Ami joined the crime team in 2017 following successful completion of her pupillage with us; her supervisors were Simon Ash and Georgina Gibbs.
During the course of her pupillage, Ami gained an excellent grounding in a wide range of criminal cases. She conducted a variety of summary trials, on behalf of the prosecution and the defence, as well as appearing regularly in the Crown Court for sentencing hearings, bail applications, PTPH’s and mentions.
Since accepting an offer of tenancy, Ami regularly conducts all aspects of Crown Court work and accepts instructions for both the defence and the Crown across a full range of criminal matters. She is regularly instructed to deal with issues of disclosure, including C2 disclosure applications on behalf of the police, and has a burgeoning practice in this area.
Although not forming the bulk of her work, Ami can be, and is, instructed to cover extradition hearings, domestic violence protection hearings and consumer law cases.
Ami is keen to further develop her Crown Court practice, both defending and prosecuting.
- General crime
- Corporate/White Collar Crime
- Civil Orders
Appointments & Memberships
CPS Level 1 Panel
Women in Criminal Law
Human Rights Lawyers Association
R v Atta-Dankwa (Abena)  EWCA Crim 320
Successfully quashed a conviction for section 18 wounding with intent as the recorder had given the wrong oral directions to the jury.
Operation Tavern (Sheffield Crown Court)
Led junior, for the prosecution, in a multi-handed conspiracy to supply Class A.
R v Diamond (Wellingborough Magistrates Court)
After a guilty plea to section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, successfully mitigated for the defendant to receive an absolute discharge and for no Restraining Order, or costs to be implemented.
R v W (Highbury Corner Youth Court)
The prosecution offered no evidence after successful argument that there had been a wholesale failure by the Crown to comply with their disclosure requirements under the Criminal Procedure and Investigation Act 1996.
R v Hobbs (Aylesbury Crown Court)
Obtained a conditional caution after entering a guilty plea to offering to supply a psychoactive substance, contrary to section 5(2) of the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016, based on personal mitigation and the evidence given by the police officer during voire dire.
R v Collins (Croydon Crown Court)
Successfully mitigated, on behalf of a vulnerable client suffering from schizophrenia, that the 6-month minimum term for a second offensive weapon possession charge should not apply in this case.
R v Addlesee (Lincoln Crown Court)
Acted for the appellant in a successful appeal against conviction for assault. The appellant was found not guilty on the basis of self-defence.
R v Razzell (Guildford Crown Court)
Defendant found not guilty, after trial, of possession with intent to supply. Co-defendant found guilty.
Operation Gateway (2017)
The Crown Prosecution Service’s Complex Case Unit instructed Ami as junior disclosure counsel in Operation Gateway, a child Manslaughter case that made national headlines. The role required the review of thousands of pages of social services and school records for third party disclosure purposes.
Grenfell Inquiry (2018)
Ami spent a number of months as Junior Disclosure counsel to the London Fire Commissioner for the Grenfell Inquiry. This role involved the review of hundreds of thousand of documents for disclosure to the enquiry, along with assessing privilege, sensitivities, DPA and the resulting redactions. Ami was also required to design and implement a process that would allow for the location and review of the documents most likely to be relevant to the inquiry so that they could be reviewed as a priority.
Operation Labootan (On-going)
The CPS has instructed Ami in a multi-handed drugs conspiracy case in Kingston. She was brought in to do a complete disclosure review following the collapse of the first trial in late 2018. This has involved a review of both the evidence served (over 100,000 pages) and all the unused, along with a secondary investigation into alleged evidence tampering.
Awards and Scholarships
- Sir Joseph Priestly Scholarship 2016, The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
- Human Rights Lawyers Association Judicial Review Moot Competition Winner 2015
- Exhibition Award 2014, The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
BA (Hons) Law, 2:1 (University of Exeter)
LLM in International and Comparative Law, Merit (Trinity College Dublin)
Bar Professional Training Course, Very Competent (The City Law School)