Jennifer Newcomb

Call: 2006

"Jennifer is absolutely outstanding. She can produce an excellent product and her legal submissions are clean and very well stated."

Chambers & Partners 2023

Jennifer’s practice focuses on financial and complex crime. She provides cogent, practical advice and advocacy services from the early stage of investigations through to trials and appeals against conviction and sentence. She accepts instructions to prosecute and defend all dishonest, violent and drug-related crime.

Jennifer is on the SFO Advocate’s A Panel, the CPS Advocate’s Panel, Level 4, and its Fraud Specialist Panel. She is a regular contributor to and commentator in the Lloyd’s Law Reports: Financial Crime.

Jennifer brings a unique perspective to criminal practice, drawing upon significant multidisciplinary experience she gained early in her career. She has substantial experience of appearing in the civil and family courts. She continues to appear in Inquests, representing those accused of potential wrongdoing as well as the police and other interested parties. She represents the police in a range of actions. She is a previous contributor to Woodfall’s Landlord and Tenant Reports as well as Chambers’ publications on subjects including inquests, clinical negligence and asbestos litigation.

Jennifer is a Recorder of the Crown Court.


Jennifer’s recent criminal work includes:

  • Prosecuting multiple conspiracies to defraud investors and pensioners in three separate forestry investment schemes over a five-year period, as well as misconduct in the course of winding up of a company. Led by Amanda Pinto QC. The SFO’s worldwide investigation stretched from Brazil to the UAE to Mauritius and involved very significant tracing of funds. Convictions came at the conclusion of a 3-month trial at Southwark Crown Court and the Defendants received a total of 22 years in prison.
  • Acting for the CPS in trials involving conspiracies to import and supply multi-kilo consignments of Class A drugs, some involving Encrochat enabled devices, and being knowingly concerned in smuggling with intent to evade excise duty.
  • Acting for the CPS in multiple-defendant trials indicting frauds by false representation, abuse of position and money laundering (through innocent and knowing launderers), including evidence from assisting offenders pursuant to the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 and the movement of money over international borders.
  • Advising strategically on the approach to disclosure in complex cases involving overseas investigations, LPP issues, third parties, numerous electronic devices and other electronic sources of material.

Jennifer has spent time as a Senior Crown Prosecutor at the CPS, providing advice on and charging complex fraud matters and preparing cases for trial.

Jennifer has significant experience appearing for parties in Inquests, in particular those accused of criminal offences or seeking to bring civil actions and has appeared in both the civil and family courts in relation to crossover proceedings with the criminal law. Her broad practice base in her early years at the Bar is a significant asset.

Before being called to the Bar, Jennifer spent six months working in the Prosecutor’s Office of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia.

Notable Crime cases

R v S&B (Global Forestry Investments) – Southwark Crown Court

Junior prosecuting counsel, instructed by the Serious Fraud Office. Five year conspiracy to defraud 2,000 investors and pensioners in 3 separate forestry investment schemes, as well as misconduct in the course of winding up a company. The SFO’s worldwide investigation stretched from Brazil, to the UAE to Mauritius and involved very significant tracing of funds. Convictions came at the conclusion of a 3-month trial at Southwark Crown Court and the Defendants received a total of 22 years in prison.

R v S – Kington Crown Court

Sole prosecuting counsel. Defendant pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs after the jury was discharged during his first trial. Sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison.

R (Operation Edge) v MH – Woolwich Crown Court

Junior prosecuting counsel. 18 month conspiracy to supply significant quantities of class A and B controlled drugs. Intervention by the Metropolitan Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Command over the course of the conspiracy resulted in the seizure of in excess of 31kg of cocaine, 308kg of amphetamine, 593kg of cannabis, and approximately £900,000 in cash. Four week trial of head of OCN, resulting in conviction. Nine defendants were sentenced to a total of 80 years in prison.

R v MF & others – Snaresbrook Crown Court

Junior prosecuting counsel, conspiracy to defraud through sale of fictitious car insurance policies, significant laundering of the money thereafter, through both innocent and knowing launderers. Six Defendants in the dock, main protagonists convicted after trial.

R (Operation Veil) v MF & others - Snaresbrook Crown Court

Junior prosecuting counsel on behalf of HMRC (led by James Thacker, instructed by the specialist fraud division of the CPS). MF and one other unanimously convicted after a 6 week trial of their leading role in an organised crime group, being knowingly concerned in smuggling with intent to evade excise duty. Judge took a ‘very conservative’ estimate of the total duty evaded as being in excess of £1 million. Each was sentenced to 5 years 9 months’ in prison.

R v TS – Inner London Crown Court

Sole prosecuting counsel of fraud by abuse of position (bank teller) and procurement thereof by third party. Bank teller pleaded guilty and gave evidence against TS at trial, pursuant to s73 SOCPA. TS convicted after trial and sentenced to 3 years in prison.

R v LT & Others - Central Criminal Court

Junior prosecuting counsel (led by Tim Godfrey), prosecuting 6 Defendants on a 19 count indictment including fraud by abuse of position and acquiring criminal property. The trial ended in a number of convictions and suspended sentences of imprisonment.

R v MA - Blackfriars Crown Court

Junior prosecuting counsel (led by Tim Godfrey). Six week trial and 10 count indictment where multiple victims defrauded of at least £600,000. Fraud by abuse of position (MA was a carer with powers of attorney); removing criminal property. The case involved overseas investigations; financial analysis of numerous bank accounts (UK and Jamaican); examination in court of financial investigator/witnesses via live link; spreadsheets and diagrams drafted for jury. A key witness was an Alzheimer’s sufferer who gave evidence with the assistance of an intermediary. Defendant convicted of 9 counts on the indictment and sentenced to 6 years imprisonment.

R (Operation Crystal) v R & Others

Second prosecuting counsel (James Thacker first junior and Rosina Cottage QC leading), then disclosure counsel in this 14 handed conspiracy to defraud the DWP’s Access to Work scheme. Majority of defendants profoundly deaf. Jennifer drafted both the Disclosure Management Document for court and defence and Disclosure Guidance Document for disclosure officers. Many thousands of pages of electronic, hard copy and third party material. 11 defendants convicted.

Jennifer’s breadth of practice has been particular helpful during her regular appearances for the police in applications for civil orders made in the criminal courts, including Closure Orders, ASBOs, Foreign Travel Orders, Sexual Harm Prevention Orders and Sexual Risk Orders. She also defends the police in actions issued in the county court, including actions for unlawful killing, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.

More recently, Jennifer has been and remains instructed by the Metropolitan Police Service to act on behalf of former police officers appearing at an ongoing public Inquiry.

Notable Police Law cases

R (on the application of Duncan Grant) v Kingston Crown Court & Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis EWHC 767 (admin)

A applied by way of judicial review for an order of mandamus requiring Kingston CC to state a case in relation to the granting of a Foreign Travel Order (FTO). Jennifer drafted the summary of grounds of the interested party (the police) for contesting the claim for judicial review, on the basis that there was no arguable case, nor any evidence upon which the determination of the court could be said to be unlawful, irrational or unreasonable. Those submissions were accepted by the single judge and again at the oral hearing.

Jennifer appears in inquests on behalf of the deceased, the police and other interested parties. She is able to provide advice on subsequent civil litigation where appropriate. Jennifer draws on her breadth of experience in other practice areas for this work, whether it relate to the professional negligence of a medical professional, the criminal act of an individual, poor work practices of an employer or negligent driving on the roads. Examples of her previous cases include:

Notable Inquests cases

Inquest regarding death of 3 year old boy following multiple visits to hospital with severe pain and discomfort arising from complications from surgery to remove a stomach tumour. Issues included possible failings of medical professionals at multiple hospitals leading up to and on the day of death, with expert evidence on causation.

Inquest (with jury) regarding death of railway engineering surveyor employed to examine heavy plants and machinery, crushed during examination of a steam crane. Involved examination of HSE expert and gaining considerable concessions from him regarding alleged failures by D prior to his death, leading to a successful challenge of the conclusions in the report.

Inquest (with jury) regarding death of man who fell through the roof of factory premises onto concrete floor below. Inquest focused on who was controlling the site, risk assessments and safe work practices.

Inquest regarding death of a young woman fatally injured while cycling along Oxford Street by bus veering off the road and hitting a bus shelter. Issues regarding capacity of driver of bus at time of incident.

Inquest regarding suicide of a businessman while at work in the City following allegations of misconduct at work.

Inquest regarding death of young woman who drowned in her bath following intoxication from exposure to carbon monoxide in her own home, shortly after an engineer had investigated the boiler in the house and identified it as ‘at risk’ but not immediately dangerous.

Jennifer advises in a wide variety of clinical negligence cases, from delayed diagnosis, to wrongful birth, to substandard performance of surgeries, to inadequate treatment of patients with mental health issues. Jennifer also advises in multi-track personal injury cases, including PL, EL and RTAs. She drafts pleadings and schedules of loss and advises in writing and in conference on liability, quantum and evidence. She has particular experience of advising in conferences involving both experts and clients, able to explore complicated issues of breach and causation with an expert while simultaneously explaining the issues in clear and simple terms to clients.  Above all else, Jennifer is at her most comfortable in the courtroom at trial.

Jennifer represents families of deceased individuals at inquests and in any subsequent civil litigation. She has also appeared in NMC hearings, medical appeal tribunals and in criminal injury compensation appeal hearings, an area where her knowledge of criminal law and procedure becomes particularly useful. Examples of her previous cases include:

Notable Clinical negligence and personal injury cases

Inquest regarding death of 3 year old boy following multiple visits to hospital with severe pain and discomfort arising from complications from stomach surgery. Issues included possible failings of medical professionals at multiple hospitals leading up to and on the day of death, with expert evidence on causation.

Delayed diagnosis of and treatment for TB, causing extended pain and suffering and leading to permanent post-tuberculosis bronchiectasis.
Wrongful birth following negligent advice regarding the morning after pill. Involved advice on damages for raising a child with particular needs arising from a disability and costs arising from post-natal depression.
Failure to treat hydrocephalus related to a brain tumour, leading to significant increase in symptoms of dizziness, ataxia, vertigo and headaches prior to death.

Failure to prescribe bone sparing medication during treatment with steroids, leading to the development of osteopenia, numerous spinal fractures and need for surgery.

Failure to diagnose ectopic pregnancy, leading to emergency surgery, a blood transfusion and stay in a High Dependency Unit.

Significant physical injury and scarring suffered during negligent restraint of Claimant in A&E following assessment for psychiatric illness.

Delay in diagnosis of meniscal injury following a sporting injury, leading to unnecessary pain, suffering and loss of amenity.

Development of pressure sores and ulcers on heel, sacrum and buttocks after an extended hospital stay after falling down stairs and breaking hip at home. Sores required dressing changes twice weekly for a year, a below knee cast and caused permanent discomfort and reduction of mobility.

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  • Law LLB (Hons), Nottingham University 2004
  • BVC, BPP Law School 2006

  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Criminal Bar Association
  •  South Eastern Circuit

  • Crown Prosecution Service, Advocate Panel, Grade 4 (2021)
  • Recorder of the Crown Court (2020)
  • Serious Fraud Office, Prosecution Counsel List, Panel A (2020)
  • Crown Prosecution Service, Fraud Specialist Panel, Level 3 (2019)
  • Inner Temple Advocacy Trainer (2016)


"Jennifer is very hard-working and a pleasure to work with. She has a can-do attitude and is across the detail of the case."

Chambers & Partners 2023

"She is super bright and super hard-working."

Chambers & Partners 2022

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