Gemma White

Year of Call: 2009
Email Address: gemma.white@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 01962 868884

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Public and Regulatory

Trading Standards

Gemma has significant experience defending and prosecuting trading standards cases. Gemma enjoys the variety that comes with niche regulatory criminal matters, and accepts instructions across all areas of regulatory offences.  Her meticulous and analytical approach provides a solid foundation for dealing with all complex and technical criminal offences alleged against individuals and corporate bodies. Her particular areas of expertise include:

  • Fraud
  • Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations
  • Planning Prosecutions including Environmental, Town and Country Planning and Housing Act offences
  • Animal Welfare
  • Trademarks
  • Health and Safety including Fire Safety
  • Food Hygiene.

Recent Cases of Note:

  • R (Oxfordshire County Council) v Valaitis
  • R (Hampshire County Council) v Connors [2016] Southampton Crown Court: Prosecution Counsel in ‘rogue trader’ ‘dodgy driveways’ case involving defendant targeting vulnerable consumer’s at their home addresses. Multiple offences of fraud and breach of consumer protection regulations on the indictment
  • R (Wiltshire County Council) v Ward [2015] Swindon Crown Court: Defence Counsel in ‘rouge trader’ ‘dodgy driveways’ case where the Defendant faced an indictment alleging fraud and breach of consumer protection regulations against vulnerable elderly victims- Defendant pleaded guilty to lesser offences upon advice and received a sentence that did not involve immediate imprisonment
  • R (Crawley Borough Council) v Wiltshire & Rowe [2015] Chichester Crown Court: Prosecution Counsel in breach of Tree Preservation Order prosecution, where numerous large trees were cut down by the owner’s and planning agents so as to facilitate large scale housing development which increased the value of the land by hundreds of thousands of pounds
  • R (West Sussex Counry Council) v Dixey, Future Homes Energy Ltd and Nationwide Renewables Ltd [2015] Lewes Crown Court- prosecution counsel in a nationwide fraud involving 100+ consumers, many of which were vulnerable. The case involved linked investigations between the police and the Trading Standards department, with 3 indictments spanning 30 counts of fraud and breach of consumer protection regulations and a Confiscation figure of three quarters of a million pound.  Local press report here
  • R (Portsmouth City Council) v R [2014] Portsmouth Crown Court: Prosecuting Counsel in prosecution of unlicensed tattoo artist for tattooing a 13 year old; convicted of Assault occasioning Actual Bodily harm and sentenced to a suspended sentence; the case was widely reported in the press locally, nationally in the Mirror, nationally and internationally in the New York Daily News.
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Academic qualifications

  • LLB Law with French (Hons) 2.1 - University of the West of England, Bristol
  • Certificate in European Political Studies - Université de Robert Schuman, Strasbourg
  • Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent) BPP Holborn
  • LLM Sports Law and Practice (Distinction) - De Montfort University Leicester

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Grade 2 Prosecutor

Professional bodies

  • British Association for Sport and Law (BASL)
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Western Circuit
  • Inn: Inner Temple

Direct Access

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

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