Gemma practises in all areas of criminal law and has extensive experience of defending in the Magistrates' Court, Youth Court and the Crown Court. She accepts both private and public instructions and has been instructed in a wide range of criminal offences including violence, sexual offences, drugs, dishonesty, confiscation and road traffic offences.
Additionally, Gemma acts in a range of civil matters including SHPO, DVPO and CBO proceedings.
Gemma joined 3 Temple Gardens following successful completion of her pupillage. Before joining Chambers Gemma worked as a paralegal and police station representative. She also volunteered as an Appropriate Adult, and so is experienced with the additional issues that often arise when representing young or vulnerable clients. She is a personable and down to earth advocate and prides her ability to put clients at ease with clear advice and persuasive style of advocacy.
• R v T (Operation Abasia)  - Led junior in a conspiracy to cause GBH and possession of firearms with intent to endanger life trial following a shooting at a pay to enter party in east London in October 2017.
• R v R  - R was the subject of a Crimestoppers appeal after a random attack in the City of London left the complainant needing brain surgery. R pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
• R v D (Operation Succisa)  - D pleaded guilty to four counts of PWITS A (dealing directly to undercover officers). Persuaded the court to sentence outside the guidelines and secured a 12-month community order.
• R v OB  - OB was a youth convicted of high value handling stolen goods and 4th breach of a CBO and was committed to the Crown Court for sentence. Sentenced to a YRO with ISS.
• R v B  - Committal for sentence for dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified. Third offence of driving whilst disqualified. B wrote off the vehicle during a police pursuit. SSO without conditions imposed.
• R v C  - C was charged with harassment against two neighbours. Acquitted after trial.
• R v A  - A was committed for sentence for four counts of harassment (fear of violence) committed during the operational period of an SSO imposed for similar offending. Secured another SSO to run concurrently with the current order.
• R v P  - P convicted of stalking (fear of violence). The court determined this was an offence with a starting point of two and a half years. Persuaded the court to sentence outside the guidelines and keep in the Magistrates Court. P received a 12-month community order.
• R v C  - C accused of assaulting a child. The young witness attended court to give evidence. C acquitted after trial.
• R v J  - J pleaded guilty to a s.5(1)(b) Firearms Act offence (possession of a taser within a knuckleduster). Secured a 12 -month community order.
BPTC - University of Law
GDL - University of Law
BA (Hons) Journalism - University for the Creative Arts
2014 Harmsworth Scholarship, Middle Temple
2013 Harmsworth Scholarship, Middle Temple
Criminal Bar Association
Women in Criminal Law
Young Legal Aid Lawyers