Vanessa joined Chambers in October 2015 following successful completion of her pupillage and accepts instructions in crime, civil and family law.
Vanessa regularly appears in the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts and is frequently instructed by both the prosecution and defence. Since joining Chambers Vanessa has gained extensive experience of trial advocacy and is well versed in dealing with a variety of procedural applications, including for bail and disclosure, amongst others.
Vanessa is experienced in a wide range of motoring offences, including drink driving, offences involving failure to provide a specimen of breath or blood, failure to provide driver details (s172 offences) and driving without insurance, amongst others. Vanessa also has experience of making exceptional hardship applications and dealing with ‘special reasons’ cases.
Vanessa has excellent client care skills and prides herself on giving clear, practical and realistic advice to clients on the evidence against them and the defences available, as well as options for minimising penalty points and driving bans.
Vanessa accepts instructions in all areas of civil law and is regularly instructed to represent clients in the County Court at both interim and final hearings. Vanessa has particular experience in personal injury cases and has represented claimants and defendants in a variety of Road Traffic disputes both at trials and where only the value of the claim is disputed.
Since joining Chambers Vanessa has gained experience in private law acting for both applicants and respondents. Vanessa has dealt with a variety of applications for Child Arrangements Orders, Specific Issues Orders and Prohibited Steps Orders. Vanessa has particular experience in cases involving allegations of abuse and domestic violence between partners and against children and is able to advise parents on the procedural steps to be taken in such cases.
Family and Children