Areas of expertise

Jemma advises across a broad spectrum of criminal law. She has acted for individuals accused of serious offences at police stations and up to trial including those facing allegations of serious violent and sexual offences (including rape, sexual assault, voyeurism and possession of indecent images), blackmail and other communications offences, drug offences, serious driving offences including allegations of causing death by careless driving, as well as offences against public justice.

Jemma has significant expertise in assisting those facing investigation and prosecution of white collar offences including a wide variety of frauds, bribery and corruption offences as well as ancillary offences such as money laundering.  Jemma also has had experience in extradition matters involving a number of requesting states, including the Russian Federation and the United Arab Emirates.

Jemma also has a substantial regulatory practice, being involved in various matters, for example recently defending in cases brought by the Independent Office of Police Conduct, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Taxation Disciplinary Board, as well assisting a client in an application to the First-Tier Tax Tribunal to reinstate their status as a ‘fit and proper person’ under the previous Regulation 28 of the Money Laundering Regulations 2007.

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Recent work

  • Successful application to the Criminal Court of Appeal appealing conviction from 2011 (as referred by the Criminal Cases Review Commission).
  • Successful defence of client who stood trial on a count of rape at Maidstone Crown court.
  • Successful acquittal of client facing proceedings for stalking (matter dropped at trial after successful representations for restraining order to be imposed instead of criminal proceedings being brought).
  • Successful outcome for a director of UK company in prosecution by Trading Standards.
  • Successful defence of director of UK company in SFO fraud prosecution.
  • Successful defence of senior executive in SFO overseas corruption prosecution relating to various African countries.
  • Acting in confiscation proceedings arising out of SFO and CPS/HMRC fraud prosecutions.
  • Extradition cases involving USA, Cyprus, Russian Federation, South Africa, Dubai and the UAE.

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Career

Jemma was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 2006. After qualification, Jemma worked as a freelance paralegal representing a portfolio of solicitor’s firms in criminal and family practice (private and publicly funded). From 2007, Jemma worked as a Legal Officer of HM Revenue & Customs, regularly representing the Commissioners at the VAT and Duties Tribunal. Working in the VAT and Excise department, Jemma gained experience of indirect tax, fraud and customs work. She assisted senior lawyers on Group Litigation Orders and cases involving Missing Trader Intra-Community (MTIC) fraud. She also coordinated high profile judicial reviews and references to the European Court of Justice.

In 2011, during her cross qualification, Jemma gained experience in human rights law whilst seconded to JUSTICE where she assisted Roger Smith OBE, the (then) Director of JUSTICE, on key human rights issues such as access to justice, the rule of law, criminal justice, European law, international jurisdiction and equality rights. During her tenure, Jemma represented JUSTICE at the Equality Diversity Forum, the Mental Health Alliance, Human Rights NGO Alliance (hosted by the BIIHR) and the War Crimes Community Involvement Panel.

Jemma is a member of the Female Fraud Forum and JUSTICE.

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News and Posts


Jemma Sherwood-Roberts writes for Law360 on unexplained wealth orders

The Conservative Party’s long awaited amendment to the ULS

Jemma Sherwood-Roberts examines the new Voyeurism (Offences) Act 2019, criminalising ‘upskirting’, in CrimeLine

The new law seeking to address “upskirting”

Edward Grange and Jemma Sherwood-Roberts discuss public place voyeurism in The Times Law Brief

Should there be a new sexual offence of public place voyeurism?

The rise of corporate transparency in the UK and UK territories

Jemma Sherwood-Roberts and Peter Binning discuss rail fare evaders in The Times Law Brief

The EU Referendum and its potential impact on criminal justice

Corker Binning solicitor discusses disclosure at Covert Policing conference

Unmeritorious criminal appeals: You have been warned

The Government’s plan to combat Corruption in the UK

Gillian Clemo fake will conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal

Afzal case highlights the SFO’s tough position on enforcing confiscation orders

Is financial misconduct best responded to by civil or criminal means? – YFLA end of year lecture

New anti-fraud strategy released