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Joanna-Martin

Joanna Martin QC

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Core Practice Area: Crime
Call:
2005 (Solicitor: 1996) QC: 2018
Inn:
Middle Temple
Education:
  BA Hons English Literature; LLB - Law
Appointments:
   Recorder Jan 2016. 
Memberships:
   Criminal Bar Association, Western Circuit, Western Circuit Women’s Forum

Jo is licensed to accept work under the Public access scheme

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

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

Jo was called to the Bar in 2005 having previously qualified as a solicitor in 1996. Prior to moving to Devon she worked for both the Crown Prosecution Service and the Serious Fraud Office in London and then became a Higher Court advocate, before joining Devon Chambers.

Since transferring to the Bar, Jo has developed a heavy weight practice both prosecuting and defending in all areas of Criminal Law.

As a Category 4 prosecutor and rape specialist, Jo was regularly instructed to prosecute cases of large and complex fraud, historic child abuse and rape and causing death by dangerous/careless driving. As a prosecutor, Jo has a particular specialism in child cruelty cases, particularly those involving significant medical issues and linked family proceedings. Jo was, prior to taking Silk, on the Specialist Regulatory Panel List B, prosecuting on behalf of both the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive.

Jo's defence practice mirrors that of her prosecution work. She is routinely instructed in large fraud, money laundering and trading standard cases, and the associated confiscation hearings as well as rapes and historic sex abuse cases. She is particularly known for the care with which she handles vulnerable and young defendants.

Jo is credited by those who instruct her for the care she takes in preparation, the confidence she instils in clients - whether the defendant or the police - and her jury friendly manner in court.

Jo is a founder member of the Western Circuit Women's Forum and a mentor of junior women barristers.

Jo is a trainer on the Western Circuit pupillage course and has also trained police officers, CPS and Local Authorities on confiscation and money laundering.

Notable or reported cases

 

Reported Cases

Supreme Court

R-v-Harvey (Jack Frederick) Supreme Court [2015] UKSC 73; Court of Appeal: [2013] EWCA Crim 1104 (defending from the Crown Court to the Supreme Court). The point ultimately dealt with by the Supreme Court was whether VAT that had been paid to or accounted for to HMRC should be included (as the Crown contended) in the gross turnover figure of a company when assessing the level of confiscation to be paid. The Supreme Court held (in favour of the defence) that the VAT should be excluded.

Court of Appeal

R-v-Elliot Allen [2017] EWCA Crim 458 - successful appeal against sentence passed on a young driver who had pleaded guilty to death by dangerous driving. The sentence was reduced significantly from 2 years 6 months to 12 months.

R-v-Michael Wilkes [2017] EWCA Crim 577 - successful defence against appeal by the Attorney General that the sentence of 6 years and 8 months for an elderly defendant who had pleaded guilty to attempted murder was unduly lenient.

R-v-Worth [2014] EWCA Crim 435 - successful appeal against sentence in relation to money laundering. The judge had erroneously sentenced on the basis of a total amount greater that the amount on the indictment.

R-v-C (Sandy) [2013] EWCA Crim 1815 - appeal against the sentence imposed in relation to a historic sex abuse and in particular whether the court should take into account other sentences that post dated the offending. Appeal dismissed.

AG's Reference no 125 of 2010 (R-v-Draper) [2011] EWCA 640 - defence of appeal byt the Attorney General to increase the sentence of a young man who had pleaded guilty to manslaughter of his 4 month old baby. The Court increased the sentence from 3 years 6 months to 5 years.

R-v-Burridge [2010] EWCA Crim 2847 - prosecution junior in response to 4 day appeal against conviction. The defendant had been convicted of murder of his baby who had the classic triad of injuries and rib fractures of different ages. The issue on appeal revolved around 'fresh evidence' relating to the age of the rib fractures. The court ultimately concluded that the conviction for murder was unsafe (and submitted a conviction for manslaughter)

Recent Notable Cases

Prosecution

Fraud

R-v-Matthews (2018) - Truro Crown Court - large DWP fraud with loss to the public purse of some £1.5 million. D constantly changed names, addresses and gave false details about disabilities over an 18 year period to make false applications in his own name and in the names of other people. The defendant pleaded guilty shortly before trial. Sentence pending.

R-v-Mehta and others (Operation Fardel) (2017) - Harrow Crown Court - leading junior (with Julia Cox) Instructed by CPS South West Complex Casework unit - prosecuting 6 defendants for laundering in the region of £2 million through 'harvested' bank accounts and through the Post Office. The underlying crime was 'phishing fraud': fraudsters got victims to transfer their savings by pretending they were calling from the bank. All 6 defendants pleaded guilty after the case was fully opened to the jury. The sentences imposed ranged from 6 years imprisonment to 12 months suspended. Confiscation pending.

R-v-Marshall and Rafiq (2017) - Truro Crown Court - nationwide mortgage fraud. Indictment stayed following issues with disclosure of computer evidence.

R-v-Slater and others (2016) - Truro Crown Court - 6 handed high value 'boiler room' fraud involving the sale of 'rare earth metals' to victims. The REM's, like other so called 'investment opportunities' such as carbon credits, were worthless. The main defendant pleaded guilty, and the financier was found guilty after trial. The victims were all financially compensated following confiscation proceedings.

R-v-Hartley and others (2015) - Bristol Crown Court - led junior in company invoice fraud and money laundering trial lasting 4 weeks. Main defendant, who had created false invoices to remove money from his company, pleaded guilty and gave evidence against the other two defendants. The jury hung on both original trial and re-trial

 

Regulatory Offences

 HSE-v-South West Highways (2017) - Exeter Crown Court - prosecution of company for health and safety breaches following death of a worker whilst fixing potholes in a dual carriageway. Company pleased guilty and fines

 HSE-v-MJL (2017) - Truro Crown Court - prosecution following serious injury of worker after dumper truck overturned on building site.

R-v-Buckland and others (2014) - Truro Crown Court - leading junior (with Judith Constable) - instructed by the Environment Agency to prosecute 10 defendants for waste and water discharge offences. Some pleaded guilty prior to trial, others pleaded guilty following opening and view.

Child Cruelty

R-v-Jones (2016) - Plymouth Crown Court - mother had poisoned her child with tramadol. Involved complex medical issues regarding poisoning and breast feeding. Pleaded guilty shortly before trial.

R-v-Thompson (2014) - Plymouth Crown Court - mother had cut her baby's feet with a razor blade. Guilty after trial

Sexual Offences

R-v-D (2016) - Truro Crown Court - former communications officer of the Bishop of Truro for historic sexual abuse. Convicted after trial.

Violence

R-v-Fourie (2017) - Plymouth Crown Court - attacked husband's new partner by pouring boiling water ver her. Issues of intent and the ability to form intent. Convicted after trial.

R-v-Miller and Keighron (2017) - Bristol Crown Court - attempted murder/s18 of two victims with weapons. Defendants claimed acting in self defence. Convicted after trial.

Death by Dangerous Driving

R-v-Smith (2017) - drove mini too fast in Cornish lanes on Boxing Day and killed female passenger in head on collision with another car.

Defence

Fraud

R-v-Lautier (2016) - Truro Crown Court - prosecuted for mortgage and expenses fraud. Judge stopped the case at half time, following legal submissions.

R-v-Pearce (2015) - Truro Crown Court - leading junior (leading Sarah Vince) in 10 week HMRC fraud trial with over 40,000 pages of evidence. The accountant defendant had submitted returns for clients to HMRC which were false. Convicted after trial.

R-v-Doolan (2015) - Taunton Crown Court - prosecution of former police officer for fraud. Judge stopped the case at half time following legal submissions.

Murder/Manslaughter

R-v-Burgess (2017) - Exeter Crown Court - led by Kate Brunner QC. Defendant had put a potato into the gas flue of his neighbour. Crown accepted plea to unlawful act manslaughter. Defendant received 2 years 8 months which was not overturned on appeal.

R-v-Durkin (2014) - Bristol Crown Court - led by Richard Smith QC. Defendant charged with manslaughter following hte death of his partner's child. Defendant acquitted after trial.

Regulatory

R-v-Dalziel (2016) - Truro Crown Court - HR director prosecuted for neglect of elderly patients.

R-v-Marshall (2016) - Truro Crown Court - scaffolder prosecuted following death of fellow workman for breaches of Health and Safety regulations. Plead guilty after Goodyear indication.

Sex

R-v-S (2017) - Woolwich Crown Court - historic sex abuse on step daughter and rape of ex partner. Jury acquitted defendant of rape and hung on child sex abuse. Second jury convicted of child sex abuse.

R-v-M (2017) - Truro Crown Court - allegations of touching step child. Racial overtones during tiral. Defendant acquitted.

R-v-L (2017) - Truro Crown Court - child abuse from over 30 years before. Allegations had been raised before and not prosecuted. Defendant acquitted after trial.

R-v-F (2017) - Plymouth Crown Court - Royal Marine acquitted of rape of partner.

R-v-K (2013) - Truro Crown Court - leading junior (leading Julia Cox) - historic child abuse, prosecuted as a Satanic sex ring. Defendant convicted after trial.

Child Cruelty

R-v-Warren (2017) - child cruelty case in which defendant was one ot two possible suspects for injuries to child. Defendant acquitted after trial.

Drugs

R-v-Elkin (2017) - Defendant pleaded guilty to conspiracy to grow cannabis. Sentenced to suspended sentence order and confiscation agreed.