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.
Not Guilty of Murder
30 January 2020
Natasha Wong QC and Valeria Swift successfully...
Natasha Wong QC and Valeria Swift successfully defended man accused of murdering his friend in a fight following a night of drink and drug taking. The deceased suffered from significant heart disease and traumatic brain injury. Case involved exploration of issue of causation with evidence from numerous leading medical experts, including neuro-pathologists, cardiologists, histo-pathologists, toxicologists and forensic pathologists. Instructed by Ben Thomas of Sternberg Reed.
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.
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.