Valerie has vast experience in complex cases involving Crime, Fraud, Health & Safety and Professional Discipline. She prosecutes and defends in equal measure.
Valerie is appointed to the CPS Grade 4 (top tier) list for prosecution advocates and the specialist rape and serious crime group panels. She is also appointed to the Grade A (top tier) list for Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health & Safety.
Since 2004 Valerie has sat as a part-time judge for the First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health). She is an appointed panel member sitting on child and adolescent cases. She represents health authorities before the First Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal. Valerie has a particular specialism in cross-examining experts and vulnerable witnesses.
She has been appointed to act as a legal adviser/legal assessor for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the General Osteopathic Council. She defends in disciplinary proceedings before the General Dental Council, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, the General Pharmaceutical Council, the Teaching Regulation Agency and for other professionals in regulatory proceedings.
Valerie is accredited to undertake public access work.
Valerie is Chair of the Regulatory Practice Group in chambers. She is wellbeing director for the Criminal Bar Association and for chambers. She represents the Criminal Bar Association and South Eastern Circuit on the Bar Council’s working party group on wellbeing.
She is an ethics and advocacy trainer for Middle Temple.
Valerie has over 25 years’ experience of defending and prosecuting in serious crime. In drugs cases she has been involved in lengthy trials involving the competing interests of multiple defendants. She has represented youths in the Crown Court in multi-handed cases of armed robbery. Many of the cases have involved a number of preliminary arguments relating to abuse of process or the admissibility of evidence, including covertly obtained evidence.
She has represented police officers and civilian officers charged with misconduct in public office or perverting the course of justice.
Valerie is frequently instructed to defend juveniles or youths and those with mental health issues, including Asperger Syndrome, Alcohol Dependency Syndrome, Battered Woman Syndrome and psychosis.
She has many years’ experience of questioning mental health professionals on the most serious forensic cases in the Crown Court and in proceedings before the First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health). She assisted in drafting the response to the Government’s consultation on unfitness to plead on behalf of the Criminal Bar Association and the Bar Council. She has responded on behalf of the South Eastern Circuit and Criminal Bar Association to the Crown Prosecution Service and Sentencing Council’s consultations on proposed guidelines for defendants with mental health issues.
Valerie has prosecuted and defended in numerous cases of serious sexual offences including rape, abduction, child sexual abuse and possession of indecent images. She has also prosecuted and defended in many historical cases involving children and family members. She has defended teachers, scout masters and priests, often instructed privately.
She has extensive experience in handling vulnerable witnesses. Her knowledge of mental health issues means she understands the impact of trauma on vulnerable witnesses, and she has a profound understanding of mental health problems in witnesses and defendants.
In her role as Recorder and Past Recorder of the South Eastern Circuit she organised the roll-out of the Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training across the South Eastern Circuit. As the lead facilitator she trains other facilitators.
Valerie frequently prosecutes and defends in lengthy, complex, multi-handed, high-cost cases of fraud and corruption.
She has been instructed as a leading junior, led junior and junior alone in numerous cases of white-collar crime.
She has defended and prosecuted cases involving company directors, solicitors, accountants and bankers.
Valerie is very experienced in cases involving vast amounts of prosecution evidence and unused material. Her strategy in the HBoS fraud case resulted in the prosecution offering no evidence against her client. She has experience of defending challenges to terminating rulings in the Court of Appeal. She successfully defended a solicitor in the largest corporate private prosecution by an international insurer.
She has been instructed for many years in cases which involve large-scale disclosure exercises, considering thousands of items of unused material and advising on disclosure which needs to be more carefully examined and/or disclosed.
Valerie is appointed to the A list of Special Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law. She prosecutes for the Health and Safety Executive and local borough councils. She has extensive experience in health and safety cases, having both prosecuted and defended companies, NHS trusts, local authorities and individuals, including directors and trustees, alleged to have breached Health and Safety Law.
She has worked on cases involving gas and chemical explosions, falls from height, electrocution and exposure to asbestos. She has been instructed in cases involving fatalities or serious injury on construction sites, care homes, hospitals, factories and railways. She has recently advised and defended a large high street retailer for food safety offences and health and safety offences. She has also prosecuted for the Office of Rail and Road.
Valerie has over a decade’s experience in professional disciplinary work, having been appointed as a voluntary member to the Professional Complaints Committee of the Bar Standards Board and the General Social Care Council in 2007. A year later she started her role as chair for the Taxation Disciplinary Board. Both roles were held for the maximum term of seven years.
She is appointed to act as a legal adviser/legal assessor for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the General Osteopathic Council. She defends in disciplinary proceedings before the General Dental Council, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, the General Pharmaceutical Council, the Teaching Regulation Agency and for other professionals involved in regulatory proceedings.
Valerie was a former legal adviser/legal assessor for the General Pharmaceutical Council and the General Social Care Council. She also served a full seven-year term on the Bar Council’s professional conduct committee.
Legal Directories Chambers UK and Legal 500:
Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
Health & Safety Lawyers Association
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Mental Health Lawyers Association
Board member of Inclusion London
Part-time First Tier Tribunal Judge (Mental Health) and appointed as a Child and Adolescent Mental Health panel member of the Tribunal
Appointed to Grade A of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law
Appointed to Grade 4 of CPS list of prosecutors
Appointed as a Specialist Rape Prosecutor and to the Specialist Advocates Panel (serious crime group)
Legal Assessor to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (2017 – Present)
Legal Assessor to the General Osteopathic Council (2015 – Present)
Legal Adviser to the General Pharmaceutical Council (2014 – Present)
Legal Adviser to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (2012 – Present)
Legal Assessor to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2009 – Present)
Part-time Judge for the First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health) (2004 – Present)
Director / Board member of Inclusion London (2015 – Present)
Lead Facilitator for Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training, South Eastern Circuit (2017 – Present)
Recorder of the South Eastern Circuit (2015 – 2017)
Member of the Bar Council wellbeing working group (2015 – Present)
Approved Advocacy Trainer and Ethics Trainer for Middle Temple (2012 – Present)
Leading individual in the Legal 500 and Chambers UK Bar directories (see Recommendations).