Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022
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Crime - London (Bar)
Jane Bickerstaff QC is a hard-working and dedicated silk who is regularly instructed in high-profile criminal cases and handles both defence and prosecution work. She is highly regarded by market sources for her expertise in sexual offences. Interviewees praise her for her deft handling of juries.
Recent work: Defended a French national charged with a rape that had allegedly taken place in front of the young children of the complainant.
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Jane is a first-class advocate who prosecutes and defends in all areas of serious crime. She is highly regarded for her expertise in murder and sexual offences and is also instructed in complex fraud and financial crime cases. As a criminal barrister, Jane owes her reputation to her abilities in cross-examination, particularly of children and vulnerable witnesses; to the way she builds trust with clients, the judiciary and juries; her methodical preparation; and her feel for the tactics of a case.
Prosecuting, she is regularly instructed by the CPS London Homicide Unit, CPS East of England and the Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Major Crime Unit, to prosecute murders and complex crime in London and the borders of the Metropolitan area.
Defending, she is regularly instructed privately by both professional and high-profile defendants. Her expertise in sexual offences has seen her appear for the defence in a number of high-profile and complex historical allegations.
Beyond her criminal practice, Jane is involved in Sports Regulation and sits as legal chair of panels for the FA and Sport Resolutions as well as the RFU and the appellate panel of the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation. She is currently involved in presenting a large scale safeguarding case for the British Horseracing Authority.
FA Judicial Panel - Appointed 2018
Legal Chair of specialist panels for Sport Resolutions – Appointed 2019
Appellate panel International Gymnastics – Appointed 2021
Criminal Bar Aassociation
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers