Jenni is an experienced and extremely able defence advocate whose practice is equally divided between serious financial and general heavyweight crime, with an emphasis on drug trafficking, sexual offences/indecent images and causing death by dangerous driving. Described in the 2017 Chambers UK directory as a “superb advocate“, she is regularly instructed as leading counsel in high-profile cases and has built up a loyal following of solicitors. She is remarkably tenacious and diligent, and is adroit in her jury handling, cross-examination technique, assertiveness and tactical acumen. Jenni deals regularly with difficult, paper-heavy or complex cases and is currently holding instructions in a number of serious cases due for trial in 2018. She is consistently recognised as a highly recommended leading junior and is now ranked in Chambers UK for the 11th year running as a “Leader at the Bar.”
MurderGeneral CrimeFraud, Corruption & Money LaunderingSexual Offences
A large part of Jenni’s practice concerns defendants charged with murder, usually shootings:
- R v W (2017) Leading defence counsel in a 5-week conspiracy to murder, said to be a revenge drive-by shooting following a long-standing dispute between two families in Essex.
- R v A (2017) Defence counsel in a 5-week, attempted murder following group stabbing of victim on petrol station forecourt.
- R v C (2017) Defended conspiracy to murder following a cold case review into a fatal doorstep shooting in 2001.
- R v F (2017) Defended lead defendant in an attempted murder trial following a shooting outside a North London nightclub.
- R v B (2016) Leading defence counsel in an 8-week with conspiracy to murder (a “contract hit” where the victim was shot in the chest on his doorstep with a sawn-off shotgun).
- R v T (2015) Defended female charged with murder of elderly male in his own property.
- R v D (2015) Defended in manslaughter where homeowner died during the course of an aggravated burglary
- R v M (Jan 2018) Defending Metropolitan Police Officer charged with sexual assault whilst on duty.
- R v W (2017 & A-G’s Ref 2017) Leading counsel for defendant charged with aggravated burglary at a farmhouse where the homeowners were tied up and very seriously assaulted.
- R v C (2017) Defending an acid attack on three individuals during the course of an aggravated burglary.
- R v J (2017) Defending lead defendant in conspiracy to possess firearm with intent to endanger life, said to be a planned revenge attack following murder.
- R v A (2016) Defending lead defendant of a highly organised drugs gang responsible for one of the biggest seizures of cannabis in the UK (4 tonnes) and money laundering.
- R v K (2016) Defending conspiracy to facilitate illegal immigration into UK.
- R v Y (2016 & A-G’s Ref 2016) Defending female prison officer charged with misconduct in public office.
- R v G (2017-2018) Instructed to lead defence of an inmate charged with conspiracy to supply drugs into the Prison Estate and participating in criminal activities of an OCG.
- R v C (2017-2018) Instructed to defend the director of a company charged with large-scale investment fraud.
- R v A (2017) Defending lead defendant in very substantial confiscation proceedings where Crown (in the event unsuccessfully) contended hidden assets in respect of over £1m.
- R v K (2017) Leading counsel in 3-week trial for the main defendant, a former stockbroker, charged with investment fraud in connection with the sale of rare earth metals.
- R v N (2015) Defending company director charged with 9 others with fraud, corruption & money laundering. It was the prosecution case that, over a number of years, corrupt payments were made to the first defendant, the Deputy Property Manager of the Royal Household, as an inducement or reward for favouring a number of contractors in respect of the award of large contracts at Buckingham & Kensington Palaces.
- R v B (2015) Represented the lead defendant of 6 who, before its collapse, ran Crown Currency, one of the UK’s largest personal currency exchange businesses. Defendant charged with fraudulent trading, money laundering, perverting the course of justice and false accounting. Prosecution alleged c. 13,000 UK investors affected.
- R v M (2015) Defended in “social engineering” fraud (losses of £1m+) where large PLCs were targeted. Crown alleged the victim companies were duped into revealing their security-generated banking codes. Telephone lines were also compromised, allowing access to their company bank accounts.
Jenni is frequently instructed in cases involving multiple, often historic, complaints.
- R v K (2017-2018) Instructed to defend rape of a male following meeting via Tinder website.
- R v P (2017-2018) Instructed to defend rape of a grand-daughter
- R v D (2017-2018) Instructed to defend historic sexual allegations arising out of large-scale investigation into sexual abuse at a private school
- R v B (2017) Defending attempted rape of a former partner.
- R v P (2017) Defending rape following work leaving party.
- R v R (2017) Defending historic rape and sexual abuse of sister.
- R v. M (2017) Defending sexual assaults on four of his female clients in the context of his business.
- R v L (2016) Defending 10 counts of rape against four sisters 45 year old, one of whom had severe learning difficulties.
- R v P (2016 & Court of Appeal 2017) 5 week trial defending a consultant gynaecologist charged with sexually assaulting six female patients during consultations.
- R v D (2016) Defending a criminal barrister charged with sexual assault of female.
- R v W (2016) Leading counsel defending a company director charged with rape of work colleague.
- R v A (2015) Defending rape of former partner. The defendant maintained he was asleep at the time of the alleged offences. Called a number of psychiatrists and sleep disorder experts as to the issue of “sexsomnia”. Extensive legal argument as to the availability of the defence of insane/non-insane automatism.
- R v M (2015) Leading counsel for lead defendant charged with rape & inciting child prostitution. The indictment contained 50 counts. The trial lasted 3 months and involved the very grave abuse of a number of young, vulnerable victims, one of whom had significant learning difficulties. The CPS issued a press statement saying “This was one of the worst cases of child sexual abuse we have seen”.
- “A superb advocate’ with ‘amazing client care, and particularly good at handling young defendants and witnesses.” – Chambers UK Guide 2017
- “Excellent jury advocate who inspires the confidence of the client and the court and is a top-notch junior.” – Chambers UK Guide 2017
- “She’s superb both with the clients and in front of juries.” – Chambers UK Guide 2017.
- “She explains tactical and strategic decisions in a way that makes clients able to contribute.” – Legal 500, 2017
- “Very hardworking with a good tactical sense.” – Legal 500, 2017
- “She immediately builds up a rapport with clients.” – Legal 500, 2017