Vast experience in large-scale historical abuse trials and inquiries.

UK Legal 500 2016 - Leading junior Crime (Northern)

We particularly thank ...Brigid Baillie for [her] outstanding advocacy in the current spate of [Operation Pallial] cases.

Instructing solicitor

Ms Baillie has a rapport with the clients whom she has defended and places them at ease with the situations that they find themselves in

Instructing solicitor

PERSONAL PROFILE

Brigid is a defence advocate experienced in the most serious types of criminal cases and appeals including murder, serious sexual offences (paedophile ring; historical sex allegations) drug importation and terrorism.  She is recommended as a leading junior in crime in the Legal 500 2016 for her "vast experience in large-scale historical abuse trials and inquiries".  Brigid has a particular interest in vulnerable defendants and those with mental health issues and is skilled at dealing sensitively with demanding clients in those circumstances.  Brigid also undertakes judicial review and case stated challenges arising from her criminal defence and mental health practice along with challenges to ASBOs, Gangbos and sexual harm prevention orders.

Previously a tenant at Cobden House Chambers in Manchester, Brigid was admitted as a solicitor in 1998 and worked for a number of years as a Solicitor and Partner in a Criminal firm in Manchester and gained higher rights in 2005. Brigid was the solicitor in R v Omar Altimimi, the first case involving charges under S57 of the Terrorism Act 2000 to be tried outside London.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Crime

Brigid has comprehensive criminal defence experience and undertakes a full range of work in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal. She has been instructed in a number of serious crime cases and appeals including murder, serious sex offences and drug importation.   Brigid is regularly instructed in cases involving violence and offences against the person, firearms offences, fraud, arson, public order,  immigration identity fraud and challenging anti social behaviour orders and sexual harm prevention orders.  Brigid also has experience of defending gang injunctions ("Gangbos").  Before joining Chambers, Brigid was also instructing solicitor in R v Altimimi, the first case involving charges under s57 of the Terrorism Act 2000 to be tried outside London. 

Notable cases

  • Ongoing: case stated appeal to sexual harm prevention order.
  • R v B and others (Norwich Crown Court) (2015) represented female first defendant in high profile paedophile ring case; led by Sarah Elliot QC
  • Operation Pallial (North Wales Enquiry) historic allegations case (2015).
  • R v L and L (2015) - represented father accused of sexually abusing his daughters after bitter family dispute.
  • R v W (2014) - led by Maura McGowan QC. Murder; mental health issue. 
  • R v T (2014) - Rapes and sexual assaults. 17 year old boy who pleaded guilty to rape and other sexual offences involving a 12 year old girl. Defendant was assessed as having a mental age of 11/12. Sentence reduced by Court of Appeal.
  • R v D, D and S - Murder. Led by Mark George QC in first trial (2013) and by Maura McGowan QC in retrial (2014).
  • R v B, B and K (2014) - Allegations involving historic sexual abuse.
  • R v L (2014) - Allegations involving both historic and recent sexual abuse relating to three stepdaughters.
  • R v R (2013) - College student acquitted of rape and sexual assault charges, following allegations by fellow student of group sex attack involving two other defendants.  
  • R v E (2102) - Article 31 defence following breach of deportation order and entry into UK on false documents. Led by Ian Macdonald QC in the Court of Appeal.
  • Christopher Perry v The Chief Constable of Humberside Police (18/10/2012) - Pensioner blogger's ASBO overturned by High Court; Article 10.
  • R v H   (Manchester Crown Court - December 2012) defended man accused of causing brain injury to young child in alleged shaking case, Brigid was led by Mark George QC.

Appeals and Miscarriages of Justice

Brigid is regularly instructed to provide written advices and representation in appeals against sentence and conviction, particularly in relation to sexual offences.

Crime and Mental Health

Brigid is aware that difficulties in the law for the mentally vulnerable affect the conduct of criminal cases and is skilled at dealing sensitively with demanding clients particularly in these circumstances. Work with vulnerable defendants and those with mental health issues is of particular interest to Brigid. She has significant experience of cases involving fitness to plead and disposals under the Mental Health Act 2007. Much of her criminal practice has involved cases where orders under the Mental Health Act are available to criminal courts during the course of proceedings. These include fitness to plead and capacity issues, s. 37 (Hospital Orders and Guardianship Orders) and s. 41 (Restriction Orders).

Recent such cases have included:

  • Contested and successfully argued Defendant not fit to plead. Prosecution case proceeded and jury found defendant did not commit the act. (arson)
  • Youth Court - prosecution did not proceed; finding of not fit to plead. (sexual offence)
  • Capacity issue - Crown dropped the case on day of trial. (sexual offence)

Mental Health

As an experienced criminal practitioner Brigid is skilled at dealing sensitively with demanding clients in difficult circumstances and has built up a strong practice of cases involving people with mental health difficulties. Brigid undertook MHRT work as a solicitor and since being called to the bar she continues to practise in this area. She keeps up to date with recent developments in Mental Health law and has a particular interest in Judicial Review arising from Mental Health proceedings.

Notable cases:

  • P v Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust (2014) - criminal case where client had received a S.37 Hospital Order following a diagnosis of  erotomania  after breaching an restraining order. Successfully contested and client discharged after over 2 years in hospital. 

Prison law

Brigid has had a longstanding interest in cases with a human rights or civil liberty dimension and has recently extended her practice to include all areas of prison law. She has a particular interest in cases involving mental health aspects.

Inquest and Public Inquiry

Brigid is an experienced criminal law practitioner skilled at dealing sensitively with vulnerable clients particularly in difficult circumstances, and has built up a strong practice of cases involving people with mental health difficulties. She is  keen to develop her practice in the direction of inquests and is actively interested in developments in the inquest and prison system and in rights of detainees.

REPORTED CASES

  • R v B and others (Norwich Crown Court) (2015) represented female first defendant in high profile paedophile ring case; led by Sarah Elliot QC.
  • Operation Pallial (North Wales Enquiry) historic allegations case (2015).
  • R v L and L (2015) - represented father accused of sexually abusing his daughters after bitter family dispute.
  • R v W (2014) - led by Maura McGowan QC. Murder; mental health issue. 
  • R v T (2014) - Rapes and sexual assaults. 17 year old boy who pleaded guilty to rape and other sexual offences involving a 12 year old girl. Defendant was assessed as having a mental age of 11/12. The judge at Sheffield Crown Court gave him 54 months and the Court of Appeal reduced it to 32 months.
  • R v D, D and S - Murder. Led by Mark George QC in first trial (2013) and by Maura McGowan QC in retrial (2014).
  • R v B, B and K (2014) - Allegations involving historic sexual abuse.
  • R v L (2014) - Allegations involving both historic and recent sexual abuse relating to three stepdaughters.
  • P v Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust (2014) - criminal case where client had received a S.37 Hospital Order following a diagnosis of erotomania. Client had sent 2 text messages following a breach of a restraining order imposed for a common assault. Successfully contested and client discharged after over 2 years in hospital.
  • R v R (2013) - College student acquitted of rape and sexual assault charges, following allegations by fellow student of group sex attack involving two other defendants.  
  • R v E (2102) - Article 31 defence following breach of deportation order and entry into UK on false documents. Led by Ian Macdonald QC in the Court of Appeal 
  • Christopher Perry v The Chief Constable of Humberside Police (18/10/2012) - Pensioner blogger's ASBO overturned by High Court; Article 10.
  • R v H   (Manchester Crown Court - December 2012) defended man accused of causing brain injury to young child in alleged shaking case, Brigid was led by Mark George QC.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Leading junior in crime: Northern (2016)  ‘Vast experience in large-scale historical abuse trials and inquiries’. UK Legal 500 2016

PUBLICATIONS & SEMINARS

CALL YEAR

2007 (former solicitor, admitted 1998)

QUALIFICATIONS

BA
MA

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