Bethan was called to the Bar in 2007 and is a specialist criminal defence practitioner. She has built particular expertise in representing young people and those with mental health difficulties. Her motivation to specialise in these fields stems from a passionate dedication to assist the more vulnerable of society with access to the justice system. In addition, she has built up experience in the extradition courts and POCA proceedings. She is currently engaged in assisting the Serious Fraud Office in the preparation of large scale fraud cases.
Bethan has received particular praise for her skilled advocacy, thorough case preparation and commitment to her client.
Bethan is a member of Amnesty International, the Criminal Barristers’ Association and Liberty, where she also volunteers, assisting the public with enquires about human rights violations and public law issues.
R v S (2014) (Southwark Crown Court) – following lengthy legal argument, the Crown offered no evidence in a case of high value gang robbery.
R v F (2014) (Basildon Crown Court) – highly publicised case involving a series of extremely high value domestic burglaries
R v M (2013) (Sheffield Crown Court) – instructed junior in a conspiracy to import class A drugs trial. Client was the only defendant acquitted.
R v W (2013) (Wood Green Crown Court) – successful appeal against sentence where the defendant was a 14 year old convicted of aggravated burglary.
R v R (2013) (Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court) – defended a teacher acquitted after trial for alleged assaults against pupils. Involved cross examination of a number of six year old children in accordance with the Court of Appeal guidance on questioning young and vulnerable witnesses.
R v G (2013) (Chelmsford Crown Court) – acquitted after trial for sexual assault
R v C (2013) (Camberwell Youth Court) – successfullly defended in a knifepoint robbery trial. Involved extensive examination of a facial mapping expert.
R v P (2013) (Guildford Crown Court) – acquitted after trial of possesion of a mobile phone found in the defendants cell.
R v O (2012) (Bromley Youth Court) – successfully defended in a multi-handed affray trial.
R v M (2012) (Blackfriars Crown Court) – defendant received a suspended sentence for s. 20 Wounding.
R v A (2012) (Lewes Crown Court) – successfully resisted a bad character application by the Crown. Defendant received a suspended sentence for Possession with Intent to Supply.
R v M (2011) (Harrow Crown Court) – Going equipped. Crown offered no evidence following successful argument on the day of trial.
R v S (2011) (Isleworth Crown Court) – successfully appealed against the imposition of a football banning order.
ICI v P (2011) (Romford Magistrates’ Court) – defended in one of the first prosecutions brought by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
R v J (2010) (Hertford Youth Court) – following several legal arguments, defendant acquitted of Actual Bodily Harm.