Megan Rhys

Megan Rhys

Email: sheffield.clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0114 273 8951

Year of call: 1994

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Megan read law at the University of Sheffield achieving both LLB (Hons) and LLM (with distinction). She was called to the Bar in 1994 by the Inner Temple. She practises in criminal law, undertaking both prosecution and defence work.

Megan taught advocacy and conference skills on the BVC course at BPP Leeds for 4 years as a part time tutor. She has also been involved in providing training to the South Yorkshire Police in relation to the conduct of ABE interviews.

Memberships

Criminal Bar Association

Appointments

CPS Grade 4 prosecutor
CPS Rape Panel Specialist
Accredited ATC Advocacy Trainer
External Advocacy Assessor for the CPS
Accredited for Direct Public Access instructions

Expertise

  • Crime

    Megan is a senior criminal law barrister. She regularly appears before the Crown Court dealing with all types of serious offences, but has a particular specialism in cases involving serious sexual offences and/or child cruelty.

    Megan has substantial experience of dealing with cases involving sexual offences and is used to dealing with all types of witnesses and Defendants, including very young children and vulnerable adults, and has appeared in a number of cases where intermediaries have been involved.

    Megan acts on behalf of both the prosecution and the defence. She ensures that advice is given at an early stage in all cases.

    Megan is an accredited advocacy trainer and also acts as an external advocacy assessor for the CPS. She is also able to undertake direct public access work.

    Cases

    R v W. [2016] Sheffield Crown Court: Prosecuted a man who was found guilty of the non-recent rape and sexual assault of three schoolgirls who were aged between nine and 12. The man received an 11-year sentence. The case was covered on the BBC news website and the Sheffield Star.

    R v. J. [2014] Grimsby Crown Court: 14 year old boy charged with sexually assaulting a 5 year old girl. The Complainant and her brother both had the assistance of an intermediary, as did the Defendant who had a number of personal difficulties.

    R.v.S. [2014] Grimsby Crown Court: Asian man prosecuted for raping his wife. The Complainant was reluctant due to the cultural issues arising from her making such a complaint and the possibility of repercussions for her family.

    R.v.J. [2014] Sheffield Crown Court: Man charged with raping and assaulting a young woman in her own home in an apparently random attack. His previous convictions were such that he was assessed as being dangerous within the meaning of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and he received a 20 year extended sentence.

    R.v.T. [2013] Hull Crown Court: Man charged with attempting to murder a random female by pushing her in front of a moving HGV. He was assessed as being unfit to plead and the case proceeded as a finding of fact hearing.

    R.v.F & W [2013] Sheffield Crown Court: Two men charged with aggravated burglary, attempted section 18 and witness intimidation. One of them dispensed with his legal representatives at the start of the trial and the case proceeded with him as a litigant in person.

    R.v.H&H [2012] Grimsby Crown Court: Parents of two teenage boys prosecuted for false imprisonment and child cruelty over a significant period of time.

    R.v.V. [2014] Sheffield Crown Court: Professional man charged with historic offences of sexual assault and child cruelty towards his stepson.

    R.v.G. [2014] Hull Crown Court: Female charged with a number of offences of perverting the course of justice and harassment by making false allegations of rape against her former partner.

    R.v.F. [2013] Hull Crown Court: Man charged with historical allegations of rape and indecency towards his stepdaughter in the 1970s and 1980s.

    R.v.H. [2014] Sheffield Crown Court: Former paratrooper suffering from PTSD who was charged with producing cannabis.

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  • Public Access

    Megan is accredited to receive instructions directly from members of the public through the Public Access Scheme.

    Click here to view our Public Access pages and details of the process for instructing public access accredited barristers.

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