Jessica Franklin

Year of Call: 2011

Jessica is a barrister specialising in criminal Law. She has experience in a broad range of offences including violent and sexual crime, fraud, possession and supply of drugs and public order.

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Overview

Jessica’s principal area of practice is crime.  She is regularly instructed in Appeals in the Crown Court and has experience both defending and prosecuting trials in the Crown, Magistrates’ and Youth Courts. She is often instructed on behalf of clients for Parole Hearings and at Independent Prison Law Adjudications.

Jessica receives instructions from Local Authorities, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Crown Prosecution Service, Welfare Rural & Health Division. She has dealt with a range of offences including those against the Environment Protection Act, Aquatic Animal Health Regulations and the Forestry Act.

Jessica is a consultant barrister for the National Crime Agency and has recently participated the extensive review by the Agency of search warrants and production orders. 

Jessica is often instructed on a privately funded basis. In particular, in relation to a range of Road Traffic Offences including speeding, failing to stop/report after an accident and driving without a license/insurance. She is confident in this area of the law and appreciates the importance of representation for defendants who face the prospect of being denied the responsibility and right to drive.

Additional Information

Prior to joining Chambers, Jessica worked as a defence paralegal in the ‘Serious Crime Department’ at Sternberg Reed Solicitors.

Professional Panel Appointments

  • Level 2, CPS Prosecutor.
  • Band A (1-5 years' call) appointed advocate for the General Dental Council (GDC).

Education

  • BPTC, The City Law School (2011).
  • LLB, University of East Anglia (2010).
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (2009).

Awards

  • Ann Felicity Goddard Scholarship (2014).
  • Stephen Seabrooke Memorial Award (2011).
  • Winner, Inter-Inn (Inns of Court) mooting competition (2011).
  • Erasmus Scholarship (2010).

Professional Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association.
  • Young Fraud Lawyers' Association.
  • Chartered Society of Forensic Scientists.
  • The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn.
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers' Association.

Asset Recovery, Civil Fraud & Confiscation

Jessica currently acts as consultant barrister for the National Crime Agency (NCA) and recently participated in the extensive review by the Agency of search warrants and production orders.  

Jessica recently gave a seminar with Andrew Bird on the issues that arise in relation to search warrants, production orders and applications under s.59 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001, and the challenges to them, and will discuss some of the recent caselaw.

Business Crime

Jessica practises in business crime, prosecuting and defending criminal cases involving dishonesty and fraud.

Crime

Jessica specialises in criminal law.  

Jessica has a broad range of experience in criminal cases. She prosecutes and defends in cases involving violence, sexual crime, dishonesty, fraud, possession/supply of drugs, public order matters and road traffic offences. Jessica is also regularly instructed in Parole Hearings and Independent Prison Law Adjudications.

Professional Discipline & Regulatory

Jessica accepts instructions in relation to professional discipline and regulatory cases.

Jessica has experience of regulatory matters, and often advises and appears in relation to niche offences involving the Environment Protection Act, Aquatic Animal Health Regulations and the Forestry Act. Jessica also receives instructions from the Department for Work and Pensions / Welfare Rural & Health Division.

Cases of Note

R v K & C [2016] Woolwich Crown Court

Defended a businessman of good character, charged on a 6-count indictment concerning offences of Fraud. After thorough cross-examination of the second complainant, the Prosecution was persuaded to review their case and subsequently dropped all charges against the defendant.

R v J [2016] Croydon Crown Court

Instructed as Junior Counsel to Francesca Levett. Successfully prosecuted in a three-month trial of the defendant who was unanimously convicted of all 32 counts fraud and related matters.

R v I, Z & S [2016] Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court

Instructed by the London Borough of Wandsworth to prosecute a Company and two individuals acting as Landlords and Agent in an unlawful eviction matter. All three defendants’ convicted after trial and made subject to Financial Circumstances Orders prior to sentencing.

R v H

Secured the acquittal of a defendant of good character, alleged to have committed offences of sexual assault and exposure. The trial took place at Nottingham Crown Court.

R v R

Secured the acquittal of a defendant, who after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was alleged to have committed an offence of ABH. The issue of self-defence was successfully raised at Kingston Crown Court.

R v A

Secured the acquittal of a 20-year defendant, indicted with 10 sexual offences, and further counts of common assault, and dangerous driving at Woolwich Crown Court.

R v H

Successfully raised the issue of ‘Special Reasons’. Presented to Magistrates that a defendant who had acquired 15 penalty points should not be disqualified from driving, at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court.

R v H

Secured a suspended sentence for a defendant, convicted of ABH, involving extensive injuries to an elderly victim at Reading Crown Court.

R v G & S

Successfully prosecuted in a multi-handed trial of domestic burglary at Maidstone Crown Court.

R v S

Successfully prosecuted a defendant for ABH, involving extensive injuries to an elderly victim at Maidstone Crown Court.