Areas of expertise

At Corker Binning, Jemma has advised on a wide range of white collar, general crime, extradition and regulatory matters including investigations and prosecutions brought by the Crown Prosecution Service, the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Health & Care Professions Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Taxation Disciplinary Board.

Jemma has acted in a vast array of cases including those concerning allegations of serious fraud, and has represented defendants in large scale mortgage frauds, MTIC and other revenue frauds, land banking and false accounting charges, bribery and corruption offences, as well as ancillary offences including money laundering. She has a wide experience in advising clients on a number of restraint and confiscation matters relating to these proceedings.

Jemma has advised a number of individuals facing general criminal proceedings, including sexual allegations (including rape, sexual assault, voyeurism and possession of indecent images), offences involving serious violence or damage, drug offences and driving offences including allegations of causing death by careless driving as well as offences against public justice. Jemma prosecutes appeals at the Crown Court in respect of train fare evasion.

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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 prosecution of numerous appeals at Crown Court on behalf of transport companies.
  • 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.
  • Acting for clients in a current US/UK LIBOR investigation being undertaken by SFO.
  • Recent extradition cases involving USA, Cyprus, Russian Federation, South Africa, Dubai and the UAE.

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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 a number of organisations including the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association, the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers’ Association, the Extradition Lawyers’ Association, the Association of Women Solicitors, the Young Fraud Lawyers Association, JUSTICE and Liberty.

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News and Posts

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