Recorder Angela Rafferty has defended or prosecuted in many of the most high profile, sensitive and complex cases in East Anglia and London. She is recognised as a leading junior in her areas of practice and has been described as ‘one of the most formidable advocates seen in recent times’ by those who instruct her regularly.
She was called to the Bar in 1995 after studying at Trinity College, Cambridge and working within the University of Cambridge at the Wren Library and the Shipping Law department of Clifford Chance.
In 2014 she became involved in the training of Registered Intermediaries at City University. She lectures on the role of counsel and the function of cross examination. She participates in the assessment process of candidates in relation to court proceedings. She has been involved in enterprises to encourage children from deprived backgrounds to enter careers in the law for some time and continues her voluntary and mentoring work despite an extremely busy practice.
She has been involved in a number of working parties responding to Government Consultation processes including the Homicide Act and currently the approach to Vulnerable Witnesses within the trial process.
Her case load includes matters involving paedophile abuse, child abuse imagery, group and serial sex offending, rape in a domestic setting, human trafficking for the sex trade, complex multi jurisdictional prosecutions of multiple offenders and historic abuse cases. Angela was the Lead Prosecutor in R v Mirga & others (the Peterborough Gang child exploitation ring case) which involved nine defendants aged 32 to 13 on multiple charges of rape, prostitution and sexual assault.
Angela was appointed a QC in 2015.