Wendy is often commended for her level of judgement, meticulous preparation and steadfast approach to her cases.
She demonstrates a high level of professionalism and client care to those who instruct her and is an experienced and effective advocate.
Wendy has the advantage of having worked in two large high-profile solicitors’ firms during her legal career which has equipped her with an in-depth understanding from the perspective of the professional client. Her experience within those firms has been considerable but she has specialised in Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and Private Criminal matters.
She regularly deals with high profile complex matters and she has appeared before a range of tribunals throughout her career in-house and at the independent bar, from the magistrates Court, mental health tribunals, GMC – disciplinary hearings, coroners court, crown court and the court of appeal.
She is instructed to defend in privately funded cases and contributes a commercially minded approach to her practice.
Wendy has extensive adversarial experience and acts of behalf of Claimants and Respondents, advising in all areas of employment litigation, including:
Serious Sexual Offences
- R v F – Historic rape – 52 charges of serious sexual offences on the complainant when aged between 5 to 18 yrs. The defendant was the complainant’s father and a paramedic by profession. He was also co-accused with an SAS member. The case had a number of sensitive issues. The defendant had allegedly used entonox gas to assist him in facilitating vaginal, anal and oral rapes upon his daughter. Complex disclosure issues: application for all redacted material concerning a co-defendant (SAS member) to be un-redacted/disclosed. Issues concerned the Ministry of Defence and the right to anonymity, extensive issues on disclosure and PII.
- R v R – Child rape – 4 year old complainant / defendant 16 years old. Cross examination of a vulnerable witness. Defendant acquitted following legal argument.
- R v P – Historical rape dating back 38 years – four week trial ‑Defendant was head of the science department at a boarding school for hearing impaired children in the 1980’s. He was charged with 13 counts of sexual offences including: rape, buggery and indecent assault against vulnerable children. There were five profoundly deaf complainants. All required sign language interpreters and two required an intermediary due to mental health issues. Very complex and sensitive cross examination. Defendant acquitted of all counts. Extensive issues on disclosure and legal argument.
Fraud, Business and Financial Crime
Wendy has experience of prosecuting and defending cases under the Proceeds of Crime Act and has regularly defended in cases following on from her “organised crime” practice.
She has considerable experience in dealing with all aspects of fraud. Some examples of her experience are listed below:
- R v B – Charity fraud – accountant accused of obtaining money by deception
- R v S – Car hire company – vehicles ordered and not delivered – false accounting
- R v G – Multi-million pound conspiracy within the scrap metal industry: stolen beer kegs from several major breweries – 3 month trial – one of thirteen defendants against Queens Counsel.
Organised Crime and Terrorism
Wendy’s practice includes defending in a wide spectrum of cases. This includes, large-scale conspiracies to steal high value motor vehicles, large scale tax evasion (15 million) on contraband cigarettes (Wendy represented the UK syndicate leader), high value cannabis operations and conspiracy to supply drugs.
Motoring and Road Traffic
Wendy has wide-ranging experience of defending motorists on a private basis. She has dealt with arguments concerning, exceptional hardship, totting up and disqualification, dangerous and careless driving.
Wendy has experience in respect of liquor, late night refreshment licences and taxi licences, appearing at committee stage and the Magistrates Court.
Wendy has been instructed by multiple breweries nationwide, to extend their liquor licencing hours and oppose objectors.
Instructed by councils to appear in the Crown Court and magistrates to prosecute taxi licensing matters.
BCC v K: The appeal of a taxi company in an application to renew the operators license. Persistent breaches of the licence in the form of “plying for hire and driving without insurance”. Appeal dismissed and full costs awarded. Wendy provided skeleton arguments to the court in preparation for the hearing and a breakdown for the tribunal referencing the relevant caselaw.
Instructed by councils to prosecute a variety of trading standards matters. She has also prosecuted many frauds for the CPS, specialising in large scale evasion of excise duty, charity fraud and benefit fraud.
BCC v O: A defendant who had committed multiple car insurance frauds, illegally obtaining money by deception. Defendant was convicted and Miss Miller successfully recovered all monies lost on behalf of the parties.
Successfully represented council in environmental issues such as fly tipping.
BCC v N: The EA investigation followed persistent and illegal fly tipping from a restaurant in Birmingham City Centre. Successful prosecution, company fined and no longer trading.
Appeared before various mental health tribunals for patients objecting to section 2 under the MHA – detainment in hospital for further assessment.