Azza Brown

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Azza’s experience in all areas of serious crime is impressive. She is regularly instructed in cases of serious violence, sexual offences, major drugs supply, and all aspects of white-collar fraud.

Azza has also been instructed as junior counsel in cases involving murder, contract killing, manslaughter, rape, high-end drugs conspiracies, and large-scale public disorders.

Azza has appeared in the Court of Appeal both for the appellant and respondent in appeals against conviction and sentence. She appeared for the respondent in one of a collection of appeals which forms the guideline case concerning reverse legal burdens. Azza appeared for the appellant in an appeal against a long sentence imposed for rape and ABH, where she successfully argued that the higher starting point did not apply. Again, for the appellant, Azza was appointed by the Court of Appeal registrar for a category A prisoner in his appeal against conviction. This involved fresh evidence being called in the Court of Appeal, and arguing on matters related to non-disclosure. This was successful, and secured his immediate release.

She is regularly praised by both lay and professional clients for her attractive style of advocacy and effective questioning of witnesses. The Court of Appeal has complemented her well-structured and persuasive submissions. She is committed to obtaining the best result for her client. In addition, Azza has conducted many high value confiscation matters and is adept at providing pre-emptive advice on safe working practices to ensure that businesses or their representatives do not fall foul of the new legislation. Azza also has a dual speciality in regulatory work.

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Associations and memberships

• Called to the Bar 2000

• LLB (Hons)

• The Honourable Society of Middle Temple

• The Winston Churchill Pupillage Award

• Cambridge and Peterborough Bar Mess

• The Criminal Bar Association

• The South Eastern Circuit

• The young fraud lawyers association

• Grade 3 CPS Prosecutor

Specialisations

Regulatory

Azza has prosecuted regulatory offences on behalf of the Office of Communications (Ofcom) across England. She has significant experience of both advisory work and litigation across a broad spectrum of Regulatory law, including pre-emptive correspondence with the prosecuting authority. This has been particularly useful in Health and Safety matters.

Health and Safety

Azza has experience of defending Health & Safety matters and has been instructed upon cases involving serious health and safety breaches; recently this has included asbestos in the workplace.

Trading Standards

Azza regularly defends in trading standards matters. Recent cases have concerned the used car sales industry.

Local authority/DWP

She is regularly instructed by local authorities to prosecute benefit fraud and enforce orders of all kinds, including asset forfeiture.

Other information

Fluent in British Sign language

Notable cases

Marine Management Organisation v Stimpson. Ongoing case raising abuse of process arguments linked to the DEFRA fishing quota system. Led by Stephen Harvey QC.

R v David Tucker, [2008] EWCA Crim 3063 A successful appeal against conviction concerning fresh evidence and the non-disclosure of material. Click on this link to see the judgement in full.

R v Crowley In the matter of Attorney General’s Reference (No.1 Of 2004) Sub Nom R V Edwards : R V (1) Denton (2) Jackson : R V Hendley : R V Crowley (2004). A five-judge Court of Appeal gave guidance on reverse legal burdens and Art.6(2) of the European Convention on Human Rights 1950 and s.3 of the HRA 1998.

R v Kevin Bruce For the appellant in an appeal against the sentence for Rape and ABH, where it was successfully argued that the higher starting point did not apply.

R v MM Prosecution (against Greg Perrins) 16-year-old boy charged with raping an elderly pensioner.

R v Anthony Morley Prosecution – Junior counsel (with John Farmer) in a case of manslaughter committed by husband against wife.

R v Kethan Babenia Defence – large scale drugs conspiracy and associated confiscation.

R v HH Defence – s.18 stabbing.

R v Victor Dark and others Prosecution – 2nd junior counsel in a multi-handed contract murder case.