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Berenice Mulvanny

Berenice Mulvanny

Call 2009


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Berenice is a highly regarded criminal practitioner. She has a busy Crown Court practice covering the full range of offences including rape and other serious sexual offences, drugs conspiracies, serious violence, arson and offences of dishonesty and fraud. She both prosecutes and defends and she has been led on a number of serious cases including allegations of attempted murder. 

Berenice’s strength is her ability strike up a good rapport with clients and to approach cases involving sensitive and difficult allegations with tact and confidence. Berenice has developed a style which has been proven to be extremely effective in cases involving young and vulnerable witnesses. She often acts for defendants who have no experience of the court process, who hold positions of responsibility and find themselves charged with serious and (if proven) potentially career ending sexual offences. She has successfully defended police officers, teachers, care workers and military personnel. She also acts for vulnerable, elderly and young defendants. 

Berenice prides herself on being an approachable and personable. She is an efficient advocate and works hard to achieve the best results for her clients. 

She is experienced in confiscation proceedings and proceeds of crime as well as other ancillary orders such as Sexual Harm Prevention Orders and Criminal Behaviour Orders. 

Examples of Recent Cases:

Sexual Offences:

  • R v R 2017. Southampton Crown Court. Rape, Sexual assault by penetration and Voyeurism. 
  • R v A 2017. Southampton Crown Court. Exposure and dangerousness provisions. 
  • R v M 2017. Southampton Crown Court. Sexual Assault of a child under 13 and indecent images. Counsel for the defendant. D sentenced to a suspended sentence. 
  • R v C 2016. Southampton Crown Court. Multiple counts of assault by penetration. Trial counsel for the defendant. Acquitted after trial.
  • R v T 2016. Southampton Crown Court. Multiple counts of sexual assault in a nightclub. Trial counsel for the defendant. Acquitted after trial.
  • R v C 2016. Bournemouth Crown Court. Rape and sexual assault of a 14 year old. Fitness to plead and intermediary issues.
  • R v A 2016. Reading Crown Court. Historic allegations of indecent assault and buggery. Defendant unfit to plead. Counsel for the defendant. Acquitted of buggery. 
  • R v J 2016. Bournemouth Crown Court. Possession of Class A indecent images and possession of a pedophile manual. Counsel for the defendant. D received a suspended sentence.
  • R v T 2016. Southampton Crown Court. 11 counts of historic allegations of Indecent Assault and Indecency with a child from 1983-1986. Counsel for the defendant. D received a suspended sentence.
  • R v M 2015. Newport (IOW) Sexual Assault. Trial counsel for the defendant. Acquitted after trial.
  • R v C 2015. Winchester Crown Court. Sexual assault. Defendant a vulnerable adult. Trial counsel for the defendant, acquitted after trial.
  • R v Mc 2014. Southampton Crown Court. Production and distributing indecent images
  • R v R 2014. Aylesbury Crown Court. Voyeurism involving two prosecution witnesses aged 13yrs old.
  • R v 2014. Southampton Youth Court. Sexual assault. Court granted a certificate for counsel. D charged with sexually assaulting his 6 year old sister.

Violence, Public Order and General Crime:

  • R v MOR and KC 2016. Portsmouth Crown Court. ( Led by Richard Pratt QC) Attempted Murder.
  • R v D and others 2016. Southampton Crown Court. Violent Disorder in a pub relating to a local sporting event.
  • R v P 2016. Luton Crown Court. Death by dangerous driving.
  • R v B 2016. Southampton Crown Court. Child Abduction of a 15 year old.
  • R v S and others. Southampton Crown Court. S16 A Firearms Act 1968. Possession of a firearm with intend to cause fear of violence.
  • R v W 2016. Winchester Crown Court. Arson being reckless.
  • R v G and another 2016. Guildford Crown Court. Robbery. Co-defendant turned Queen’s evidence.
  • R v P 2016. Southampton Crown Court. Threats to Kill towards e-partner.
  • R v D 2016. Southampton Crown Court. Section 20, wounding.
  • R v B 2015. Winchester Crown Court. Grievous bodily harm with intent
  • R v H 2015 Bournemouth Crown Court. Grievous bodily harm with intent and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
  • R v P&S 2015. Wood Green Crown Court. Robbery and racially aggravated assault of two 14 year olds.  
  • R v B&E 2015. Bournemouth Crown Court. Robbery, Assault, Affray and Burglary.

Drug Offences:

  • R v R 2016. Portsmouth Crown Court. Conspiracy to supply cocaine. The “Sugar network”.
  • R v O 2016. Portsmouth Crown Court. Possession with intent to supply class A.
  • R v C, S and D 2016. Possession with intent to supply class A and supplying class A. Undercover police officers involved in operation Pretty.
  • R v B 2016. Portsmouth Crown Court. Possession Class B with intent to supply and associated firearms offence.
  • R v R 2015. Newport (IOW). Possession with intent to supply class A at the IOW festival.

Dishonesty:

  • R v S and others 2016. Southampton Crown Court. Conspiracy to steal and conspiracy to handle stolen goods.
  • R v P 2016. Winchester Crown Court. Dwelling burglary
  • R v J and others 2016. Portsmouth Crown Court. Conspiracy to steal over £100,000
  • R v G 2016. Salisbury Crown Court. Fraud of multiple elderly victims
  • R v W 2015. Dorchester Crown Court. Prolonged theft from employer
  • R v M 2015. Southampton Crown Court. Dwelling burglary. Distraction burglaries of targeted elderly victims.
  • R v N 2015. Bournemouth Crown Court. Benefit Fraud in excess of £70,000
  • R v B 2014. Southampton Crown Court. Fraud, substantial benefit fraud of over £60,000

Reported cases:

  • R v P 2014-Court of Appeal Criminal Division. Leave to appeal sentence granted and appeal allowed with the sentence being reduced by nearly half. Defendant had been convicted of multiple breaches of a restraining order over a long standing neighbour dispute.  [2014] EWCA Crim 1280 
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News

April 6 2016:

R v Jogee (Appellant) Supreme Court 2016 UKSC 8 - a commentary by 3PB criminal law barrister Berenice Mulvanny following this Supreme Court decision ...read more


March 25 2015:

Berenice Mulvanny joins 3PB ...read more


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Academic Qualifications

BVC College of Law

LLB(hons) University of Kent, Canterbury

Scholarships

Middle Temple Harmsworth Scholarship

Professional Bodies

  • Grade 3 Prosecutor