Jane Rowley

Year of Call: 1988
Email Address: jane.rowley@3pb.co.uk
Secure Email: jane.rowley@3paper.cjsm.net
Telephone: 01962 868884

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Overview

Jane Rowley regularly appears in complex and serious cases in London and on the Western Circuit.  Since 2008 she has sat as a part-time Judge in the Crown Court (Recorder). In 2004, she attained the highest level of grading, Category 4, on the Unified list. She is recognised as a Senior Junior within the Criminal Justice System, with over 25 years of experience at the criminal bar. Her main area of expertise is in Serious Sexual Offences, such as Rape, often involving the young and the vulnerable. Jane also has considerable experience of dealing with cases involving the use of intermediaries, and experts. She has excellent "team" working relationships with those who instruct her and good client empathy and understanding. In the last 12 months, she has acted for the Serious Organised Crime Unit as Lead Counsel in a major drugs conspiracy involving millions of pounds worth of drugs, and was Lead Defence Counsel in an Attempt Murder, and been involved in numerous Rapes and Sexual Assault cases.

Between 1998 and 2000, Jane acted as Crown Counsel Criminal for the Attorney General (Cayman Islands Government). This post involved liaison with foreign governments and law enforcement agencies as well as advising and presenting cases on the Government's behalf. These cases included, Murder/ Manslaughter, Death by Driving, Rape and Health and Safety cases.

She enjoys an equal balance of prosecution and defence instructions. Her particular area of criminal expertise is in the field of serious sexual offences, often involving vulnerable clients and witnesses. She is particularly sensitive to the needs of vulnerable clients, often involving mental health issues.

Jane is qualified to accept direct access work and is particularly experienced in professional disciplinary proceedings involving healthcare workers. She also acts as a legal assessor in such cases for various disciplinary bodies.

Jane has an interest in Sport and has played Hockey at International level in both European, and at World Cup level. She has also sat on sporting disciplinary panels. This compliments her understanding of the regulation of sport from the perspective of her broad experience as a regulatory lawyer before a range of disciplinary bodies and as a participant on the field of play.

Expertise

  • Crime
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    With over 25 years of experience, Jane regularly appears on behalf of the Prosecution and Defence, in some of the most complex and serious cases before the Criminal Courts. Since 2008 she has sat as a part-time Judge in the Crown Court (Recorder). In 2004, she attained the highest level of grading, Category 4, on the Unified list. She is recognised as a Senior Junior within the Criminal Justice System.

    Her main area of expertise is in Serious Sexual Offences often involving the young and the vulnerable. Jane also has considerable experience of dealing with cases involving the use of intermediaries, and experts.

    She has an excellent "team" working relationships with those who instruct her and good client empathy and understanding.

    She has acted for the Serious Organised Crime Unit as Lead Counsel in a major drugs conspiracy involving millions of pounds worth of drugs.

    Often involved in the most serious cases of violence which come before the criminal courts such as murder and wounding with intent. Jane was Lead Defence Counsel in an Attempt Murder.

    Jane is a Recorder authorised to try serious sexual allegations (Class 2 ticket of authorisation) by the Western Circuit.

    She has been instructed as Lead Defence Counsel for one of the men accused, of conspiracy to facilitate sexual offences against women/children and the supply of drugs arising from Northumbria Police's Operation Sanctuary probe, Operation Wren. The trial is listed for 6 weeks from 21st August 2017.

    Between 1998-2000, Jane acted as Crown Counsel Criminal for the Attorney General (Cayman Islands Government). This post involved liaison with foreign governments and law enforcement agencies as well as advising and presenting cases on the Government's behalf. These cases included, Murder/Manslaughter, Death by Driving, Rape and Health and Safety cases.

    Recent/Reported cases:

    R v I and others (Operation Doublet/ Rochdale Child Abuse Cases) Manchester Crown Court 2016
    Between September-December 2016 at Manchester Crown Court, Jane Rowley successfully defended a client, who had been charged with sexual assault/rape in a multi-handed trial arising from the multi-agency Rochdale Child Abuse Enquiry. The trial involved numerous child complainants alleging systematic abuse by a number of Asian males, all of whom were convicted save for her Defendant and one other.

    R v Hedger [2016]

    Defending Counsel in a trial involving historical sexual abuse/rape charges from the 1950's/60's, by two sisters against a family member.

    R v Bovington/Bourne and others (Operation Cowling)[2015]

    Lead Prosecution Counsel in an 8 handed conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs on a significant scale, involving a joint covert surveillance operation between the Hampshire and Lancashire police forces. The total wholesale value of the drugs seized was in the region of 1.7 million pounds.

    R v Reading [2015]
    Prosecuting Counsel in a drug importation case for the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

    R v Haldane [2014-15] Kingston Crown Court
    Defence Lead Counsel in an Attempt Murder involving complex forensic and "fitness to plead" issues.

    R v Anteo and Gonsalves [2014]
    Prosecuted two men accused of the rape and sexual assault of two underage girls following extensive sexual grooming.

    R v Tough [2013]
    Defended a man with significantly limited intellectual functioning accused of rape and sexual assault in a secure accommodation unit. The case involved issues as to fitness to plead and the Defence were assisted by the use of an intermediary.

    R v Wollen [2013]
    Defended in a case involving allegations of serious sexual assaults including rape against a step child. An important aspect of the case was the understanding and interpretation of expert medical evidence on sexually transmitted disease.

    HSE v Calsonic [2011]
    Prosecuting Counsel for the Health and Safety Executive, in a death at work case at a Factory.

  • Public and Regulatory
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    Jane is qualified to accept Direct Access work and is particularly experienced in Professional Disciplinary proceedings involving Healthcare Professionals, both as a Legal Assessor for Regulatory Bodies, and also as acting for Professionals.

    She has appeared in hearings before the Conduct and Competence Committees of a number of Regulatory Bodies, including Nurses and Midwives, Dentists, Pharmacists, Social Workers and the Police. Her skills as an advocate and excellent client rapport, make her an ideal choice for those facing Professional Disciplinary Proceedings.

    In 2006 she was appointed Attorney General's "A" list of Unified Counsel and this appointment has led to her involvement in a full range of regulatory work. She has prosecuted for Trading Standards and the Health and Safety Executive including "death at work" cases and has experience of sitting as an Appeal Judge in this area.

    Recent/Reported cases:

    New Forest District Council Licensing Authority v Bachhu – May 2017

    Jane represented the license holder of a restaurant in a review of a premises license hearing following notification of an illegal working compliance order under the Licensing Act 2003 and Immigration Act 2016. She successfully argued that a revocation of the license was unnecessary and that license conditions were sufficient to promote the licensing objectives.

    This was the first case of its kind as a result of the interlinking legislative responsibilities between immigration enforcement officers (The Home Office) and the Licensing Authority in the UK.

    HSE v (1) Ghumra Shareef (2) United Foods 2017 – Stephensons Solicitors (March 2017)

    A HSE investigation as a result of an accident at his industrial premises resulted in criminal proceedings in the Magistrate’s Court.

    General Pharmaceutical Council v Smith [21st April 2016]
    Successfully Defended a Registrant before the Fitness to Practice Committee of the General Pharmaceutical Council, instructed by Stephensons Regulatory Lawyers. Groundbreaking procedure invoked which made it unnecessary for the Committee to embark upon the usual three stage process, which could have lead to the Registrant's removal from the register, suspension, or restriction upon his practice. The Committee agreed to accept undertakings from the Registrant rather than make any order against him which permitted him to continue to practice in his chosen profession.

    HSE v Calsonic [2011]
    Prosecuting Counsel for the Health and Safety Executive, in a death at work case at a Factory.

    R v Leatherland and Pritchard [2005]
    Guideline decision of the High Court identifying the duties of the prosecution to preserve evidence.

Recommendations

Solicitor/Client Testimonials

“I have known Jane professionally for over 20 years and can only speak in the highest terms as to her abilities, personality and commitment....In all the cases that she has handled for me, I was consistently impressed by her efforts and also by the ease with which she related to and communicated with clients, most of whom were disadvantaged and largely inarticulate. Her concern for their welfare, in the context of the outcome of the case, was obvious and this was something the clients were nearly always able to recognise”.

“Jane Rowley commands the respect and loyalty of all those who instruct her. Despite her onerous schedule she will ensure that a case receives her full attention from beginning to end. She adopts a tactful yet robust approach in relation to clients facing the most serious of offences, leaving no stone unturned in the preparation of their defence whilst advising appropriately throughout. Jane is a fearless defence advocate in the most sensitive of circumstances and will valiantly continue to do battle for her client to the end regardless of the various difficulties that present themselves. In the face of an unprecedented and relentless corrosion of the Criminal Justice system, it is heartening that there remain a noble few like Jane Rowley who remain committed to providing a thoroughly professional service to those who need it.”

"Extremely approachable from a client’s perspective, builds good relations with clients hence repeat instructions and a strong following. Easily contactable and has always been flexible when arranging conferences with clients which have often taken place at our offices and even on weekends to fit in with clients commitments. Very thorough in both preparation and presentation. Regarded highly amongst her peers and in the profession generally. With Jane’s assistance we have achieved excellent results over the 18 years, which I have worked with her, and longer for the Practice generally. Extremely hard working and committed."

"I have instructed Jane Rowley on many occasions in relation to serious and highly sensitive sex offence cases involving young and vulnerable witnesses as well as challenging high-maintenance defendants. Jane is thorough in her preparation of such cases and diligent in her attention to detail. While listening carefully to the client`s instructions she is robust in giving advice which may be unwelcome. Jane is forthright in her dealings with her opponent and conducts her case in court with a direct and fearless attitude. It is always a pleasure to work with Jane as she engages in a team approach which is of great benefit to client relations."

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Academic qualifications

  • University of Wales LLB (Hons) Cardiff
  • BVC Inns of Court school of Law London

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • 1998-2000 Crown Counsel Criminal, Attorney General's Chambers, Cayman Islands Government
  • Legal Assessor to the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Legal Advisor Care Council for Wales 2006-2012
  • Recorder (Crime)
  • Recorder (Class 2 Authorisation Serious Sexual Offences)
  • Recorder (Family)
  • Grade 4 Prosecutor on the CPS list of Prosecuting Counsel, and on the Rape Panel, Western and Welsh Circuits

Professional bodies

  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Western Circuit

Direct Access

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

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