Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022
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Lisa’s practice covers the full spectrum of serious crime – allegations of murder, using the dark web to import firearms and drugs, possession of firearms with intent to endanger life, county line class A drug operations, conspiracy to commit s18 (GBH with intent), rape and child abuse.
She is instructed to lead, as junior alone and as led junior. In her first leading brief, her defendant was acquitted of all charges in an 8 handed multi incident conspiracy – her client was accused of providing a firearm in a gang related drive by shooting.
Lisa is known for her meticulous preparation, tenacity in court & confident and compassionate manner with clients. In recent years this style has led to an expertise in cases involving young defendants and witnesses, or those who have mental health difficulties, are on the autistic spectrum or have learning disabilities.
In such a case, Lisa persuaded a sentencing Judge to go “off guideline” and impose a non custodial sentence for a youth who had repeatedly stabbed the victim in the face. The prosecution were unsuccessful in their appeal of the sentencing decision – Attorney General’s Reference  EWCA Crim 973.
The Registrar of the Court of Appeal has instructed her to conduct appeals for unrepresented defendants. In such a case – R v Jamal Poku  EWCA Crim 1209, the Court of Appeal commended her “attractively developed” submissions re the boundaries of greater harm for a s18.