Specialisms

Cally is an accomplished criminal defence solicitor-advocate who regularly advises and represents Defendants in a broad spectrum of complex criminal and quasi-criminal proceedings.  She is a highly experienced Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court litigator and she has significant experience in litigating complex criminal cases including cases concerning the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, duty evasion, serious and complex fraud cases, serious drug offences and historic sexual offences. She has experience dealing with high-profile clients and she tirelessly works to mitigate the impact of criminal litigation on your life and career.

Cally also has Criminal Litigation Accreditation with the Law Society which is a recognised quality standard for practitioners in criminal litigation.

Cally is able to advise you from the start of the criminal process before you have been charged with an offence and she often drafts letters of representations to prosecuting authorities to persuade them not to charge you. In the unfortunate event that you are charged with a criminal offence Cally is able to advise and represent you at the Magistrates Court, and the Crown Court until your matter has concluded.

Cally can also advise and attend with you if you are required to attend an interview under caution. She is police station accredited and she is highly experienced in advising clients after their arrest or in voluntary interviews under caution. She has dealt with numerous driving offences, sexual offences, fraud and violent offences at the police station.

Cally also achieved the highest result ever awarded with her provider for her police station accreditation written exam due to her extensive knowledge of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (‘PACE’) and PACE Codes of Practice.

Experience

Cally regularly represents clients at the Magistrates’ Court and conducts her own advocacy there including trial advocacy. She has higher rights of audience so she is also able to advise and represent you at the Crown Court if you are required to attend court there. Cally also has significant experience in advising clients in relation to raising successful defences including modern slavery, necessity and duress defences.

Cally has successfully conducted litigation in the Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court and the Court of Appeal criminal division and she has significant experience in advising clients in relation to appealing their sentence. She has also successfully challenged remand applications, and the imposition of bail conditions by the police and Courts.

Key Achievements

R v MW, 2023- Represented a Defendant accused of duty evasion in excess of one million pounds. The Defendant was acquitted at trial.

R v MN, 2023- Successfully persuaded the prosecution to drop a burglary charge at Northampton Crown Court.

R v DS, 2023 – Represented a 16-year old male accused of grievous bodily harm with intent at Hatfield Police Station. The police took no further action.

R v NT, 2023- Represented a client accused of possessing a bladed article, Public Order Act 1986 offences and theft at Stevenage Police Station. The police took no further action. 

R v MK, 2023- Represented a client accused of rape at Hatfield Police Station. The police took no further action.

R v NS, 2003- Successfully mitigated on behalf of a Defendant who pleaded guilty to complex and sophisticated fraud offences. The Defendant avoided a custodial sentence.

R v KC, 2023- Successfully persuaded the prosection to drop witness intimidation charges on the day of trial.

R v RJ, 2023- Secured an acquittal in relation to 2 charges of battery at St Albans Magistrates Court.

R v JB, 2023- Advised a Defendant in relation to the Police’s application to vary his Sexual Harm Prevention Order at Northampton Crown Court.

R v AO, 2023- Advised a high-profile client in relation to allegations that she breached section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986.

Outside of the office

Cally enjoys reading and writing fiction in her spare time. She also likes history and visiting historical sites and keeping fit by running.