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Holly Clegg

Year of call:
2015
Education:
2013
Newcastle University, LLB
2015
BPP Law School, BPTC
Career:
2013
Paralegal at Stewarts Law LLP, Leeds
2016
Pupil at Park Square Barristers
2017
CPS Level 1 Prosecutor Tenant at Park Square Barristers
2019
CPS Level 2 Prosecutor
Appointments:
2016-20
CPS Advocate Panel (Level 1) North Eastern Circuit
2019
List C of the Panel of Specialist Regulatory Advocates
Awards:
Middle Temple Diplock Scholar

Holly has quickly developed a strong practice in all areas of criminal law. She is a CPS Level Two Prosecutor and regularly appears in the Crown Court on behalf of both the Prosecution and Defence.

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).

Holly has appeared in numerous Crown Court trials, both prosecuting and defending, across a wide spectrum of criminal law including burglary, robbery, violent offences, sexual offences, driving offences, drugs offences and offences involving weapons. She has experience of cases involving the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and areas that include complex statute and regulations.

Holly has also been instructed as disclosure junior on several large-scale operations, including cases involving homicide offences. She was recently instructed as Disclosure Junior to Richard Wright QC on a case involving the torture and murder of man at the Denholme Business Centre.

Notable Cases

  • R v Khan and others – Disclosure Junior to Richard Wright QC and Simon Clegg (no relation) in a multi-handed case involving the brutal torture and murder of Mohammed Feazan Ayaz at Denholme Business Centre in Bradford.
  • R v Freeland – Disclosure Junior to Richard Woolfall in a case involving grooming and multiple sex offences against children.
  • R v Brooksby and others- Prosecuted a 6 day, multi-handed Affray involving complex legal arguments
  • R v Edge – Prosecuted a man who staged a 5 hour rooftop protest in Hull.
  • R v Hutchinson– Defended in a 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 Zanetti- Defended a man accused of s18 assault
  • R v Betts- Defended a man accused of blackmail
  • R v Smith– Defended in a 2 day Burglary trial involving various written and oral legal arguments on admissibility of evidence and PACE breaches.
  • R v Hussain– successfully overturned an appeal against conviction on a domestic violence matter in which the defendant was originally sentenced to custody.

Contact Holly’s clerks

Andrew Thornton on 0113 213 5202

Gina Hawkins on 0113 213 5205

Rebecca Wilson on 0113 213 5203

Hannah Dempsey on 0113 213 5211

Elaine Foster-Morgan on 0113 213 5217

Robyn Nichol on 0113 213 5253

 

Holly has a strong and developing practice in all Regulatory and Public Law matters and has wide-ranging experience of these areas.

Holly was appointed to the Specialist Regulatory Panel of Advocates in 2019 and has been instructed on behalf of government bodies on the Regulatory List since her appointment. She has also been accepted onto the panel for the Government Legal Department as a ‘Junior Junior’ and receives regular instructions from them in relation to cases involving Inquests, Prison Law, Personal Injury, Immigration and Employment issues.

Holly has acted for both the Prosecution and the Defence in numerous cases brought by private agencies including local councils, the Environment Agency, The Home Office, HSE, RSPCA, DVLA, HMRC and FSA. She has experience of dealing with complicated regulations, factual issues and cross-examining expert witnesses in the Magistrates Court, Crown Court and in Specialist Tribunals.

Holly has undertaken secondments with the Police and the Clinical Commissioning Group in York. She has received instructions from the Police in relation to matters involving Judicial Review and she has delivered training to West Yorkshire Fire Brigade. Holly has also represented numerous clients at Mental Health Tribunals and parole hearings.

Having undertaken work for numerous government bodies Holly is familiar with internal policies and potential interactions between various government organisations. She is able to turn her hand to complex Regulatory and Governmental matters, in both an advisory role and as a court advocate.

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.

Notable Cases

  • The Environment Agency v Cooling & others – Disclosure junior on a large scale multi-handed operation into illegal waste disposal
  • HSE v Lee Taylor- Prosecuted on behalf of the HSE in a case involving unregistered gas work and building regulation breaches
  • HSE v Brooke Ren Ltd– Represented a construction company on an HSE prosecution on the collapse of a building
  • Grayston v The Director of Border Revenue- Instructed on behalf of the Home Office in an appeal against confiscation in the First Tier Tax Tribunal
  • RSPCA v Husband– Representing the Defendant on a 2 day trial on animal cruelty and neglect in Teesside Magistrates’ Court
  • R (Calderdale Council) v Ramsden– Represented a Defendant facing charges brought under the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (England) Regulations 2010 and The Pigs (Records, Identification and Movement) Order 2011.
  • FSA v Hussein– The Bowood Farms Slaughterhouse cruelty case- Holly Defended one of the slaughtermen on an offence of animal cruelty brought by the Food Standards Agency.

Contact Holly’s clerk

Madeleine Gray on 0113 202 8603

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

Holly also regularly undertakes work in the Coroner’s Court, acting for a range of interested persons.

Holly’s calm and approachable manner is well suited to the Coroner’s Court and she is adept at identifying potential issues in a case at an early stage, allowing time for better case preparation and management of any potential regulation 28 issues. She is keen to continue to develop her experience in this area and often assists with drafting witness statements in her capacity as a ‘Junior Junior’ to the Government Legal Department.

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 is available to represent any interested party including bereaved families, public bodies and those who have been made an interested person by the Coroner due to their Professional roles.

Recent Cases

  • Represented a local authority at an Inquest touching into the death of a care home resident who sadly passed away in her armchair following her lunch. The Coroner concluded that the cause of death having been Oesophageal impaction of food material.
  • Instructed to appear at an Inquest involving the death of a farm worker who was subjected to a lethal electrical current when the arm of his tractor was raised and connected with overhead power cables.
  • Currently instructed to represent the interests of the Police in an Inquest into the death of a patient at a hospital who was placed in custody after assaulting members of hospital staff, upon release he was found dead at his home following an overdose.
  • Currently instructed to represent the interests of the Police in an Inquest into the death of man who was struck by a car on a dark, country lane.

Contact Holly’s clerk

Madeleine Gray on 0113 202 8603

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250