Rosie Bayley


Rosie is regularly instructed in the Crown Court in all areas of general crime, including a range of serious cases involving allegations of fraud, drugs, violence and money laundering.

She has successfully represented clients in matters involving complex issues such as defendants held under the Mental Capacity Act, vulnerable defendants and fitness to plead, and the defences of duress and insanity. She is equally able to gain the confidence of those clients with prior experience of the criminal justice system. She is a subtle yet forceful advocate, and is particularly adept at challenging expert evidence and arguing novel or complex points of law.

Rosie is currently instructed as Independent Counsel for the Serious Fraud Office to review legal privilege on an ongoing major bribery and corruption investigation. She has experience of assisting a large company going through the process of franchising their centres, which involved complex financial forecasting, establishing and managing commercial relationships with franchisees and ensuring compliance with EU law and financial regulators.

Prior to the Bar, Rosie spent several years as an elected member of Regional Government. She therefore has an understanding of regulatory matters, particularly where they interact with Local Government and Government Regulatory Authorities.

As a student, she appeared in several Independent Review Panel Hearings, representing students who were excluded from school. This is an area which applies the tests and standards of Judicial Review. She also represented young people in Disability Discrimination claims in the First Tier Tribunal and an appeal on a novel point of law in the Upper Tribunal.

Rosie is a keen dancer, and was the Captain of a UK team which became World Champions in Lyrical Dance at the IDF World Modern Dance Championships in 2010.

Notable Cases

R v DA (Cambridge Crown Court): Successfully defended a client accused of multiple counts of dishonesty against his employers. The Crown's case relied heavily on multiple work schedules, diaries and timetables. Secured acquittal by identifying anomalies, discrepancies and absences in the Crown's data.

R v WB (Woolwich Crown Court): Defence application to dismiss Confiscation proceedings. Successfully opposed legal argument and counter-application made by the Crown without notice, which resulted in the Crown's application being refused and the confiscation proceedings against the Defendant being terminated.

R v RF (Inner London Crown Court): sentence for a Defendant convicted of a category one conspiracy to cultivate cannabis, which involved advisory work on expert forensic evidence and extensive legal argument over the average yield of the plants. Persuaded the Crown to accept the defence calculations, which resulted in a sentence of only 3.5 years.

R v XX: complied schedules of income, investments, dividends and interest in order to complete a full statement of the defendant's financial position spanning several years. Assisted the client in presenting these to investigators at a negotiation, with a view to obtaining an agreement not to pursue charges for Benefit Fraud.

Croydon Youth Court: successful s.78 application to exclude forensic evidence relating to a charge of handling stolen goods, which had been improperly served. This resulted in the Crown offering no evidence against the defendant.

Camberwell Green Youth Court: defended a young person accused of numerous sexual assaults and robberies against women on Hampstead Heath.








MA (Hons) International Relations - St Andrews University
Graduate Diploma in Law - City Law School
Bar Professional Training Course - City Law School

Memberships & Associations

Middle Temple
Jules Thorn Scholar of Middle Temple

Director of the City/ Matrix School Exclusion Project, which won the Bar Pro Bono Award in 2013
School Exclusion project was runner up at the Attorney General LawWorks Pro Bono Awards
Jules Thorn (Major) Scholar, Honourable Society of Middle Temple

Areas of work

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