Valeria Swift is a specialist criminal law barrister who is known for her persuasive advocacy, excellent client care and painstaking case preparation. She defends and prosecutes and has a strong track record for delivering results. She conducts most of her cases as sole counsel but is frequently instructed as junior counsel in appropriate cases. Valeria is multi-lingual, fluent in Spanish, French and Italian.
In recent years Valeria Swift’s practice has focused particularly on allegations of serious sexual offences and she has built up a strong reputation for achieving successful outcomes in such cases. She is also particularly alive to the risk that clients’ professional lives and personal freedoms can be disproportionately curtailed by the imposition of oppressive or ill-considered Sexual Harm Prevention Orders and is well-equipped to deal with such applications in the clients’ best interests.
She is regularly instructed in matters relating to:
Organised crime (particular expertise in covert and intelligence led operations, disclosure issues, and informant handling)
Serious sexual offences (eg. rape, sexual assault, offences against children and the vulnerable, indecent images)
Drugs (eg. major conspiracies, importations, possession with intent, cannabis factories)
Serious violence and firearms offences
Financial crime (fraud and money laundering)
Complex and High Value Confiscation
Regulatory work including prosecutions brought by local authorities in respect of housing and benefit fraud, health and safety, trading strandards and enviromental act proceedings.
Valeria Swift represented this defendant, one of only two defendants to be acquitted, following a 3 month Old Bailey trial concerning a Kent based gang accused of smuggling migrants into the UK. Instructed by Cantaris Locke Solicitors.
Jonathan Higgs QC leading Valeria Swift defended a 15 year old youth, at his 2 month Old Bailey trial, charged with 5 others, accused of the murder of a 17 year old aspiring "Rap" artist in South London. Instructed by Thomas Boyd Whyte Solicitors.