Gemma has been practising in general crime across the Western Circuit since graduating from university in 2007. She worked for the Crown Prosecution Service in-house, where she successfully completed pupillage. She left the CPS in 2013 to come to the independent bar, where she has continued to prosecute for the CPS, HMRC, DWP, and the probation service as well as successfully developing a defence practice.
Before joining the CPS Gemma worked for a Local Authority in child protection and as such has a particularly good rapport with young and vulnerable people, something which she uses to ensure witnesses give their best evidence and to make them feel as comfortable as possible with the court process.
Gemma’s experience working for the CPS has provided her with a deep understanding of criminal procedure and her practice encompasses the full range of offences including drugs matters, fraud and money laundering, serious violence and public order. She has prosecuted and defended in sexual offences and is keen to develop this area further. Her practice is predominantly in the Crown Court and has particular emphasis on domestic violence and cases with young or vulnerable witnesses.
Gemma has experience of dealing with complex disclosure issues and Public Interest Immunity and is regularly instructed in cases involving Confiscation under the Proceeds of Crime Act. She has experience representing the police in civil proceedings in applications for Sexual Harm Prevention Orders and Sexual Risk Orders; she has trained ACPO on Domestic Violence Protection Orders.
Gemma White is a Grade 2 prosecutor.
Recent Cases of Note:
R v S  Swindon Crown Court: Defence Counsel in serious assault where Defendant was prosecuted twice for the same violent behaviour. Case raised issues of abuse of process, autrefois convict and judicial review.
R v E  Dorchester Crown Court: Defence Counsel in aggravated burglary that raised serious duress issues.
R v W, C, R  Bournemouth Crown Court: Prosecution Counsel in multi-handed cross county Class A drug Supply case where significant custodial sentence handed down.
R v G  Salisbury Crown Court: Defence counsel- secured acquittal where the evidence of identification came from the victim who was severely disabled and had a mental age of a 4 year old; required extremely careful cross examination.
R v H  Newport (IOW) Crown Court: prosecuting counsel in case of obstructing a coroner/ perverting the course of justice and drugs supply where the Defendant had dumped and abandoned the body of his friend on the street following an overdose.
R v W, S, M  Southampton Crown Court: Prosecuting Counsel in multi-handed robbery of a victim who suffered from Asperger’s and who had been robbed/ beaten up whilst fleeing the scene of another robbery.
R v P  Portsmouth Crown Court: Prosecuting Counsel in Sexual Assault where the complainant had learning difficulties and significant vulnerabilities.