Holly has experience of prosecuting and defending in both the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts. She has experience dealing with vulnerable witnesses and has recently completed the Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training course. This course involves training for cases concerning serious sexual offences involving children and vulnerable adults; it focuses on training for Ground Rules Hearings and cases that fall within the Section 28 pilot scheme (video-recorded cross-examination).
Holly has conducted numerous trials and hearings in the Magistrates’ and Youth Courts, including serious assaults, multi-handed cases and domestic violence cases.
Holly regularly appears in the Crown Court for both the Prosecution and the Defence. She is an approved Level 2 Crown Prosecutor regularly appearing in appeals, sentences and case management hearings. She has experience of cases involving the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and complex areas of law including under the Vehicle Excise & Registration Act 1994. Holly regularly prosecutes and defends in appeals against conviction and sentence imposed by the Magistrates’ court. She has recently successfully defended an appeal against conviction for a man previously found guilty of an offence of domestic violence.
Holly has also represented a defendant who had previously been found guilty of sexual assault of a child under 16; the offender had breached his community order. The Crown’s application was to revoke the order and resentence the defendant. The defendant was resentenced and received a suspended sentence with unpaid work and RAR days.
During the first 6 months of her pupillage, Holly observed a broad range of criminal trials with her pupil supervisor Catherine Silverton along with other members of Chambers. Holly has observed several high profile cases including serious sexual offences, homicide and sensitive cases involving vulnerable victims and witnesses. Holly also spent a week with a local criminal solicitors firm in order to gain a working knowledge of the processes involved in preparation for trial in both the magistrates and the Crown Court.
Holly is available to accept publicly and privately funded instructions, covering a wide range of offences and hearings for both the Prosecution and the Defence.
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Holly has conducted numerous civil hearings in the County Court including a wide variety of applications, hearings and small claims, including cases involving complex issues on credit hire. She also regularly accepts instructions to draft advices and pleadings on personal injury matters for both Claimants and Defendants.
Holly has also been instructed to represent clients at civil committal hearings as well as numerous mental health tribunals and appeal hearings and is experienced when dealing with vulnerable clients. She has also conducted trials involving advanced legal submissions and complex areas of law.
During the first six months of her pupillage Holly observed a broad range of civil work with her pupil supervisor Simon Anderson along with other members of the Chambers. Holly regularly assisted with the drafting of pleadings and advice on liability and quantum and has observed Fast Track and Multi-Track cases in a wide range of areas including:
- Employers’ liability;
- Road traffic litigation;
- Occupiers’ liability;
- Industrial disease;
- Holiday Sickness;
- Highways claims;
- Clinical negligence.
Prior to pupillage Holly worked as a Paralegal at Stewarts Law, a firm specialising in high value cases involving catastrophic injuries and fatal accidents. During her time as a paralegal Holly assisted with the preparation and litigation of complex cases, regularly participating in conferences about sensitive issues with vulnerable clients and their families.
Holly is happy to accept instructions in all areas of civil litigation including the drafting of pleadings and advice. Holly will be able happy to turn around papers quickly and efficiently in order to meet short deadlines.
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Holly has acted in numerous cases involving prosecutions brought by private agencies including the RSPCA, DVLA, HMRC and FSA. She has experience of dealing with complicated factual issues and cross-examining expert witnesses. Holly has also represented numerous clients at Mental Health Tribunals and is experienced when dealing with vulnerable clients.
A recent case of note is the Bowood Farms Slaughterhouse cruelty case. Holly Defended one of the slaughtermen who pleaded guilty to an offence of animal cruelty. More information can be found here.
Holly has prosecuted on behalf of the HMRC and the DVLA in both the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court. She has successfully prosecuted appeals on behalf of the DVLA, involving complex legal submissions on how excise penalties and back duty are calculated under the Vehicle Excise & Registration Act 1994.
Prior to pupillage Holly worked as a Paralegal at Stewarts Law, a firm specialising in high value cases involving catastrophic injuries and fatal accidents. During her time as a paralegal Holly assisted with the preparation of numerous cases involving the HSE and the Care Quality Commission.
Holly successfully completed her pupillage under the supervision of Catherine Silverton and Simon Anderson, specialists in Crime/Regulatory and Personal Injury cases. During the first 6 months of her pupillage, Holly observed a broad range of trials with her pupil supervisors and many other members of the Regulatory and Public law Team. Holly is available to accept instructions in all Regulatory cases and is particularly interested in expanding her experience in the following areas:
- Health and Safety Law;
- Prison Law;
- Prosecutions by regulatory bodies including:
- Local Authorities;
- Licensing (Hackney Carriage & Premise);
- Trading Standards;
- DVLA and