Jemma works in our Motoring Law department. Jemma has 10 years of experience working as a Senior Case Progression Officer in Motoring Law. She carries a high volume caseload of motoring cases covering the breadth of motoring offence work – from exceptional hardship arguments and mitigation through to drink driving and dangerous driving.
Jemma has handled cases from the initial advice through to briefing barristers or preparing written mitigation or ‘special reasons’ arguments to be presented directly to the court.
Jemma has exceptional client care skills, keeping clients informed at every stage of the proceedings. She has a sensitive approach to mitigation, striving to secure the most lenient sentence possible in every case. Jemma tackles contentious (not guilty) cases robustly and has extremely high success rates in persuading the CPS to withdraw cases when they can be persuaded that the client’s defence is so strong that they do not have reasonable prospects of winning their case.
Jemma recognises that court proceedings can be extremely daunting and is sensitive to this, working hard to reassure and thoroughly prepare her clients for their hearing.
Jemma receives exceptional feedback from barristers for the quality of her instructions and the preparation that she puts into each case.
Jemma’s handling of an appeal was also recently commended by a Crown Court Judge, who thanked the defence for their “meticulous preparation and attention to detail”.
Jemma is also a trained vaccinator with St John Ambulance.
Adrian Hill, Kenneth Papenfus and Sarah Ackland have been representing the people of Plymouth, and the surrounding area,
for more than 80 years between them, relying entirely on recommendations and word of mouth.
Managing Director, Solicitor Advocate
Director, Duty Solicitor
Head of the Criminal Department
Head of the Court of Protection and Community Care Department
Accredited Member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Panel