Valerie has vast experience in complex cases involving Crime, Fraud, Health & Safety and Professional Discipline. She prosecutes and defends in equal measure.
Valerie is appointed to the CPS Grade 4 (top tier) list for prosecution advocates and the specialist rape and serious crime group panels. She is also appointed to the Grade A (top tier) list for specialist regulatory advocates in Health & Safety.
Since 2004 Valerie has sat as a part-time judge for the First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health). She is a panel member of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) on the Mental Health Tribunal and represents health authorities in mental health tribunals where patients are detained in high and medium secure hospitals. Valerie has a particular specialism in cross-examining experts and vulnerable witnesses.
She has been appointed to act as a legal adviser/legal assessor for The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the General Osteopathic Council. Previously appointed as a legal adviser to the General Pharmaceutical Council. She defends dentists, teachers pharmacists and other professionals in regulatory proceedings.
Valerie is accredited to undertake public access work.
Part-time First Tier Tribunal Judge (Mental Health) and appointed as a Child and Adolescent Mental Health panel member of the Tribunal
Appointed to Grade A of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law
Appointed to Grade 4 of CPS list of prosecutors
Appointed as a Specialist Rape Prosecutor and to the Specialist Advocates Panel (serious crime group)
Legal Assessor to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (2017 – Present)
Legal Assessor to the General Osteopathic Council (2015 – Present)
Legal Adviser to the General Pharmaceutical Council (2014 – Present)
Legal Adviser to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (2012 – Present)
Legal Assessor to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2009 – Present)
Part-time Judge for the First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health) (2004 – Present)
Director / Board member of Inclusion London (2015 – Present)
Lead Facilitator for Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training, South Eastern Circuit (2017 – Present)
Recorder of the South Eastern Circuit (2015 – 2017)
Member of the Bar Council wellbeing working group (2015 – Present)
Approved Advocacy Trainer and Ethics Trainer for Middle Temple (2012 – Present)
Criminal Bar Association
Health & Safety Lawyers Association
Mental Health Lawyers Association
Former Recorder (South East Circuit)
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
South Eastern Circuit