Esther Harrison

Called to the Bar 2002 – Inner Temple
University of Leicester – LLB
Nottingham Law School – BVC

A member of the Criminal Bar Association and the Midlands Circuit
Esther prosecutes and defends in all Courts at first instance and appeal and has appeared in the House of Lords. She is a grade three prosecutor and is on the rape prosecution panel. She conducts specialist prosecutions for a number of government departments, including the DWP, HMRC and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. She has a significant benefit and VAT fraud practice and is familiar with POCA 2002 applications.

Esther has considerable experience in dealing with cases involving young and vulnerable witnesses and defendants. She has often appeared in “fitness to plead” matters. She frequently deals with sensitive cases involving allegations of sexual abuse and domestic violence. She has often appeared in multi-handed, complex cases alone and as a led junior.
Examples of cases include:
Operation Fearless 1 and 2: (Derby) Successful prosecution of a large scale drugs importation and supply conspiracy, involving 12 defendants as a led junior. Liaised with Dutch Police and prosecutor.
R v B: (Lincoln) Successful prosecution of man accused of sexually abusing his granddaughters.
R v Deeney: (Lincoln) Successful prosecution of a man, who stabbed two people, causing life threatening injuries. Conviction upheld in the Court of Appeal.
DPP v Collins: (Leicester) Successful defence of a man, accused of racially abusing and harassing his MP. Appeared at first instance, on appeal in the Divisional Court and as a led junior in the House of Lords.
R v Simms and others: (Derby) Prosecution of three defendants for robbery, in which the elderly victim sustained serious injury, indirectly occasioning her death. Main defendant was convicted.
R v Lee: (Leicester) Represented a female defendant, who was unfit to plead and was absolutely discharged.
R v LH: (Leicester) Represented a 17 year old mother, who pleaded guilty to causing serious injury to her baby.

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