Corinne Bramwell

Introduction

Corinne is a specialist trial advocate undertaking work in all areas of complex crime; extradition, regulatory law and professional discipline. She is qualified to represent members of the public directly in accordance with the Bar Council’s Direct Access Scheme.

Background and expertise

Corinne has expertise in complex financial crime and serious sexual offences. She prosecutes and defends and is an appointed CPS grade 4 prosecutor. Corinne has also been appointed to the CPS specialist panels for fraud; serious crime; rape and serious sexual offences, and extradition.

Corinne has appeared at courts martial in the UK and Germany and is an experienced extradition practitioner. She has acted for both requested people and foreign governments and judicial authorities.

Corinne has been instructed in numerous regulatory law and professional disciplinary matters both for professional people and regulators. Corinne has experience conducting cases brought by the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). She has also appeared in several judicial reviews.

Corinne is particularly skilled distilling voluminous and complex evidence into concise, digestible format. She is accomplished handling matters of disclosure and in 2018 lectured on ‘disclosure in the digital age’ and, ‘developments in the field of proceeds of crime and confiscation’.

Corinne has conducted numerous trials involving young and vulnerable people. She completed ICCA Vulnerable Witness training in 2017 and, ICCA Expert Evidence training in 2018.

Corinne has previously been seconded Counsel at the Crown Prosecution Service Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division's Extradition Unit, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office.

Corinne is an accredited pupil supervisor.

COMPLEX FINANCIAL CRIME

R v K and 12 Others, 2019

£100-million, missing trader (MTIC) fraud trial due to commence in February 2019 – led by David Hughes.

R v M and M, 2017

£50-million, three-defendant fraud prosecuted by HMRC and the CPS. The case involved complex legal argument on the issue of ‘double jeopardy’ pursuant to Article 54 of the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement including expert evidence from a Professor of Italian law – led by David Hughes.

See Daily Mail article

See Court News UK article

See The Guardian article

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R v D, D and V, 2016

£5-million, four-defendant Gift Aid fraud and multi-jurisdiction money laundering trial. The first defendant received a 12-year term of imprisonment – led by David Hughes. Corinne is currently part-heard sole prosecution counsel in the contested, cut-throat confiscation proceedings which involve evidence obtained from abroad using the International Letter of Request (ILOR) scheme.

See Daily Express article

See Daily Telegraph article

R v I and Others, 2014

Prosecution counsel in an 8-defendant conspiracy to commit fraud against a leading UK telecommunications company.

SERIOUS SEXUAL OFFENCES

R v N, 2018

Prosecution counsel – defendant convicted, following an 11-day trial, of historical sexual offences committed 39 years ago against a familial child aged 11. The case involved contested expert evidence from chartered clinical psychologists on ‘false memory syndrome’.

R v F, 2018

Defence counsel - client acquitted, following a 5-day trial, of allegations of sexually assaulting a former sexual partner.

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R v H, 2017

Defence counsel for a man charged with offences including causing a child to watch a sexual act and engaging in sexual activity. Corinne successfully applied to dismiss the s.12(1) ‘sexting’ charge on the basis that sending a photograph of an erect penis did not amount to “engaging in an activity”.

R v H, 2017

Prosecution counsel – defendant convicted following trial for historical child sexual offences of rape and indecent assault. The defendant received 14 years’ imprisonment and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life.

See Bracknell News article

R v W, 2017

Prosecution counsel – defendant received 9 years’ imprisonment and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life, following a trial at the Central Criminal Court, for historical and recent sexual offending against familial children aged 4-9.

R v U, 2017

Prosecution counsel – defendant convicted, following trial, of the assault by penetration of a 6-year-old child for whom he was babysitting.

R v K, 2016

Prosecution counsel in the trial of a defendant charged with 35 serious sexual offences spanning 12 years against six complainants, the youngest of whom was aged 2. The defendant was convicted and received a life sentence.

See BBC News article

R v M, 2015

Defence counsel - client acquitted of an alleged date rape. The trial involved contested expert evidence on the use of Ketamine.

SERIOUS CRIME

R v H, 2018

Defence counsel - client acquitted following a 7-day trial for offences of assault and false imprisonment. The trial involved contested expert evidence on blood spatter.

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R v Z and C, 2018

Prosecution counsel – father and step-mother convicted of offences of child cruelty and assault, following a 9-day trial. In her sentencing remarks the Judge found “repeated, sustained isolation”, the child “was treated like an animal”. The defendants’ received sentences of 39 months and 28 months imprisonment respectively.

R v O and M, 2018

Prosecution counsel – the defendants received terms of imprisonment of 42 months and 9 months respectively for offences including causing serious injury by dangerous driving where one car struck a pedestrian causing the loss of a limb. The case involved expert evidence from crash scene investigators.

R v B and Others, 2015

Defence counsel – the prosecution ‘offered no evidence’ following Corinne’s written submissions that there was no case to answer on charges of modern slavery.

See Darlington and Stockton Times article

HOMICIDE

R v T and MJ, 2013

Corinne represented a 17-year-old acquitted of murder following a trial at the Central Criminal Court – led by Jane Bickerstaff QC

See BBC News article

See The Guardian article

EXTRADITION

N v Poland, 2019

Currently instructed to represent Poland at appeal, where the requested person, who relies on Lis v Poland and is seeking to challenge his extradition to serve a term of imprisonment following his conviction for burglary.

Ireland v J, 2019

Currently instructed by Ireland to seek the extradition of a man accused of 42 serious sexual offences including multiple allegations of rape.

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L v Germany, 2018

Requested person’s extradition sought for fraud offences valued at €150,000.

Poland v O, 2012

Corinne successfully resisted the extradition of a client on the grounds of section 25 of the Extradition Act 2003, mental health issues.

Slovakia v K, 2012

Corinne successfully made representations to the Issuing Judicial Authority to have the European Arrest Warrant withdrawn.

Wilby and Halliday v. Czech Republic [2012] EWHC 1006 (Admin)

Corinne successfully resisted appellants’ challenge to extradition to the Czech Republic for serious drug trafficking offences.

Istanek v. Czech Republic [2011] EWHC 1498 (Admin)

Case involving submissions pursuant to section 2 of the Extradition Act 2003; specifically, whether a right to retrial was inconsistent with a fugitive being a convicted person for the purposes of extradition - led by John Hardy Q.C.

Coleiro v. Malta [2011] EWHC 873 (Admin)

Represented a client challenging extradition on the basis that the Judge at first instance had erroneously found prison conditions were compatible with Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. BAILII

Italy v Barone [2010] EWHC 3004 (Admin)

Instructed on behalf of the Office of the Prosecutor General of Turin to seek the extradition of the defendant for offences of aggravated murder, attempted robbery and illegal possession and carrying of arms. The case involved legal argument on abuse of process and delay pursuant to section 14 of the Extradition Act 2003 - led by Alun Jones Q.C.

Rot v Poland [2010] EWHC 1820 (Admin)

Represented a suicidal client challenging the compatibility of extradition with Articles 2 and 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights and section 25 of the Extradition Act 2003 based on his mental health and the lack of suitable facilities in the requesting state.

Mihociu v Hungary [2010] EWHC 708 (Admin)

Successfully resisted an appeal against extradition on grounds of abuse of process; oppression due to the passage of time and Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Kwasny v Poland [2010] EWHC 518 (Admin)

Corinne successfully resisted an appeal against an order for extradition. The Appellant’s submission was that he had effectively served three months more than that required to be served in Poland due to a lengthy delay between the making of the extradition order and the appeal hearing.

PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINE

NMC v C, 2016

Poor midwifery practices following neonatal deaths.

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NMC v E, 2014

Repeated and systemic midwifery failings.

NMC v GY, 2013

Registrant convicted of making 7,500 indecent images of children over a 6-year period.

NMC v SS, 2013

Registrant failed to investigate an allegation of sexual assault by another service user.

APPELLATE WORK

R v M, 2017

Successful appeal concerning the operation of Article 54 of the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement ne bis in idem principle of ‘double jeopardy’ based on previous criminal proceedings in Italy - led by Tim Owen QC and David Hughes.

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R v W, 2017

Prosecution counsel in a successful, expedited appeal against a terminating ruling, following a contested application for a stay for abuse of process, due to the impact of delay in bringing the prosecution on the competency of a 6-year-old complainant, pursuant to s.53 of the YJCEA 1999. Corinne also appeared for the prosecution at the subsequent trial where the defendant was convicted.

Professional commentary and attribution

“Her mitigation was absolutely superb. She presented it beautifully and concisely and persuaded me that I could suspend the sentence on her client, who was already in breach of a suspended sentence. He has her to thank for his continued liberty. It was a model of mitigation advocacy and she is obviously an extremely talented member of the Bar ...”

“I found her conduct in the trial to be exemplary, including her manner with witnesses. She combined a sensitivity with a robust approach where it was needed. Ms Bramwell was in control of the proceedings ..'

“Miss Bramwell prepared and presented the case in a clear and methodical way, thus ensuring clarity in what might otherwise have been difficult to follow evidence, due to the volume and complexity of material.”
“I have been impressed with her attention to detail and her ability to grasp [with some pace] some of the technicalities of Tax and its guidelines.”
“Ms Bramwell is a great communicator and is meticulous and professional in her approach.” 
“Corinne had an excellent working relationship with the respective investigation teams and was a valuable junior in the presentation of the cases to the juries.”
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PROFILE: Corinne Bramwell

“Ms Bramwell is a great communicator and is meticulous and professional in her approach.”

Year called

2005

Specialisms

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Crime

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Extradition

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Financial Crime

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Military

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Sexual offences

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Disciplinary

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Regulatory / Disciplinary

Direct access

Yes

Contact

020 7489 2727

Education

BVC - Inns of Court School of Law, City University

LLB (Hons) - European, International and Comparative Law, University of Sheffield and University of Helsinki

Memberships

Inner Temple

South Eastern Circuit

Criminal Bar Association

Appointments

CPS Prosecutor (grade 4)

CPS RASSO panel

CPS Fraud panel (grade 3)

CPS Serious Crime panel (grade 3)

CPS Extradition panel (grade 2)

Direct Access qualified

Pupil Supervisor

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