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HEATHER PHILLIPS

Year of Call: 2004

Main Areas of Practice

Criminal Law
Extradition
Planning

Biography

Heather Phillips BL has been a practising member of the Bar since 2004.

Heather graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast (LL.B), with a First Class Honours Degree and the Institute of Professional Legal Studies before call to the Bar in 2004.

Since 2004 Heather has practised on a daily basis in the field of criminal defence law with a focus towards environmental law, fraud, and representation of juvenile defendants. In addition, she provides representation and advice to District Councils.

Heather is also the Chair and Panel Member of Disciplinary and Appeals Committees for the Northern Ireland Boys’ Football Association.

Qualifications

LL.B (First Class Hons), Queen’s University, Belfast

Certificate of Professional Legal Studies, Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Queen’s University, Belfast

2004; Called to Bar of Northern Ireland

Experience

​CORRUPTION, REVENUE AND PROCEEDS OF CRIME

R v Campsie Sand & Gravel, Doherty & Ors

Allegations of illegal and hazardous waste on company property and the non payment of landfill tax in the sum of £30,000,000; criminal trial pending; representation of company director and company.

R v Shergrim Recycling Ltd and others

Allegations of controlling illegal waste £3,000,000 & liability of company directors; ongoing.

R v Magee [2014] NICC

Allegations of cross-border fraud and financial crime offences; allegations of VAT fraud.

R v Boyd, Eric [2013]

Allegations of defrauding numerous parties of sums amounting to £480,000 and subsequent proceeds of crime; ponzi investment scheme also involving overseas properties.

R v O’Brien [2013] NICC

Fraudulent evasion of duty; international cigarette smuggling case; successful opposition of Serious Crime Prevention Order.

OTHER SIGNIFICANT CASES

Director of PPS v Somers & Somers [2015] NICA 17

In re application under Section 36 of the Criminal Appeal Act (NI) 1981; grievous bodily harm with intent; unduly lenient sentence.

R v SD [2015]

Juvenile Offender; s.18; dangerous offender; youth courts; mental health

R v KW [2015] NICA

Appeal manifestly excessive sentence of Juvenile offender for sexual offences; issues involving fitness to plead.

R v Quinn [2011] NICA 19

Diplock Case involving allegations of assisting a proscribed organisation pursuant to Section 12(2)(c) of the Terrorism Act 2000; admissibility of video evidence on which the prosecution case depended; the prosecution application pursuant to Article 17 of the Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 for leave to appeal exclusion of evidence.

Publications

The Bribery Act, Due Diligence & DPA’s; Counsel, February 2016