Jodie-Jane Hitchcock

2006

Jodie has broad experience in all areas of criminal law including offences involving organised crime, serious drugs, large scale frauds, violence, dishonesty and proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Jodie has undertaken secondments with the Financial Conduct Authority and the Serious Fraud Office where she gained significant experience in alleged breaches of the Financial Service and Marketing Act 2000 and worked on the extensive investigations into LIBOR and EURIBOR manipulation.

In addition Jodie has also been seconded to the UK Borders Agency where she gained a detailed understanding of cases involving the importation and exportation of drugs and other prohibited items.

Jodie speaks both Spanish and French.

Notable Cases:

Operation Action (Blackfriars Crown Court)- counsel for the first defendant in a conspiracy to defraud various train operating companies over a period of 5 years through the ‘Delay Repay' scheme and the onward laundering of the proceeds. Case involved significant telephone call data and banking evidence.

Operation Tarlac (Leicester Crown Court)- junior counsel for the first defendant in a case involving a conspiracy to defraud the National Health Service and various local authorities across the country of in excess of £12m. The proceeds of the fraud were then alleged to have been laundered out of the jurisdiction and invested in various enterprises and companies across the Middle East.

Operation Petral (Manchester Crown Court) - junior counsel for the first defendant in a large scale conspiracy to supply cocaine across the North of England. Case involved the analysis of extensive telephone call data records and cell site evidence (over 100,000 pages) at very short notice together with the analysis of further evidence and disclosure served during the course of the trial.

R v TM (Basildon Crown Court) - Led junior in case involving conspiracy to facilitate the breach of immigration law. Representing the driver of a container shipped into the UK in which 35 refugees were found, one of whom had died in transit.

http://www.itv.com/news/2015-06-09/four-on-trial-over-human-trafficking-into-tilbury-docks/

R v BD (Central Criminal Court) - Led junior for the first defendant in Operation Heatful, a large scale conspiracy to supply cocaine in which it was alleged that the defendant was the organiser in relation to large scale importations of drugs from Albania and their onward supply within the UK.

R v UB (Reading Crown Court) - Junior alone for the first defendant in a case in which the Prosecution alleged that the defendant was involved in the supply of over 50kgs of cocaine.

R v JM (Wood Green Crown Court) - represented one of three defendants charged with aggravated burglary involving the use of firearms and a loaded sawn-off shotgun.

R v EB (Blackfriars Crown Court) - represented the first of 5 defendants charged with knife-point robbery during the course of which the complainant was stabbed.

R v RP (Basildon Crown Court) - represented the first defendant in a case in which it was alleged that the defendant had slashed his uncle to the face using a large knife.

R v VS (Winchester Crown Court) - Led junior for the first defendant in a trial in which it was alleged that the complainant had been kidnapped and held hostage on an industrial estate for a number of days whilst ransom demands were made of his friends and family.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-24902501

Court of Appeal

R v David Richards [2014] EWCA Crim 1302 - instructed for the Prosecution at appeal stage only in order to resist an appeal by the defence against a confiscation order and costs imposed after a full confiscation hearing which lasted in excess of 10 days.

R v Brinkley [2013] EWCA Crim 760 - Successful appeal against sentence in a case relating to the mandatory minimum term sentence imposed for dwelling burglaries. Commended by Lord Justice Davis for advocacy.

R v Saunders [2011] EWCA Crim 12 - Successful appeal against sentence in a case in which the Appellant had pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice having falsely admitted to a crime that had been committed by his father.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Qualifications

LLB (European/Maitrise) (Hons) - University of Exeter
Maitrise en droit europeen - Universite de Rennes
Bar Vocational Course - BPP School of Law (London)

Memberships & Associations

Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
The Honourable Society of Middle Temple
The Extradition Lawyer's Association
Treasurer of the North London Bar Mess

Languages

Spanish
French

Areas of work

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