Victoria Sheppard-Jones is a highly experienced criminal defence barrister who takes cases both as a junior alone and a led junior.
She has considerable experience in cases of complex and lengthy fraud, other financial and white-collar criminal prosecutions, people trafficking, exploitation, drugs, firearms, serious violence and serious sexual crime.
Victoria was employed from 2017 until 2020 as a complex casework lawyer at the Court of Appeal Criminal Division. She acted under delegated powers of the Registrar to case manage complex conviction and sentences appeals lodged at the Court of Appeal Criminal Division.
Her key responsibilities included:
- Providing legal advice to casework, the single Judge and the full Court of Appeal as to law and procedure
- Issuing directions and case managing complex conviction and ad hoc applications (including Courts Martial, CCRC referrals, Prosecution appeals and Attorney-General references) in accordance with internal procedure, statute and the Criminal Procedure Rules
- Advising on the legality of sentences passed in the Crown Court
- Preparing summaries for the full Court as the basis upon which judgment was given
From 2007 until 2016, Victoria was in private practice with another highly-respected crime and regulatory chambers in London. She acted on a number of high profile criminal cases, and appeals before the Court of Appeal Criminal Divisions, including:
- 2016. Reading Crown Court. R v X. Junior alone. Secured an acquittal for a youth of good character tried on indictment for assault and rape of a child.
- 2016. Northampton Crown Court. R v Farren. Junior alone for defendant accused of historic rape.
- 2016. Burnley CC. R v Berry. Junior alone for first defendant in plant machinery sales fraud case.
- 2015. Leeds CC. R v Ul Haq. Led junior for the first defendant in a high profile people trafficking and exploitation case.
- 2015. Basildon CC. R v McLaughlin. Led junior for the first defendant in the Tilbury Docks people trafficking case. Re-tried in May 2016.
- 2015. Newcastle CC. R v Jones. Junior alone. Secured an acquittal for a man of good character accused of rape.
- 2015. Preston CC. R v Ahmed. Junior alone. Defendant deemed unfit to plead in relation to allegations of kidnap and rape of a child. Acted for the defendant in the trial of issue. Acts not proved.
- 2014. Isleworth CC. R v X. Junior alone. Secured the acquittal of a youth of good character accused of gang rape.
- 2014. R v Guclu. Led junior at the Central Criminal Court in a high profile case representing a solicitor indicted for breaches of immigration law.
- 2014. Birmingham CC. R v Beatty. Led junior in a three month VAT fraud. Defendant acquitted.
- 2013. Warwick CC. R v Booth. Led Junior in a three month fraud and perverting trial.
- Bar Vocational Course: Very Competent, Nottingham Law School
- LLB Law degree: 2:1, Kings College, University of London
Professional qualifications & appointments
- Fee Paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Health, Education and Social Care - Mental Health)
- Criminal Bar Association
- Fraud Lawyers Association
- Inner Temple