All members of the criminal team at Senate House Chambers undertake privately and publicly funded defence work, and prosecute on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service, Borough Councils and other prosecuting bodies. At every level of court our barristers provide a wealth of specialist knowledge and experience.

Crime

We understand that appearing in a criminal court, as a defendant or witness, can be daunting and confusing. Our clients recognise and appreciate our approachability and our commitment to providing considered advice and tenacious representation.

The range of criminal work we can assist with includes, but is not limited to:

  • Sexual offences including historic abuse, rape and indecent images
  • Violent offences, including affray
  • Robbery, burglary and theft offences
  • Fraud, including benefit fraud
  • Drugs offences
  • Domestic violence and harassment
  • Dangerous and careless driving
  • Motoring offences, including drink driving, driving without insurance, and “special reasons” and “exceptional hardship” arguments
  • Youth Court and vulnerable witnesses
  • Proceeds of Crime Act and asset recovery proceedings
  • Antisocial Behaviour Orders
  • Fitness to plead proceedings

Senate House Chambers Crime Team

Jenna Allen
Year of Call: 2002

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Year of Call: 2002
Inn of Court: Lincoln’s Inn
Degree: LL.B (Hons) Leicester
Practice Areas: Criminal law, Family.

Upon being called to the Bar in 2002, Jenna practised general common law for 3 years where she enjoyed a strong criminal practice, with emphasis on defence work, as well as accepting instructions in Private Family Matters and Care Proceedings. Having joined the CPS in 2006 Jenna spent 7 years developing her skills as a Senior Crown Prosecutor and Crown Advocate.

The last 9 years of criminal practice have earned her a deserved reputation amongst solicitors and the judiciary as a formidable advocate. Her wealth of experience extends across the whole range of criminal proceedings form the Magistrates and Youth Court, the Crown Court and Court of Appeal. An experienced jury trial advocate, Jenna is well versed in the full range of criminal offences, from driving misdemeanours, dishonesty, serious violence – including armed robbery and multi-defendant s.18 matters, drugs offences, including production and conspiracy, POCA proceedings and sexual offences.

Jenna left the CPS in 2013 as a level 3 prosecutor to return to Chambers, and the last 3 years have seen her expand and develop her criminal practice alongside a return to family law. As a result of her background in criminal law, Jenna is a particularly popular choice when cross-examination is required, such as for lengthy fact-finding and final hearings.

Jenna’s extensive experience both in private practice and with the Crown Prosecution Service establish her as a diligent, committed and effective advocate. She has a flourishing practice, where her vast knowledge and skill, together with her assured and approachable nature, prove a huge asset to Chambers.

Public Access Scheme:
Jenna is able to take instructions under the Public Access scheme.

Appointments and Memberships:
Criminal Bar Association
Lincoln’s inn
Midland Circuit
Jenna is a registered pupil supervisor

Interests:
Jenna enjoys a busy home life as a mother and wife. She is always keen to ensure a healthy home/work/life balance, by making time to see family and friends, cooking, gardening and keeping fit.

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William Falshaw
Year of Call: 1987

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ch39Year of Call: 1987

Inn of Court: Inner Temple

Education:
B.A. (Hons) History – Queen Mary College – University of London
Diploma in Law – City University
Bar Vocational Course – College of Law

William has been involved in the law for over 30 years. Using his background in criminal law he has developed a successful family law practice by using his experience as a launch-pad to meet new challenges.

William has represented applicants in Private Law cases and acted for guardians and parents in contested Public Law hearings at all levels. He is well versed in dealing with allegations of neglect, emotional and sexual abuse.  Whilst employed by the Crown Prosecution Service, William was one of the first accredited lecturers in rape and serious sexual offences.  He was also instrumental in setting up the Serenity Suite in Northampton, this has given him a unique understanding into the effects of all types of abuse upon victims. He has been involved in cases dealing with child cruelty and sexual exploitation of children. He has also acted in cases involving domestic violence both in the context of mental abuse and physical abuse. His compassion and understanding of victims has often been commented upon by the Judiciary.

He is quick to absorb information and apply it to develop arguments on behalf of his client. In Court he is a clear and determined advocate who puts his point across with aplomb. He is accustomed to cross-examining witnesses and puts his client’s case clearly and succinctly. He has dealt with experts both in Court and in the preparation of cases

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Dominic Woolard
Year of Call: 2008

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Year of Call: 2008
Inn of Court: Lincoln’s Inn
Degree: Law LLB (Hons), University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Bar Vocational Course: BPP London (Holborn)
Practice Areas: Crime and Matrimonial Finance

Criminal law:
Dominic’s background in private criminal practice has led to a strong emphasis on client care, both in respect of instructing solicitors and lay clients. He is known for his direct and up front approach which finds much favour among those he represents and has been commended by clients and Judiciary alike for his ability to dissect a case to its key issues to cogently lean juries to his views.
Upon being called to the Bar in 2008 (having specialised in criminal and family law), Dominic practised within one of the largest criminal firms in the country, developing his skills as a trial advocate in the Crown Court. He also undertook work in the family courts dealing with matrimonial finance cases.
As experienced trial advocate, Dominic has represented clients in relation to many serious criminal offences including S18 GBH, conspiracy to import class A drugs, arson with intent to endanger life, serious football violent disorder and £1bn MTIC fraud.
Dominic Joined chambers at the beginning of 2015 and further strengthened his bow undertaking prosecution work on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service and private prosecutions. Dominic is a grade 2 prosecutor on the Midlands and South East circuits and having the ability to get into the mind of his opponent only adds to his advocate’s armoury.
Public Access Scheme:
Dominic is able to take instructions under the Public Access scheme

Interests:
Dominic has a keen interest in sports, continuing to play Sunday league football for his hometown club and attending various sporting events. Dominic also enjoys the arts and when not performing in the courtroom likes nothing more than a trip to the theatre.

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Stephen Moore
Year of Call: 2010

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Year of Call: 2010
Inn of Court: Middle Temple
Degree: LL.B (Hons) Law (University of Leicester)
Bar Vocational Course: Nottingham Law School – Very Competent
Scholarships and Awards: Blackstone Entrance Exhibition Award 2009/2010 (Middle Temple)
Practice Areas: Family Law, Criminal Law, Civil Law

Practice Overview: Family Law: Stephen’s extensive and varied advocacy experience, developed in the Criminal Courts, has been instrumental in his developing Family Law practice. Appearing in Private and Public Law matters, Stephen has experience of working with urgent applications, vulnerable clients and matters involving new born children. Stephen’s calm and patient manner is an asset when dealing with cases that inevitably involve sensitive issues.

Criminal Law: Stephen’s experience at both the employed and independent Bar has provided him with a wealth of experience in Criminal Proceedings. Stephen regularly appears in the Crown Court and is an experienced trial advocate. This experience covers the full range of criminal matters, from driving offences, DVSA matters, dishonesty, violence (including armed robbery and s.18 GBH matters), drug offences (including conspiracy and supply matters), as well as Police Property Act and POCA proceedings. Stephen also has experience as a led junior, having appeared in a multi-defendant murder.

Stephen’s pragmatic, hard-working and approachable demeanour has helped to develop his already impressive reputation; a reputation that he continues to build upon.

Civil Law: Stephen has experience of undertaking a wide range of small civil hearings, including residential possessions, interim applications, infant approval hearings and small claims, as well as Driver Conduct hearings before the Traffic Commissioner.
Background: Before joining Chambers, Stephen was employed as an in-house advocate for a firm of solicitors, predominantly working in their Crown Court Department. Prior to commencing pupillage, Stephen worked as a freelance County Court Advocate.
Appointments: CPS Advocate Panel – Level 1

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Andrew Duncan
Year of Call: 2011

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Degree: BPP LAW SCHOOL
Bar Professional Training Course (VC)

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
LL.M International Law

UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX
LL.B (Hons) Law

Call: 28th July 2011

Inn of Court: The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

Practice areas: Family

Profile: Andrew has developed a specialist Family Law practice, including public, private law and matrimonial finance proceedings.

Andrew has established a practice far beyond his year of call and has achieved a particularly strong reputation for his work in public law cases.

Andrew is an approachable and down to earth barrister. He is also a straight talker, who will quickly put clients at ease. Recognised as a team player, Andrew is valued by his professional clients as someone who will always go the extra mile.

Andrew has developed a successful direct access practice for private children work and receives many referrals from his clients. Andrew is a resolute advocate and members of the judiciary have often commented on his ability to forensically cross-examine to great effect.

Andrew is a member of the Family Law Bar Association.

Notable Cases:
Re HW (2017)
On behalf of a father, Andrew successfully appealed the decision of the lower court to make care and placement orders following a final hearing. The appeal consisted of two days of legal argument and was opposed by both the Local Authority and the children’s guardian. The appeal was allowed and the matter listed for re-hearing.

Re EW (2016)
Andrew, acting for the Local Authority, successfully appealed the decision of a District Judge to adjourn care and placement order applications for a further six months to allow time for the mother to engage in further therapy. This was following a fully contested seven-day trial. The appeal consisted of two days of legal argument and was opposed by legal teams for both the mother and the father.

Re JB (2016)
Andrew successfully opposed three interim removal hearings sought by the Local Authority. At the conclusion of the proceedings, two of the three children remained in the care of Andrew’s client.

Re P (2016)
Andrew successfully sought multiple findings on behalf of a mother who had been subjected to coercive and controlling behaviour by the father, who used the interpretation of religious scripture as a defence.

Re BK (2015)
Andrew successfully sought the return of three children made subject to police protection orders during on-going proceedings. The children were returned to the interim care of the parents that day, before the 72 hour PPO time limit expired.

Re K (2015)
Andrew, on behalf of a child in private law proceedings, successfully sought a transfer of residence to the father and the imposition of supervised contact to the mother. This was following the mother originally making allegations of child sexual abuse against the father that were not proven. On the contrary, findings regarding the mother’s harmful psychological state were made against her.

Re C (2015)
Andrew successfully sought findings of enduring, systemic and compulsive lying against a prima facie credible father. It was found that these lies were likely to effect the long term emotional welfare of the child concerned and the case concluded with a ‘no contact’ order.

Achievements:
During his years as a student, Andrew won the first year Mooting Competition at the University of Sussex. During the same year, he won the University Negotiating Competition, was placed first in the South Region finals and went on to the UK National Finals.

During his second year Andrew mooted at Lewes Crown Court, competed in the ESU Mooting competition, and at the National Finals of the Telder International Moot Court competition. In the same year he was elected as President of the University’s Student Law Society, managing a committee of 25 and a membership body of 600 students. Andrew scored the highest mark for Civil Advocacy in his year, whilst studying the BPTC at the BPP Law School, London.

Interests:
A passion for the countryside, you will find him engaged in most country pursuits, from skiing and scuba diving to fly fishing for salmon.

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Sophie Gayner
Year of Call: 2012

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Year of Call: 2012, Lincoln’s Inn

Education:
BSc (Hons) Genetics, University of Liverpool
Graduate Diploma in Law, University of Law
Bar Professional Training Course, Manchester Metropolitan University

Awards:
Walter Wigglesworth Scholarship (2015-2016)

Profile:

Prior to commencing Pupillage, Sophie worked as a Family Paralegal, carrying out a wide range of work in both private and public law. In her role Sophie regularly attended Court to assist counsel, as well attending public law outline meetings and representing clients in family law injunction proceedings.

Whilst working as a paralegal, Sophie set up the annual Hertfordshire Legal Walk in partnership with the Access to Justice Foundation, to raise funds for free legal advice charities.

Following successful completion of her Pupillage under the supervision of Michelle Christie, Sophie has now been welcomed as a Tenant to Senate House Chambers.

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Adam Gulliver
Year of Call: 2016

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Year of Call: 2016
Inn of Court: Middle Temple
Degree: LL.B (Hons) Law (University of Bangor) 1st Class

Bar Professional Training Course: BPP Law School, Manchester – Outstanding – 2016
Scholarships and Awards: Harmsworth Scholarship 2015/2016 (Middle Temple)
Practice Areas: Family Law, Criminal Law and Civil Law

Profile:
Adam joined chambers as a pupil in October 2016. Prior to completing the Bar Professional Training Course Adam worked as a Business Development Paralegal in North Wales and was solely responsible for securing new clients in this region for a Claimant Personal Injury law firm.

Adam recently completed his first six under the supervision of Lianne Murphy (Joint Head of Chambers) and his second six under the supervision of Stuart Murphy and has now been welcomed as a tenant at Senate House Chambers.

During his pupillage Adam was exposed to a wide array of public children’s matters and shadowed members of chambers on several long-running fact-finding hearings. He has experienced cases involving neglect, emotional harm, non-accidental injury and sexual abuse. Adam also shadowed members of chambers representing clients on private law Children Act matters and private law Family Act matters (including non-molestation orders and occupation orders), in addition to financial remedies proceedings. Similarly, Adam spent time with the criminal team in chambers, both in the Crown Court and the Magistrates Court.

Since beginning his own practice, Adam has frequently represented parties in Public and Private Children’s Law and Family Law Act matters, both at an interim stage and within final hearings. Adam has experience representing a range of parties in such matters, including parents, local authorities, children (with or without a Children’s Guardian) and grandparents. Adam has also developed a strong practice in matrimonial finance proceedings and TOLATA cases, largely due to the pragmatic and logical approach he is able to bring to such cases.

Adam has also regularly appeared in the Magistrates court as a CPS prosecutor.

Adam now regularly accepts instructions in all main areas of law including:
• Public and Private Children’s Law
• Private Family Act matters
• Financial Remedies proceedings
• TOLATA
• Criminal Law (Prosecution and Defence)
• Civil Law

Achievements:
Whilst at University Adam was part of the first team to represent Wales at the Telders International Moot Court Competition held at the International Court of Justice in the Hague. He also founded and was the inaugural President of the Bangor University Legal Advocacy Society. Upon completion of his law degree Adam received the highest overall mark in the history of Bangor Law School.

Whilst studying for the Bar Adam was the Vice-President of the BPP Bar and Mooting Society in Manchester and subsequently received the highest overall mark out of all other Middle Temple students in his BPTC cohort at Manchester.

Memberships:
Family Law Bar Association
Middle Temple

Interests:
Adam has impeccable judgment and is therefore a passionate Liverpool fan.
Adam also enjoys musical theatre, reading fiction and quizzes of all varieties and forms.

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Paul Froud
Year of Call: 2013

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Year of Call: 2013
Inn of Court: Middle Temple
Degree: LL.B (Hons) Law (University of Sussex)

Bar Vocational Course: Kaplan Law School – Very Competent

Background:

Prior to commencing Pupillage, Paul was employed as a paralegal for a firm of solicitors specialising in private children’s law and high net worth ancillary relief. Paul also gained valuable experience during his time working for a firm of Solicitors specialising in care proceedings across all levels of court.

Paul also spent a year working for Cafcass supporting the Chief Executive, Policy and Legal Teams in a range of projects. These included assisting in a number of high profile cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Paul has experience in representing all parties in Private and Public Law matters. Paul has appeared before all levels of Judge. Paul regularly represents Local Authorities, parents and Children’s Guardians in care proceedings involving complex issues.

Paul has experience of representing Children directly, including Children detained in Secure Accommodation.

Practice Overview:
Family Law: Paul accepts instructions in Private and Public Law matters, acting for Local Authorities, Parent’s and Children’s Guardians.

Paul is also happy to accept instructions in respect of ancillary relief matters.

Criminal Law: Paul is regularly instructed in the Magistrates Court both prosecuting and defending; Paul also has experience of acting in the Crown Court.

Civil Law: Paul has experience of undertaking a wide range of civil hearings, including residential possessions, interim applications, infant approval hearings and small claims, through his previous employment as a Solicitors Agent.

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Georgina Hey
Year of Call: 2014

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Year of Call: 2014
Inn of Court: Lincoln’s Inn
Education: LL.B (Hons) Law; University of Sunderland.
BPTC; Northumbria University, Newcastle.

Scholarships & Awards:
Shelford Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn. Zenith Chambers Award for Excellence in Opinion Writing

Profile:
Georgina joined Chambers as a pupil in April 2017. Prior to commencing pupillage, Georgina worked as a County Court Advocate on the North Eastern Circuit dealing primarily with small claims hearings in road traffic matters, personal injury and credit hire. She also appeared for Claimants and Defendants in other county court proceedings including disposals, RTA stage 3 protocol hearings, infant approvals and a variety of other applications.
Georgina also worked as a family paralegal carrying out a wide range of work in both private and public law. In this role Georgina regularly attended Court to assist counsel, as well attending public law outline meetings and representing clients in family law injunction proceedings.

Georgina has recently completed her first six under the supervision of Michelle Christie (Joint Head of Chambers), where she gained valuable experience observing private and public children law proceedings with particular emphasis on cases involving non-accidental injuries.

Georgina receives instructions in all areas of family law; including both public and private law children proceedings, injunctions under the Family Law Act 1996 and matrimonial finance applications. Georgina is also regularly instructed to prosecute on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service in the Magistrates Court.

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Kate Yeomans
Year of Call: 2007

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Year of Call: 2007
Inn of Court: Gray’s Inn
Degree: LL.B (Hons)

Kate joined chambers as a pupil in October 2015 after practicing as a county court advocate for several years. Kate has recently completed her first six under the supervision of Lianne Murphy (Joint Head of Chambers).

Kate has gained valuable experience observing private and public children law and financial remedy proceedings during her first six. Kate has also spent time with the Crime Team and has seen a range of criminal cases in both the Magistrates and the Crown Court.

Kate will be available for instruction from 12th April 2016 in all main areas of law, commensurate with her experience and year of call.

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