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Justine Davidge

Year of call: 2001

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Door Tenant
Justine is a criminal and regulatory law practitioner who practised full time from Chambers from July 2004 to December 2014. She now practises part-time via a door tenancy, having first undertaken a position at the Law Commission where she led their project reforming the law of misconduct in public office and worked on a project reviewing the criminal records disclosure system, and more recently a position with the Payment Systems Regulator.

She sits as a Police Appeals Tribunal chairperson and as a legal advisor to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s disciplinary panels.

Criminal Law
As a criminal practitioner Justine has a specialism in fraud, other financial crime and confiscation, as well as dealing with quasi-civil matters arising out of such proceedings. She has previously prosecuted and defended in equal measure in the Crown Court, has appeared in both the Court of Appeal and the Divisional Court and has prepared cases for the House of Lords (Supreme Court). Justine is able to accept Direct Access instructions in appropriate cases.

Justine’s particular interest in confiscation and asset forfeiture law, including restraint and enforcement, arose having previously undertaken a secondment in the Asset Forfeiture Division of the Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office (now the CPS Proceeds of Crime Unit). Justine has also been appointed as one of the SFO’s ‘B’ list instructed advocates, instructed by them both as junior counsel and counsel acting alone; was graded level 3 in respect of the CPS list of panel advocates, and appointed to both the CPS Specialist fraud and POCA panels; and has been appointed as a Grade B panel advocate to the Welsh Assembly in respect of Criminal Law matters.

Justine has extensive experience in the field of disclosure and has acted as both disclosure counsel and independent review counsel for the purposes of material potentially covered by ‘Legal Professional Privilege’. She is also highly proficient in respect of applications for Public Interest Immunity and for the disclosure of confidential records.

Justine additionally has specific experience of prosecuting and defending regulatory offences throughout the criminal courts and has acted both for and against HMRC, DWP, BERR, HSE, the Inland Revenue and various local authorities. She also advised on Judicial Review proceedings.

Regulatory Law:
Justine’s regulatory experience was substantially widened when, in January 2013 she was was appointed as a member of the Bar Standards Board and again, in December 2014, she was appointed as a Chairperson of the Police Disciplinary Appeals Tribunal, which reviews decisions reached by police disciplinary misconduct meetings and misconduct hearings. This is a fee-paid judicial appointment.

Since November 2016 Justine has sat as a legal advisor to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s disciplinary panels and is available to sit as a legal advisor for other regulatory bodies.

Since October 2017 Justine has been working in the area of Financial Services Regulation, for the Payment Systems Regulator.


Professional Courses
European Convention of Human Rights 2001
Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
Expert Witnesses 2004
Forensic Science & Criminal Justice 2006
Public Interest Immunity 2007
Serious Sexual Offences 2008
Mutual Legal and Administrative Assistance overseas 2009
Direct Access Course 2011
Recruitment & Selection Training 2013
Direct Access ‘Top Up’ Course 2014
Digital courtroom training 2016
Advocacy and the vulnerable training 2017

Chambers Activities:
Registered pupil supervisor 2010 –
Head of Recruitment (including pupillage) 2012-2014 (CMC position)
Head of Pupillage 2009-2012
Under 7 years call rep 2004-2008 (CMC position)

Education and Qualification:
Sept 2000-July 2001: Inns of Court School of Law, London. WC1R 5DX. BVC: Overall Grade – Very Competent
Sept 1996-Sept 2000: Cardiff Law School (CLAWS), University of Wales Cardiff, Museum Avenue, PO Box 427, Cardiff.
Sept 1999-Sept 2000: MPhil Postgraduate Degree: Production a 60,000 word research thesis on ‘The Historical Development of the Criminal Law Concept of Culpability and A System of Criminal Justice’.
Sept 1996–June 1999: LLB (Hon.) Degree: 2:1 Classification
Sept 1989–June 1996: Jones West Monmouth Comprehensive School; Gwent Tertiary College, Pontypool Campus, Pontypool, Gwent.

Aug 2008-Feb 2009: Asset Forfeiture Division, RCPO. 6 month secondment specialising in confiscation and asset forfeiture law.

Research and Teaching:
February 2011 – to date: Giver of undergraduate seminars in public speaking for Cardiff University Law School
September 2010 – to date: Participant in Practitioner Advocacy Sessions at the College of Law, teaching advocacy to BVC students.
January 2008 – to date: Moot Judge at Gray’s Inn.
Sept 2001 – 2002 & 1st-31st Mar 2001: Part-time employment as a personal/research assistant to Alun Jones QC, 3 Raymond Buildings, Gray’s Inn, London. Part-time employment as a personal/research assistant to Charles Flint QC and Paul Goulding QC, Blackstone Chambers, Temple, London.
1st Jun -1st Sept 2000: Temporary employment as a research assistant to The Honourable Mr Justice Thomas, presiding judge on the Wales and Chester circuit.
Sept- Dec 1999: Part-time tutor in Law: Cardiff University Law School, Museum Avenue, PO Box 427, Cardiff. CF1 1XD.
May – Sept 1999: Temporary employment as a Research Assistant: to Professor R.G. Lee and Professor C. Wells: University of Wales Cardiff, Law School, PO Box 427, Museum Avenue, Cardiff.

Publications & Seminars:
2016 – speaker at the at the Liverpool University Financial Crime Symposium: past lessons, contemporary challenges, and future solutions.
2016 – author of “The Law Commission’s Consultation Paper on Reforming Misconduct in Public Office” published in Archbold News November 2016 and of “Misconduct in Public Office”, 5 Feb 2016 CLJW 180(5).
2012 – to date: Seminars on confiscation law and its relationship with family law (with Chris Bryden)
2012 – to date: Seminars of Local Authority Prosecutions
January 2009 – December 2010: Co-author of a court guide published in instalments within the New Law Journal Presented an original research paper at the University of Wales annual Feb 2000: Legal Research Conference held at Gregynog, Wales
1999 & 2000: Presented original research papers at the annual Legal History Symposium of the University of Wales Cardiff and the University of Munster, Germany. Held in Cardiff in 1999 and Munster in 2000.

Memberships and Professional Bodies:
Gray’s Inn
Criminal Bar Association
Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Public Access Bar Association
Seldon Society
Association of Women Barristers

Literature, live music, dancing, yoga, vintage/revival events, Formula One motor racing.

  • Case Profile

    November 2013 – December 2014 instructed by the SFO as disclosure counsel for the LIBOR investigation

    March – December 2014 instructed on behalf of a number of third parties to advise on the impact of ongoing confiscation proceedings, being brought against a convicted fraudster, on their proprietary interests

    July 2013 instructed by the CPS to advise in Judicial Review proceedings regarding criminal costs

    March 2013 instructed by the defence in a case involving historic sexual abuse

    2011 – 2014 instructed by CPS POCU in High Court confiscation enforcement proceedings involving third party interests

    2012 instructed, via direct access, by the defendant company in a regulatory prosecution regarding waste disposal on undeveloped land

    2012 instructed by the defence in a case involving multiple historic allegations of rape and other sexual abuse

    2012 instructed by the SFO as sole counsel to deal with a confiscation order for a multi-million pound Ponzi fraud

    2011 instructed as junior counsel for the defence in a murder trial involving a psychiatric defence, and thereafter on appeal to the Court of Appeal

    2009-2011 instructed by the SFO as junior counsel in the prosecution of a multi-million pound property fraud