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Bathsheba Cassel

Call: 2005
Education: BA (Hons) University of Manchester, Diploma in Law City University

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Areas of Practice:Criminal Law Barrister

Bathsheba's practice encompasses a wide range of criminal law.  She both prosecutes and defends across the Western Circuit, although she is happy to accept instructions nationwide.

Bathsheba has had regular trial experience of offences involving serious violence, robbery, firearms offences, drugs offences, financial crime, offences of dishonesty, Insolvency Act and Companies Act offences, rape and serious sexual offences, child abuse, internet crime, animal cruelty, trading standards offences and motoring crime.   

She is a Grade 3 Prosecutor on the Crown Prosecution Service Advocate Panel. 

Bathsheba is accredited to undertake public access work. 

Bathsheba has experience in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) and Administrative Court, acting for both the Crown and Defence.

She also has particular experience in asset forfeiture. She has been instructed regularly to appear for the Crown and Defence in confiscation matters since spending 6 months seconded to the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office’s Asset Forfeiture Division in 2008 (now part of the CPS).

In addition to her general criminal practice, Bathsheba has represented prisoners at parole hearings and prison adjudications. She also accepts some instructions in civil matters, with an emphasis on trial advocacy. 

The following cases are intended to give an indication of experience and caseload:

Serious Violence, Robbery and Firearms

R v V, Plymouth Crown Court, 2012 (defending): Trial of defendant accused of section 18 grievous bodily harm with intent.  Defendant accused of attacking his ex-partner with a hammer in her home causing head injury.  Acquitted. 

R v P, Plymouth Crown Court, 2011 (prosecuting): Trial of defendant accused of section 18 grievous bodily harm with intent.  Defendant had attacked a male with mental health issues with a golf club causing a fractured skull.  Convicted.  Sentenced to 14 years imprisonment. 

R v L, Croydon Crown Court, 2010 (defending): Trial of defendant accused of armed robbery and firearms offences involving complex evidential issues.  Acquitted. 

Bathsheba’s current caseload includes instructions to defend in a murder trial as Junior Counsel to Simon Laws QC, instructions to prosecute a multi-handed conspiracy to section 18, which included taking a firearm and other weapons to the scene, and instructions to prosecute a multi-handed kidnapping, false imprisonment, blackmail and assault occasioning actual bodily harm trial. 

Financial Crime and Offences of Dishonesty

R v B, Southwark Crown Court, 2013, (defending): Instructed to defend in a multi-handed conspiracy to defraud insurance companies through the staging of multiple road traffic collisions in Devon. 

R v T, Plymouth Crown Court, 2013 (defending):  Instructed to defend 1st defendant in a multi-handed benefit fraud, value £134,000.  

R v D, Plymouth Crown Court, 2012 (prosecuting): Successful prosecution of fraud in breach of trust trial, namely misusing his position as signatory on a dying relative’s bank account to steal £28,000. 

R v W, Portsmouth Crown Court, 2007 (defending, led by Robert Bryan): Instructed to defend first defendant in 7-handed conspiracy to defraud trial involving the defrauding of multiple vulnerable and elderly victims of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Bathsheba’s current caseload includes instructions to defend in a multi-handed, sophisticated fraud on a well-known supermarket chain and instructions to defend in a multi-handed fraud involving building works. 

Insolvency Act and Companies Act Offences

Bathsheba is regularly instructed to prosecute on behalf of the Department for Business Innovation and skills.  Successful prosecutions include:

R v L, Taunton Crown Court, 2013: Defendant found guilty after trial of hiding assets worth approximately £275,000 following CCJ and prior to bankruptcy. 

R v M and R, Exeter Crown Court, 2013: M convicted of acting as a company director when disqualified and R convicted after trial of aiding and abetting his doing so. 

R v K, Exeter Crown Court, 2011:  Bankrupt defendant convicted after trial of failing to disclose his 16 aliases to the Official Receiver denying creditors. 

Drugs

Operation Ipanema, Truro Crown Court, 2012-2013 (prosecuting; led by Simon Laws QC): The largest operation ever brought by Devon and Cornwall Police against those conspiring to and trafficking drugs into Cornwall, resulting in 26 convictions and substantial confiscation orders. 

R v H, Ipswich Crown Court, 2008 (defending; led by Gregory Perrins): Instructed to defend first defendant in multi-handed conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. 

R v F (Part of Operation Raby), Exeter Crown Court 2013 (defending): Instructed to defend in multi-handed conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and money laundering.  Acquitted. 

Bathsheba’s current caseload includes instructions to defend in an 18 handed conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. 

Rape and Serious Sexual Offences

R v KS, Truro Crown Court, 2014 (defending): Rape trial. Complainant said she was too intoxicated to be able to consent.  Acquitted. 

R v P, Exeter Crown Court, 2014 (defending): Assault by penetration trial.  Acquitted.

R v B, Plymouth Crown Court, 2013 (prosecuting): Instructed to prosecute trial of historic sexual abuse against 2 then pre-teen girls in the 1980s and 1990s.

R v O’L, Exeter Crown Court, 2013 (prosecuting): Successfully prosecuted at trial male accused of sexually assaulting lone female on street late at night. 

Bathsheba’s current caseload includes instructions to prosecute a defendant alleged to have sexually assaulted a stranger in a park and instructions to prosecute a defendant alleged to have abducted and sexually assaulted a 14 year old girl with learning difficulties.

Other

R v Taylor, Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), 2013 (prosecuting): Court adopted Bathsheba's submissions on the law in appeal against sentence. 

R v Trant, Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), 2013 (defending): Appeal against sentence. 

R v Grande Vargas, Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), 2011 (defending):  Successfully appealed against sentence. 

R v R, Bath Magistrates’ Court, 2014 (defending): An example of a public access instruction.  Successful exceptional hardship application made meaning a speeding “totter” on 12 points retained her driving licence.     

R v McC, Bodmin Magistrates Court, 2012 (defending): Instructed to defend in a RSPCA prosecution trial involving cruelty to a large number of Dartmoor ponies.