2011 – Called to the Bar – Lincoln’s Inn
2008 – 2011 – Crown Advocate, Crown Prosecution Service
2006 – Higher Rights of Audience obtained
2000-2008- Senior Crown Prosecutor, CPS Nottinghamshire
1996-2000 – Solicitor Specialising in Crime, Nottingham and West Midlands
1996 – Qualified as Solicitor
1994-1996 – Articles (Browne Jacobson, Nottingham)
1993 – College Of Law, York – Law Society Finals
1989-1992 – University of Hull LLB (Hons ) 2:1
Lisa transferred to the Bar in July 2011, having been a Solicitor for 15 years, with the aim of building on her advocacy skills – both defending and prosecuting.
On qualification she enjoyed four years in specialist criminal defence practice, and acquired a sound knowledge of criminal defence work from grass roots level – having advised clients in the police station and in conference in the office and gone on to represent them in the lower courts at trial.
She joined the Crown Prosecution Service in 2000, and nine of her eleven years there were spent in the Crown Court Trials Unit, specialising in serious crime.
She was the conducting lawyer in a variety of particularly serious cases (including murders, manslaughter, serial rapes and armed robberies) and has a good working knowledge of the Police Computer Management Systems (including Holmes) in relation to Unused Material. Some of those cases involved building cases on circumstantial evidence and understanding complex mobile telephone evidence. In addition, she assisted in training probationer police officers in evidence collation, case building and disclosure of unused material.
For several years she enjoyed being part of a niche team dealing exclusively with “public protection” work; a mix of serious historic and current sexual offences; any case involving a particularly vulnerable complainant or witness and has a close working knowledge of Sex Offender Treatment Programmes, Sexual Offences Prevention Orders and the range of sentencing options in such cases.
She dealt also with Indecent image cases and advised both as to appropriateness of charges and suggested Offender Treatment Orders that should be imposed on sentence. She has also had training on working with intermediaries and, as a result, is confident with third party material protocol and guidelines and dealing with young/vulnerable witnesses.
Her concluding three years with the CPS were spent as a Crown Advocate, prosecuting general crime and appearing almost most daily in the Crown Court at Nottingham. Her trial experience consequently includes offences of violence, possession/supply/cultivation of Class A drugs, robbery, other offences of dishonesty and breach of restraining orders.