Jane Rowley

Jane Rowley

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With over 25 years of experience, Jane regularly appears in some of the most complex and serious cases before the Criminal Courts. Her main area of expertise is in the field of Serious Sexual Offences. She has also has considerable experience of dealing with cases involving the vulnerable, such as young children, and also those suffering from disability or mental health issues.

She has extensive experience of dealing with witnesses who require special measures, such as intermediaries, and also of dealing with cases involving complex forensic issues.

She is recognised as a Senior Junior within the Criminal Justice System. Her seniority at the Criminal Bar is enhanced by her Professional and Judicial Appointments which require great responsibility and sound judgment.

Between 1998-2000, Jane acted as Crown Counsel for the Attorney General(Cayman Island's Government). This post involved liaison with foreign governments and law enforcement agencies as well as advising and presenting cases on the Government's behalf, including  Murder, Gross Negligence Manslaughter, Death by Driving, numerous Serious Sexual Assault and Health and Safety cases often involving death.

Jane is qualified to accept Direct Access work.

Recent/Reported Cases

R v Iqbal and others (Operation Doublet/ Rochdale Child Abuse Cases) Manchester Crown Court 2016
Between September-December 2016 at Manchester Crown Court, she successfully defended a man charged with rape, in a multi-handed trial involving numerous complainants and allegations that Asian males had sexually abused and assaulted underage girls.

R v Hedger [2016] Oxford Crown Court/Court of Appeal
Defending in a trial involving historical allegations of rape and sexual abuse by a 74 year old defendant upon his sisters from the 1960's.

R v Reading [2016] Reading Crown Court
Prosecuting Counsel in a drug importation case through Heathrow Airport for the Serious Organised Crime Agency

R v Bourne and others (Operation Cowling) [2015]
Lead Prosecuting Counsel for the Serious Organised Crime Unit in an 8 handed major drugs conspiracy trial which involved a joint investigation between the Hampshire and Lancashire police forces and a drugs haul seizure of 1.7 million pounds, convictions and significant prison terms for those involved.

R v Haldane [2014-15] Kingston Crown Court
Defence Lead Counsel in an Attempt Murder trial, involving complex forensic and psychiatric/fitness to plead issues.

R v Anteo and Gonsalves [2014] Swindon Crown Court
Prosecuted 2 men accused of the rape and sexual assault of 2 underage girls following extensive sexual grooming.

R v Tough [2013] Cardiff Crown Court
Defended a man with significantly limited intellectual functioning accused of rape and sexual assault in a secure accommodation unit. The case involved issues as to fitness to plead and the Defence were assisted by the use of an intermediary.

R v Wollen [2013] Bristol Crown Court
Defended in a case involving allegations of serious sexual assaults including rape against a step child. An important aspect of the case was the understanding and interpretation of expert medical evidence on sexually transmitted disease.

HSE v Calsonic [2011/2] Swansea Crown Court
Prosecuting Counsel for the Health and Safety Executive, in a 'death at work' case at a Factory.

R v H [2006] Court of Appeal
The case laid down guideline protocols and procedures and special measures to be considered for young witnesses and defendants in sexual assault trials.

R v Leatherland and Pritchard [2006] High Court (Administrative Division)
Guideline decision of the High Court identifying the duties of the prosecution to preserve evidence


In her spare time Jane enjoys all sports including skiing, cycling, running and hockey which she has played at European Championship and World Cup Level.

French Language and culture, World Cinema/Music  and Travel

Solicitor/Client Testimonials

She has excellent "team" working relationships with those who instruct her (see below testimonials), and good client empathy and understanding.

“I have known Jane professionally for over 20 years and can only speak in the highest terms as to her abilities, personality and commitment....In all the cases that she has handled for me, I was consistently impressed by her efforts and also by the ease with which she related to and communicated with clients, most of whom were disadvantaged and largely inarticulate. Her concern for their welfare, in the context of the outcome of the case, was obvious and this was something the clients were nearly always able to recognise”.

“Jane Rowley commands the respect and loyalty of all those who instruct her. Despite her onerous schedule she will ensure that a case receives her full attention from beginning to end. She adopts a tactful yet robust approach in relation to clients facing the most serious of offences, leaving no stone unturned in the preparation of their defence whilst advising appropriately throughout.

Jane is a fearless defence advocate in the most sensitive of circumstances and will valiantly continue to do battle for her client to the end regardless of the various difficulties that present themselves. In the face of an unprecedented and relentless corrosion of the Criminal Justice system, it is heartening that there remain a noble few like Jane Rowley who remain committed to providing a thoroughly professional service to those who need it.”

"Extremely approachable from a client’s perspective, builds good relations with clients hence repeat instructions and a strong following. Easily contactable and has always been flexible when arranging conferences with clients which have often taken place at our offices and even on weekends to fit in with clients commitments. Very thorough in both preparation and presentation. Regarded highly amongst her peers and in the profession generally. With Jane’s assistance we have achieved excellent results over the 18 years, which I have worked with her, and longer for the Practice generally. Extremely hard working and committed."

"I have instructed Jane Rowley on many occasions in relation to serious and highly sensitive sex offence cases involving young and vulnerable witnesses as well as challenging high-maintenance defendants. Jane is thorough in her preparation of such cases and diligent in her attention to detail. While listening carefully to the client`s instructions she is robust in giving advice which may be unwelcome. Jane is forthright in her dealings with her opponent and conducts her case in court with a direct and fearless attitude. It is always a pleasure to work with Jane as she engages in a team approach which is of great benefit to client relations."


May 9 2017:

Jane Rowley successfully defends in trial arising from Rochdale Child Abuse Enquiry ...read more

April 28 2016:

3PB Barrister Jane Rowley invokes ground breaking procedure before the General Pharmaceutical Council ...read more

January 2 2015:

Jane Rowley appointment as Recorder hearing Private Family Law cases ...read more

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Academic Qualifications

  • Cardiff University (University of Wales) LLB (Hons) 1986
  • BVC Inns of Court school of Law London
  • Called to the Bar Gray's Inn 1988

Professional Qualifications and Appointments

  • 1998-2000 Crown Counsel (Criminal) Attorney General's Chambers Cayman Islands Government
  • Legal Assessor to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2008-)
  • Legal Advisor Care Council for Wales (2006-2012)
  • Recorder (Crime) (2008-)
  • Recorder (Family Private Law) (2015-)

Professional Bodies

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • The Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Western Circuit