Hester joined chambers in October 2022 following successful completion of her pupillage, she accepts instructions in crime, family, civil and road traffic law.
Prior to pupillage, Hester has had a vast exposure to criminal law, having worked as a Criminal Defence Caseworker and was the assistant to an accomplished and successful criminal defence consultant of the firm, managing her own caseload and clients in the Magistrates and Crown Court, including youths and vulnerable clients, single and multi-handed cases, and the broad spectrum of offences from theft to murder. This included managing the client in the UK’s largest-ever modern slavery prosecution.
Within civil law, Hester worked as a County Court Advocate, taking instructions on cases in the County Court’s before Deputy District Judges and District Judges. Hester acted on behalf of instructing solicitors, preparing her own cases and conducting her own legal research.
Hester has particular experience in employment law having been under the supervision of Heather Platt during pupillage. Hester has therefore been exposed to the full spectrum of employment work, including drafting the following:
Hester has also covered whistleblowing, unfair dismissal, discrimination on basis of sex and disabilities, detriment suffered by protected disclosures, unfair dismissal by redundancy, pooling, bumping and bullying.