Clerking team

Mark Robinson
Mark Robinson

Senior Clerk Chester

Greg Brooker

Lead Criminal Clerk

Avril Vaughan

Criminal Clerk

Alex Downing

Junior Criminal Clerk

Rhian Jennings

Junior Criminal Clerk

Rosemary is a specialist Criminal practitioner.

Before coming to the Bar, Rosemary excelled in her studies, achieving the overall grade of Outstanding on the Bar Professional Training Course, and graduating top of her class in her original degree in English Language and Literature. She brings her love of language to her role as advocate, crafting lucid and precise written submissions, and presenting her clients’ cases engagingly and empathetically in court.

Rosemary has a lively personality that shines through in her advocacy and her interaction with clients. Having volunteered as an Appropriate Adult, she is attuned to the particular needs and experiences of Defendants who suffer from mental illness or are otherwise vulnerable. She prides herself on being able to put those she represents at ease.

Crown Court & appeals

Rosemary regularly prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court.

NOTABLE CASES

R v D (Crown Court): Defended in a trial of three offences of battery, one offence of theft, two offences of non-fatal strangulation, and two offences of ABH, all in a domestic context. The Defendant was acquitted of all except one battery.

R v J (Crown Court): Defended in a trial of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. The Defendant was found not guilty.

R v F (Crown Court): Represented a Defendant who fell to be sentenced for firearms offences, including an offence to which section 311 of the Sentencing Act 2020 applied. Successfully argued that there were exceptional circumstances that justified not imposing the required minimum term of five years.

R v A (Crown Court): Defended in a trial of breach of a non-molestation order. The Defendant was found not guilty.

R v W (Crown Court): Defended in a domestic violence ABH trial. The Defendant was found not guilty.

R v D (Crown Court): Defended in a trial of issue relating to an offence of ABH. The Complainant and another witness gave evidence in the trial. The Defendant was sentenced on her basis, and received a suspended sentence.

R v T (Crown Court): Noting brief in a gross negligence manslaughter trial that received national attention.

R v W (Crown Court): Successfully argued for the lifting of one of the prohibitions of a restraining order, drawing the Court’s attention to Jackson [2021] EWCA Crim 901. The order had been imposed on conviction for an offence of stalking involving fear of violence, and its variation was strongly opposed.

Magistrates Court

Rosemary regularly prosecutes and defends in the Magistrates’ Court.

NOTABLE CASES

R v J (Magistrates’ Court): Defended in a trial of non-fatal strangulation, assault by beating and criminal damage, all in a domestic context. The Defendant was acquitted of all three.    

R v F (Magistrates’ Court): Defended in the trial of a vulnerable Defendant charged with common assault on an emergency worker. Four police officers gave evidence for the Prosecution. The Defendant was found not guilty.

Education

  • BPTC, Outstanding, BPP Manchester
  • GDL, Commendation, University of Law Chester
  • Lincoln’s Inn: Lord Denning BPTC Scholarship
  • BPP University: BPTC Advocacy Scholarship
  • Lincoln’s Inn: Lord Brougham GDL Scholarship