Rhona Campbell - Crime
My experience is extensive in all aspects, levels & perspectives of criminal work.
I have particular strength in cases regarded by others as difficult, and am sought out to appear where there is challenged expert evidence (fiscal, scientific or medical), where large amounts of paperwork require analysis or where the emotional demands of a case require unusually sensitive handling, notably where a fatality has occurred or a particularly young or vulnerable party is involved. I have experience of cases involving high media interest. Colleagues speak of my persuasive common sense perspective.
My practice has always embraced document heavy matters where a clarity of analysis to identify the real issues in a case is needed. I have regularly appeared in multi-handed tax and duty evasion matters to which I have brought to bear past experience as a tax lawyer at a commercial solicitors firm. This work gives me the insight to understand often complex tax legislation, comprehend the workings of a corporate defendant and provide the service levels expected by a commercial client.
I am instructed by the Central Fraud Group and selected by the DWP to prosecute in their cases where there are complicated financial issues involved often in respect of ancillary financial orders and the existence of property trusts.
I have broad and regular experience in defending and prosecuting sexual and other offences at the highest level. My cases have involved witnesses as young as 4 and those with mental health difficulties. I have used intermediaries, applied local authority protocols and have experience of applying to the Family Courts for document release. I have a practical awareness of the complexities of sentencing in this field up to the indeterminate sentence level.
I have a solid understanding and working knowledge of all confiscation regimes.
I made regular appearances all across the country before Licensing Committees during the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003 on behalf of the Spirit Group and Punch Taverns. Earlier excursions in the field included appearing as junior counsel for Ponana Ltd on their acquisition and re-opening of the Hammersmith Palais. In recent years I have appeared before the Licensing Committee in review hearings.
I train and lecture as an associate of Warwick Legal Training, the private initiative within the law department at Warwick University. This has involved drafting and delivering Legal Update training across the UK, lecturing in evidence management and criminal procedure and examining HSE inspectors on their Diploma.
I have been engaged upon evidence familiarisation courses for expert witnesses at the Health & Safety Laboratories in Buxton.
Through this work I have received an invitation to train in criminal procedure at an FCO backed conference in Rwanda in the spring of 2012.
BA Hons (Law) (Dunelm)
Inner Temple Bursary & Duke of Edinburgh Scholar
2009 - Appointed Recorder in the Crown Court (SE Circuit)
2011 - Appointed Tribunal Judge (Social Entitlement Chamber)
R v H etc (2011) - multi-handed tobacco production case which overlapped with an international smuggling operation, encompassing covert recordings and voice recognition expert evidence
R v S etc (2010) - a legally and factually complex three week fraud trial involving Ofsted registered businesses, tax legislation and property trusts
R v G etc (2010-11) - five handed case concerning the distribution of illicit tobacco in the UK. Taxation records and telephone analysis were used in order to establish the hierarchy of defendants.
R v M (2010) legal argument and trial encompassing the refusal of French diplomats to attend court to give evidence, the effect of the Diplomatic Privileges Act 1964 and the underpinning Vienna Convention
R v B (2011) - five handed murder of a targeted and tortured disabled woman by a gang of young people that attracted substantial national press
R v W (2010) - murder trial of a well-known local boxer who killed a fireman
R v B (2009) - murder allegation against the spurned female in a love triangle
R v B (2009) - murder trial of young woman falsely accused of having an affair
R v P (2011) - historical rape of two natural daughters who had entered into the care system involving complex disclosure across a range of agencies and medical institutions and the use of my established paediatric knowledge to exclude damaging evidence
R v S (2011) - high profile sexual assault trial involving a well known convicted sex offender within days of his release from custody. Young witnesses were involved, previous victims of the defendant were present and community groups were campaigning against the defendant. Sensitivity and maturity were needed in the conduct of the trial.
R v G (2010) - conspiracy to burgle & steal high value vehicles by extensive, well-connected criminal gang. Tactically complex matter involving false confessions, presentation of cell-site analysis and a confused factual background.
R v M (2010) - two week long trial concerning allegations of the systematic rape, buggery and psychological abuse of three generations of a family
R v S  EWCA Crim 831 - successfully appeared in the Court of Appeal raising novel points of law concerning the overlap between bankruptcy and confiscation legislation and the effect of civil enforcement upon cases involving the Official Receiver. The official transcript records Hallett LJ describing my arguments as, “excellent”.
R v L (2011) six day confiscation hearing involving the tracing of funds through an intestate estate out to trusts in Panama, substantial bank account analysis and international documentation.