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Joanna Martin

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Core Practice Area: Crime
2005 (Solicitor: 1996)
Middle Temple
  BA Hons English Literature; LLB - Law
  Category 4 Prosecutor; Specialist Regulatory Advocates Panel List B; Recorder Jan 2016. 
   Criminal Bar Association

"She is extremely conscientious, amenable and able" Legal 500 2017 Leading Juniors

"Recommended for serious fraud cases" (Legal 500 2016)

Jo qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and worked for the Crown Prosecution Service and the Serious Fraud Office in London before moving to Devon in 2003. After a further period with the CPS in Plymouth as a Higher Court Advocate, Jo transfered to the Bar in 2005.

Since transfering to the Bar, Jo has developed a heavy weight practice prosecuting and defending in all areas of Criminal Law including cases involving death by dangerous driving, rape and murder.  Jo specialises in fraud and confiscation work and in cases involving non-accidental injury in babies.  Jo prosecutes regularly on behalf of the DWP and has been instructed by HSE, DTI and local councils in relation to regulatory crime.

Notable or reported cases

Notable Cases (Recent)

R-v-H, H and H - prosecution led junior in 5 week company invoice fraud trial

R-v-SP - defence leading junior in 10 week fraud trial. Largest HMRC case in Cornwall valued at over £1 million. Over 40,000 pages of evidence.

R-v-OS, AG, AD and others - prosecution of high value 'boiler room' fraud and subsequent confiscation proceedings.

Regulatory work and other work

R-v-SB and others - leading junior prosecuting for the Environment Agency against 10 defendants for waste and other regulatory offences and complex confiscation proceedings following conviction of 7 defendants.

R-v-EA - led junior in prosecution of practising but unqualifed solicitor

R-v-AD - defence of manager at care home for wilful neglect. Case dismissed on submission of no case to answer.

Sexual offences

R-v-JK - defence leading junior in high profile historic paedophile trial

Non accidental head injury/Cruelty cases

R-v-MB - prosecution led junior - non accidental head injury (baby shaking) murder.

R-v-TD - defence led junior - non accidental head injury (baby shaking) manslaughter. Defendant acquitted.

R-v-RT - prosecution of mother accused of cutting heels of baby.

Driving cases

R-v-KK - prosecution - causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Reported Cases

R-v-Burridge 2011 CLR 251 (prosecution junior in "baby shaking" case)

A-G's Reference No 125 of 2010 (R-v-Draper) 2011 Archbold Review 4 CA (defence junior in "baby shaking" case)

R-v-Worth (Trevor) [2014] EWCA Crim 435 - appeal v sentence allowed (sentence for money laundering to be based on indictment amount only)

R-v-Harvey (Jack Frederick) Supreme court [2015] UKSC 73; Court of Appeal [2013] EWCA Crim 1104; [2014] 1 W.L.R. 124 (complex appeal relating to confiscation). Leave granted for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court in relation to whether VAT should be included in the turnover figure of a company when assessing the benefit figure. Supreme Court allow the appeal. 

Other Interests

Walking, swimming in rivers and gardening.