Emmanuel Coniah – Pupil Barrister

Emmanuel Coniah - pupil barrister

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of call: 2019

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Emmanuel is undertaking a criminal pupillage under the supervision of Ben Lawrence and David James.

During his first six, Emmanuel observed all stages of criminal proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court. He was regularly exposed to serious and complex cases involving murder, GBH with intent, fraud, sexual offences and drugs offences. During this time he observed how to put clients at ease, represent vulnerable individuals, and deploy effective client care skills throughout court proceedings.

Since commencing his second six, Emmanuel prosecutes and defends across the full spectrum of criminal offences in the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court. He is regularly instructed in cases involving violence, sexual offences, dishonesty offences and road traffic offences.

Emmanuel is frequently instructed to defend in a wide range of road traffic matters which include drink driving, drug driving, speeding, careless driving and failing to provide a specimen. He has helped clients avoid disqualification by successfully advancing exceptional hardship arguments in the Magistrates’ Court.

Alongside his criminal practice, Emmanuel is interested in developing a regulatory and coronial law practice. He has recently appeared in a Pre-Inquest Review. During his first six he observed cases concerning health and safety prosecutions, and fitness to practise proceedings before the NMC.

Prior to commencing pupillage Emmanuel worked as a criminal defence paralegal at GT Stewart Solicitors where he prepared and managed Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court cases. He also worked as a Crown Court paralegal for the Crown Prosecution Service, where he assisted prosecution witnesses and counsel at court. Following his well-rounded experience in criminal law, Emmanuel brings to cases an in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system, which ensures that clients can be advised about all stages in criminal proceedings.

Emmanuel also worked as a County Court Advocate with LPC Law. He appeared for claimants in return of goods, bankruptcy, landlord and tenant, mortgage possession and infant settlement approval hearings.

Alongside studying for the BPTC, Emmanuel volunteered with Immigration Tribunal Friends, where he assisted litigants in person with their asylum and immigration appeals. He also volunteered as an Advice Team caseworker at the Coventry Refugee & Migrant Centre.

EDUCATION

  • LLM, BPP University (Distinction)
  • BPTC, BPP University (Very Competent)
  • LLB, Coventry University (2:1)

SCHOLARSHIPS AND PRIZES

  • Exhibition Award, Inner Temple (2018)
  • Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award, Inner Temple (2018)
  • Clothier Scholarship, Inner Temple (2018)
  • Advocacy Award, BPP University (2018)
  • Winner of the Inner Temple Pepperdine Moot (2019)

MEMBERSHIPS

  • The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Northern Circuit

Expertise

  • Crime

    Emmanuel prosecutes and defends across the full spectrum of criminal offences in the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court. He is regularly instructed in cases involving violence, sexual offences, dishonesty offences and road traffic offences.

    RECENT CASES

    Magistrates’ Court 

    R v YU: ABH and three charges of assault by beating domestic violence trial.  

    R v CG & MH: Assault by beating multi-handed trial involving youth complainants.  

    R v AH: Sexual assault trial concerning two complainants.  

    R v L: Successfully argued exceptional hardship for a Defendant who required his vehicle to travel across England and Wales for work. No period of disqualification was imposed.  

    R v A: Successfully persuaded the court to impose a fine rather than a custodial sentence for a charge of failing to provide a specimen where the offence fell into the highest category in the sentencing guidelines.  

     

    Crown Court  

    R v EC: Committal for sentence for indecent images and other child sexual offences.  

    R v BW: Committal for sentence for possession of a knife, s.4 POA and criminal damage.  

    R v BB: Committal for sentence for a domestic violence ABH.  

    R v DB: Appeal against sentence for dangerous driving where an immediate custodial sentence had been imposed in the magistrates’ court.  

    R v M: Appeal against conviction and sentence for a charge of assault on an emergency worker.  

    R v CW: Appeal against conviction for driving whilst disqualified. The issue in this case was identification. 

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  • Regulatory

    Emmanuel is interested in developing a regulatory practice.

    Whilst studying on the BPTC, Emmanuel completed the Professional Discipline (Healthcare) optional module which focused on advocacy in fitness to practise hearings before the NMC and MPTS. During his first six, Emmanuel observed interim order hearings before the NMC and health and safety prosecution hearings.

    Emmanuel has completed training in Chambers delivered by experienced practitioners in CQC and OFSTED appeals. He was trained in advising and conducting appeals against OFSTED and CQC decisions.

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  • Inquests

    Emmanuel is interested in developing a practice in coronial law. He recently appeared in a Pre-Inquest Review and has shadowed barristers in inquest cases during pupillage.

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