Pump Court Chambers

Sarah Jones QC

Call: 1996 / Silk: 2019

  • Hardwicke Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Thomas More Bursary, Lincoln’s Inn
  • MA (Hons) Jurisprudence, University College, Oxford
  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Western Circuit

Sarah is an advocacy trainer for new practitioners and for the Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training programme.

Sarah loves making homemade preserves, enjoys musicals and is almost obsessive about both!

Instructing Sarah Jones QC

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Sarah Jones QC has made a flying start to silk. She has been instructed by the Prosecution and the Defence in a number of murders as well as a conspiracy to murder and in a case of serious child cruelty. She has been instructed as leading Counsel, on her own, in publicly funded work and privately in relation to serious violence and sexual abuse

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Sarah made her mark in prosecuting and defending in cases involving multiple allegations of historic sexual abuse and other serious sexual allegations. Her junior practice covered the full gamut of criminal offences, specialising in serious violent and sexual allegations.

She is expert in the questioning or representation of those considered vulnerable either by reason of their extreme youth or age, capabilities, health or the nature of the offences with which the case is concerned. She is often instructed for challenging clients – those requiring careful handling due to psychiatric or other reasons. She has an approachable manner but can be firm or authoritative as required.

Sarah has a punctilious approach to trial preparation with careful attention to disclosure and she is known for her rigorous disclosure applications. She is used to the management of extensive third party material She is well-practised in seeking appropriate expert evidence, advising as to its clearest presentation and challenging the same in court.

Selected Cases

Operation Bonham (Defending)

Defendant charged with murder. Prosecution accepted a lesser plea to manslaughter. Defendant imprisoned for 6 years.

R v Crook (Defending)

Defendant with psychotic illness killed both parents. Prosecuted for murder. Jury convicted of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

R v Middleton (Defending)

Defendant acquitted of attempted murder following a trial where it was alleged he had stabbed ex-girlfriend multiple times.

Operation Brace (Defending)

6 defendants charged with conspiracies to kidnap related to organised crime. Case involved 3 separate trials and an interim appeal to the Court of Appeal.

R v Evans (Prosecuting)

Multiple complainants over 30 year span, alleging serious sexual offences following grooming against the Defendant. Sentenced to 26 years’ imprisonment. Judge commended “an impeccable prosecution”.

R v Salmon (Defending)

Multiple historic allegations against a former Stoke Mandeville Paediatrician which arose out of the Operation Yewtree investigation. The case involved historic guilty pleas to similar offences in the past, further allegations being made during the course of the investigation and complex factual, medical and psychiatric evidence. There were connections to Savile enquiries and press attention was intense. Instructing solicitors commented “We have found Miss Jones to be outstandingly professional and capable.”

R v Goldswain (Defending)

Prosecution of man entrapped by vigilante self-proclaimed paedophile hunters. Stayed as an abuse of process.

R v Nursing (Defending)

In second ever mental capacity case prosecuted in Hampshire concerning allegations. Mrs Nursing’s conviction was overturned in the Court of Appeal. Reported.

R v Urbanowicz (Defending)

Acquittal multiple allegations of enslavement where Polish workers were allegedly brought into the country to be exploited.

Sarah has dealt with and advised on a huge variety of offences tried in court martial (most recently serious violence, fraud and sexual assault) and for a wide variety of ranks (Major General down to Private) and across all Services.

Selected Cases

LBdr W

Pleaded guilty to a serious assault but retained rank and career path.

Major S

A psychiatric Nurse on allegations of Sexual Touching.

SSgt C

On sexual assault charges in a court-martial.

Sarah is experienced in fraud and was regularly instructed by both defence and prosecution including defending in one of largest VAT fraud prosecutions in Hampshire, Operation Autovia.

She has extensive experience advising at earliest stages of investigations as to lines of enquiry, presentation of evidence and analysis and disclosure obligations. In so doing, Sarah regularly works with other organisations such as the MOD or DWP in preparing prosecutions.

Sarah has experience in advising commercial entities on criminal subject matter – for instance advising a security firm on legal obligations/liabilities and best practise when commencing investigations into misuse of a client’s property on the dark web.

 

Selected Cases

R v A (Defending)

Multiple victims (large number alleged to be vulnerable) defrauded by their financial adviser.

R v W (Defending)

Long-term fraud conducted in breach of trust through company’s financial systems

  • Hardwicke Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Thomas More Bursary, Lincoln’s Inn
  • MA (Hons) Jurisprudence, University College, Oxford
  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Western Circuit

Sarah is an advocacy trainer for new practitioners and for the Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training programme.

Sarah loves making homemade preserves, enjoys musicals and is almost obsessive about both!

Instructing Sarah Jones QC

Would you like to know more?

If you require help or advice please contact our clerking team.

Call +44 (0)20 7353 0711 or email clerks@pumpcourtchambers.com.

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