Grace became a member of Chambers in April 2021 following the successful completion of her pupillage, under the supervision of Tim Naik and Bozzie Sheffi
Grace now accepts instructions across the range of Chambers’ practice areas. She regularly defends in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts.
Grace has particular experience in representing youth defendants and those from vulnerable backgrounds. She has a passion for defending in the Youth Courts’ and has a successful track record of resolving matters through out of court disposals.
Originally from the North East, Grace began her career in a criminal defence firm in Durham where she prepared cases for trial in both the Magistrates' and Crown Courts’. Grace worked on a wide range of cases including murders, drug conspiracies, historic sexual abuse and serious violence cases.
Prior to beginning pupillage, Grace moved to London and worked at the specialist boutique firm, Rahman Ravelli. Here, she specialised in cases of serious fraud and white-collar crime. She also assisted in the preparation of a number of articles that were subsequently published in the legal media.
R V H (Woolwich Crown Court) following a committal for sentence, Grace successfully persuaded the Crown Court to impose a Youth Rehabilitation Order for a youth defendant charged with nine counts of robbery and attempted robbery.
R v B (Croydon Court Crown) in a breach of restraining order matter, the Prosecution offered no evidence following service of the defence case statement.
R v P (Youth Court) Grace successfully persuaded the Court to impose a further Youth Rehabilitation Order for a persistent offender who had breached their DTO licence conditions, by assaulted emergency workers. In mitigation, Grace invited the Court to consider the youth defendant’s mental health and need for rehabilitation.
R v G (Youth Court) Grace represented a youth defendant charged with causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent. This case involved sensitive examination of both the complainant and the defendant.
R v H (Youth Court) Successful submission of no case to answer in a matter of assault by beating against a security guard.
R v M (Youth Court) Grace represented a persistent offender charged with violent disorder. The youth defendant was also on bail for possession with intent to supply class A. At sentence, Grace persuaded the Court to impose a DTO rather than commit to the Crown Court for sentence.
R v P (Bromley Magistrates’ Court) Secured an acquittal for a defendant charged with assault by beating whereby the defendant argued self-defence and that the complainants were using the criminal proceedings to bolster an insurance claim.
R v L & L (Maidstone Magistrates’ Court) Grace successfully persuaded the Magistrates’ Court to retain jurisdiction and sentence two co-defendants charged with an array of offences including: affray, ABH involving a weapon, criminal damage, assault by beating and assault of an emergency worker. Both defendants were sentenced to suspended sentences.
R v F (Willesden Magistrates’ Court) Grace obtained a community order for a defendant charged with assault by beating whereby the defendant had spat at a neighbour during the pandemic.
R v L (Yeovil Magistrates’ Court) Grace secured a community order for a defendant charged with mutilation of animals. Grace also persuaded the Court not to impose a Disqualification Order.
- The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
- Criminal Bar Association
- Women in Criminal Law