Sexual offences

Berenice has a busy Crown Court practice covering the full range of offences including rape and other serious sexual offences.

She often acts for defendants who have no experience of the court process, who hold positions of responsibility and find themselves charged with serious and (if proven) potentially career ending sexual offences. She has successfully defended police officers, teachers, care workers and military personnel. She also acts for vulnerable, elderly and young defendants.

She has experience of ancillary orders such as Sexual Harm Prevention Orders and Criminal Behaviour Orders and is a level 3 CPS and specialist rape prosecutor and is accredited by the Bar Standards Board to act directly on behalf of individuals and organisations under the Public Access Scheme.

Examples of recent cases

  • R v H 2018 - (pending) Salisbury Crown Court. Led by Adam Feest QC prosecuting a high profile defendant charged with 50 counts of historical sexual abuse
  • R v S 2018 - Southampton Crown Court. Representing a vulnerable defendant of good character charged with rape of a 16 year old and rape of a 12 year old. Acquitted after trial
  • R v E 2018 - Bournemouth Crown Court. Representing a defendant of good character with Autism charged with sexual assault. Issue of reasonable belief in consent. Acquitted after trial
  • R v R 2017 - Southampton Crown Court. Rape, sexual assault by penetration and voyeurism
  • R v A 2017 - Southampton Crown Court. Exposure and dangerousness provisions
  • R v M 2017 - Southampton Crown Court. Sexual assault of a child under 13 and indecent images. Counsel for the defendant. D sentenced to a suspended sentence
  • R v C 2016 - Southampton Crown Court. Multiple counts of assault by penetration. Trial counsel for the defendant. Acquitted after trial
  • R v T 2016 - Southampton Crown Court. Multiple counts of sexual assault in a nightclub. Trial counsel for the defendant. Acquitted after trial
  • R v C 2016 - Bournemouth Crown Court. Rape and sexual assault of a 14 year old. Fitness to plead and intermediary issues
  • R v A 2016 - Reading Crown Court. Historic allegations of indecent assault and buggery. Defendant unfit to plead. Counsel for the defendant. Acquitted of buggery
  • R v J 2016 - Bournemouth Crown Court. Possession of Class A indecent images and possession of a pedophile manual. Counsel for the defendant. D received a suspended sentence
  • R v T 2016 - Southampton Crown Court. 11 counts of historic allegations of Indecent Assault and Indecency with a child from 1983-1986. Counsel for the defendant. D received a suspended sentence
  • R v M 2015 - Newport (IOW) Sexual Assault. Trial counsel for the defendant. Acquitted after trial
  • R v C 2015 - Winchester Crown Court. Sexual assault. Defendant a vulnerable adult. Trial counsel for the defendant, acquitted after trial
  • R v Mc 2014 - Southampton Crown Court. Production and distributing indecent images
  • R v R 2014 - Aylesbury Crown Court. Voyeurism involving two prosecution witnesses aged 13yrs old
  • R v 2014 - Southampton Youth Court. Sexual assault. Court granted a certificate for counsel. D charged with sexually assaulting his 6 year old sister.


“I am very pleased with the outcome and what has been achieved on my behalf. This was the best experience of solicitor and barrister care out of the 25 years I have been going through the Courts. I would like to thank everyone involved and I have recommended Eric Robinson Solicitors to someone else, who has already written to you over the weekend in order to represent him. Thank you so much.” - Criminal Defence client

"I would like to thank you for your amazing work with a somewhat challenging client. The correct verdict is entirely down to your hard work and superb presentation of his case. I cannot thank you enough. I would be saying the same even if he had not had this outcome as I have been highly impressed with the work seen and it is evident that you have done your utmost on his behalf" - On behalf of a criminal defence client 2018


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Academic qualifications

  • BVC College of Law
  • LLB(hons) University of Kent, Canterbury


  • Middle Temple Harmsworth Scholarship

Professional bodies

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Grade 3 Prosecutor
  • Middle Temple
  • Western Circuit
  • Rape and Serious Sexual Assault accredited prosecutor
  • Counter Terrorism specialist prosecutor
  • Serious Crime specialist prosecutor

Direct Access

Berenice Mulvanny is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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