Kerry’s practice is predominantly in Asset Forfeiture and Proceeds of Crime. She gained experience in the commercial world before beginning her career at the Bar, upon completion of her Master’s Degree. Aside from her commercial experience, Kerry’s background in criminal and civil law makes her ideally suited to dealing with the complex and wide-ranging aspects of this area of practice. Kerry is regularly instructed to represent parties in all forums. She advises upon, and drafts proceedings in, all types of confiscation and enforcement applications under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, the Criminal Justice Act 1988 and the Drug Trafficking Act 1994. She has appeared many times for the police and HMRC in cash forfeiture matters and condemnation hearings.
Kerry has considerable experience as criminal counsel dealing with all types of serious crime, including large-scale VAT fraud and drugs importations. She continues to act as independent counsel advising on disclosure in complex and sensitive situations; and to represent HMRC in MTIC fraud proceedings before the VAT Tribunal.
Kerry seeks to advise clients not just on the legal solutions, but also to consider the commercial, practical and personal aspects of a case. Compliments from clients range from praise for her “superb drafting”, “attention to detail” and “outstanding advocacy”, through to kissing her on the cheek in (possibly drunken) gratitude!
Prior to coming to the Bar, Kerry had experience in the teaching and training environment. She has particular skill in acting as a Mediator, using her experience as a neutral facilitator and Accredited Mediator to help parties reach an agreed settlement. She has been particularly praised for her ability at encouraging parties and enabling them to think through problems and proposals. She is also a trained Mediation Advocate where she utilises her skills as an advocate to bring about the best solution for her client.
Regulatory and Planning
Kerry has acted for local authorities and private clients in regulatory matters and in related criminal prosecutions, appearing before various regulatory tribunals and in the criminal courts. She offers advice and representation in planning matters, having represented clients before the Magistrates Courts for breaches of planning law, as well as advising local authorities and private clients.