Amy Woolfson

Year of Call: 2017

Amy is a barrister with a diverse practice. Her case experience includes professional discipline and regulatory law, crime, family, extradition, and education law.

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Overview

Amy is a versatile and intellectually able barrister. Her practice includes:

  • prosecuting and defending in a wide range of criminal cases,
  • appearing for registrants and regulators in professional disciplinary hearings,
  • representing requested persons in extradition proceedings and in INTERPOL matters,
  • family court proceedings,
  • public law, including data protection,
  • education law, in particular disciplinary matters at fee-paying schools.

Amy's recent cases include:

  • representing a pharmacist in criminal proceedings in the Crown Court,
  • advising a local authority on prosecutions under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977,
  • representing a GP in GMC proceedings before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal (MPTS),
  • prosecuting complex fitness to practice matters before the Nursing and Midwifery Council,
  • securing the return of a student ordered to leave a major public school on disciplinary grounds.

Instructing solicitors say:

'Amy is bright, pro-active and creative in her case preparation, and has excellent client care skills.'

'Amy has a natural ability to absorb information very quickly and make very good decisions on trial strategy.'

'She possesses a confidence beyond her years, combined with humility and a personable nature that I know my clients appreciate.'

Additional information

Amy had a varied and successful career before coming to the Bar, including working in industry, serving as an adviser and election agent to a Member of Parliament, and conducting research into the reform of the Official Secrets Acts for the Law Commission.

Direct Public Access

  • Amy is qualified to receive instructions directly from members of the public. 

Professional Appointments and Memberships

  • CPS Advocate Panel Member Grade 2.
  • Government Legal Department, Junior Junior scheme.

Education

  • LLM, Harvard Law School.
  • BPTC (Very Competent), BPP Law School.
  • LLB Hons (First Class), Open University.

Awards

  • Advocacy Award, Criminal Bar Association.
  • Kennedy Scholarship, Kennedy Memorial Trust.
  • Queen Mother Scholarship, Middle Temple.
  • Excellence Award, BPP Law School.

Professional Discipline & Regulatory

Amy has extensive experience of professional discipline and regulatory cases.

In 2021 Amy successfully completed a secondment with Kingsley Napley LLP where she presented a range of cases on behalf of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Amy presented cases concerning criminal convictions, lack of competence, and misconduct – including serious sexual misconduct. Amy also represented the HCPC in interim order applications and review hearings.

Amy appears regularly before the committees of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, acting both for the regulator and for individual nurses. She recently presented a 20-day hearing involving serious allegations of misconduct against two independent midwives.

Amy is currently instructed to represent a GP in GMC proceedings before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS).

Amy has also acted for the Architects Registration Board and for Social Work England.

Education

Amy has had notable success in education law matters, most recently securing the return of a child to a major public school after they had been accused of serious bullying. Amy’s multi-disciplinary practice gives her the agility and insight to be able to resolve education disputes with the minimum of conflict. 

Criminal Defence

Amy defends clients in the Magistrates, Youth, and Crown Courts. Her case experience includes a wide range of offences, including violence, drugs, and fraud.

Amy is a barrister who is experienced in dealing with young or otherwise vulnerable defendants. She has completed specialist training in youth court advocacy, and in handling vulnerable witnesses. She is skilled at enabling defendants to give their best evidence.

Amy is experienced in representing regulated professionals in criminal proceedings. She can advise on the regulatory consequences of decisions taken during criminal proceedings.

Criminal Prosecutions - Private & Public

Amy is regularly instructed to prosecute for the Crown Prosecution Service. She is a member of the CPS Grade 2 Advocate Panel. Amy is also experienced in advising on local authority prosecutions.

Amy also acts for private prosecutors, including Royal Mail.

Family, Children & International Family

Amy has a growing family law practice. She has been instructed in variety of family matters including occupation and non-molestation orders. She has experience acting for both applicants and respondents in child arrangement orders cases. Amy has acted in applications to remove children from the jurisdiction and in applications for transfer or tenancy under the Family Law Act 1996. 

Extradition & International

Amy is a barrister who deals with extradition cases. Solicitors have instructed her in extradition hearings at all stages in Westminster Magistrates’ Court, from first appearances to final hearings. Amy has experience of complex international extradition cases including working with Ben Keith on a number of INTERPOL Red Notice cases.

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL).