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Diana is a tenacious advocate who practises general crime, court martial/military law and international criminal law. She is particularly noted for her attention to detail when preparing large multi-handed cases and for her calm and focused approach under pressure. She is a grade 4 CPS prosecutor (general crime and counter terrorism) as well as being on the RASSO and Serious Crime Group (grade 3) CPS Advocate Panels.
As well as her criminal work, she has extensive advisory experience including in relation to internal investigations and public enquiries. She 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). Diana is a recognised expert in the field of sexual violence and is often invited to speak on the subject.
Background and expertise
Diana is an accomplished advocate who is able to vary her styles as the case needs; from being described by one of her opponents as having a calm, measured and fair approach when prosecuting, to being described by one of her instructing solicitors when defending as ‘a bulldog’, to being sensitive and nuanced when advising the most vulnerable of clients. Her experience includes leading on complex, grave and lengthy 8 defendant prosecution trials; however, she is equally able to give her full attention and passion to the shortest and simplest of cases, including those requiring a sensitive and tailored approach.
Diana also has extensive advisory experience in relation to lengthy and complex investigations including in relation to government corruption and fraud. Through her international work she gained an exceptional ability to analyse and order large volumes of evidence and unused material. In one institution in which Diana worked there were over 600,000 pages of material for the team to consider at the pre-charge stage.
Her years of high-profile and varied experience enable her to remain unphased when conducting grave trials with multiple high-profile defendants and defence counsel including robust internationally recognised opponents, sometimes attracting significant press and political interest
Diana regularly appears to defend at Court Martial both in the UK and abroad and has the unusual advantage, as a former serving military legal officer, of having served in the SPA and having prosecuted many cases at Court 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.
For a chronological CV please go to - www.linkedin.com/in/dianawilsonlawyer.
Organised Crime and Terrorism
Prosecution counsel in case where the defendant pleaded guilty to a 15 count indictment, including soliciting to murder and bomb hoax counts. Full story here.
Prosecution counsel, in a case prosecuted under the terrorism protocol, but resulting in a plea to a lesser offence on the day of trial and a sentence under s37 of the MHA with a s41 restriction.
Instructed to prosecute a four handed conspiracy to supply class A drugs case. All four defendants pleaded guilty prior to trial and the sentencing judge commended Diana on her diligence and attention to detail. Also instructed on the subsequent confiscation proceedings.
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.
Instructed as lead junior to prosecute a multi-handed armed robbery case. This comprised of 12 robberies perpetrated by a sophisticated armed gang over a 12 month period. Kingston Crown Court.
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 an experienced QC and junior. Kingston Crown Court
Trial counsel on the prosecution team from 2011-2013 in the international terrorism case relating to the assassination of the former prime minister of Lebanon Rafik HARIRI on 14 February 2005. Worked almost exclusively on the communications evidence, including working with top internationally recognised computer, telecommunications and other technical experts
Violent and Sexual Crime
Prosecution counsel leading Sean Sullivan in a 6 defendant double attempted murder. Youth trial. Two other defendants pleaded guilty in the weeks leading up to the trial. For further detail see here
Prosecution counsel leading Max Hardy in an 8 week, 8 defendant conspiracy to kidnap and wounding with intent (s18) trial. Sentences ranged up to 13 years.
Instructed to defend a man charged with Rape. Crown offered no evidence following the further disclosure which flowed from Diana’s successful s8 application.
Prosecuted four men charged with aggravated burglary and blackmail, sentences ranged up to 12 years. One youth defendant was aided by an intermediary throughout the trial.
Defence counsel instructed to defend a man charged with serious child sex offences.
Successful prosecution of three youths for offences including wounding with intent following the stabbing of a 14-year-old in a park causing his lung to collapse. The case involved dealing with young witnesses who had been through significant trauma.
Successful defence at trial of a man charged with false imprisonment, threats to kill and sexual assault.
Led junior for the prosecution of a man for two stranger rapes. Harrow Crown Court.
Dishonesty/White Collar Crime
Successful prosecution of a man charged under POCA in relation to £300,000 worth of multiple currencies seized from his person and MSB.
Instructed as a led junior to defend a man charged with conspiracy to commit a breach of immigration law and money laundering. The evidence was around 20,000 pages. The indictment spanned a 4 year period, the investigation covered a 10 year period. Isleworth Crown Court.
Defended a lady accused of running multiple brothels and living off immoral earnings. Basildon Crown Court.
Successful prosecution of a man who defrauded a company of several hundred thousand pounds. Kingston Crown Court.
Advised and oversaw investigation in to a multi-million-pound land fraud, subjects included high profile political figures.
Advised in relation to a multi-million-pound government corruption investigation.
Legal advisor to several large-scale internal fraud/regulatory investigations.
Court Martial/Military Work
Successful submission of no case to answer defending a soldier in an 8-defendant affray case.
Successful defence of a soldier accused of serious domestic violence allegations. Following several listings to ensure disclosure and one non-effective listing for trial the prosecution offered no evidence.
Successful defence of a soldier charged with multiple offences of violence.
Defence of a soldier who, whilst on operations, was accused of multiple of offences of violence, and assaulting a service police officer. Following a partial acquittal and some guilty pleas the soldier, unusually, received a sentence which enabled him to continue serving.
Whilst a serving legal officer at RAFPA/SPA Diana conducted multiple courts martial, as the prosecutor including:
Successfully prosecuting a permanent staff member for assault by penetration of a cadet, after he broke into the female part of a training accommodation block.
Successfully prosecuting a SNCO for assault by penetration by breaking into his subordinates’ room and assaulting her as she slept,
Prosecuting an OC for perjury,
Prosecuting 4 service personnel on allegations of ‘redeyeing’,
Prosecuting multiple violence offences including multi-defendant cases and s18 charges.
Prosecuting JPA frauds,
Prosecuting the full range of service offences including dissertation, AWOL and breach of standing orders,
Advising in relation to IIOC cases, and providing training to service police,
Advising in relation to allegations arising on operations.
Diana also worked at Air Command and RAF Conningsby where her work included:
- assisting DLS in relation to advising in relation to the RAF response to the Haddon Cave enquiry,
- being the legal advisor to boards of enquiry,
- advising in relation to disciplinary/administrative action,
- being the legal advisor to internal investigations,
- advising the chain of command.
Worked 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.
Trial counsel on the prosecution team from 2011-2013 in the international terrorism case relating to the assassination of HARIRI on 14 February 2005. Worked almost exclusively on the communications evidence, including working with top internationally recognised computer, telecommunications and other technical experts.
Kosovo prosecution counsel in the prosecution of four defendants including a government minister for war crimes. The case related to charges of violence and sexual violence using command responsibility and direct perpetration as modes of liability.
One of two prosecution advocates in the prosecution of the 2nd ever rape as a war crime trial in the Kosovo national courts.
Prosecution advocate in case against two defendants for smuggling people from Kosovo to Italy via Albania.
Prosecutor in charge of a number of sensitive investigations including in relation to large scale government corruption, organised crime and war crime cases. This included liaising with agencies outside of Kosovo.
Legal Officer working with the Judges unit on war crime, organised crime (including aggravated murder) and ethnically sensitive cases
OTHER ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS
Provides training in relation to a number of subjects including:
- War crimes,
- Sexual offences, and
- Technical evidence.
Working knowledge of French.
Keen scuba diver, free diver and open water swimmer.
PROFILE: Diana Wilson
Confiscation / POCA
Fraud, Bribery & Corruption
Inquests / public inquiries
Fraud, Bribery & Corruption
020 7489 2727
Read Law at St. John's College Cambridge (1997-2000),
Inns of Court School of Law/City University of London (2000-2001)
Criminal Bar Association
The Association of Military Court Advocates
The South Eastern Circuit
Women in Criminal Law
Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum
International Bar Association
Grade 4 CPS Advocates Panel (General Crime and Counter Terrorism)
CPS RASSO Advocates Panel
CPS Serious Crime Group Panel (Grade 3)
2013 - 2017 Kosovo Prosecutor (member of the Kosovo Judiciary)
2014 Deployable Civilian Expert (Justice and Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative)
CPS Extradition List (grade 1)