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Abigail is an experienced advocate with a busy and varied practice in criminal law, international human rights and environmental crime. Further to her practice in the civilian courts, she appears regularly in military courts.

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.

Criminal Defence

Overview

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. Abigail has a significant amount of experience and expertise representing defendants with learning difficulties and mental health problems.

Notable Cases

R v Soba 2018
Murder case involving 5 defendants. Defendant with learning difficulties, Acquitted of murder and convicted of manslaughter.

R v McGahan 2018 [Stansted 15]
15 defendants charged with endangering public safety at Stansted airport as the result of protests over deportation of immigration detainees,

R v Evans 2018
Complex grooming and indecent images case involving online gaming and live chat forums. Defendant had severe autism and learning difficulties

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 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.

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.

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.

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Financial Crime and Confiscation

R v Taheny 2012
£3,000,000 confiscation refused by judge after legal argument.

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Garden Court International

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.

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Awards

  • Pegasus Scholarship
  • BSA Planning law essay competition winner

Professional Membership

  • Criminal Bar Association

We are top ranked by independent legal directories and consistently win awards

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