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Jamie Scott

Career background

Prior to pupillage, spent two years working as a caseworker at Brixton Advice Centre, dealing with housing and community care law, and in particular homelessness. Gained experience in dealing with very vulnerable and disadvantaged clients.

Whilst completing the BPTC, reached the final of the 2013 Gray’s Inn moot competition and went on to represent the Inn during the biennial moot tour of the USA.

Practice details

An experienced Crown Court trial advocate, instructed to prosecute and defend in a range of criminal matters.

Recent defence trials include cases of murder, sexual assault by penetration and blackmail.

A Level 3 prosecutor. A member of the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) panel; has experience of dealing with vulnerable and child witnesses.

Recent prosecution trials include cases of wounding with intent to cause GBH, Class-A drugs supply and child sexual assault.

Has experience in quasi-criminal proceedings, including asset forfeiture, inquests, trading standards and police work. Has represented the police, including in Police (Property) Act applications, dog destruction applications and has appeared on behalf of a 999 operator at a Jury inquest into a suicide.

Represented a defendant charged with modern slavery offences, and successfully applied to dismiss the human trafficking count. The Crown subsequently offered no evidence against her in respect of all other counts on the indictment.

Led junior in four-week murder trial. Represented the first defendant, accused of stabbing his partner fifty-five times. The pathology evidence was extensive, given the nature of the injuries. Psychiatric and psychological expert evidence was called because the defendant raised diminished responsibility. His mother was on trial alongside him for assisting in the disposal of the evidence.

  • Represented a local council official accused of trying to blackmail a landlord with the threat of increasing his tax liability. Successfully applied to exclude his confession to the police. Acquitted following Jury trial.
  • Represented a student in a Jury trial accused of digitally penetrating a young woman at a nightclub who was said to be too intoxicated to consent.
  • Represented a defendant acquitted following Jury trial of the theft of thousands of pounds from the British Legion Poppy Appeal
  • Represented a defendant who was acquitted following Jury trial of possession of cocaine with intent to supply, notwithstanding that the Crown had adduced evidence of his previous convictions for similar offences.
  • Prosecuted a section 18 wounding Jury trial where the defendant was accused of stabbing his partner to the chest as part of a sustained domestic assault

 Further Information

  Reported Cases

  • Miller v DPP [2018] EWHC 262 (Admin): successfully appealed by way of case stated. The High Court held that the magistrates should have excluded evidence of the drug-drive procedure, given that the police had failed to call an appropriate adult to assist a suspect known to have learning difficulties and autism. The case was remitted to the Magistrates’ Court with a direction to acquit the defendant of failing to provide a specimen.
  • Garrett v Chief Constable of West Midlands Police [2020] EWHC 1866 (Admin): responded on behalf of the police to an appeal by way of case stated. The appellant appealed a civil dog destruction order. The case raised the question of jurisdiction and the point at which the time limit for a complaint ran. The appeal was successfully resisted and the appeal dismissed.

  • Midland Circuit
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Pegasus Scholarship (six-week placement in the USA), 2018
  • Kalisher Trust Essay Competition Runner-Up, 2016
  • Reid Scholarship (Senior Scholarship for Pupillage) – Gray’s Inn, 2015
  • Norman Tapp Memorial Prize for mooting – Gray’s Inn, 2013
  • Prince of Wales Scholarship – Gray’s Inn, 2012
  • CPE Award – Gray’s Inn, 2011
  • Gurnee Hart Scholarship – Jesus College, Cambridge, 2010

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