Jemma graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2013 with an LLB in Law with First Class Honours. Prior to completing the BPTC, Jemma was awarded the Gray’s Inn Bacon Award and subsequently achieved an ‘Outstanding’ grade. Jemma was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 2015 and prior to pupillage was employed as a criminal paralegal in a multi-disciplinary solicitors’ firm in London.
Jemma is based in Chester, having completed a common law pupillage under the supervision of Andrew Green and accepts instructions in all areas of criminal law.
Jemma is instructed to represent clients at all stages of criminal proceedings, in both the Magistrates’ Court (including the Youth Court) and the Crown Court. She has also appeared in the Court of Appeal. Jemma has experience dealing with vulnerable clients and witnesses and is also a level 1 CPS prosecutor.
Court of Appeal
R v R (2017) – represented a client in an appeal against a sentence of 2 years and 8 months imprisonment imposed for a charge of theft. Successfully argued that despite the client falling outside the sentencing guidelines due to his extensive history of offending, the sentence passed was disproportionate and manifestly excessive. Sentence reduced to 2 years.
R v B (2017) – secured an acquittal for a client charged with dangerous driving.
R v R (2017) – represented a client charged with s.47 assault and upon a submission that there was no case to answer, a not guilty verdict was entered at the close of the prosecution case.
R v F (2017) – represented a client charged with violent disorder which required the assistance of an Indonesian interpreter.
R v K (2017) – represented a client who had pleaded guilty to two charges of possession with intent to supply class A drugs. Successfully submitted that the matter could be dealt with by way of a suspended sentence.
R v K (2018) – multi-handed case involving allegations of battery and criminal damage. Client charged with battery against a 13-year-old child and required the assistance of an interpreter. Prosecution witnesses included two children (aged 12 and 13). Successfully submitted that there was no case to answer at the close of the prosecution case and a not guilty verdict was entered.
R v M (2018) – secured an acquittal for a client charged with sexual assault.
R v S (2017) – represented a client charged with multiple driving offences including drug driving and drink driving. Extensive cross-examination of police officer regarding her ID evidence and secured an acquittal.
R v D (2017) – represented a client charged with sexual assault and two counts of ABH. Trial involved multiple complainants with one complainant giving evidence via video link.Book BarristerBack to top