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Valeria Swift

Call 2003

Practice Profile

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 homicide, organised crime and 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)
  • Cases of Homicide
  • 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.

News

Recorder Appointments

6 September 2019

Chambers are delighted to announce that HM The... Read More

Murder acquittal at the Old Bailey

3 July 2019

Natasha Wong QC and Valeria Swift secured the... Read More

Recent Cases


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Notable Cases

  • R v. KK & 5 ors [C.C.C.] 2019

    Killing of Seirra Leone Teacher in Arson Attack

    Natasha Wong QC and Valeria Swift secured the acquittal of their client, an autistic teenager with severe learning disabilities, at the end of a 12 week murder trial involving six defendants at the Old Bailey. A woman became the innocent victim of a drugs feud when she died in an arson attack just hours before she was due to return home to Sierra Leone. The 46 year old Teacher, was staying with relatives in Woolwich, South East London, when the blaze broke out. Client found not guilty of joint enterprise murder, manslaughter and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to multiple victims. Instructed by Jatinder Sokhal of TBW Solicitors.