Sian has a mixed practice of criminal, professional discipline and extradition work. Sian accepts instructions across all aspects of criminal work, both prosecuting and defending. She is also instructed in the Courts Martial.
Sian has developed an extradition practice, having spent 12 months on secondment to the CPS Extradition Unit where she appeared regularly before Westminster Magistrates’ Court representing a variety of Judicial Authorities at Extradition Hearings, and acting as reviewing lawyer for a substantial caseload of Part 1 cases. Having returned to the bar, she now accepts both prosecution and defence instructions.
Sian holds the position of Grade 2 panel advocate in General Crime.
In addition, Sian has experience representing registrants before a variety of regulators and prisoners in parole hearings, including representing the Claimant in a successful Judicial Review of the Parole Board of England and Wales.
Sian also has a keen interest in employment law, stemming from both her criminal and regulatory experience, and in family law, in particular where this intersects with criminal issues and hopes to incorporate cases of this kind into her developing practice.
Prior to coming to the bar, Sian studied History and Politics at the University of Nottingham before converting to law. She has received scholarships for both the GDL and BPTC from Inner Temple, the University of Sussex and an Advocacy scholarship from BPP.
Sian is a criminal and professional discipline specialist who is training to undertake work in employment law. Having joined Pump Court, a common law set, last year, Sian is keen to broaden her practice areas and has found employment to be a natural area of progression. Her experience in crime has honed her rapport with lay clients and sharp skills of cross-examination while her experience in regulatory tribunals (such as the NMC) has provided an appreciation of the issues which can arise in a work environment and tribunal advocacy. In undertaking her training, Sian has shadowed several hearings conducted by experienced employment practitioners and taken part in a simulated employment tribunal case for the purpose of providing a training webinar for other professionals.