Practice area

Crime

Year of call: 2014


Harper is a tenacious and persuasive barrister, and is both personable and effective when presenting to juries.  She offers both keen tactical acumen and exceptional client care.

Harper appears regularly in the Crown Court, both prosecuting and defending in cases involving a wide variety of criminal offences.

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Ongoing matters

The Dame Linda Dobbs Review (2019-ongoing)

Harper is junior counsel in the Review into whether the issues relating to HBOS Reading were investigated and appropriately reported to authorities at the time by Lloyds Banking Group, following its acquisition of HBOS.  Further details can be found here: http://www.dobbsreview.com/

 

 

Recent notable defence cases 

R v M (2020)

The defendant was indicted with Possession with Intent to Supply Class A.  The defendant’s DNA was found on wraps containing the controlled substance and was arrested in close proximity to where the drugs were found.  The Crown relied on telephone evidence purporting to link the defendant to the drugs.  The defendant was acquitted on all counts following trial in the Crown Court.

R v B & Ors. (2018)

Led junior in the defence of a client accused of being a member of a paedophile ring.  The offences concerned a 9-month old baby whose godfather was conducting abuse and organising for others to attend his address to commit offences against the child.  The defendant was acquitted following a successful submission of no case to answer.

R v C (2018)
Defendant indicted with Arson, Being Reckless as to Endangering Life, having pleaded guilty to the simpliciter offence.  The case involved a significant amount of expert evidence.  The Defendant was acquitted following trial in the Crown Court. 

R v P (2018)
Defendant was indicted with Inciting a Child Under the Age of 13 to Commit a Sexual Act, and Sexual Assault of a Child Under the Age of 13.  The Complainant was 10 at the time of the alleged incident.  The Defendant was acquitted on all counts following trial in the Crown Court.

R v A (2018)
Defendant indicted with s.20 Causing Grievous Bodily Harm.  The Defendant was acquitted following a successful submission of No Case to Answer in the Crown Court.

R v S (2017)
Defendant indicted with Sexual Assault of a woman on a train.  The Defendant was acquitted following trial in absence in the Crown Court.

R v T (2017)
Defendant indicted with 5 Counts of Cruelty to a Person Lacking Capacity.  The Defendant was a carer in a Care Home for the elderly.  The allegations related to residents at the Care Home.  The Defendant was acquitted on all Counts following trial in the Crown Court.

Recent notable prosecution cases

R v R (2020)

Defendant was indicted with Burglary (non dwelling) and Possession of a Bladed Article.  The defendant was convicted on both counts following trial in the Crown Court.

R v I (2019)

Defendant was indicted with Witness Intimidation.  The defendant was convicted following trial in the Crown Court.

R v C (2019)

Defendant was indicted with Threatening with a Bladed Article and Causing Actual Bodily Harm.  The defendant was convicted on both counts following trial in the Crown Court.

Reported Cases

R v Nancarrow [2019] EWCA Crim 470

 

 

 


Education

  • BA(Hons) Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (University of London)
  • GDL and LLB (BPP Law School)
  • BPTC (The College of Law)

Inn

  • Inner Temple