Diana Wilson

Introduction

Diana is a tenacious practitioner who joined Chambers in September 2017 having already gained 16 years’ experience in the domestic, international and military courts.  She has experience of conducting complex and grave cases including prosecuting Kosovo organised crime, and war crime trials and advising in relation to complex government corruption and terrorism investigations.    As well as her criminal work, she has appeared before the Nursing and Midwifery Counsel and has extensive advisory experience including in relation to public enquiries.  She is a grade 4 CPS prosecutor and has particular expertise in relation to telephone evidence (having spent one and a half years working nearly exclusively on the communication evidence on the Hariri case) and sexual violence (including being invited as an expert to the Global Summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict).

Background and expertise

Diana started her career QEB Hollis Whiteman, 2001-2007, where she prosecuted and defended the full range of criminal cases including murder, rape and fraud.  These six years of advocacy served her well when she went on to conduct international cases and advise in relation to her international work.

Through her international work she gained an exceptional ability to analyse large volumes of evidence and unused material.  In one institution that in which Diana worked there were over 600,000 pages of material for the team to consider at the pre-charge stage.  She has experience of conducting grave trials with up to nine defence counsel including robust internationally recognised opponents, sometimes attracting significant press and political interest

She is a meticulous barrister with strong attention to detail.  This served her well when she worked at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon on the Hariri case where she worked with top internationally recognised computer, telecommunications and other technical experts in relation to the technical/telecommunications part of the case.

Diana was a serving military (legal) officer and unusually has experience both prosecuting and defending before the Courts Martial.  Whilst in the military she also served at Air Command including being part of the legal team working on the RAF reaction to/subsequent action following the Haddon Cave public inquiry, serving as the legal advisor to Boards of Inquiry (which are charged with investigating air incidents), and providing other legal advice relating to the work of Air Command. She left the military to work for the EU mission's Judges' Unit in Kosovo

Following her time at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, in 2013 Diana returned to Kosovo as a Special Prosecutor where her cases included the second and third ever Kosovo domestic wartime sexual violence trials, a complex organised crime and people smuggling trial, and multiple complex investigations relating to organised crime, corruption in public office, terrorism and war crimes.  During this time she was invited to the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict as one of the international experts.

In 2015 she moved to the Special Investigative Task Force which later transformed into the Specialist Prosecutor's Office (SPO) working as a Prosecutor on the issues arising out of the Council of Europe report written by Dick Marty.  The SPO has jurisdiction to prosecute War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and certain Kosovo domestic crimes.

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Whilst in the military she also served at Air Command including: being part of the legal team working on the RAF reaction to/subsequent action following the Haddon Cave public inquiry, serving as the legal advisor to Boards of Inquiry (which are charged with investigating air incidents), and providing other legal advice relating to the work of Air Command. She left the military to work for the EU mission's Judges' Unit in Kosovo.

In 2011 she moved to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon as trial counsel where for one and a half years she was assigned to the Hariri case, almost exclusively working on the communication evidence.

In 2013 Diana returned to Kosovo as a Special Prosecutor where her cases included the second and third ever Kosovo domestic wartime sexual violence trials, a complex organised crime and people smuggling trial, and multiple complex investigations relating to organised crime, corruption in public office, terrorism and war crimes.  During this time she was invited to the Global Summit  to End Sexual Violence in Conflict as one of the international experts.

In 2015 she moved to the Special Investigative Task Force which later transformed into the Specialist Prosecutor's Office (SPO) working as a Prosecutor on the issues arising out of the Council of Europe report written by Dick Marty.  The SPO has jurisdiction to prosecute War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and certain Kosovo domestic crimes.

International Cases

Prosecutor v Hyseni, Qubrelli, Haxha and Selimi, 2014
Kosovo Sole counsel in the prosecution of four defendants including a goverment minister for war crimes. The case related to charges of violence and sexual violence using command responsibility and direct perpetration as modes of liability.
Prosecutor v AYYASH, 2011-13
Trial counsel on the prosecution team from 2011-2013 in the international terrorism case relating to the assasination of HARIRI on 14 February 2004. Worked almost exclusively on the communications evidence.

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Organised Crime and People Smuggling, 2013
Kosovo Organised Crime and People Smuggling - 2013 Kosovo. Sole advocate in case against two defendants for smuggling people from Kosovo to Italy via Albania.

Criminal Cases

R v B

Instructed as sole advocate to prosecute B who was part of a gang which committed 4 armed and organised robberies of high-end jewellers. The case was defended by and experienced silk and junior. Kingston Crown Court.

R v L and Others

Instructed as lead junior to prosecute a multi-handed conspiracy to handle stolen goods. This comprised of 12 robberies perpetrated by a sophisticated armed gang over a 12 month period. Kingston Crown Court.

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R v C and Others

Instructed as a led junior in a multi-handed conspiracy to handle stolen goods spanning a 15 month period involving over half a million pounds worth of goods. Guildford Crown Court.

R v W and Others

Instructed as a led junior to defend a man charged with conspiracy to commit a breach of immigration law and money laundering. The used material was around 20,000 pages. The indictment spanned a 4 year period, the investigation covered a 10 year period. Isleworth Crown Court.

OTHER ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS

  • Provides training in relation to wartime sexual violence
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PROFILE: Diana Wilson

Year called

2001

Specialisms

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Crime

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Sexual offences

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Inquests / public inquiries

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International

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Military

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Terrorism

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Road traffic

Contact

020 7489 2727

Education

Read Law at St. John's College Cambridge (1997-2000),

Inns of Court School of Law/City University of London (2000-2001)

Memberships

Criminal Bar Association

The Association of Military Court Advocates

The South Eastern Circuit

The Fraud Lawyers Association

Chatham House

Appointments

Grade 4 CPS Advocates Panel

2013-2017 Kosovo Prosecutor (member of the Kosovo Judiciary)

2014 Deployable Civilian Expert - Justice and Preventing Sexaul Violence Initiative

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