Alexandra Carrier

Pupil Barrister Alexandra Carrie

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 01244 323070

Year of call: 2020

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Alexa has a mixed practice in Crime and Family. She currently accepts instructions for briefs in all aspects of criminal and family law. Alexa joined St John’s Buildings in October  2021. After successfully completing pupillage, she accepted tenancy. She was supervised by Debra White for crime and Neil Christian for family law.

Prior to beginning pupillage, Alexa specialised in Forensic Mental Health, working in a mental health unit, predominantly working with personality disorders. Alexa has also worked for the police, appearing in the Magistrates’ courts on behalf of the police in bail variation hearings, and co-compiling the force response to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

Expertise

  • Crime

    During pupillage, Alexa spent time observing serious crime trials in the Crown Court, including rape and murder trials. As part of her second six, Alexa appeared in the Crown Court and the Magistrates Court defending and prosecuting in both courts. Alexa has defended in dangerous driving cases, Public Order cases, and ABH cases. Alexa has prosecuted hearings in cases of grievous bodily harm, drug charges, POCA, and indecent images of children cases, amongst others.

    Alexa accepts instructions for a wide range of criminal matters in the Crown Court and Magistrates Court, as well as Youth Court work.

    Alexa is a CPS Level 1 Prosecutor.

    NOTABLE CASES

    R v H (2022): Successfully mitigated for a suspended sentence for a defendant who pleaded guilty to two counts of ABH, including one count of biting and strangulation, and one count involving use of a pavement as a weapon.

    R v E (2022): Defended in the Magistrates’ Court in a neighbourhood dispute.

    R v S (2022): Defended an appeal against sentence in the Crown Court.

    R v M (2022): Secured a sentence of imprisonment for an ABH of a mother and her four-week-old baby. The case was covered in the Daily Post.

    R v L (2022): Secured an immediate custodial sentence for three assault offences, including assaults against police officers. The case was covered on Leader Live.

    R v D (2022): Defended a dangerous driver at sentence, successfully mitigated for a suspended sentence. The case was covered in the Shropshire Star.

    R v H (2022): Prosecuted a sex offender at sentence who was given an immediate custodial term. The case was covered in the Daily Post.

    R v S (2022): Prosecuted at sentence a defendant guilty of assault by beating and breach of a restraining order, resulting in a sentence of 2 years and 3 months in custody. The case was covered in the Daily Post.

    R v H (2022): Prosecuted a dangerous driver at sentence, who received a suspended custodial sentence.

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  • Family - Children

    During pupillage, Alexa observed, among others, Placement Order final hearings in the Family Court. As part of her second six, Alexa appeared in hearings in the Family Court, in public law cases such as in a revocation of a Placement Order on behalf of the Local Authority, and private law cases, such as non-molestation order hearings.

    Alexa has appeared on behalf of the Local Authority, respondent parent, and the Guardian representing the child in public law cases, and for applicants and respondents in private law matters.

    Alexa appears in children matters, and other matter such as Occupation Orders and Non-Molestation Orders.

    Alexa accepts instructions for private and public family law matters.

    NOTABLE CASES

    W v C&C (2022): Represented a Local Authority in proceedings regarding the revocation of a placement order.

    R v R (2022): Acted for an applicant in a non-molestation hearing, successfully securing a non-molestation order.

    S v R (2022): Acted for a respondent, where the applicant sought a non-molestation order, respondent made undertakings to the court and a non-molestation order was not made.

    J v J&J (2022): Acted for a respondent in a final hearing for a Child Arrangements Order.

    H v J (2022): Acted for a respondent in an interim hearing determining contact and specific issues.

    W v D (2022): Acted for an applicant in an interim hearing deciding on issue of contact.

    W v W (2022): Represented an applicant and an FHDRA effective as a final hearing as successful negotiation for child contact was accomplished.

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