Details of practice

Jane Humphryes is an expert barrister with extensive experience specialising in all aspects of serious crime.

Jane has acted in numerous cases involving serious sexual offences including rape, child abuse and historic allegations. In addition she has frequently defended in murder cases of all kinds including contract killings, gangland murders, street murders and domestic killings. The defences have ranged from identification, intent, participation, mental health, self-defence and mercy.  She also has many years of experience in particular in cases involving fraud, drugs, money laundering, corruption, and offences of violence.  Where she has expertise in both prosecuting and defending, her practice recently has been almost exclusively defending.

Jane has considerable experience in fraud matters where she has defended in corporate, VAT, banking, mortgage, local authority, legal and patent frauds. She was instructed on the first trial of a Land Banking Fraud where four defendants were accused of setting up a series of companies intended to be used as vehicles for fraud aimed at defrauding investors out of tens of £ millions and indeed since then the first test case of a land banking fraud coupled with charges of breaches of Collective investment Scheme regulations.

Jane is particularly known for her tactical approach to cases whilst displaying a meticulous attention to detail. She is fearless and effective when cross-examining and is reputed to leave no stone unturned.  Her speeches have become legendary attracting compliments from her colleagues, the co-accused and even alleged victims of crime.  She is known for pulling the rabbit out of the hat whilst others are charmed into relaxing their guard.  She instils great confidence in her clients.  She has been described as “truly a professional’s professional”.

Directory recommendations

“Has a flawless ability to understand all the relevant details in a case. She gives the utmost confidence to her clients and immediately gains respect and credibility from both the opposing side and the judge and jury” Chambers UK 2019: Crime

“Her great strength is to make clients feel wholly at ease, even when giving difficult advice.” The Legal 500 2019: Crime

‘A fearless advocate who is extremely diligent.  She has vast experience of all areas of serious crime.’ ‘Thorough, conscientious, passionate about defending her clients and extremely hard-working.’ ‘Extremely approachable and has a real knack with lay clients.’ Chambers UK 2017: Crime

Education/professional qualifications

BA Hons Law

Called to the Bar 1983


Recorder of the Crown Court – 1999
Authorisations: Appeals and Serious Sexual Offences
Queen’s Counsel 2003

Other information

In 2007 Jane starred in a BBC 2 programme called “The Verdict”, which brought together twelve celebrities that formed a jury for a fictional rape case.  Jane represented the first defendant, where the jury reached a ‘verdict’ of either unanimous or majority verdicts of not guilty on all counts.

Direct access

Jane Humphryes QC is qualified to accept instructions direct from clients under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme. This means that members of the public who seek specialist advice can come direct to her. In addition, she welcomes instructions from solicitors, in-house law departments, qualified foreign lawyers, and clients licensed by the Bar Council to give instructions direct to barristers under the Bar Council’s Licensed Access Scheme.

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