Barrister

Jessica Strange

Year of call 2003

Crime

Practice Summary

Jessica is a specialist criminal practitioner who defends and prosecutes all types of criminal cases.

She has a busy practice, appearing regularly in the Crown Court to conduct trials and other hearings.  She has a wealth of experience including cases involving serious violence, drugs supply and sexual offences.  She represents defendants from all backgrounds as well as frequently dealing with young and vulnerable individuals.

Jessica is an able advocate and is known for fighting for those she represents both in court and during negotiations. She has a down to earth approach and gives sound, comprehensible legal advice. She is hardworking and believes in thorough case preparation. She provides an early written advice in all appropriate cases and deals with applications and other paperwork promptly.

She is a Level 3 prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service on the North Eastern Circuit.  She also accepts instructions from the Probation Trust and from local authorities.

Notable Cases

York Crown Court R -v- Fletcher and others (2015) Representation of a defendant accused of conspiring to commit fraud against an elderly complainant.  Favourable basis of plea accepted by the prosecution and defendant made the subject of a suspended sentence order.

Hull Crown Court R -v- Hood, Wareham and Logan (2015) Prosecution of three defendants accused of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against a soldier after a night out.  Claims of self defence rejected by jury and all three defendants sentenced to immediate custody.

Grimsby Crown Court R -v- Calpin (2014) Representation of a young defendant of good character accused of historical sexual assaults against his younger sister.  Defendant acquitted after a trial involving evidence from family members including evidence from the complainant via a live video link. 

Leeds Crown Court R -v- Stroud (2014) Prosecution of a defendant accused of stabbing a woman she discovered in bed with her ex-boyfriend.  The defendant was convicted of wounding after a trial.

Derby Crown Court R -v- Brown (2014) Representation of a defendant with mental health difficulties accused of abducting a number of young children.  Demonstrated to jury’s satisfaction that whilst the defendant had committed the act he was accused of he was ‘insane’ according to the ‘McNaghten Rules’ at the time.

Leeds Crown Court R -v- Tebbutt (2014) Representation of a defendant of good character accused of racially aggravated harassment against an employee.  Defendant acquitted by the jury after a four day trial. 

Leeds Crown Court R -v- G (2013) Representation of a young and vulnerable defendant accused of robbery.  Demonstrated at an initial hearing that defendant was unfit to plead due to severe learning difficulties.  Demonstrated at a further hearing before the jury that defendant had not committed the act he was accused of in any event.

Derby Crown Court R -v- Shaw (2013) Representation of a defendant accused of a number of drug supply offences.  Matter resolved without trial and resulted in a non-custodial sentence.

Northallerton Magistrates’ Court R -v- A (2012) Prosecution of a youth defendant accused of sexual assault.  Defendant convicted after trial involving evidence from several young witnesses via a live video link.

Scunthorpe Magistrates’ Court R -v- Wilson (2011) Representation of an elderly defendant pleading guilty to death by careless driving. Successfully argued against committal of the case to the crown court and secured a community based sentence.

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