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Jennifer Grehan

Jennifer Grehan

Core Practice Area: Family, Crime, Civil
Call: 2016 
Inn: Middle Temple
Education: BA (Hons) Geography, Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), Bar Professional Training Course, Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (Level One)

In October 2019, Jennifer completed a common law pupillage at Walnut House undertaking work in all areas of crime, family and civil law.

During pupillage Jennifer undertook work as a CPS agent where she prosecuted in magistrates’ courts across the South West. Jennifer’s advocacy as an agent includes conducting trials, sentences, and case management hearings. 

Jennifer regularly receives instructions for the defence in magistrates’ court trials and has experience of taking instructions from defendants and liaising with the CPS in order to establish if a case may resolve without the need for a trial. Jennifer has prosecuted cases that have involved domestic violence, vulnerable witnesses, child complainants and sexual assaults. 

Jennifer has a particularly good relationship with Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA) in Devon, who continue to praise her work with vulnerable witnesses during trials. She has also appeared in the Crown Court for committals for sentence, breach hearings, pre-trial reviews, and appeals against sentence and convictions. 

In addition to criminal work, Jennifer has also taken instructions in civil and family law where she was appointed on a public and private basis and has been complimented for her sensitive yet pragmatic manner. 

Jennifer’s civil advocacy experience includes applications on behalf of claimants and defendants, trials (including those involving litigants in person), and case management hearings. She has represented many corporations involved in civil actions and understands the importance of continuous liaising with solicitors to ensure instructions remain in line with corporate policies. 

Prior to Pupillage;

Between 2015 – 2017 Jennifer worked as a Lead Investigator on the Hillsborough Investigation, the biggest criminal investigation in European history, where she was responsible for interviewing senior police officers and officials under caution, liaising with the families of the deceased and producing the evidential files for the 2018/2019 prosecutions. It was during this investigation that Jennifer developed a strong interest in criminal and public law including; health and safety law, inquests and actions against the police.

In November 2017 Jennifer was awarded a scholarship from Middle Temple to undertake an internship with the United Nations Office, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where she was tasked to review the rule of law and its effect on unaccompanied migrant children within the region.

Immediately prior to commencing pupillage, Jennifer worked as a prosecution lawyer for the Food Standards Agency. The role included reviewing files from the National Food Crime Unit to establish whether the criminal threshold had been reached in relation to the regulatory breaches, as well as reviewing criminal hygiene regulation breaches in slaughterhouses and cutting plants across the UK. Jennifer has also assisted DEFRA with welfare offences.

In addition to the above roles; Jennifer has appeared in County Courts across the UK in civil matters including personal injury, fraud (including LVI and phantom passenger claims) and industrial disease.