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Suzanne Thomas

Lecturer

School of Law and Politics

Email
thomass129@cardiff.ac.uk
Campuses
Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX

Overview

I was called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of Middle Temple in 2001, having completed the Bar Vocational Course at Cardiff University.

I went on to complete my pupillage in 2002 at 30 Park Place in Cardiff, where I remained as a tenant for 7 years. In 2009 I moved to 9 Park Place where I practised until I joined the teaching team at Cardiff Professional Legal Studies in December 2018. I remain an Associate Tenant at 9 Park Place, although I am currently non-practising.

Throughout my 17 years of practice I specialised exclusively in criminal law, appearing both for the prosecution and the defence. In 2012 I became a Grade 4 Prosecutor and Member of the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Panel of Prosecution Advocates. From that time I developed a particular specialism for cases in involving sexual offences and was involved in some high-profile Cardiff cases:

R v Sadiq [2017] - Prosecuted a mosque teacher for sexually abusing 4 of his pupils. The prosecution was upheld following an appeal, although the sentence was reduced. https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/mosque-teacher-who-sexually-assaulted-14038096

R v Thatcher, Thomson and Wright [2017] - Prosecuted three individuals in relation to the rape and chronic sexual abuse of two very young chiildren. https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/trio-jailed-total-45-years-13493289 

Biography

EXPERIENCE

2018 - present            Lecturer, Cardiff Professional Legal Studies.

2009 – 2018                Barrister, 9 Park Place Chambers, Cardiff.

2001 – 2009                Barrister, 30 Park Place Chambers, Cardiff.

ACHIEVEMENTS

 2012                           Grade 4 Prosecutor 

                                    Member of the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Panel of Prosecution Advocates

 2000                           Wales and Chester Circuit Prize for the Outstanding Student on the Cardiff BVC

                                    Middle Temple Crystal Macmillan Prize for the Highest Achieving Student on the Cardiff BVC

                                    Angel Chambers Prize for the Best Performance in Criminal Litigation and Evidence on the Cardiff BVC

Teaching

I teach a range of knowledge and skills subjects on the Bar Training Course, with a particular emphasis on advocacy and crime. I share joint module responsibility with Sarah Waters for the Trial Advocacy and Criminal Advocacy modules.

In addition, I supervise students on both the BTC and LPC who are undertaking the LLM.