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.
Gemma has significant experience prosecuting and defending trading standards cases. Gemma enjoys the variety that comes with niche criminal matters and accepts instructions across all areas of regulatory offences. Her meticulous and analytical approach provides a solid foundation for dealing with all regulatory matters. Her particular areas of expertise include:
• Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations;
• Planning Prosecutions including Environmental, Town and Country Planning and Housing Act offences;
• Animal Welfare;
• Health and Safety;
• Food Hygiene.
Recent Cases of Note:
R (Hampshire County Council) v Connors  Southampton Crown Court: Prosecution Counsel in ‘rogue trader’ ‘dodgy driveways’ case involving defendant targeting vulnerable consumer’s at their home addresses. Multiple offences of fraud and breach of consumer protection regulations on the indictment.
R (Wiltshire County Council) v Ward  Swindon Crown Court: Defence Counsel in ‘rouge trader’ ‘dodgy driveways’ case where the Defendant faced an indictment alleging fraud and breach of consumer protection regulations- Defendant pleaded guilty to lesser offences upon advice and received a sentence that did not involve immediate imprisonment.
R (Crawley Borough Council) v Wiltshire & Rowe  Chichester Crown Court: Prosecution Counsel in breach of Tree Preservation Order prosecution, where numerous large trees were cut down by the owner’s and planning agents so as to facilitate large scale housing development.
R v Dixey, Future Homes Energy Ltd and Nationwide Renewables Ltd  Lewes Crown Court: Prosecution counsel in a nationwide fraud involving 100+ consumers, many of which were vulnerable. The case involved linked investigations between the police and the Trading Standards department, with 3 indictments spanning 30 counts of fraud and breach of consumer protection regulations and a Confiscation figure of three quarters of a million pound.
R (Portsmouth City Council) v R  Portsmouth Crown Court: Prosecuting Counsel in prosecution of unlicensed tattoo artist for tattooing a 13 year old; convicted of Assault occasioning Actual Bodily harm and sentenced to a suspended sentence; the case was widely reported in the press locally, nationally in the Mirror nationally and internationally in the New York Daily News.
Gemma is passionate about sport and has begun to develop her practice in this niche area. She is currently completing an LLM in Sports Law and Practice at De Montfort University and is a member of the British Association of Sport and the Law.
She has particular experience in disciplinary matters and has advised governing bodies; she advises a local FA on diverse Equality Act matters, including ethics, safeguarding and transgender policy. She has experience of anti-doping and has appeared before the UK national anti doping Tribunal; she acted on behalf of an athlete in the first anti-doping case under the revised 2015 Code.
Gemma is keen to continue to develop her practice in all areas of sports law and accepts instructions across the board in regulatory and commercial cases.