Áine is an associate in the criminal team with a wide range of criminal litigation experience. She provides advice and representation to individuals and corporates from the initial stages of criminal investigations up to trial. She regularly represents individuals at police station interviews.

Criminal defence and police investigations

Áine acts for individuals under investigation, including at the police station, in a broad range of criminal matters, including: assault, drugs, firearm offences, sexual offences, and serious violence.

She has extensive experience representing children and young people, particularly in relation to online and sexual offences arising out of “sexting” behaviour. She is committed to ensuring the relevant authorities recognise and respect the special rights afforded to children who find themselves within the criminal justice system. She is particularly interested in campaigning work in relation to the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales and improvements to the criminal records system for children and young people.

International Crime

Áine has particular expertise in advising on the international dimension of criminal cases and advises individuals in respect of mutual legal assistance (MLA), extradition requests and Interpol notices. Recent cases involved requests from USA, India, Sweden, Malta, Hungary, and Russian Federation.

Financial and business crime

Her financial and business crime experience includes investigations and prosecutions brought by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), US Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in relation to cartel, anti-money laundering and anti-bribery and corruption investigations and has written extensively on anti-bribery laws in England and Wales.

Her experience spans a range of industries and she regularly carries out internal investigations in corporate matters where there are allegations of wrongdoing and/or suspected criminality.

She was part of the team working on the LIBOR II trial which involved allegations of a conspiracy to manipulate the LIBOR rate in which the client was acquitted after a trial lasting nearly 4 months.

Recent work

Financial and Business Crime

  • Advising numerous individuals in major SFO investigations including senior executives of British and International companies.
  • Represented numerous individuals in “Cartels” investigations by the CMA and DoJ.
  • Part of the defence team in the Libor “Brokers Trial” which secured an acquittal for lead defendant.

International Work

  • Advising individuals in respect of extradition requests from the US, India, Sweden and Malta.
  • Successfully defended EAW cases from Hungary and Ukraine.

General crime cases

  • Many cases involving young people and children under investigation in respect of social media related offences: malicious communications and “sexting."
  • No further action taken in case involving a young teenager investigated in respect of allegations of voyeurism and indecent images/”sexting” offences.
  • No further action taken in numerous cases involving children accused of sexual assault.
  • No further action taken in case involving a young person accused of “sexting” type offences.
  • No further action in case involving high profile sports’ individual accused of serious assault.
  • No further action in case involving an allegation of grievous bodily harm arising out of an alleged “glassing” incident in a nightclub.



  • Associate Member of the Standing Committee for Youth Justice
  • Defence Extradition Lawyers' Forum (DELF)
  • European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA)
  • London Criminal Court Solicitors Association (LCCSA)
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association (YFLA)
  • Amicus-ALJ


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Business and Financial Crime

Our experienced lawyers provide strategic and pragmatic advice in complex business crime cases and situations.

Criminal Defence and Police Investigations

From police station representation and advice to restraint and confiscation proceedings, we are proactive in achieving the best outcomes.

Cartels, Competition and Price Fixing

Our top ranked cartels team is extremely well placed to provide advice to individuals and companies who are caught up in cartel activity.

Youth Crime and the Law

Our experienced youth crime lawyers are committed to understanding your child and finding a solution that protects their reputation.

Youth Crime - FAQs

Applying the law to children and young people is a specialist area of law. We set out the frequently asked questions in relation to youth crime and justice, which we are often asked by parents when their child has been accused of a criminal offence.


An Interpol Red Notice can severely inhibit a person’s liberty, and have drastic consequences for a person’s reputation. We can assist in Red Notice cases by engaging with Interpol either prior to or following the issue of a Red Notice.

Internal Investigations

Corporate clients require sophisticated and sensitive advice when they encounter internal crises which have the potential to escalate.

International Crime and Extradition

Criminal law is increasingly an international concept with cross-border implications. Knowing your rights and options is essential.

Sexual Offences

We deal with the highest profile and most sensitive cases, providing expert advice and support to both individuals and companies.

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