Since qualifying as a solicitor in 2018, Grace has specialised in criminal defence work, conducting advocacy in the Magistrates’ Court, litigation at the Crown Court and protecting her clients’ interests during interviews with the police.
Grace understands that every single contact a person has with the criminal justice system is significant. Whatever the charges concerned, she takes the time to understand clients’ needs and circumstances, forensically examine the evidence, and energetically fight for the best possible outcome.
Grace has a particular interest in cases involving police misconduct and regularly challenges how evidence has been (or has failed to be) gathered. She has extensive knowledge of police powers in the arrest and detention of suspects and has given training on this topic to other professionals. In addition, Grace is focused on how some police forces employ anti-social behaviour legislation (such as Criminal Behaviour Orders and Community Protection Notices).
Grace’s notable recent cases include:
R v C (2019)
Securing a not guilty verdict for a youth following a successful argument that his comments in interview should be excluded because they were made in response to misleading information
R v U (2019)
Singled out in a Legal Aid Agency peer review for the extensive efforts on a complex case involving a mentally-vulnerable client
Grace graduated from the University of St Andrews with first class honours in English Literature and Spanish. Whilst studying law she interned at two criminal appeal charities. She went on to work as an immigration law paralegal at Birnberg Peirce, before training in criminal law at Edward Fail, Bradshaw and Waterson. Outside of her day-to-day practice, Grace has delivered online CPD-certified lectures on updates in the criminal law and campaigns on issues affecting access to justice.