Azza Brown

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Azza’s experience in all areas of serious crime is impressive. She is regularly instructed in cases of serious violence, sexual offences, major drugs supply, and all aspects of white-collar fraud.

Azza has also been instructed as junior counsel in cases involving murder, contract killing, manslaughter, rape, high-end drugs conspiracies, and large-scale public disorders.

Azza has appeared in the Court of Appeal both for the appellant and respondent in appeals against conviction and sentence. She appeared for the respondent in one of a collection of appeals which forms the guideline case concerning reverse legal burdens. Azza appeared for the appellant in an appeal against a long sentence imposed for rape and ABH, where she successfully argued that the higher starting point did not apply. Again, for the appellant, Azza was appointed by the Court of Appeal registrar for a category A prisoner in his appeal against conviction. This involved fresh evidence being called in the Court of Appeal, and arguing on matters related to non-disclosure. This was successful, and secured his immediate release.

She is regularly praised by both lay and professional clients for her attractive style of advocacy and effective questioning of witnesses. The Court of Appeal has complemented her well-structured and persuasive submissions. She is committed to obtaining the best result for her client. In addition, Azza has conducted many high value confiscation matters and is adept at providing pre-emptive advice on safe working practices to ensure that businesses or their representatives do not fall foul of the new legislation. Azza also has a dual speciality in regulatory work.

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Areas of practice

Associations and memberships

• Called to the Bar 2001

• LLB (Hons)

• The Honourable Society of Middle Temple

• The Winston Churchill Pupillage Award

• Cambridge and Peterborough Bar Mess

• The Criminal Bar Association

• The South Eastern Circuit

• The young fraud lawyers association

• Grade 3 CPS Prosecutor

Notable cases

R v David Tucker, [2008] EWCA Crim 3063 A successful appeal against conviction concerning fresh evidence and the non-disclosure of material. Click on this link to see the judgement in full.

R v Crowley In the matter of Attorney General’s Reference (No.1 Of 2004) Sub Nom R V Edwards : R V (1) Denton (2) Jackson : R V Hendley : R V Crowley (2004). A five-judge Court of Appeal gave guidance on reverse legal burdens and Art.6(2) of the European Convention on Human Rights 1950 and s.3 of the HRA 1998.

R v MM Prosecution (against Greg Perrins) 16-year-old boy charged with raping an elderly pensioner.

R v Anthony Morley Prosecution – Junior counsel (with John Farmer) in a case of manslaughter committed by husband against wife.

R v Kethan Babenia Defence – large scale drugs conspiracy and associated confiscation.

R v HH Defence – s.18 stabbing.

R v Victor Dark and others Prosecution – 2nd junior counsel in a multi-handed contract murder case.