Philippa has established herself as a successful and versatile practitioner, both prosecuting and defending. As a led junior, she has defended in a complex manslaughter (gross negligence) case; in conspiracies to murder, and to supply Class A drugs; money laundering; and in historic rape and indecent assault cases.
As a junior alone Philippa is regularly instructed in matters involving serious sexual offences, including rape and historic allegations. Serious violence and serious public order offences are among her specialties, as are offences committed against children. However, she is also able to deal successfully with complex dishonesty cases, and recently secured an acquittal at half time in a money laundering matter, where her client was the wife of a man who had committed large-scale Advance Fee Frauds over a number of years.
Philippa has recently appeared for the Crown in a Court of Appeal matter which concerned the application of evidential presumptions under Section 75 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, largely unchartered territory. Her written and oral submissions were successful, and the Appeal was rejected; the matter is expected to be reported.
Client care is one of Philippa’s real strengths. She is skilled and sensitive in dealing with difficult clients, including those with mental health issues, and vulnerable individuals. She is an inspired advocate, and has frequently earned praise from both judges and instructing solicitors for the way she handles cases, and the results she achieves.
Prior to starting pupillage, she spent a year helping to set up a legal aid scheme in Kenya, which has operated successfully ever since.
Philippa speaks fluent German.
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