Abigail Husbands > 23ES > London, England > Lawyer Profile

1 Gray\'s Inn Square


Abigail Husbands is a specialist Rape panel and Grade 3 CPS advocate. She is an established junior with extensive experience in all types of rape and serious sex case, child abuse, serious multi-handed violence and complex drugs conspiracies. She both prosecutes and defends. She routinely deals with vulnerable and young witnesses, expert evidence and complex legal arguments.

Her experience includes R v K (prosecution): historical rape case involving a number of complainants spanning a 30 year period; R v E (defence): child cruelty case involving multiple injuries to a 9 month old; R v JC & BC (prosecution): gang rape of a young girl; R v SS (defence): 14 year old charged with serious sexual assault on a five year old; R v Hollick (prosecution): rape case dealing with automatism due to sexsomnia.

Abigail has a particular specialism in Intellectual Property crime having prosecuted for the Federation Against Copyright Theft and has dealt with multi-handed conspiracies including a conspiracy to supply drugs to inmates of HMP Elmley. She has also been led on high profile cases such as the Hackney boys gang rape trial, the Tonbridge arsonist case and other drug smuggling and people-trafficking conspiracies.

Abigail appeared in and helped put together a recent programme on BBC3 aired on 2ndNovember 2015 called ‘Is this Rape? – Sex on Trial’ in which 12 teenagers viewed a dramatisation of a rape scenario and were asked to decide whether the victim consented to what took place.  This was a very thought provoking programme that attracted much interest in the media.  Abigail was also interview by Radio 1.  Please click on the following links to read more about the programme:

The Mirror Online



Qualified 2000, Middle Temple.


South-Eastern Circuit; Criminal Bar Association.


Edgbaston High School for Girls; University College London (BA (Hons) Philosophy); City University (Dip Law).


Playing netball, watching rugby and cricket.