Elizabeth A Marsh QC

Introduction

Elizabeth is a leading criminal silk specialising in murder, serious violence, financial crime, sex and drugs offences.

While enjoying the unique aspects of every case and client, the challenges of the new bring out the best in Elizabeth. For instance, in the high profile case of EC she had to develop a detailed knowledge of parachute jumping and the construction of parachutes and gas valves. Her client care is considered exceptional.

Background and Expertise

Elizabeth was a pupil and then tenant, in the same Chambers, which at the time was resident in 4 Brick Court, before the set moved to 9 Bedford Row in 2000. A transformation for which she co-ordinated the funding and moved the entire business into premises while acting as Chambers Treasurer. As a leading criminal barrister, she has covered the complete range of serious criminal allegations: with experience of Police; Homicide; Contract killing; Human trafficking – including the death of 58 Chinese migrants and modern slavery; every complexion of sexual offences – recent and historic; drugs and fraud. Elizabeth has considerable experience of dealing with young defendants and those suffering mental health issues and has extensive experience of cross-examining witnesses of all ages and presentations.

MURDER

R v C, 2019

Instructed to represent youth accused of murder of police officer.

R v S and others, 2019

East London fatal shooting. Allegation of gang involvement excluded after legal argument. Motive alleged to be shooting of S’s cousin, weeks before, who survived, and gave evidence for the Prosecution. Cut-throat defence. S (Elizabeth’s client) found Not Guilty, Cut throat co-defendants D3 & D4 convicted of murder. Central Criminal Court.

R v S & others, 2019

S was engaged in the disguise of two cars used in the pursuit of man who was shot using at least three shotgun cartridges. Two sawn off shotguns recovered carried traces of S’s DNA, combined with film of him repeatedly attending the location where the guns were recovered on the day of the shooting. Wolverhampton Crown Court.

R v A, 2018

A was a drug dealer and gang member, who organized the disguised transport for his group to pursue and hunt rival gang members who had disrespected and embarrassed A’s fellow gang members who had to be rescued by the police. Ipswich Crown Court.

R v D, 2018

D accompanied a friend to a meeting to resolve a dispute. The friend produced two knives at the meeting and on CCTV D produced a machete, with which he chased and trapped the victim before he was stabbed. Central Criminal Court.

R v EC, 2017

Husband accused of attempting to murder his wife on two occasions – one by tampering with her parachute, one by trying to engineer a gas explosion – jury were unable to reach a verdict at the first trial. At retrial in 2018 he was convicted. Winchester Crown Court.

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GROSS NEGLIGENCE MANSLAUGHTER

R v Y, 2015

Psychiatric nurse accused of gross negligence manslaughter, after incorrect medication administered. Defendant was herself suffering with mental health issues. Not Guilty. Bristol Crown Court.

HUMAN SLAVERY

R v J, 2015

Trial of 4 accused of keeping ‘a slave’. Jury unable to reach a verdict and prosecution offered no evidence re J. Other 3 defendants convicted. Oxford Crown Court.

R V J, 2013

Multiple complainants of sexual slavery from Hungary, and sham marriages. Wood Green Crown Court.

SEXUAL OFFENCES

R v S, 2018

Allegations of many years of rape, physical and controlling abuse, by husband of wife. Not Guilty. Northampton Crown Court.

R v A, 2016

Allegation of historic sexual abuse by defendant upon (now ex) wife’s considerably younger sister. Complainant, her parents and ex-wife gave evidence for the Prosecution. Not guilty. St. Albans Crown Court.

R v K, 2016

Historic, repeated sexual assault of female child relative of family, now an NHS Doctor. Southwark Crown Court.

R v S, 2015

Allegations of repeated sexual abuse, by autistic defendant with high dependency upon counsel, upon his partner’s very young daughter. Not Guilty. Worcester Crown Court.

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FRAUD

R v J

Elizabeth prosecuted the lawyer for the bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi – accused of falsifying documents guaranteeing substantial loans to an individual – convicted and imprisoned. Southwark Crown Court.

R v K (operation JOY)

Elizabeth prosecuted a group of criminals for a variety of dishonest matters, who had a complex history of evading prosecution. Witnesses threatened, houses torched, defendants after every avenue exhausted – all pleaded guilty. Shrewsbury Crown Court.

CHEATING THE REVENUE & MONEY LAUNDERING

R v K, 2016

K was a foreign national who was in business as a diamond dealer. His British girlfriend collected substantial quantities of cash. An observation operation was mounted by police and she was eventually arrested carrying over £100,000 in cash. A search of his London premises discovered a similar sum of money, and detailed records which enabled the Prosecution to identify sums in excess of £55m as having been ‘laundered’ in the previous two years. Elizabeth successfully applied for witnesses from abroad be permitted to give evidence via Apple FaceTime as no secure video link was available. Central Criminal Court.

R v S

Not guilty cheating the Revenue, having accepted money laundering (carrying £1m cash when arrested). Canterbury Crown Court

TRADING STANDARDS

R v M

Elizabeth represented a company prosecuted for multiple breaches of Trading Standards. After her cross examination of the primary prosecution witness, the Judge invited the Prosecution to review the case, upon which they offered no evidence on the main counts.

OTHER

Bar Standards Board, 2019

Barrister charged with multiple offences of inappropriate sexual conduct, against a civilian working as an expert for the police Not guilty all counts.

R v L, 2016

L pleaded guilty to 2 counts of administering a noxious substance to two store detectives who stopped him for theft, after CCTV showed him spraying illegal PAVA in their face requiring hospitalization, and time off work, one being so affected he terminated his employment. Suspended sentence of imprisonment. Southwark Crown Court.

R v G, 2015

Businessman who had defrauded Post Office of a sum alleged to be £35,000. Plea of guilty - Conditional Discharge. Chelmsford Crown Court.

SRA, 2015

Solicitor pleaded guilty to conduct likely to bring the profession into disrepute, prior to instruction of QC. After instructing Elizabeth - at hearing: plea of guilty set aside and tribunal ruled no case to answer.

HISTORICAL NOTABLE CASES

Rettendon murders: Essex Boys

Represented the ‘supergrass’, also involved in follow-on drug importation trial at Woolwich CC. New identity and release from custody, with special permission from Home Office negotiated. Central Criminal Court.

R v B, ‘Supergrass’ represented (evidence in multiple trials)

Defendant charged with supplying bomb making equipment and firearms to IRA and ‘underworld’ criminals. New identity negotiated and sentence of release from custody at the conclusion of all trials. Central Criminal Court.

(Murder of Mohammed Raja) Nicholas Van Hoogstraten trial

Represented Nicholas van Hoogstraten’s’s fixer who organized the killing of a business associate in contentious High Court civil proceedings. Central Criminal Court.

R v B, 2004

Allegation of rape of senior civil servant by another senior civil servant after a party, in Government offices. The complainant originally refused to give evidence unless an order prohibiting all details of the allegation from being published was made. After a legal argument covering several days, the Judge declined to make the order. The complainant nevertheless, as Elizabeth predicted, gave evidence, but part way through cross examination refused to attend for further questioning, having faced ‘unanswerable’ questions. Prosecution sought to rely on her partial evidence. After hearing submissions from Elizabeth, HHJ refused. The complainant refused to return, and later refused to give evidence at a retrial. The Prosecution offered no evidence criticizing the Judge, who complimented Elizabeth. Central Criminal Court.

“Mr Justice Aikens paid tribute to the way the defence counsel, Elizabeth Marsh, had conducted her case. He said: "You conducted your cross-examination in a perfectly proper manner, with care, discretion and sensitivity. I do not wish it to be thought it was anything on your part that led to the discontinuation of the case."

R v B, 2005 - Contract killing

Alleged shooter identified by multiple strands of evidence including CCTV; mobile telephone location; association to co-defendant and thereby links to the crime and links to deceased. Not guilty (co – def convicted) Lewes Crown Co.

‘Damilola Taylor’ murder

Elizabeth’s client acquitted of all counts at first trial, two others were convicted of manslaughter after a retrial. Central Criminal Court.

R v F, 2011

Multiple conspiracies to rob cash in transit. Elizabeth for 1st and principle defendant mounted legal arguments in relation to disclosure failures. During the course of five weeks the Judge gave Prosecution opportunities to remedy shortcomings. After one series of submissions HHJ stayed counts which prosecution were least likely to be able to remedy. At next stage, HHJ stayed all counts of conspiracy to rob. A second indictment of multiple burglaries of high value stores was also stayed. Central Criminal Court.

PROFILE: Elizabeth Marsh QC

Year called

1979

Silk

1999

Specialisms

Crime

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Confiscation / POCA

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Serious Crime

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Sexual offences

Direct access

Yes

Contact

020 7489 2727

Memberships

Gray's Inn

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