Holly has a strong and developing practice in all areas of criminal law. She is a CPS Level Two Prosecutor and regularly appears in Crown Court hearings, appeals and trials. She is available to accept publicly and privately funded instructions in all areas of criminal law for both the prosecution and the defence.
Holly has been instructed on numerous Crown Court trials, both prosecuting and defending, across a wide spectrum of criminal law including burglary, robbery, violent offences, drugs offences and offences involving weapons. She has experience of cases involving the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and complex areas of law including cases brought under the Vehicle Excise & Registration Act 1994 and other areas focusing on complex statute and regulations.
Alongside her busy Crown Court practice, Holly also continues to accept instructions in the Magistrates’ Court. She has conducted numerous trials and hearings in the Magistrates’ and Youth Courts, including serious assaults, driving offences, sexual offences, multi-handed cases and domestic violence cases.
Holly adopts a clear and robust approach in court and is adept at looking ahead in any case in order to plan for a range of eventualities. She is known for her calm and approachable manner when dealing with clients and witnesses. She has experience dealing with vulnerable clients and witnesses and has completed the Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training course, which focuses on training for Ground Rules Hearings, child witnesses and cases that fall within the Section 28 pilot scheme (video-recorded cross-examination).
- R v Hutchinson– Teesside Crown Court- 4 day trial involving Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm on a Prison officer by a prisoner serving a sentence of Imprisonment for Public Protection.
- R v Smith– Leeds Crown Court- 2 day Attempt Burglary trial involving various written and oral legal arguments on admissibility of evidence and PACE breaches.
- R v Norman– York Crown Court- multi-handed affray- Holly requested enhanced CCTV footage of the offence, which was ultimately consistent with the Defendant’s basis of plea. This avoided the need for a Newton Hearing on whether or not the Defendant was the main aggressor and resulted in the Defendant receiving a community order with an unpaid work requirement.
- R v HUSSAIN– Leeds Crown Court- successfully overturned an appeal against conviction on a domestic violence matter in which the defendant was originally sentenced to custody.
- R v West– Leeds Magistrates’ Court- successfully defended a vulnerable adult accused of assaulting a woman and her daughter.
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