Grace Ong

Grace Ong

Call: 1985

"A strong criminal barrister, who is positive in her approach."

Legal 500 2017 (Crime)

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Grace is a senior and well-respected criminal and family practitioner.  Grace’s expertise in crime has been recognised by the Legal 500 2017 edition, where she is recommended as a Leading Junior in Band 3 for being ‘a strong criminal barrister, who is positive in her approach.’

Grace has an outwardly gentle manner and is especially skilled at putting people at ease. She was born in Singapore and has links and contacts within the Chinese community.

From 1999 to 2006, she was regularly instructed in a number of high profile “Snakehead” cases, representing clients from China and particularly the Fujian province. In 1999 she represented an alleged Triad member charged with conspiracy to murder. That client was eventually acquitted.

In 2003 she represented a client in a murder and riot case involving 16 defendants in Birmingham – the eventual trial was divided into two and the first trial lasted 4 months. In both cases she obtained good results and in the case in Birmingham she was the only counsel to secure bail for a defendant in the first trial.

In 2004 she secured one of only 2 acquittals in a 5 defendant cigarette smuggling case where the defendants were running “cut throat” defences.

In 2010 Grace represented a defendant in a multi-handed murder case, this defendant was subsequently acquitted by direction after a successful submission of no case to answer at the close of the prosecution case.

In 2012 she was instructed by a local authority in care proceedings in relation to a baby with non-accidental rib fractures and set the case up from the outset to a satisfactory conclusion.

She has also prosecuted for Trading Standards and Local Authorities, and has been asked to “set up” and prepare cases and advise on evidence in complicated cases on their behalf. She works mainly in and around Central London, but also travels and stays on circuit.

Grace is qualified to undertake direct access work from members of the public.

Grace qualified as one of the first facilitators for the Vulnerable Witness Training Programme, and in 2016 along with 3 others presented a seminar to lawyers and caseworkers at RASSO London.

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Crime Barrister

Grace has extensive experience and expertise of all levels of criminal trials, from multi-handed murder cases to serious sexual abuse allegations, and has appeared as leading junior in 2 counsel cases.

Grace acts for both prosecution and defence but has developed a special skill in prosecuting cases involving allegations of sexual abuse where the complainants are especially vulnerable, whether due to age or disability. She is a specialist Rape Panel prosecutor and has conducted several ground rules hearings and trials.

Notable Cases

    • R -v- MU [2017] Croydon Crown Court. Successful prosecution of a father for raping his son.
    • R -v- E and 6 others [2017] Central Criminal Court. Successful prosecution of 7 defendants for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, prohibited firearms and ammunition.

 

  • R v AD [2015]: Responded successfully in an appeal following a 3 week trial involving multiple incident counts of fraud in breach of trust – victim was elderly, described by the judge as especially vulnerable, and suffers from vascular dementia.
  • R v DF [2011] Central Criminal Court: Successful prosecution of rape and sexual assault of a vulnerable adult with mental functioning of a 4-5 year old.
  • R v R [2010] CAO ref 201003876A5: Successful appeal against a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and Disqualification from working with children order involving an appellant who had pleaded guilty to possession of indecent images of children. Sentence also reduced to community order.
  • R v YYS [2009] Southwark Crown Court: Acquittal (within an hour) after a 2 week trial of a young Chinese woman charged with blackmail.
  • R v AS & JS [2008]: Successful appeal on failure to give Lucas direction on possible false alibi. Retrial ordered and defendants acquitted within 1 hour of jury retirement.
  • R v Harris [2010] Crim LR 54: Cross-examination of a complainant’s sexual history under section 41 Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999.
  • R v Renda & Others [2006] 2 All ER 553: Adducing bad character following false impression.
  • R v Yu [2006] Crim LR 643: On admissibility of evidence from abroad.
  • R v Michael B [2005] EWCA Crim 3174: Successful appeal on historical sexual abuse allegations where jury acquitted of all bar one count – that conviction held to be inconsistent.

 

Family Barrister

Grace accepts both private and publicly funded family work.

Appointments


  • Advocacy Trainer (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Pupil Supervisor

Memberships


  • Bar Council
  • Criminal Bar Association Executive Committee
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Chair of the CBA social mobility committee
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