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Jessica Murphy

Associate, Bristol

Jessica is an experienced criminal advocate, specialising in criminal and regulatory cases.
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Jessica is a criminal defence and regulatory law specialist, having over ten years' experience of representing clients' in police custody and in cases before both the Magistrates' and Crown Court.

She is regularly instructed by insurers, corporate bodies and private individuals to provide representation in the most serious criminal and regulatory cases, including before the Court of Appeal.  

Her experience extends to defending the most serious cases including, Murder, Causing Death by Dangerous Driving and offences contrary to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

She has acted in many high profile cases, including the Affray trial of England cricketer, Ben Stokes.

She is a successful trial advocate who clients praise for her good rapport and attention to detail, which ensures that she provides robust and effective legal advice.

Jessica's expertise covers,

  • Homicide offences, Murder, Manslaughter and Corporate Manslaughter
  • Offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and accompanying regulations
  • Serious and fatal road traffic collisions
  • Environment Agency investigations
  • Food Hygiene

Recent Cases

General Crime:

  • R v LE, KH, JP and YD – Defence of a man with learning difficulties for Murder and s18 Grievous Bodily Harm. The case attracted national media attention. 
  • R v BS, RA and RH – Defence of two males charged alongside an England Cricket player for Affray.  Both were acquitted in a case attracting international media attention. 

Road Traffic Cases:

  • R v CA – Defence of a female charged with Causing Death by Dangerous Driving, and Causing Serious Injury by Dangerous Driving. Successful submission of no case to answer which was appealed by the prosecution, and heard at the Court of Appeal. 
  • R v SA – Defence of an elderly lady for Causing Death by Careless Driving, following a fatal collision on the M4 motorway in which her husband was killed.
  • R v BM – Defence of a retired police officer for Careless Driving following a collision with a pedestrian, causing serious injuries in a complex, high value case.
  • R v AM – Acquittal of an offence of perjury in relation to an allegation of failing to identify the driver.
  • R v JL – Acquittal for speeding offences in relation to a cloned number plate.
  • R v JT – Acquittal of a business man for Careless Driving after an alleged 'road rage' incident.

Health and Safety Cases:

  • R v RB – Defence of a company accused of health and safety offences relating to the exposure of asbestos following a fire at the property. 
  • R v CB – Defence of a company for health and safety offences, and breaches of the Food Safety and Food Hygiene Regulations. 
  • R v MP – Acting for a company following an incident involving a forklift truck and breach of social distancing guidance.
  • R v W – Acting for a company in an investigation for Corporate Manslaughter following the death of a sub-contractor who came into contact with a live power line.


  • HCH – Acting for a healthcare provider following a death of a resident at one of their care homes.