Throughout her legal career, Grace has practiced almost exclusively in criminal defence, conducting advocacy in the Magistrates’ Court, litigation at the Crown Court and protecting her clients’ interests during interviews with the police. She has a varied caseload, representing clients charged with offences ranging from serious fraud to murder. She is also instructed in extradition matters, criminal appeals and in crime-related work (such as challenging the disclosure of criminal records and cash forfeiture proceedings).
Grace has a particular interest in cases involving police misconduct, and regularly challenges irregularities in evidence gathering and disclosure. She has extensive knowledge of police powers in the arrest and detention of suspects, and has given training on this topic to other professionals.
Grace specialises in youth work, conducting her own advocacy in youth trials. She frequently succeeds in diverting young people out of the criminal justice system. A social worker supporting a young person Grace recently defended wrote:
“I have been extremely happy and satisfied working with Grace. She has been professional, very knowledgeable and contactable. She has made the whole process for my young person a better experience. My young person struggles with other professionals, but Grace was amazing with her and has also helped me understand legal situations and advocated well. I wish I could use Grace for all of my cases.”
Grace’s notable recent cases include:
R v M (2020) – Guilty plea to half-a-million-pound fraud against former employers. On the back of psychological and psychiatric reports prepared on behalf of the defence, Client received a sentence which was half the length argued for by the Prosecution.
R v C (2019) – Secured not-guilty verdict for a youth following a successful argument that his comments in interview should be excluded because they were made in response to misleading information
R v M (2020) – Secured not-guilty verdict after successfully rebutting the Crown’s argument that youth client could be found guilty on a joint enterprise basis.
R v N (2020) – Crown agreed to drop charge of possessing a loaded firearm as part of plea deal.
Grace graduated from the University of St Andrews with first class honours in English Literature and Spanish. Outside of her day-to-day practice, Grace has delivered online CPD-certified lectures on updates in the criminal law and campaigns on issues affecting access to justice. She is a founding member of Legal Sector Workers United, a grassroots trade union.