Barrister

Michele Stuart-Lofthouse

Year of call 2001

Crime

Practice Summary

Michele has experience at all levels including the Court of Appeal. Her experience includes both defence and prosecution work which she strives to maintain a balance between. Michele accepts instructions in Court Martial work and has undertaken private prosecution work on behalf of Local Authorities. She is known for her hardworking and professional approach.

Areas of Particular Experience

  • Serious sexual offences and violence 
  • Conspiracies involving large scale drug operations, violence and firearms 
  • Complex confiscation proceedings 
  • Court Martial matters

Michele has been involved in numerous cases involving vulnerable child witnesses and complainants and defendants with capacity issues. She also has experience in dealing with third part disclosure, public interest immunity and expert evidence involving many areas of forensic analysis.


Notable Cases

Conspiracy Offences

R-v- IB & others unknown - Acted for Prosecution on defendant charged with conspiracy to rob and having a firearm with intent involving numerous complainants.

R -v- TI and others - Acted for Prosecution on multi handed confiscation proceedings following a conviction for involvement in a large scale importation of Class A drugs. The case involved a substantial paper trail, cross examination of a forensic accountant and legal argument as to an implied trust in the ownership of property assets.

R -v- JH & others - Prosecution of defendants charged with possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply; defendants forming part of a larger scale operation complicated by involvement of a rival drug gang and a further potential defendant (later found and charged), complaining of being the subject of a serious allegation of assault at the hands of the rival group; his statement providing relevant information for the Crown and requiring a careful assessment of the hearsay provisions. Together with fingerprint analysis, the forensic mobile phone analysis and attribution were extensive and required detailed assessment in linking the defendants together.

Serious Sexual Offences

R-v- JC - Defendant charged with grooming, sexual activity and abduction of a young male child, the case involving substantial Facebook and mobile phone attribution and analysis as the defendant had used false accounts to pursue the child. Defendant convicted of the grooming and two counts of abducting the child.

R-v- FH & others - Successful legal argument achieving severance of defendant from an indictment alleging various sexual offences and arranging child prostitution.

R-v- SHR - Acted for defence on retrial in charges of various offences of rape, sexual assault, violence and intimidation of partner involving extensive forensic telephone analysis; text messages and Facebook and detailed cross examination of the complainant on evidence given in the original trial. Defendant acquitted.

Serious Violence Offences

R-v- LS Acted for defence in charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent involving a previous partner. Allegation involved strangulation and the use of boiling hot water being thrown over the complainant's leg; photographs of injury to the leg and initial 999 call to the police forming part of the evidence. Defendant had previous convictions for domestic violence and violence which were put before the jury. Defendant acquitted.

Court Martial Offences

(2017) British Forces Germany Military Court Centre, Sennelager - Soldier charged with rape and sexual offences.

(2013) British Forces Germany Military Court Centre, Sennelager - Multi-handed case. Soldier accused of  affray.

(2012) Catterick Court Martial Centre - Soldier charged with offences of being absent without leave.

(2010) Catterick Court Martial Centre - Soldier charged with numerous offences of making indecent photographs of a child.


Seminars

Michele has given talks to local Solicitors on various areas of criminal law, judged in local mooting competitions and is part of the Mentor programme for the University of Law in Leeds.

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