Abigail is an experienced advocate with a busy and varied practice in both criminal law and international human rights. She works hard to achieve the best possible result for her clients and to provide accurate and reliable legal advice. She is able to provide companies with advice on the Bribery Act 2010 and will look at the individual needs of a company in meticulous detail. She also specialises in environmental crime.
Abigail has defended in cases of murder, rape, serious violence, conspiracy to supply firearms, conspiracy to rob and drugs offences. She has also had great success in the resulting confiscation cases. Further to her practice in the civilian courts, she appears regularly in military courts.
Abigail has carried out trial observations in Bahrain and has delivered speeches at human rights conferences in Beirut and the UN in Geneva on the topic of human rights abuses in Bahrain and elsewhere in the Middle East. She has appeared regularly on both British and Arabic news channels to discuss related legal issues. In 2008 Abigail successfully worked on an appeal challenging the lawfulness of a military coup in Fiji. She has also undertaken training abroad and has taught the criminal law and human rights module at the law school of Tanzania.
R v Jennie Gray & Ben Butler 2016
Murder and perverting trial. Complex paediatric head injury mechanism issues examined.
R v Wilson 2015
Murder trial. Mother accused of baby shaking. Complex paediatric pathology examined.
R v Davis 2014
Eight counts of rape and indecent assault resulting in acquittal. One count of indecent assault resulting in conviction and community order.
R v Pacquette 2014
Five counts of rape and indecent assault made against a defendant with an IQ of 60. Acquitted on all counts.
R v Oughton 2012
Nine-handed conspiracy to rob cash in transit. 27 robberies, Largest in South-East England.
LBWC v CBLV 2012
Corporate crime. Construction regulations violated. Minimal fine passed.
R v Monaghan & Ors 2012
Nine-handed case defending protestors of the tax cuts. A detailed analysis with expert evidence on tax avoidance and government policy. MP’s called as witnesses. All acquitted.
Army v WO II Hope 2010
Defendant acquitted of assault charges against cadets
Army v Lance Cpl Molyneux 2013
Defendant acquitted of s.18 assault (bottling) of another.
R v Taheny 2012
£3,000,000 confiscation refused by judge after legal argument.
Inquest touching the death of Jonathan Cloke 2013
Inquest into the 2005 crane collapse in Battersea representing the family of the deceased. Narrative verdict found serious fault with the company and its director.