Jane Humphryes QC

Call: 1983 / QC: 2003

"Highly respected and someone who is always in control of the court."

Chambers UK 2020: Crime

"She is a very astute cross-examiner."

Chambers UK 2020: Crime

"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

Instructing Jane

To instruct Jane please contact our Clerks on +44 (0)20 7400 6400 or email clerks@3rblaw.com.

Jane Humphryes QC is currently on a sabbatical.

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”.

Legal Expertise

Crime overview

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

Notable Crime cases

R v H (2019)

Current. Historic and current allegations of sexual assault by teacher during private lessons. S28 protocol, complex admissibility issues.

R v S (2019)

Current. Serial allegations of rape, coercive and controlling behaviour and assaults against an accused who has previously served a life sentence for similar allegations.

R v G (2019)

Highbury Magistrates Court. Allegations resulting from a domestic dispute of violence and threats to kill.

R v N (2019)

Harrow Crown Court. Allegations of sexual assaults with complainant: drunkenness, potential drugs and consent. Memory issues explored.

R v B (2018)

Taunton Crown Court. Historic sexual allegations in a familiar setting involving complex mental health issues.

R v D
2016, Southwark Crown Court
Confiscation proceedings – issues involve when it is lawful and proportionate to make a confiscation and compensation order where accused acquitted of main fraud but convicted of regulatory offence.

R v H
2016, Isleworth Crown Court
Allegation of rape following meeting in well-known Mayfair restaurant – issues of toxicology and memory loss.

R v O Onafowokan
2016, The Central Criminal Court
Allegation – joint enterprise murder, s18 GHB, conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm and in the alternative violent disorder.

R v Babur Karamat Raja
2016, Birmingham Crown Court
Attempted murder, attempted child destruction, assault, unlawful wounding and possession of weapon
An allegation of a knife attack in a public street targeting the heavily pregnant girlfriend and their unborn child.  Passers-by also injured in the fracas.

R v B
2016, Lewes Crown Court
Allegation of rape of two women by professional man following potentially administering a date rape drug – toxicology and memory loss caused by drugs/alcohol particularly explored.

R v Cooper
2016, The Central Criminal Court sitting at Kingston-Upon-Thames
Assassination/Contract murder by way of shooting in London street.

R v Johnson
2015, Chelmsford Crown Court
Murder committed in the course of a drugs robbery.

R v B-C
2015, Northampton Crown Court
Allegation of murder of a baby by mother suffering from post-natal depression
Manslaughter accepted by Crown resulting in non-immediate custodial sentence.

R v Daley
2014, Southwark Crown Court
Allegation of land banking fraud and operating an unauthorised Collective Investment Scheme -involving sums in the region of £5m.

R v C
2014, St Albans Crown Court
Allegations of multiple rape by gap year student on fellow gap year student at an English private school.

R v B
2014, Croydon Crown Court
Allegations of serious sexual assaults by senior Company Director on members of staff following a night of drinking – issues of memory loss/toxicology.

R v S
2014, Cambridge Crown Court
Allegations of serious sexual assault (contemporary) on defendant’s niece.

R v F
2014, Kingston-Upon-Thames Crown Court
School master at well known London boys school – allegations of possession and making of indecent images by way of photographs and moving images.

R v Brennan
2014, The Central Criminal Court
Joint enterprise murder by shooting in a London street.

R v D
2014, Blackfriars Crown Court
Recent allegation of rape. Issue – capacity to consent and/or consent following consumption of large quantities of alcohol – Crown relied upon possibility of date rape drug.  Toxicology/memory loss explored.

R v P
2014, Portsmouth Crown Court
Historic allegations of serious sexual assault both within and outside the jurisdiction involving a close family member who was a child at the time. False memory syndrome was explored.

R v W June
2013, Guildford Crown Court
Historic allegations of rape and other sexual offences against a complainant aged between 3 and 7 at the time. Potential issues of false memory syndrome.

R v R
2013, Maidstone Crown Court
Catastrophic injuries caused to a new born baby by his father.

R v Eshpari
2012, Isleworth Crown Court
First prosecution of an allegation of a multi £m land banking fraud.

R v Vian
Jan 2009 – March 2011, The Central Criminal Court
The ‘Golden Wonder’ murder – the oldest and largest investigation ever to take place into a murder in the United Kingdom spanning nearly 30 years.
The complex Abuse of Process arguments resulted in the prosecution finally offering no evidence. The case occupied 2 years of court time and preparation.

R v Anderson
2011, The Central Criminal Court
Allegation of ‘contract killing’ of the mother of a child allegedly organised by persons in Turkey and UK.

R v H
2011, Basildon Crown Court
Allegation of a serious sexual allegation against a Muslim Imam allegedly taking place during the course of an exorcism ritual.

R v Jimmy Ayres
2010, Winchester Crown Court
Allegation of murder – the ruthless killing of a Big Issue salesman in Bournemouth.

R v Berkan Kart
2010, The Central Criminal Court
Allegation of murder – the killing of a man allegedly caught on CCTV
The case required detailed preparation and cross-examination of experts in this ever-expanding field of evidence.

R v Anthony Barrett
2009, The Central Criminal Court
Allegation of attempted murder/grievous bodily harm – a double shooting in the street caught on CCTV.

R v Tristan Walker
2009, The Central Criminal Court
Allegation of murder – the shooting of a young girl in a club again recorded on CCTV.

R v Gian Lon
2009, The Central Criminal Court
Allegation of murder – the killing of a young Chinese girl involving decapitation and dismembering of corpse before dumping body parts in the Thames.

R v Lisa Mounsey
2009, Leicester Crown Court
Allegation of large scale money laundering involving multiple defendants (in excess of one trial).

R v DS
2009, Lewes Crown Court
Allegation of attempted murder – defence of sleep walking.

R v Thompson
2009, The Central Criminal Court
Allegation of murder – by way of stabbing.

R v Tubasam
2009, The Central Criminal Court
Allegation of murder – allegation of control/torture murder of wife – defence provocation – religious links.

R v Suchedena
2008, Southwark Crown Court
Allegation of money laundering – large scale multi-million pound money laundering case spanning 2001 – 2007
Defendant convicted then conviction over-turned and re-trial ordered.  The allegation Involved international money laundering on a huge scale using International Bureau to Change operations.

Instructing Jane

To instruct Jane please contact our Clerks on +44 (0)20 7400 6400 or email clerks@3rblaw.com.

“Highly respected and someone who is always in control of the court.” Chambers UK 2020: Crime

“She is a very astute cross-examiner.” Chambers UK 2020: Crime

“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

  • BA Hons Law
  • Called to the Bar 1983
  • Recorder of the Crown Court (1999)
  • Authorisations: Appeals & Serious Sexual Offences
  • Queen’s Counsel 2003

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.

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Rev 1.1 22.02.2019

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