Where/when you studied:
University of Nottingham (2000 – 2004) including one year studying at Justus-Liebig Universitaet, Giessen, Germany
Manchester Metropolitan University (2004-2005)
Professional expertise before joining the firm: Criminal defence
When you joined the firm: January 2011
Department responsibilities (within the firm): Representing clients at police stations and magistrates’ courts
Areas of special legal expertise: Duty solicitor, Higher Courts Advocate (Criminal).
R v H October 2017 – represented a defendant charged with common assault at the magistrates court. On the day of trial the Crown sought to admit the complainant’s statement as hearsay evidence. This required careful consideration of the hearsay provisions and case law surrounding hearsay applications in domestic violence cases, in order to argue why the statement should not be admitted as evidence. Hearsay application was not made and no evidence was offered by the crown.
R v W September 2017 – represented a youth convicted of 2 burglaries. Extensive personal mitigation presented at sentence hearing. District Judge was persuaded to impose a Youth Rehabilitation Order as a direct alternative to custody.
R v B July 2017 – instructing solicitor in a rape trial. Extensive defence witness enquiries made. Successful submission of no case to answer made by defence counsel at the conclusion of the prosecution case.
R v G April 2017 - instructing solicitor in a rape trial. Defendant had a previous conviction for rape, which was admitted as evidence in this trial. Case preparation involved the instruction of a technical expert to carry out cell site analysis of the phones of both complainant and defendant at the time of the alleged offences. Client acquitted after a week-long trial.
R v G April 2017 – instructing solicitor in a trial relating to alleged historic sexual assaults. The case preparation involved applications to obtain third party material which the Crown had not obtained, and taking statements from numerous potential defence witnesses. Client acquitted following the trial.
R v M - July 2016 – represented client of good character charged with possession of indecent images. Client had been suspended from work pending outcome of criminal case. I instructed an independent expert to comment on the client’s assertion that the images were inadvertently downloaded. Crown offered no evidence prior to the trial starting following receipt of expert report and representations from the defence team.
R v H - August 2016 – instructing solicitor in a Crown Court case where client was accused of sexual assault on a 13 year old girl. Case preparation required speaking to various defence witnesses in advance of the trial. After a three day trial, the client was found not guilty.
R v W - October 2016 – mitigation presented by me in the magistrates court assisted in securing a suspended sentence for a client who had pleaded guilty to fraudulent evasion of income tax.
October 2012 – instructing solicitor in a rape case which proceeded to trial. Pressing the Crown for disclosure resulted in the obtaining of documents which assisted defence counsel in discrediting prosecution witnesses. Ultimately a not guilty verdict was directed by the Judge.
August 2012 – Conducted a trial at the Magistrates Court in relation to a client accused of using a phone whilst driving. Obtained phone records for incoming and outgoing calls to establish the phone was not being used at the time alleged by the prosecution. Following the production of phone records and the cross examination of the police officers, the court returned a not guilty verdict.
July 2012 – instructing solicitor for a defendant accused of grievous bodily harm with intent. The defendant said he was acting in self-defence. After a four day trial at the Crown Court the defendant was acquitted of the assault matter.
January 2012 – instructing solicitor in a grooming case under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. The defendant pleaded guilty and received a community order.
January 2012 – conducted a two day sexual assault trial at the Magistrates Court. Cross-examined a youth complainant via video-link.
Name: Rebecca Sharp
Position: Assistant solicitor in the criminal department
Where educated: University of Nottingham, Manchester Metropolitan University
First job: Working in a children’s play centre
Hobbies: Books, theatre and baking
Favourite food: Pasta
Favourite film: Dirty Dancing
Favourite group/artist: I can’t decide on a favourite
Ultimate holiday destination: Australia
Favourite sport/team: I don’t do sport!
Favourite book: My current favourites are books by Peter James and Linwood Barclay
Likes: Chocolate and musicals