"Thank you so much for your robust and skilful defence of our son. Your grasp of the facts and knowledge of the case was first class. Your approach was so well measured, and pitched just right. We were lucky to have you."
[ from the Family of the defendant ] - [ R v E, Bournemouth Crown Court, 6th May 2016 ]
Miss Archer has built up a strong practice encompassing all aspects of Criminal Law. She is regularly instructed in cases involving a wide spectrum of offences. Her practice encompasses representing persons accused of offences of particular complexity and seriousness. Her practice has also provided her with a wealth of experience in dealing with persons whom are deemed to be particularly vulnerable, mentally incapacitated or very young.
Miss Archer has been involved in a number of cases that have attracted national press interest. Miss Archer’s first case to be reported nationally was when she was eight months into her practice. This case was reported on the front page of the, then, Sun newspaper. The Sun reported on the exceptionally lenient sentence Miss Archer’s client had received, and criticised the leniency that was shown to her client by the Court. Since then, many of Miss Archer’s cases have been nationally reported. One of her recent cases, which resulted in her client being acquitted after a two month trial, is in the process of being made into a film.
Miss Archer develops a good working rapport with her clients. She is repeatedly instructed by those she has previously represented, and by her regular instructing solicitors. Miss Archer often receives letters and cards of thanks from those she defends. A card from a nurse, whom she recently defended, reads : ‘thank you for your support and hard work on my case, and for believing in me. You are brilliant at what you do’ : R v B, Southampton Crown Court, October 2015 : Not guilty verdicts.
Miss Archer also prosecutes, and has recently solely prosecuted a drugs importation trial heard at Portsmouth Crown Court. This trial resulted in guilty verdicts, and has moved onto confiscation proceedings.
In a recent case successfully prosecuted by Miss Archer, the officer in the investigation wrote to the CPS stating:
‘This e-mail is a request to pass on my thanks and that of the other officers who attended Swindon Crown Court on the 17th/18th November 2015 in the trial of R v W. Miss Archer, who prosecuted, was the epitome of professionalism and there is no doubt, through her endeavours the right result was achieved. It was a pleasure working with her’. Brian Dibble, Crime Investigator, Wiltshire.
Some examples of cases, and case features, of Miss Archer’s practice to date :
Pending cases of note (2016)
- Defending in a multi-defendant aggravated burglary trial this spring.
- Defending, this summer, in a multi-defendant trial involving offences of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
- Defending a police officer accused of offences resulting in professional malpractice.
- Defending , this summer, in a case involving serious drug offences where the trial will be held in camera.
Recently concluded cases
- Defended a male in his late 70’s accused of historic sexual offences : Client found Not Guilty on all counts on the indictment.
- Defended a male found to be mentally unfit to partake in this trial. Defendant found not to have done the act, and thus not guilty, following Miss Archer cross examining three civilian witnesses. R v E, Southampton Crown Court (August 2015).
- Reported in the national papers : Defended a female accused of a vicious offence of glassing a male. Her client had seventeen previous convictions for violence towards others. She received a suspended sentence order. Achieving a suspended sentence for her client was a great accomplishment in view of the circumstances of this case, and the defendant’s background. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2722845/Estate-agent-21-glassed-stranger-night-spared-jail-despite-18th-conviction-assault.html [ R v T 2015 ]
- Successfully defended an army sergeant accused of affray and assault upon two soldiers. His not guilty verdict was reported in a number of national newspapers. For example, see: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3000891/Afghanistan-veteran-attacked-two-soldiers-including-woman-thought-heard-one-call-wife-fat.html?ito=email_share_mobile-top [ R v K 2015 ]
- Successfully defendant a school teacher, from a well known private school, accused of sexual offences. Reported nationally : R v E (2015).
- Defended a police officer accused of severe harassment on an ex-partner, and data protection offences. On the BBC national news and within the national papers : www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-32963254 [ R v S 2015]
- Successfully defended in a heavily reported kidnap trial, where part of Miss Archer’s cross examination of the main complainant was reported in the press: R v Charlotte Devaney and others, 2014 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/lapdancers-and-their-manager-charlotte-devaney-cleared-of-kidnap-9100234.html & http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3000891/Afghanistan-veteran-attacked-two-soldiers-including-woman-thought-heard-one-call-wife-fat.html?ito=email_share_mobile-top
- Instructed in a nationally reported case to defend a male charged with possession of a firearm, and grievous bodily harm with intent. Following preparatory advice from Miss Archer in relation to the defendant’s mental health at the time of the offences, experts were instructed, and the defendant was found to be insane at the time of the offences by two psychiatrists. Insanity was therefore a live issue in this trial [ R v K 2015 ]http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3202403/wealthy-buisnessman-shot-sex-worker-broke-relationship-paid-6-000-D-cup-breast-enlargement.html?ito=email_share_mobile-top & http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11810532/Former-parish-councillor-shot-sex-worker-after-paying-for-breast-enlargement-operation.html
Court martial work
Miss Archer has appeared at both Colchester and Bulford Court Martial Centres.
- In the past year Miss Archer has defended in three Court Martial trials, and in every one her client has been found not guilty by the panel : R v Sgt K (April 2015), R v Captain G (March 2015), and R v Captain C (2014).
Some of Miss Archer’s previous cases.
R v L (2014) : Solely instructed to defend a director of a company charged with corporate manslaughter. Prosecuted by very senior counsel.
R v O (2013) : Sole counsel defending in a three month conspiracy to steal trial.
R v C (October 2011) : Armed robbery. Solely defending a 13 year old. Defendant found not guilty.
R v A (June 2011): Prosecuting a defendant for historic sex offences. Defendant represented by Queens Counsel.
R v H Others (December 2010): Solely defending a male accused of offences of false imprisonment, wounding with intent, and threats to kill. Following a 6 week trial, the defendant was acquitted of all charges by the Jury.
Court of Appeal cases
Miss Archer has also appeared on a number of occasions as sole counsel in the Court of Appeal.
R v Omar Blake (2010) EWCA Crim 2821. For appellant. Supply of class B drugs. Appeal against sentence allowed.
R v Pickett (2010) EWCA Crim 2757. For appellant. Consideration of manifestly excessive consecutive sentences in a young defendant’s case. Appeal allowed.
R v Conway (2008) EWCA Crim 845. For appellant. Consideration of compensation orders. Appeal allowed.
R v Donald Cooper (2008) EWCA Crim 1215. For appellant. Supply class A drugs. Appeal dismissed.
R v O (2009) – Armed robbery. 15 year old appellant. Appeal dismissed.
R v Jason Ralph and Others (Junior defence counsel) – Led by Matthew Jewell. For the applicant. The Court quashed the applicant’s conviction.
R-v-Jobarteh and Others: Junior prosecution counsel. Violent disorder - Operation Montego. Led by Maria Lamb. Violent disorder. Ten defendants, nine of whom were youths. Southampton Crown Court.
R-v-Howard: Junior prosecution counsel. Complex historic sex abuse case, where the offences dated back to 1962. Led by Robert Bryan. Winchester Crown Court.
R v Ralph and Others: Junior defence counsel. Led by Matthew Jewell. Conspiracy to handle stolen goods - high value plant equipment. Conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal.
Miss Archer was invited by HHJ Burrell QC to act as one of the barristers in a Judges Training DVD which deals with issues that could arise within a trial.
Miss Archer is a qualified advocacy trainer. She is also the mini pupillage co-ordinator for Winchester.
Miss Archer is a grade 3 prosecutor.
Miss Archer is accredited by the Bar Standards Board to act directly on behalf of individuals and organisations under the Public Access Scheme.