Helen DouglassCrime and Extradition Paralegal

areas of expertise
  • Crime Paralegal
  • Extradition Paralegal
  • Bar Professional Training Course, BPP University Leeds
  • University of Nottingham, Law LLB – 2.1
  • DELF Member

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 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.
  • 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 trial, the jury unanimously found the client not guilty of the remaining charge.
  • 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 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 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.

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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