2003, Middle Temple
BA Hons, Government & Law, University of Manchester
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Louise Brandon came to Chambers as a pupil to Jamie Hamilton and successfully completed a 12 month specialist criminal pupillage. Prior to commencing her pupillage she gained considerable experience in all aspects of litigation working in a solicitors's firm.
Since joining Chambers she has been regularly instructed to both prosecute and defend criminal cases and has gained experience in all areas of criminal law, appearing in the Magistrates and Crown Courts and the Court of Appeal. She is regularly asked to advise upon and conduct cases concerning a wide range of matters including serious assualts, robbery, firearms offences, sexual offences, fraud, money laundering, public order and drugs offences. Her work has included appearances at all stages of the criminal process, from first appearance at the lower Court through to trial, sentencing, confiscation and appeal hearings.
Louise Brandon is freqently instructed to represent defendants charged with driving offences. She has also appeared on behalf of defendants and companies charged with offences under the Health and Safety Legislation. She has represented serving prisoners in their applications for release on licence before the Parole Board.
She is regularly instructed to advise upon and conduct arguments involving issues such as the admissibility of evidence, abuse of process, disclosure, hearsay and bad character.
Louise Brandon is a category four prosecutor and has been appointed onto the Attorney General's list of prosecuting counsel to prosecute cases on behalf of HM Revenue and Customs. She also appears on behalf of the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the Probation Service and Local Authorities.
She is regularly instructed on behalf of Greater Manchester Police to both advise upon and conduct applications for Anti Social Behaviour Orders, Football Banning Orders, Sexual Offences Prevention Orders, Risk of Sexual Harm Orders, "crack house" Closure Orders and Forfeiture Orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. She is also instructed on behalf of Greater Manchester Police to advise upon and conduct hearings under the Licensing Act 2003.
Recently she has been instructed as Junior Counsel for the Crown in relation to multi - handed fraud cases and a large scale drug trafficking case. She has also appeared as Junior Counsel in a case of assisting an offender in connection with a murder enquiry and a Junior Counsel on behalf of one of the Defendants charged in connection with a series of armed robberies.
Louise Brandon has strong connections to the North West and is particularly pleased to have had the opportunity to assist local schools and colleges in the National Bar Mock Trial competition. Th is opportunity allowed Louise to provide the benefi t of her experience and skill in advocacy – twice leading her former school to the National Final. She also teaches students on the Bar Vocational Course at Manchester Metropolitan University and conducts seminars for both Solicitors and Counsel.
Committed to maintaining the high standards associated with 9 St John Street, Louise Brandon welcomes discussions with Instructing Solicitors as to how she can best fulfil her role as a specialist criminal advocate.
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