Jessica has significant experience on terrorism-related issues. She has advised a number of international NGOs on the UK’s anti-terrorism framework and counter-extremism strategy (Prevent) and, since 2015, has been legal advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights. She has experience of terrorism trials in the Crown Court, having worked with Danny Friedman QC defending a prosecution under section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006 (dissemination of a terrorist publication).
Jessica has acted in a number of judicial reviews in the High Court, particularly on issues associated with the criminal justice system (challenging criminal cautions, prosecutions, and prison matters) but also relating to the re-organisation and closure of public services, and arising from immigration matters. She has acted for individuals in the Immigration Tribunal, at parole boards, and in school exclusion appeals. Jessica has also brought applications to the European Court of Human Rights arising from various alleged breaches of the Convention (most recently, breaches of Article 6, Article 1 Protocol 1, and Article 4 Protocol 7).
Jessica regularly acts for requested persons resisting extradition from the UK. She has represented individuals facing extradition to, among others, Italy, Hungary, Thailand, and the USA. She advised the Government of Ecuador on diplomatic law issues arising in the context of an extradition to Sweden. She also acts in general criminal proceedings, particularly where human rights issues are engaged (for example, in protest and school absence prosecutions). She appears frequently in magistrates’ courts around the country, and has been instructed in a number of criminal appeals, including as junior to Julian B. Knowles QC for legal submissions to the Supreme Court in the case of Ruddock (linked to Jogee) which changed the law on joint enterprise. She has also been instructed by the Death Penalty Project in several appeals against conviction and sentence to the Privy Council. Jessica has acted for clients at a pre-prosecution stage at the International Criminal Court, and before joining Matrix interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on the prosecution of Dominique Ntawukulilyayo.
Before becoming a lawyer, Jessica was a community organiser working on the living wage and migrant rights in London, and on voting rights and healthcare in the USA. From 2015-2016, Jessica was a Supreme Court judicial assistant to Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore JSC. She is also junior counsel to the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse.
Jessica accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.