Hayley Bennett

Hayley Bennett

Year of call:

2016

Contact:

Hayley Bennett

Education:

Bachelor of Laws (LLB), The University of York (2014)
Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), BPP Law School (2015)
Exhibition Award from The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (2015)
Called to the Bar by The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (2016)

Miss Bennett gained tenancy to Chambers in April 2017 after successfully completing a criminal pupillage under the supervision of Jonathan Savage. Miss Bennett is now accepting instructions in both prosecution and defence work and rapidly gaining a favourable reputation.

During pupillage, Miss Bennett assisted Mr Savage and other members of the criminal team in areas such as multi-handed fraud conspiracies, drugs offences, offences of serious violence, rape and other sexual offences.

In her first 18 months of tenancy, Miss Bennett has gained certifications in handling vulnerable witnesses, forensic accountancy and advanced advocacy.

Miss Bennett had also achieved success in the following areas:

  • Crown Court trials, both prosecuting and defending, in offences of dishonesty, kidnap, class A drugs, serious violence and burglary;
  • Magistrates Court trials in cases of all types, with an emphasis on defending against allegations of driving offences and domestic violence;
  • Bail applications, sentencing and other pre and post-trial hearings, both as prosecution and defence counsel;
  • Contested proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002;
  • Appeals to the Crown Court both prosecuting and defending; and
  • Appeals to the Court of Appeal Criminal Division, from sentence to final hearing.

NOTABLE CASES

  • R v Moore: A vulnerable young woman was sentenced to 18 months custody, in which Miss Bennett successful argued the term should be suspended in the Court of Appeal;
  • R v Aitken: A man charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice ran a trial in the Crown Court and argued that charge should be quashed at the end of the Prosecution case. Miss Bennett resisted this argument and the Defendant eventually pleaded guilty half way through trial.
  • R v Johnson: A serious robbery trial where on conviction the court required assistance on dangerousness, extended sentences and discretionary life sentences. Miss Bennett acted for the prosecution.

Miss Bennett welcomes close liaison with instructing solicitors and is always happy to discuss cases in person as well as providing written advice.

OTHER EXPERIENCE

Miss Bennett has represented The University of York in National Mooting Competitions and won numerous awards for her advocacy. She has volunteered with the Raleigh ICS overseas in Nicaragua and the Citizens Advice Service at home in the UK.

 

Specialist Areas of Practice:

Criminal

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