Chloe Griggs is a specialist criminal barrister, prosecuting and defending in a wide variety of cases in the Crown Court.
She has experience as both a led junior and junior alone in complex, serious cases, including murder, rape, firearms, serious violence and drug conspiracies. Chloe is consistently recognised as a well-prepared, thorough, and astute advocate.
Chloe began her career as a Crown Prosecutor in the East Midlands. She conducts voluntary work on behalf of Gray’s Inn and the University of the West of England. She has acted as a mentor for undergraduate and BPTC students.
Operation Begonia (2022) Bristol Crown Court
Prosecution of a woman accused of murdering her partner. She had a significant history of perpetuating violence upon him in the form of assaults, previous stabbings and previous threats to kill. Psychiatric evidence was a key feature of the trial. Convicted of murder.
Operation Saline (2022) Bristol Crown Court
Defence of a woman accused of murdering her partner. There was evidence that the defendant’s partner habitually strangled her to the point of loss of consciousness. A professor in public protection was permitted to give expert evidence on the subject of controlling and coercive behaviour – a landmark development in how evidence of domestic abuse can be adduced in a criminal trial. Acquitted of murder and convicted of manslaughter on the basis of loss of control.
R v J&D (2020) Exeter Crown Court
Child cruelty on a 17 month old toddler with up to 20 areas of injuries. The trial involved complicated expert evidence from four forensic odontologists to identify bite marks, as well as consultant paediatricians and pathologists.
Operation Saturn (2019) Bristol Crown Court
Serious violent assault on a runner of a county lines drug operation in Taunton. Issues of joint enterprise, complex medical evidence and substantive telephony.
Operation Apex (2019) Birmingham Crown Court
Conspiracy to commit robberies of very high-value motor vehicles using aggressive confrontation on multiple victims. The four-week trial included a hit-and-run road-traffic incident leaving a 67-year-old man seriously injured, and perverting the course of justice by concealing the appearance of the motor vehicle used. The evidence at trial involved analysis of complex telephony, particularly where some offenders tried unsuccessfully to conceal identities. The ringleader, who pleaded guilty, received a consecutive term to the earliest release date of his existing life sentence.
Operation Willow (2018) Bristol Crown Court
Complex investigation resulting in a four-week trial relating to child sexual exploitation, drugs supply and “cuckooing.” Issues included the presentation and management of disclosure of voluminous data arising from social media accounts of teenagers, including vulnerable victims, as well as the mitigation afforded to co-defendant arising from NRM referral as a potential victim of “slavery”.
Operation Runway (2018) Worcester Crown Court
Revenge murder committed by two defendants following the robbery of the runner of a county-line drug operation in Hereford. Complex issues of disclosure arising from a separate operation.
Operation Thorne (2017) Plymouth Crown Court
High-profile six-week trial of a British woman who live-streamed sexual abuse of a very young child over Skype to another woman in San Francisco. Collaborative investigation between UK and FBI. Evidence from serving prisoner taken via live TV link from California over several days in which court sat from mid-afternoon to early evening, to accommodate time difference. Further live evidence from FBI Agents. Accomplice evidence. Cross-examination of toxicologist and gynaecological surgeon called by the Defence.
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