Laura Jane Miller
Laura is a committed criminal practitioner, with almost 10years experience working within criminal defence. Since joining Chambers Laura has developed a busy Crown Court practice as a led junior and junior alone. She is regularly instructed in relation to a wide range of offences, including those involving serious violence, drugs, fraud and sexual offending.
In addition, Laura has developed an in-depth knowledge of the law relating to confiscation proceedings, including restraint and cash forfeiture. She has particular experience of confiscation proceedings involving hidden assets and assets within foreign jurisdictions.
Laura is authorised to accept cases via direct access.
In her free time Laura enjoys going to the theatre both on the West End and attending pop-up immersive theatre productions. Being originally from the North East, Laura is an avid supporter of Newcastle United.
Court of Appeal:
R v T (2018)
Appeal Against Sentence – Appellant appealed against the imposition of a sentence of 20months imprisonment imposed in relation to one count of possession of a bladed article. Sentence reduced to 8months imprisonment, securing the Appellants immediate release from custody.
Guidance provided in relation to the requirement for the Court to give full reasons when departing from the relevant sentencing guideline.
R v Fraser (2017) EWCA Crim 507:
Appeal Against Sentence – Appellant appealed against the imposition of a sentence of 5months imprisonment imposed in relation to two counts of common assault. Sentence reduced to 3months imprisonment, securing the Appellants immediate release from custody.
Guidance provided in relation to the factors to take into consideration when determining the proportionality of immediate custodial terms in the case of sole carers of dependent children (teenagers).
Weapons & Violent Offences
R v K & Others, (2018) Luton Crown Court – Murder
Led by Ed Vickers QC (18 Red Lion Chambers) 14year old Defendant accused of the pre-mediated murder of a 17year old male and associated theft of knives. Defendant tendered a guilty plea to manslaughter, on a restricted basis, on the second day of the trial listing. Five years imprisonment imposed.
R v W & Others, Snaresbrook Crown Court (2018) – Conspiracy to Sell Firearms
Led by Sailesh Mehta (18 Red Lion Chambers). Defendant convicted of arranging the importation of multiple firearms, with associated ammunition and sound moderators, from Lithuania into the United Kingdom and the sale of those said items to persons within the United Kingdom. With over 25,000 served pages of evidence the Crown relied on a substantial amount of mobile telephone, cell site and ANPR data. Convicted following 7week trial.
R v A & Another, Chelmsford Crown Court (2018) – Possession of Firearm with Intent to Cause Fear & Attempted S18 GBH x 3
Defendant alleged to have fired a loaded shot gun at the windscreen of a motor vehicle containing three occupants, in a revenge attack following an incident of road rage. Acquitted following two week trial.
R v T, Luton Crown Court (2018) – S18 GBH & Attempted Robbery
Defendant acquitted of one count of wounding with intent (stabbing) and one count of attempted knife point robbery, in relation to a separate incident, following full trial. The Defendant denied causing the injury to the first Complainant and accepted threatening the second Complainant with a knife but denied an intention to steal.
R v S, St Albans Crown Court (2018) – Knife Point Robbery
Defendant acquitted of robbing a taxi driver at knife point, causing injury.
R v H, Inner London Crown Court (2017) – Threatening with a Blade & Affray
Defendant acquitted of threatening another with a bladed article following successful application to dismiss. Defendant alleged to have threatened police and security staff whilst brandishing a machete during attempts to disburse a temporary traveller site. Convicted of Affray following full trial – Suspended Sentence imposed.
R v E, Snaresbrook Crown Court (2016) – Possession of a Firearm
Defendant pleaded guilty to being in possession of a disguised firearm. Five-year mandatory minimum sentence reduced to 18months imprisonment, following successful submissions of exceptional circumstances.
R v P, Luton Crown Court (2016) – Threats to Kill & Possession of a Bladed Article
Defendant acquitted of making threats to kill and possession of a bladed article. Defendant alleged to have made threats to kill the Complainant and his girlfriend in a revenge attack having attended at their home address in possession of a kitchen knife.
R v Y & Others, Aylesbury Crown Court (2016) – Robbery
Defendant indicted in relation to one offence of Robbery. He was alleged with others, to have contacted the Complainant via Gumtree in order to purchase a mobile telephone. The group arranged to meet the Complainant with a view to purchasing the mobile telephone. The group were alleged to have attended the arranged meet and to have subjected the Complainant to a violent robbery. The Crown offered no evidence following a successful application under Section 78 PACE to exclude the VIPER ID procedure on the basis that the procedure had been tainted by the Facebook identification of a co-defendant.
R v N & Others, Isleworth Crown Court (2017) – Conspiracy to Keep a Brothel & Conspiracy to Supply Class A & B
Defendant indicted in relation to a multi-handed conspiracy to keep multiple brothels within the Uxbridge area and being concerned in the supply of Cocaine and Cannabis to patrons of those said brothels. Case involved over thirty thousand pages of evidence, including telephone data and surveillance footage.
R v S, York Crown Court (2016) – Conspiracy to Import Class A
18year old Defendant indicted in relation to one count of conspiracy to import MDMA via the dark web and one count of supplying MDMA within the York area when he was 16years of age. Suspended sentence imposed following plea on the day of trial.
R v J & Others, Guildford Crown Court (2016) – Possession with Intent to Supply Class A
Defendant acquitted of two counts of possession of a controlled substance of class A (heroin and cocaine) with intent to supply, having been stopped driving a vehicle containing drug paraphernalia, in which two passengers were found to be in possession a significant quantity of heroin and crack cocaine.
R v M & Others, Newcastle Crown Court (2015) – Conspiracy to Supply Class A
Led by Nigel Edwards (St Paul’s Chambers, Leeds). Defendant indicted in relation to a cross-country conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine into the North East of England. Case involved over 10,000 pages of evidence, including telephone data, cell site, ANPR and covert recording within motor vehicles.
Fraud & Dishonesty Offences:
R v L & Others, Bristol Crown Court (2017) – Fraud by False Representation
Led by Victoria Meads (Garden Court Chambers) Large scale fraud by false representation, concerning an allegation that an employee of a car finance dealership had obtained finance for fleet customers following the provision of either false information or false documents over a 3year period. Acquitted following trial.
R v D & Others, St Albans Crown Court (2017) – Conspiracy to Defraud/Conspiracy to Burgle
It was alleged that the defendant was part of a group operating sham companies targeting elderly residents under the premise of undertaking gardening work. Total value £100,000.
R v H & Others, Grimsby Crown Court (2017) – Conspiracy to Commit Fraud
It was alleged that the defendant had purchased card details via the dark web which were used to purchase £50,000 worth of items from John Lewis and Harrods. Case involved large amounts of surveillance, cell site and ANPR data along with telephone downloads.
R v G, Isleworth Crown Court (2016) – Fraud by False Representation
Defendant acquitted of fraud by false representation & receiving stolen goods. Following a surveillance operation, it was alleged that the Defendant, a courier, had falsified documentation to give the perception that goods had been delivered to customers, whose accounts had been opened fraudulently, with the intention of retaining the goods for onward sale.
R v T, Uxbridge Youth Court (2018) – Sexual Assault
17year old Defendant accused of sexual assault, committed whilst he was 15years of age. Prosecution discontinued following representations relating to breaches of the PACE codes of practice and disclosure obligations under the CPIA.
R v E, Wood Green Crown Court (2018) – Indecent Images
18year old defendant accused of making indecent images of children by pressurizing class mates into sending indecent images to him when he was 14-15 years of age. No evidence offered following representations that the prosecution was not in the public interest and the delay in bringing the prosecution could amount to an abuse of process.
R v S, Kingston Crown Court (2018) – Causing a Child to Engage in Sexual Activity & Indecent Images
19year old defendant sentenced for offences of possession of indecent images and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, committed whilst he was 14years of age. Suspended Sentence imposed.
R v M, Lincoln Crown Court (2017) – Sexual Assault
Delivery driver accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl whilst delivering food to her home address. Defendant convicted by a majority – suspended sentence imposed.
R v B, Norwich Crown Court (2017) – Sexual Assault
Manager accused of sexually assaulting a teenage employee at work.
R v H, Camberwell Green Youth Crown (2017) – Assault by Penetration
13-year-old Defendant accused of the forcible digital penetration of his girlfriend.
R v A, Blackfriars Crown Court (2016) – Indecent Images
Defendant acquitted in relation to two counts of a multi-count indictment concerning allegations of possession of indecent images of children, some of which he was accused of making himself during trips of Columbia.