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Abigail is an accomplished legal practitioner with extensive expertise in handling complex criminal cases, focusing on various serious offences. Her specialised areas include drug and firearm conspiracies, cases involving serious violence and murder, environmental crimes, and fraud-related matters, encompassing all associated proceeds of crime proceedings and ancillary orders.

Renowned for her thorough preparation, captivating advocacy approach, and attentive client support, Abigail shines particularly in representing defendants with learning difficulties or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She brings a compassionate and meticulous approach to her practice, ensuring that each client receives the utmost care and attention.

Furthermore, Abigail has demonstrated proficiency in navigating cases involving serious sexual offences and experience in s.28 hearings, showcasing her versatility and depth of legal knowledge.


White-Collar Crime:

  • Fraud and Corporate Crime: Misrepresentation or deceit in business
  • Money Laundering: Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA); concealing the origins of illegally obtained money
  • False accounting
  • Tax evasion
  • Market abuse: Insider Trading; Illegal securities trading based on non-public information
  • Ponzi schemes
  • Bribery and Corruption
  • Sanctions
  • Anti-competition

Conspiracy and Serious Organised Crime:

  • Firearms offences, including supply and possession of illegal firearms
  • Internet crime
  • Conspiracy to Money launder
  • Excise and tax fraud (including oils fraud)
  • Intellectual property crime (including counterfeit goods)
  • Armed robbery and cash-in-transit attacks
  • Conspiracy to Supply and Import Class A drugs
  • Counterfeit currency
  • Human trafficking
  • Organised immigration crime
  • Environmental crime

Crimes Against the Person:

  • Murder (homicide), manslaughter, infanticide
  • Common assault and Battery: Physical harm or threat of harm, harassment, offensive weapon, wounding/ABH/GBH
  • Sexual Offences: Rape, sexual assault, assault by penetration, sexual exploitation, child sex abuse and trafficking, extreme pornography, disclosing private sexual images without consent (‘revenge pornography’), indecent images of children
  • Human trafficking: Modern slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour
  • Kidnap: False imprisonment, child abduction

Crimes Against the State:

  • Terrorism: Acts of violence to instil fear for political purposesCrimes Against Morality and Decency:• Prostitution: Engaging in sexual activities for money
    • Obscenity: Distribution of sexually explicit material
    • Public Indecency: Lewd behaviour in public spaces

Crimes Against Property:

  • Embezzlement fraud: Deception for personal gain
  • Aggravated Burglary
  • Arson or arson with intent to endanger life
  • Burglary: Unlawful entry with intent to commit a crime
  • Theft: Shoplifting, stealing, robbery

Crimes Against Public Order:

  • Disorderly Conduct: Disturbance of public peace
  • Rioting: Participation in violent public disturbances
  • Unlawful Assembly: Gathering with intent to disturb public peace

Crimes Against the Administration of Justice:

  • Perjury: Lying under oath
  • Obstruction of Justice: Interfering with legal processes
  • Contempt of Court: Disrespect or disobedience towards the court

Cyber Crime:

  • Computer Misuse Act
  • Fraud
  • False accounts
  • Coercion and Control

Cyber-Enabled Crimes: These are not dependent on computers or networks but are transformed in scale or form using the internet and communications technology.

  • Economic related cybercrime, including:
    • Fraud
    • Intellectual property crime – piracy, counterfeiting and forgery
  • Online marketplaces for illegal items.
  • Malicious and offensive communications, including:
  • Communications sent via social media or other electronic means.
  • Cyberbullying/trolling.
  • Virtual mobbing.
  • Offences that specifically target individuals, including cyber-enabled violence against women and girls

    • Disclosing private sexual images without consent
    • Cyberstalking and harassment
    • Coercion and control
  • Child sexual offences and indecent images of children, including:
    • o Child sexual abuse
    • o Online grooming
    • o Prohibited and indecent images of children
  • Extreme pornography, obscene publications and prohibited images

Dark Web Offences: The dark web comprises internet sites and content intentionally hidden and inaccessible through standard web browsers. The dark web facilitates criminal activity across a wide range of threats. It can be used to create so-called “safe spaces” for conspiring to commit offences, such as child sexual exploitation or the sale and purchase of illegal items (such as drugs or firearms).

Domestic Violence: Abuse or violence within familial or intimate relationships.

Drug Offences:

  • Trafficking
  • Supply and distribution of illegal substances
  • Importation
  • Possession

Economic Related Cybercrime: Criminal activities conducted through digital means.

  • Electronic financial fraud
  • Fraudulent sales through online auctions or retail sites
  • Mass-marketing fraud and consumer scams

Environmental Crimes: Violations of laws protecting the environment.

Firearms Offences:

  • Importation of Firearms
  • Possession of Firearms and shotguns without a certificate
  • Manufacture, sale, transfer of firearms, conversion
  • Possession of articles for conversion of imitation firearms
  • Possession of prohibited weapons
  • Criminal use of firearms, acquisition and possession of firearms and air weapons by children and young people


  • Art and Antique Fraud
  • Benefit Fraud
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Investment Fraud
  • Mail and Wire Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Mortgage Fraud

Hate Crimes: Criminal acts motivated by bias or prejudice against a particular group.

  • Racist and Religious hate crime
  • Homophobic crime
  • Antisemitic crime
  • Islamophobic crime

Restraint & Civil Recovery:

  • Corporate and Commercial Fraud
  • Financial Services Regulation
  • Bribery & Corruption
  • Money Laundering & Proceeds of Crime, including high-yield investment fraud
  • Tax & Insolvency offences, including EU duty fraud
  • Public and Charity Sector Fraud
  • International Sanctions
  • Unexplained Wealth Orders

Traffic Offences: All driving offences. Violations of traffic laws and regulations.

Notable Cases

R v MM (2022) – Lead counsel for the first defendant £14million property fraud and money laundering. Acquitted on all counts

R v NA (2022) – Attempted murder and s.18GBH. Acquitted on all counts

R v LA (2021) – Lead counsel on conspiracy to commit murder

R v GB (2021) – Dt with brain damage charged with grooming and attempting to meet a child following grooming. Acquitted on all counts

R v MH (2021) – Conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life. Plea to possession accepted prior to re-trial.

R v SH (2021) – Historic abuse allegations from 1970s. Acquitted on 5 counts convicted of(2 on a re-trial.

R v JM (2019) – Stansted 15 case. Protestors indicted with endangering life at an aerodrome. Convictions overturned on appeal

R v KH (2019) – Dt with learning difficulties facing 3 counts of conspiracy to supply several kilos of Class A drugs. Acquitted on all counts

R v VS (2018) – Junior counsel on gang murder

R v EW (2017) – Junior counsel on “baby shaking” murder

R v DT (2013) – Dt faced a benefit figure of £1.4 million. Reduced to £0.


  • 2018 – First Tier Tribunal Judge

Professional Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association, Fraud Lawyers Association, Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association

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