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Helen DouglassCrime and Extradition Paralegal

Helen
areas of expertise
  • Crime Paralegal
education
  • Bar Professional Training Course, BPP University Leeds
  • University of Nottingham, Law LLB – 2.1
  • DELF Member
  • Certificate of Competency in Prison Law
  • Probationary Police Station Representative

Helen is a Crime and Extradition Paralegal based in our London Offices. She graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2016 with an Upper Second-Class Degree (2:1) in Law. She then went on to complete the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at BPP University where she obtained a ‘Very Competent’.

Helen works mainly within the Crown Court Department and with a passion for Criminal Defence, has experience assisting advocates in a wide range of Criminal cases including Serious violent, Drugs and Sexual Offences.

Helen also works alongside senior solicitors and barristers defending clients in Extradition proceedings both in and outside of Europe, including Poland, Hungary, Romania, Italy, Germany, Portugal, the USA and Canada.

Notable cases:

  • R v M (2019) – Following judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Minister for Justice and Equality v OG and PI (C-508/18 and C-82/19 PPU) the client, who was facing a custodial sentence of 3 years imprisonment if returned to Germany, was discharged by Westminster Magistrates Court.
  • R v B (2019) – Following successfully written representations to the Crown Prosecution Service regarding the legality of the client’s arrest as well as his medical and personal circumstances; the Prosecution offered no evidence.
  • Canada v C (2019)– The requested person’s extradition is sought pursuant to an extradition request issued by the Canadian authorities for alleged fraud in excess of $1.6 million (CAD).
  • Poland v M (2019)– The client was wanted on a European Arrest Warrant by Poland to serve time in custody due to a breach of a suspended sentence. After the client’s extradition was ordered following the full hearing and refusal of permission to appeal, further proceedings in Poland resulted in the breach being withdrawn. An emergency injunction was made on behalf of the client and the warrant was subsequently discharged.
  • R v Y (2019) – Our client was charged with possession with intent to supply a psychoactive substance, nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas”. After trial, the client was acquitted unanimously by the jury. The case was reported here.
  • R v Q (2018) – The client was charged with intimidation of a key witness in Crown Court proceedings. Following a 3-day trial, the client was acquitted.
  • R v H (2018) – After being convicted at the Magistrates Court of offences relating to assaults on two police officers in the exercise of their duty, the client’s convictions were successfully appealed to the Crown Court and he was acquitted on all charges.
  • R v D (2018) – The client and a co-defendant were charged with fraud related offences of over £60,000, after a 6-day trial, our client was found not guilty, his co-defendant was convicted.
  • R v S (2018) – The client was charged with conspiracy to steal a number of high-value motor vehicles, following a successful submission of no case to answer by the barrister, the Judge ordered a verdict of not guilty to be entered in relation to the first count. Following a trial, the jury unanimously found the client not guilty of the remaining charge.
  • R v P (2017) – An 18-year-old female client faced a charge related to conspiracy to supply class A drugs. The prosecution subsequently offered no evidence on the day of trial.
  • R v D (2017) – The client was facing multiple charges including attempted rape, threats to kill and assault. After successful pressure on the police and CPS, the prosecution offered no evidence prior to trial and the client was released.

Outside of work Helen enjoys travelling abroad, with a keen interest in human rights and the law, Helen has volunteered on projects with groups of young and vulnerable people in Ghana, South Africa and Jamaica.

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