Member of Chambers Profile

Jenny Burgess

Year of Call: 2008



Jenny joined Chambers in 2010. As a criminal practitioner she has prosecuted and defended across the South-Eastern and Western circuits.

As a Level 2 CPS prosecutor she is regularly instructed in a wide variety of cases including complex fraud and money laundering, grievous bodily harm with intent, robbery, possession with intent to supply Class A, sexual assault and bigamy. She has defended one of two defendants involved in one of the largest cannabis farms discovered in Kent. 

She has a wide experience of confiscation proceedings and with cases engaging PII. She regularly deals with vulnerable and young witnesses and defendants as well as those with mental health issues.

Recent criminal cases:

R -v- H and others [2016]

Led prosecution junior on a seven-handed £2.5 million “boiler room” fraud in which hundreds of members of the public were defrauded in a scam selling non-existent carbon credit and operating out of northern Turkey.

R -v- A [2015]

Successful prosecution of a defendant running a counterfeit DVD business. This was the first case brought to court by a recently formed unit on the City of London police which deals with this type of crime and involved the calling of expert evidence. The estimated loss to the creative industries as a result of the offence was £77,000.

R -v- A [2015]

Successful prosecution of a defendant charged with dangerous driving in which he used his vehicle to drive at a police officer.

R -v- P and others [2014]

R -v- B and others [2014]

Led prosecution junior on two linked multi-handed drug importation cases. One involved the large-scale importation of cannabis from Morocco via Spain. The other was a sea-borne importation of amphetamine across the Channel.

In addition to her criminal practice, Jenny also has a fast growing regulatory practice. She has prosecuted for the Nursing and Midwifery Council and is instructed by the Royal College of Nursing in a wide variety of NMC proceedings, including Conduct and Competence Committee Hearings, Interim Orders and Substantive Order Reviews. She has appeared on behalf of the RCN in front of the High Court. She has also prosecuted for the General Dental Council.

She has provided an accredited training seminar to other members of chambers in conducting NMC regulatory proceedings and she has given a seminar to members of the RCN legal team on “hot regulatory topics”, including High Court Interim Order extensions and submissions of no case to answer in regulatory proceedings. 

Her other non-criminal practice includes the representation of prisoners at Parole Board hearings, and instruction on behalf of appellants at licensing appeals at the Magistrates Court. She has acted as legal advisor to the Licensing Sub-Committee of Newham Council. 

Jenny takes a keen interest in training opportunities for those involved in the criminal justice system. She has participated widely in the courtroom training of the probationer officers of the Metropolitan police, including acting as Judge in mock trials and delivering a workshop on giving evidence in court.

Prior to joining the Bar, Jenny obtained a doctorate in Classics and taught Latin and ancient Greek at university.


Classics Greats, Jesus College, Oxford University

Master in Philosophy (Classics), Birmingham University

Doctor of Philosophy (Classics), Birmingham University

Graduate Diploma in Law, City University, London

Bar Vocational Course, BPP, Holborn, London