Georgina Gibbs' practice mainly comprises Serious and Organised Crime, and she has been appointed to the Specialist Serious and Organised Crime Panel at Grade 4. This past year, she has been instructed for the Complex Casework Unit as junior counsel to prosecute in a multi-handed sexual abuse case, described by the sentencing judge as the most serious case of interfamilial sexual abuse she had heard, and sole prosecution counsel in the cases of a shooting of a 16 year old boy, and a multi-handed conspiracy to facilitate the entry of illegal immigrants into the UK. She was recently Leading counsel in an Eastern Region Special Operations Unit prosecution of a 10 handed class A drugs conspiracy, securing convictions against all defendants, including responding successfully to appeals against conviction, and achieving confiscation against all relevant defendants.
She has recently been, and is to be further led, in a number of murder cases, and has been instructed as sole counsel in attempted murder cases, both prosecution and defence. Georgina has acquired comprehensive knowledge of many areas of expert evidence, particularly telephone/cell site analysis, DNA, pathology and psychiatric issues. Her recent judicial appointments as an Assistant Coroner in two geographical areas enable her to develop a specialist knowledge in the latter two areas in particular.
Georgina has extensively defended and prosecuted in serious, multi-complainant sexual offences, in which she has demonstrated that she is adept at handling vulnerable witnesses/defendants and intermediaries. Georgina is routinely instructed, and committed, to both defend and prosecute, and would not want to sacrifice one for the other. Those who instruct her remark upon her rigorous preparation, provision of excellent client care and her notable impact upon juries in a succession of cases identified below. Judges and the Court of Appeal have observed that her written advocacy is concise, persuasive and articulate. Consequently, she is called upon to respond in significant appeals. Georgina's advice is routinely solicited at the pre-charge stage of intricate and complex cases.
Georgina believes in contributing to the Bar, and trains Bar students in advocacy, mentors entrants to the profession, and contributes to government consultation responses, namely in the form of the Council of the Inns of Court Working Party's response to 'Preserving and Enhancing the Quality of Criminal Advocacy 'and 'QASA' consultations. She is a qualified Pupil Supervisor, currently supervising the second of two pupils this year.
Instructed in a case involving the shooting of a 16 year old boy as a revenge attack for a skull fracture previously suffered by one of the two defendants at the hands of the victim's cousin."
- Serious and organised crime
- Sexual offences
- Drugs conspiracies
- Death by dangerous/careless driving
- Serious offences of violence
- Prosecution for Serious Casework Division
Appointments & Memberships
- Appointed to Specialist Panel Serious and Organised Crime Group at Grade 4 - March 2018
- Assistant Coroner Kent - appointed October 2017
- Assistant Coroner Doncaster - appointed December 2016
- Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service - appointed by Pitchford LJ to adjudicate on barrister disciplinary hearings - appointed January 2012 to January 2018
- Approved Pupil Supervisor March 2017 - currently supervising a pupil
- Accredited Gray's Inn Advocacy Trainer
- Inns' Conduct Committee - appointed September 2016
- Grade 4 prosecutor - rape panel
- Elected Member of the 36 Group’s (Chambers) Executive Board - March 2015 to date
- Immediate Past Recorder South Eastern Circuit 2013 - 2015
- Recorder of the South Eastern Circuit 2011-2013
- Junior of South Eastern Circuit 2012 - 2013
- Member Criminal Bar Association to date
Serious and Organised Crime
R v Ferro, MaGrath and Russell - 2015 - Chelmsford Crown Court
Led junior in 3 handed murder involving 2 juveniles and 1 adult, in which the female adult star, prosecution witness became a defendant just before the trial started once new evidence came to light. The case concerned a ferocious knife attack by 3 Bush Boy gang members upon 2 unarmed drug dealers in a confined space, leaving 1 dead and the other near fatally injured. Extensive scientific, telephone and CCTV evidence had to be compiled, scrutinised and presented in order to reconstruct events in the absence of the main prosecution eyewitness.
R v Suleiman - 2016 - Chelmsford Crown Court
Led junior in prosecution of the 4th adult defendant in the murder trial above, who having fled the jurisdiction, was then extradited back to the UK once located in Norway after having travelled through many African countries. Trial focussed heavily on pathological evidence, since the prosecution were faced with overcoming the significant evidential difficulties which arose due to the majority of the admissible evidence in the first trial being inadmissible in this trial in the absence of the convicted co-defendants.
R v CW - 2015 - Blackfriars Crown Court
Defended juvenile charged with stabbing another young adult twice. He pleaded guilty to s.20 on the basis of spontaneously inflicting one stab wound which was not accepted, because the evidence showed that the defendant and complainant had been in an argument a few days beforehand and the defendant had seemingly taken a journey out of his usual route in order to end up at the precise location of the complainant, following a phone call to the defendant's mobile phone just before the incident. Case involved extensive, contradictory medical evidence on the central issue of whether there were 1 or 2 stab wounds. Acquitted of s.18 wounding with intent Achieved non-custodial sentence in respect of s.20
R v Boyce and 9 others - 2015 - Chelmsford Crown Court
Leading trial counsel in successful prosecution of 10 defendant conspiracy to supply cocaine, against several 2 counsel teams, including a QC. The case concerned an investigation (Operation Usurp) by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU), into the supply of Class A drugs, namely very high purity cocaine by an organised crime group, in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Essex and London, between autumn 2013 and May 2014. All 10 were convicted, many following legal arguments involving abuse of process/application to dismiss.
R v HA - 2016 - Northampton Crown Court
Successfully defended father accused of sexually abusing his young daughter following jury trial, despite his having absconded back to his country of origin, Pakistan, after he gave his evidence and before speeches.
R v G L-P - 2016 - Worcester Crown Court
Successfully defended man accused of raping his ex-partner following jury trial. Acquitted in 5 minutes.
R v Kamal - 2016 - Southwark Crown Court
Case attracted national press interest: successful prosecution of a serving police officer for voyeurism charges which initially seemed unachievable due to not being able to locate any of the victim sex workers being covertly filmed by him engaged in sexual activity without their knowledge. Gave pre-charge advice that particular section of SOA 2003 did not require proof that victims were not consenting, only that defendant didn't reasonably believe they were and that prosecution viable. Defendant pleaded guilty and will likely dismissed from the police force.
R v RR - C - 2016 - Woolwich Crown Court
Successfully prosecuted father who sexually abused natural daughter between ages of 11-13 years. Received sentence of 16 years' imprisonment after trial.
R v RH - 2015 - Hereford Crown Court
Defended man accused of breaking into woman's house in early hours, anally, vaginally and orally raped her at knife point whilst young children present. Falsely imprisoned her and tried to strangled her.
Acquitted of all counts after trial.
R v SD - 2015 - Leicester Crown Court
Defended man accused of raping his natural daughter - his semen was all over clothing - defendant's sister also made allegation against him Acquitted of all counts after trial.
R v CF - 2014 - Northampton Crown Court
Defended man accused of historical, systematic rape of step-daughter resulting in 2 separate pregnancies. Acquitted of all rape counts after trial.
R v GA - 2014 - Southwark Crown Court
Defended man accused of campaign of domestic violence on mother of his children over a decade.
Alleged to have falsely imprisoned, raped, sexually assaulted & threatened to kill her.
Acquitted of all sexual offences, false imprisonment & threats to kill after trial.
R v AO - 2014 - York Crown Court
Defended Grandfather accused of sexually abusing his granddaughter.
Acquitted after trial.
R v NC - 2014 - Northampton Crown Court
Defended man accused of raping his female cousin. His defence was that he awoke in bed to find her instigating sexual contact with him.
Acquitted after trial.
R v C & R - 2014 - Leicester Crown Court
Defendant pleaded guilty to 'raping a child under 13' in joint attack with co-defendant on very vulnerable young girl.
R v PH - 2014 - Croydon Crown Court
Prosecuted Defendant who raped his ex partner on multiple occasions, & who falsely imprisoned her, stalked her & committed routine violence against her.
Convicted after trial.
R v RF - 2014 - Peterborough Crown Court
Prosecuted Defendant who groomed & sexually abused his neighbour's young son having taken him away on an overnight trip.
Convicted after trial.
R v MH - 2014 - Harrow Crown Court
Prosecuted Defendant who groomed 12 year old schoolgirl on internet, met her and provided her with sex toys. Encouraged her to take indecent images of herself & incited her to engage in sexual activity. She subsequently suffered self harm issues & suicidal intent. Reviewed & scheduled substantial social services records undertaken by counsel alone.
Convicted after trial.
R v JV - 2013 - Snaresbrook Crown Court
Defended Doctor (by virtue of PHD) who worked in connection with well known hair laser clinic, charged with rape in respect of a young woman he lured to his 'private clinic' to perform a treatment, which was in fact his private house.
Acquitted after trial.
R v Alan Blackwell - 2013 - Aylesbury Crown Court
Prosecuted Defendant (wearing a disguise) charged with a scissor point robbery/sexual assault of a young girl, home alone, at the end of which trial he received 11 years' imprisonment. Experts on mixed DNA profiles called & cross-examined, notwithstanding exceptionally low profile DNA, Court was persuaded to admit evidence after a lengthy voire dire & analysis of R v Duglosz. Convicted after trial.
R v BR - 2013 - Guildford Crown Court
Grandfather accused of sexually abusing his granddaughter. Acquitted after trial.
R v CL - 2013 - Northampton Crown Court
Defendant changed his instructions on day of trial from denying any form of sexual contact to admitting consensual activity with his deceased's brother's girlfriend. Defendant had already pleaded guilty to an affray in respect of same Complainant, in which he held her at knife point. Such was the severity of affray that Police marksmen were given permission to shoot him & nearly did. Affray incident in evidence & consequently much prejudice in minds of the jury from outset.
Acquitted after trial.
R v RR - 2013 - Peterborough Crown Court
Prosecuted ex MET police officer who worked with sex offenders, who was discovered to have engaged and met with a fellow female internet user whom he asked to procure him a child for sexual abuse. He was involved in viewing extreme child pornography and bestiality.
Pleaded guilty following counsel's advice to charge attempted child sex offences rather than only original indecent images.
R v Ambrose Clifton - 2012 - Lincoln Crown Court
Led by Felicity Gerry QC for the prosecution at trial against Queen’s Counsel & senior junior. Used the hearsay provisions in both sections 116 & 114 CJA 2003 to successfully rely on pre-recorded video and audio of the child’s complaints & to admit drawings/notes made by the child, as well as adducing indecent images recovered from defendant’s computer. Complainant refused to be ABE interviewed and never appeared at trial. An application for leave to appeal a conviction for rape and making indecent images of child was refused by the Court of Appeal.