Year of call: 1985
Grace is a senior and well-respected criminal practitioner. Grace’s expertise in crime has been recognised by the Legal 500 2018 edition, where she is recommended as leading Junior in Band 3 “prosecuting rape and firearms cases.” This recommendation adds to her entry in the 2017 entry for being ‘a strong criminal barrister, who is positive in her approach.’
Grace has an outwardly gentle manner and is especially skilled at putting people at ease. She was born in Singapore and has links and contacts within the Chinese community.
From 1999 to 2006, Grace was regularly instructed in a number of high profile “Snakehead” cases, representing clients from China and particularly the Fujian province. In 1999 she represented an alleged Triad member charged with conspiracy to murder. That client was eventually acquitted.
In 2003 she represented a client in a murder and riot case involving 16 defendants in Birmingham – the eventual trial was divided into two and the first trial lasted 4 months. In both cases she obtained good results and in the case in Birmingham she was the only counsel to secure bail for a defendant in the first trial.
In 2004 she secured one of only 2 acquittals in a 5 defendant cigarette smuggling case where the defendants were running “cut throat” defences.
In 2010 Grace represented a defendant in a multi-handed murder case, this defendant was subsequently acquitted by direction after a successful submission of no case to answer at the close of the prosecution case.
In 2012 she was instructed by a local authority in care proceedings in relation to a baby with non-accidental rib fractures and set the case up from the outset to a satisfactory conclusion.
She has also prosecuted for Trading Standards and Local Authorities, and has been asked to “set up” and prepare cases and advise on evidence in complicated cases on their behalf. She works mainly in and around Central London, but also travels and stays on circuit.
Grace is qualified to undertake direct access work from members of the public.
Grace qualified as one of the first facilitators for the Vulnerable Witness Training Programme, and in 2016 along with 3 others presented a seminar to lawyers and caseworkers at RASSO London.
Grace has been placed on the Specialist Panels 2018-22 list for Serious Crime Group at level 4.
Grace has extensive experience and expertise of all levels of criminal trials, from multi-handed murder cases to serious sexual abuse allegations, and has appeared as leading junior in 2 counsel cases.
Grace acts for both prosecution and defence but has developed a special skill in prosecuting cases involving allegations of sexual abuse where the complainants are especially vulnerable, whether due to age or disability. She is a specialist Rape Panel prosecutor and has conducted several ground rules hearings and trials. Grace is on the counter- terrorism specialist panel at level 3.
- R -v- M,M,A,A,R  Snaresbrook Crown Court. Prosecuting, Grace secured convictions of 5 young defendants in serious gang related violent disorder and section 18 wounding after a 5 week trial, involving the use of digital technology, analysis of CCTV and Body Worn Footage and legal arguments as to identification and participation.
- R -v- MM  Snaresbrook Crown Court. Prosecuting a man for 18 counts of rape of his sister, defendant was sentenced to 22 years imprisonment.
- R -v- ZH  Isleworth Crown Court. Prosecuting a man for rape of his half sister, suggested to victim during XX that she had deliberately lied and colluded with her siblings to pervert the course of justice. Defendant was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment.
- R -v- TC  Wood Green Crown Court. Successful prosecution of stranger rape of victim, where the defence of consent involved suggestions that she was acting as a prostitute.
- R -v- MU  Croydon Crown Court. Successful prosecution of a father for raping his son.
- R -v- E and 6 others  Central Criminal Court. Successful prosecution of 7 defendants for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, prohibited firearms and ammunition.
- R v AD : Responded successfully in an appeal following a 3 week trial involving multiple incident counts of fraud in breach of trust – victim was elderly, described by the judge as especially vulnerable, and suffers from vascular dementia.
- R v DF  Central Criminal Court: Successful prosecution of rape and sexual assault of a vulnerable adult with mental functioning of a 4-5 year old.
- R v R  CAO ref 201003876A5: Successful appeal against a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and Disqualification from working with children order involving an appellant who had pleaded guilty to possession of indecent images of children. Sentence also reduced to community order.
- R v YYS  Southwark Crown Court: Acquittal (within an hour) after a 2 week trial of a young Chinese woman charged with blackmail.
- R v AS & JS : Successful appeal on failure to give Lucas direction on possible false alibi. Retrial ordered and defendants acquitted within 1 hour of jury retirement.
- R v Harris  Crim LR 54: Cross-examination of a complainant’s sexual history under section 41 Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999.
- R v Renda & Others  2 All ER 553: Adducing bad character following false impression.
- R v Yu  Crim LR 643: On admissibility of evidence from abroad.
- R v Michael B  EWCA Crim 3174: Successful appeal on historical sexual abuse allegations where jury acquitted of all bar one count – that conviction held to be inconsistent.
- Advocacy Trainer (Lincoln’s Inn)
- Pupil Supervisor
- Specialist Panels 2018-22 list for Serious Crime Group at level 4. Grade 4 Prosecutor – Crime Panel
- Bar Council
- Criminal Bar Association Executive Committee South Eastern Circuit
- Chair of the CBA social mobility committee