Clerk Details


Francisca da Costa has practiced Criminal Law from the start of her professional life and specialises in this area. Francisca has a strong grounding in defence work, but also features on the CPS Approved List of Advocates.

She prosecutes and defends a broad range of criminal offences including drug matters, theft, fraud, burglary, robbery, violence, murder, manslaughter, rape, sexual assault, kidnap, false imprisonment, and road traffic matters.

Francisca recently undertook a CPS secondment with the RASSO (Rape and serious sexual offences) team. As a result, she has specialist knowledge of the law in this area.

Cases of note

R v C

Francisca acted for the Appellant in an appeal against sentence. The Court of Appeal quashed a life sentence for rape and replaced it with 10 years determinate.

R v E. & others

Francisca prosecuted a complex conspiracy to commit a number of burglaries.

R v N. & others

Francisca was Junior Counsel in a five handed kidnap, rape, and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs trial.

R v F

Francisca prosecuted a defendant charged with inflicting seven bites to the victim's legs. The defence of not guilty by reason of insanity was raised.

R v G. & others

Francisca was involved in a nine handed conspiracy to supply cocaine.

R v J. & N

Francisca was Junior Counsel in a £3 million ‘ponzi scheme’ conspiracy to defraud. The case involved over 30 Complainants.

R v L

Francisca defended a teenager charged with sexually assaulting two children aged 8 and 9. The case involved cross examination of four children under the age of 10.

R v W

Francisca was Junior Counsel in a murder trial. The defendant was acquitted of murder and sentenced for manslaughter.

S. v The Queen

Francisca was Junior Counsel for the Appellant in an appeal against conviction to the Privy Council. The Appellant had been convicted of murder in Jamaica and sentenced to 15 years hard labour.

  • Recommendations

    “You saved my livelihood. My family and I are very grateful to you.”

    “Thank you for being so caring. I felt like no one was listening to me before you took my case on.”

    “You were professional and tenacious throughout. I knew I was in safe hands.”

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Academic qualifications

  • LLB (Hons) Law with Politics, The University of Southampton
  • Bar Vocational Course, BPP Law School London


  • Banerjee Memorial prize - Faculty of Law, The University of Southampton

Professional bodies

  • Middle Temple
  • Western Circuit