on public interest immunity applications on behalf of third parties, who are typically Local Authority children's departments, the Probation Service and National Health Trusts.
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