Where/when you studied:
University of Sheffield – LLB Law
College of Law (York) – Legal Practice Course
Professional expertise before joining the firm:
8 years experience of Criminal Defence work. 5 years post qualification experience, specialising mainly in Criminal Defence ith a second specialism of Employment Law.
When you joined the firm: November 2014
Department responsibilities (within the firm):
Criminal Defence Work: Providing advice and representation to clients in criminal proceedings, both at the police station and at Court.
Health and Safety Prosecutions.
Areas of special legal expertise:
Committees or organisations (to support the claim of specialist legal expertise):
Duty Solicitor Accreditation
2010 – Assault on a Child
Successfully defended a female defendant charged with assaulting her 4 year old daughter. The defendant was of good character and as a result of the allegation, had seen her child removed from her care. The trial involved difficult cross-examination of the child before a District Judge. The defendant’s acquittal allowed her to begin the process of securing the return of her child to the family home.
2011 – Drug Importation
Represented a Defendant charged and ultimately convicted of a £1.5 million importation of Cannabis.
2012 – Health and Safety Executive Prosecution
Instructed by a Defendant in a HSE prosecution in 2012. The case involved the use of a prohibited substance by the Defendant Company, namely crystalline silica, resulting in a charge under s.2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The Defendant Company pleaded guilty to the charge. Following preparation of a detailed Friskies Schedule and effective mitigation, achieved a relatively modest fine for this type of offence in the sum of £12,000.
February 2013 – Terrorism Offences
Representation of a Defendant charged with 5 offences under s.58 Terrorism Act 2000 and one offence under s.2 Terrorism Act 2006, from the police station following arrest and through to his sentence at the Old Bailey. The offences involved the collection and distribution of material prohibited by the Terrorism legislation. Despite the Defendant being at risk of a significant period of imprisonment, the Court was persuaded to impose a suspended term of imprisonment, allowing the Defendant to retain his liberty.
2013 – Money Laundering
Key member of a team instructed to represent one of multiple Defendants facing trial at the Crown Court for being concerned in a complex money laundering enterprise. The case involved detailed analysis of extensive business and computer records. The high standard of preparation in this case secured the discontinuance of the case against the Defendant prior to the trial taking place.
2015 – HMRC Prosecution
Instructed to represent the sole Director of a company in a prosecution by the HMRC for VAT related offences. In addition to the prosecution of the company, the Director was also being prosecuted as an individual, placing him at risk of a personal conviction. Both faced 10 separate charges, each carrying a £5000 maximum penalty which could be aggregated so as to put each at risk of a fine up to £50,000.
Complex legal arguments were advanced on behalf of the Defendant to submit that the prosecution, in relation to the Defendant as an individual in particular, was an abuse of process. The case was successfully resolved, with the prosecution against the Director as an individual being withdrawn in its entirety and the charges against the company being reduced to a single charge. The company subsequently received a fine in the sum of £3000.
Name: Krystal Savoie
Position: Solicitor – Criminal Law Department
Where educated: University of Sheffield – LLB Law, College of Law - LPC
First job: Shop Assistant at Claire’s Accessories
Reading: Spending time with friends and family (preferably with good food involved)
Favourite food: Gumbo
Favourite film: The Lost Boys and anything by Quentin Tarantino
Favourite group/artist: Difficult to choose but Kings of Leon, Muse and Fleetwood Mac are up there
Ultimate holiday destination: Tahiti
Favourite sport/team: Athletics (watching from the comfort of my sofa that is!)
Favourite book: Any good historical fiction
Likes: Good food; Being pampered
Dislikes: Rudeness; Marmite
Personal ambition: To be happy, to laugh lots and to see as much of the world as possible