Gillian is described as a ‘brilliant’ practitioner who is fabulous and absolutely faultless – solicitors appreciate her quality of advocacy before juries and her adaptability. She is extremely bright and extremely hard-working … assiduous, quick thinking, with very good judgement.
Recommended as a leading individual in 2016/2017 in financial crime, business and regulatory crime (including global investigations), Proceeds of Crime Act and Asset Forfeiture as well as, general crime. Gillian has developed a particular specialisation in financial and corporate crime, acting on behalf of both individuals and Corporates. Many of her cases have a global reach. Gillian also has considerable experience and expertise in professional misconduct cases, homicide and serious sexual offences. She is able to take the client through difficult decisions, and Gillian attracts plaudits for both her advocacy and her upbeat attitude – she stands her ground and holds her own.
Gillian also acts as independent disclosure counsel and advises City law firms on money laundering and compliance procedures. Her practice is such that she has acquired specialist knowledge of restraint and confiscation, the obtaining of material from foreign jurisdictions, and an understanding and analysis of complex bank movements and off-shore transactions. Gillian has conducted contempt proceedings for Breach of Restraint Order.
Over the last 20 years Gillian has developed extensive experience in defending in multi-handed organised crime, murder and manslaughter cases, particularly those involving complex medical and scientific evidence. She is described as highly experienced in cases of murder and manslaughter, and also undertakes cold case work. She is said to be bright, hard-working and fun; gets on well with people, and carries cases.
Gillian has a wealth of experience in this specialised area of advocacy involving the cross-examination of the very young and vulnerable. Gillian is a Course Director for the ‘Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training Course’ (developed on behalf of the Inns of Court College of Advocacy) and a facilitator on behalf of Lincoln’s Inn. Gillian is also a contributor to Rook & Ward: ‘Sexual Offences, Law & Practice’ and a contributing author to Case Management and Ground Rules Hearings toolkits on the Advocates Gateway.
As a result of her work for the FCA, the SFO and her experience in both defending and prosecuting cases involving Tax/VAT evasion, as well as appearing before the First Tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber), Gillian has developed a specialism in Financial Services Regulation.
As part of her advisory work, Gillian advises city law firms in respect of corporate compliance and governance issues. She currently acts as legal advisor to a large international energy company on anti-corruption and regulatory issues.
Please refer to Fraud and Corporate crime for cases.
Gillian is regularly instructed on behalf of the MHRA (Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority), in respect of breaches of the regime for the regulation of the manufacture, distribution and supply of medicines for human use. She was instructed in the first MHRA prosecution in respect of counterfeit life saving medicines (e.g. cancer drugs), introduced into the UK supply chain. It required detailed knowledge of the Medicines Regime in the UK and in Europe. Over 20 international experts and over 200 live witnesses were called.
She is currently instructed in an international investigation into the manufacture and distribution of unlicensed medicines.
Gillian is currently on the General Medical Counsel’s developmental list of prosecuting counsel.
Gillian also represents public officials charged with misconduct in public office. The cases often involve concurrent internal/disciplinary investigations and complex issues as to disclosure. Gillian has acted on behalf of:
Gillian has unique experience is in the field of Mutual Legal Assistance. She was instructed in the case of Silvio Berlusconi and David Mills as prosecution counsel in the UK MLA proceedings: taking of evidence from key witnesses; issues as to legal professional privilege both in the UK and Italy; jurisdictional legal arguments and issues over the transmission of material via UKCA.
Gillian is also experienced in advising on, as well as drafting European Arrest Warrants leading to the extradition of defendants to the UK.
Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training Course – Course Director, Inns of Court College of Advocacy (2017) and a facilitator on behalf of Lincoln’s Inn.
Sexual Offences, Law & Practice – Youth Court, Rook & Ward, Sweet & Maxwell (Current edition), contributor.
Case Management and Ground Rules Hearing Toolkits, Advocate’s Gateway, (2017), contributor.
Corporate and Financial Crime – Conspiracy, Practical Law, (2016), co-author.
Webinar – Market Abuse and FCA Enforcement, Lexis Nexis, (2015), contributor.
Archbold Magistrates Court: Criminal Practice’, Sweet & Maxwell, (2005-2010), contributing editor.
Forensic Gynaecology: Towards better care of the female victim of sexual assault – The Law of Rape, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, (2004), contributor.
Legal Network TV (College of Law) training DVDs on developments in Criminal Law (varied), contributor.
Government Consultation Papers – Expert evidence, VHCC and Legal Aid reform, reform of sexual offences and sentencing, juveniles, vulnerable witnesses and the Homicide Act 2008, on behalf of Bar Council and CBA, (varied), contributor.
Recommended individual for Financial Crime, Business and Regulatory Crime (including global investigations), Proceeds of Crime Act and Asset Forfeiture and general Crime in Chambers UK 2017, Legal 500 2017 and Who’s Who Legal 2017.
Criminal Bar Association (Secretary 2012 -2013, currently Treasurer 2017)
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Fraud Lawyers Association
Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association (HSLA)
International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law
South Eastern Circuit
SFO Queens Counsel Panel (2017)
CPS Specialist Panels: Fraud, Organised Crime, Confiscation/Asset Recovery (current)
Recorder (2012) – authorised to sit in serious sex offence cases.
Developmental List: General Medical Council (2012 to date)
Treasurer of the Criminal Bar Association (2017)
Management Committee of the Advocate’s Gateway (2015 to date)
Course Director for Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) and Rook Groups ‘Advocacy and the Vulnerable’ (2015 to date)
Public Access (Direct Access) Qualified (2011)