Marianne AltonCall To The Bar: 2014
Marianne is a diligent and persuasive advocate who prides herself on meticulous case preparation and client care. She is experienced in case preparation, drafting, and in providing advice in a series of significant pieces of litigation.
Criminal and Regulatory work:
Marianne is regularly instructed in a wide range of criminal defence and prosecution work, including offences of serious violence, dishonesty, drugs, sexual offences, public disorder, regulatory offences and confiscation proceedings. Marianne prepares and presents legal applications and arguments, such as dismissal, abuse of process, disclosure, applications to exclude evidence and submissions of no case to answer. In addition to rapidly developing a successful defence practice, Marianne is regularly instructed to prosecute both in private prosecutions and on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service. She is a level 2 CPS panel prosecutor.
Examples of Marianne’s recent criminal work include:
R v JHS & others (Operation Poppy) – conspiracy to murder, Central Criminal Court. Instructed by the CPS as disclosure counsel. The case involved a complex and heavy disclosure burden. Marianne was instructed as disclosure counsel for a year and a half and throughout the 11-week trial at the Central Criminal Court.
R v AC & others (Operation Lithium) – multi million pound MTIC VAT fraud, Sheffield Crown Court. Instructed by the CPS as disclosure counsel.
R v TAD & others (Operation Gradative 2) – modern slavery and cannabis case. Currently instructed by the CPS as junior counsel.
R v JW – defence of a man charged with attempted murder – led junior. Acquitted of the most serious charge.
R v MM – violent disorder, defending. Acquitted.
R v KM – robbery (at knife point), defending. Acquitted.
R v BM – possession of class A drugs (cocaine) with intent to supply, defending. Acquitted.
RSPCA v JK – fraud, defending. Case stayed as an abuse of process.
R v MM – witness intimidation, defending. No evidence offered on the trial date.
R v JW – defence of a man charged with attempted s18 assault, false imprisonment and blackmail. Acquitted of the most serious charge.
R v MM –s18 assault and robbery, defending. Negotiated a plea to s20 assault on the trial date.
R v PW – ABH, defending. Acquitted.
R v YW – ABH, defending. Acquitted.
R v GM – ABH, defending. Successful submission of no case to answer.
R v PC – theft, defending. Acquitted.
R v AN – harassment, defending. Successful submission of no case to answer.
Examples of Marianne’s recent regulatory work include:
R v JK – led junior for the defence in a Trading Standards prosecution concerning the sale of £1.5 million worth of counterfeit goods. Defendant received a suspended sentence upon conviction.
Examples of Marianne’s recent proceeds of crime work include:
R v PC – confiscation proceedings, defending. Case resolved on the basis that the recoverable amount was nil and benefit figure was a third of the figure originally advanced by the Crown.
R v CF – confiscation proceedings, defending. Case resolved on the basis that the recoverable amount was a sixth of the figure originally put forward by the Crown.
R v YC – complex forfeiture appeal. A settlement was reached resulting in the return of a significant portion of the seized monies to the appellant.
Marianne provides advice and representation in all areas of road traffic law. Examples of her recent cases include:
R v IB – careless driving, defending. Acquitted.
R v MH – careless driving, defending. Drafted submissions on the definition of a ‘road’. Prosecution discontinued on day of trial.
R v DB – careless driving, failing to stop, failing to report – defending. Acquitted.
R v WB – driving whilst using a mobile phone. Successful appeal to the crown court.
R v ST – failing to provide driver information. Successful appeal to the crown court.
R v JR – successful exceptional hardship argument.
R v RF – successful exceptional hardship argument.
R v CM – successful special reasons argument.
R v SL –suspended sentence following guilty pleas to dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified and using a car without insurance.
R v GB –suspended sentence following guilty pleas to three counts of dangerous driving.
International law and death penalty work:
Marianne has a keen interest in cases involving an international element and is a trustee of a charity Evolve – FILA whose volunteer barristers have assisted hundreds of people on death row in Uganda: https://evolvefila.org Through the charity, Marianne has worked on numerous capital cases heard before the High Court and appellate courts of Uganda, almost all of which have resulted in the death sentence being set aside. Examples include:
RI v Uganda – drafted submissions under the supervision of senior counsel. Death sentence quashed by the Supreme Court of Uganda. The case was remitted to the High Court. Marianne again drafted submissions and a determinate sentence was imposed.
Marianne acts regularly in all areas of personal injury work; both through the provision of advice and at court hearings. Marianne undertakes work for both claimants and defendants at small claim and fast track hearings, infant settlement hearings and MOJ stage 3 hearings. Marianne’s practice encompasses claims arising out of road traffic accidents, occupiers’ liability, employers’ liability and public liability. Examples of her civil work include:
DO v WP – fast track trial, RTA. Successfully acted for the claimant at trial.
MJ v AI – fast track trial, RTA. Successfully acted for the claimant at trial.
EJ v ACC – fast track trial, occupiers’ liability. Negotiated a favourable settlement for the claimant on the day of trial.
Marianne accepts instructions before the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and the Upper Tribunal and has particular experience in cases involving human rights arguments. Examples of recent cases include:
NA v ECO – appeared before the Upper Tribunal on behalf of a mother applying to join her minor children in the United Kingdom. Appeal allowed under article 8 of the Convention.
Experience prior to the Bar and pro bono work:
Marianne graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Philosophy and Theology. She completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Bar Professional Training Course through the University of Law and was awarded a first class LLB.
During her studies, Marianne received a number of scholarships and awards including an Exhibition from Pembroke College, Oxford and the Hardwicke Entrance Award, Lord Denning major scholarship and the Sunley scholarship from Lincoln’s Inn.
Gaining experience prior to the Bar, Marianne has been involved in a number of projects that have developed her skills with a wide range of people from different backgrounds, including vulnerable people. This included spending a full-time, fully funded gap year working in a homeless centre in Salford. Marianne also volunteered for a number of charities and pro bono organisations, including the Free Representation Unit. For example, prior to commencing pupillage she acted pro bono in an employment case, resulting in an award of over £24,000 in favour of her client.
In 2014, Marianne was awarded a Kalisher Trust scholarship which enabled her to spend six months working on a capital mitigation project in Uganda. The project assisted those convicted of capital crimes at the sentencing stage as well as on appeal. All of the cases with which she dealt were extremely serious in nature, being either murder or aggravated robbery cases. Marianne continues to be involved with the project on a pro bono basis and regularly assists on capital cases heard before the High Court and appellate courts of Uganda. In January 2018, Marianne was amongst a group of barristers and judges who presented at the Annual Judges’ Conference in Uganda on inconsistencies and disparities in sentencing practice and policy. As a result of the conference, a number of important reforms to sentencing practice are being implemented by the Ugandan judiciary.
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