Rosemary Proctor – Pupil Barrister

Pupil Barrister Rosemary Proctor

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 01244 323070

Year of call: 2021

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Rosemary is undertaking a Criminal pupillage under the supervision of Myles Wilson.

In the first half of her second six, Rosemary has undertaken both Prosecution and Defence work in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts. Her experience so far includes:

  • Magistrates’ Court trials
  • Sentencing hearings in the Crown Court
  • Appeals against sentence/conviction and sentence.

Prior to pupillage, Rosemary worked as a Caseworker for the Mental Health Unit of the Legal Aid Agency, and volunteered as an Appropriate Adult.

EDUCATION

  • BPTC, Outstanding, BPP Manchester
  • GDL, Commendation, University of Law Chester
  • MPhil in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge
  • BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature, First Class, University of Leeds.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND PRIZES

  • Lincoln’s Inn: Buchanan Prize for receiving the mark of Outstanding on the BPTC
  • Lincoln’s Inn: Lord Denning BPTC Scholarship
  • BPP University: BPTC Advocacy Scholarship
  • Lincoln’s Inn: Lord Brougham GDL Scholarship
  • University of Cambridge: Arts and Humanities Research Council Masters Award (full fee)
  • University of Leeds: Sir Richard Graham Prize for the best performance in the English Language and Literature degree programme.

NOTABLE CASES

R v J (Magistrates’ Court): Represented a Defendant pleading guilty at his first hearing for driving with excess alcohol. The Defendant received the minimum period of disqualification for the level of alcohol detected.

R v F (Magistrates’ Court): Represented a Defendant who fell to be sentenced for a revenge-attack criminal damage, a section 5 public order offence, and possession of cannabis, and fell to be re-sentenced (having breached a previous community order, with very low over all compliance) for a section 4 public order offence, a section 127(1) malicious communications offence, a further criminal damage offence, and a further possession of cannabis offence. The Defendant received a suspended sentence with no requirements.

R v W (Crown Court): Represented a Defendant who fell to be sentenced for breach of a community requirement of his suspended sentence order. The Defendant had significant mental health issues, meaning that his compliance with one particular requirement of the order had been minimal. Successfully argued that activation of the custodial sentence would be unjust.

R v X (Magistrates’ Court): Acted for the Prosecution in a trial of controlling/coercive behaviour, ABH and two assaults by beating. Highly undermining evidence of the Complainant’s bad character was adduced. The Defendant was found guilty of all charges.

R v O (Magistrates’ Court): Acted for the Prosecution in a trial of failure to provide a specimen of breath. The defence of reasonable excuse had been raised – it was argued by the Defence that a panic attack had rendered the Defendant unable to produce a long enough breath. Cross-examined Defence’s expert witness, who gave evidence on this issue. The Defendant was found guilty.