Amy Woolfson

Amy Woolfson

Year of call: 2017
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Amy joined chambers as a pupil barrister in September 2018. She accepts instructions in all of Chambers’ areas of practice.

In her second six she has been instructed in a wide variety of matters in the magistrates’ courts, the Crown Court, and before regulators.

Crime

Amy has a busy criminal defence practice and is also a CPS Level 1 Panel Advocate. Her case experience includes a wide range of offences, including violence, drugs, and fraud. She is regularly instructed in private driving matters.

Amy’s recent Crown Court defence work includes representing clients successfully at the following sentencing hearings:

  • R v M (Central Criminal Court) – Committal for contempt of court. Before the Common Serjeant of London. Defendant had shouted abuse at the judge and jury following his friend’s conviction for attempted murder. The Common Serjeant stated that he had been considering a period of ‘months’ of imprisonment but following mitigation, passed a sentence of 7 days imprisonment. The case was reported by the BBC and other media.
  • R v T (Leeds Crown Court) – Represented a defendant convicted of having a weapon in a Young Offenders Institution. The weapon was discovered following an incident where another boy was seriously hurt. The defendant had a number of relevant previous convictions and turned 18 just before the start of proceedings. The starting point for an adult offender was 9 months’ custody. Result – 3 months’ custody.
  • R v H (Inner London Crown Court) – Represented a defendant convicted of wounding, contrary to s.20 Offences against the Person Act 1861 and causing actual bodily harm, contrary to s.47 Offences against the Person Act 1861. The defendant had substantial health problems. Result – 8 month suspended sentence plus a 3 month curfew.

Professional Discipline

Amy regularly acts on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Council in disciplinary proceedings, ranging from interim order reviews to substantive fitness to practise hearings. Her most recent instruction was a 6 day fitness to practice hearing that included allegations of dishonesty.

She has also advised on the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 as it relates to General Medical Council proceedings.

Public Law

Amy is a member of the Government Legal Department’s Junior Junior Scheme. She has assisted with disclosure work, and has also advised on a variety of matters, including a civil claim for unlawful immigration detention.

Relevant Background History

Amy had a varied and successful career before coming to the Bar, including working as an adviser to a Member of Parliament for 5 years.

Immediately before starting pupillage, she was a member of the Law Commission’s Criminal Law team, where she worked on the reform of the Official Secrets Acts.

An active volunteer, Amy is an Independent Visitor with Action for Children, providing friendship and support to young people in care. She has previously volunteered for the Free Representation Unit, acting for claimants in a number of Employment Tribunal hearings.

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