Grace Cowell

Call: 2018

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Grace is a criminal and family law practitioner, who also accepts instructions in inquests and inquiries, prison law and public law. Grace has been praised for her dedication to clients, tenacity in court and handling of cases with mental health considerations.

Grace has a broad and busy criminal practice, in which she regularly defends a wide range of criminal cases including serious violence and robbery. She frequently represents defendants in serious drugs matters, including large-scale conspiracies. She has particular expertise in defending clients based on their experiences of trafficking and modern slavery. Since the beginning of 2021 Grace has secured discontinuances in multiple Crown Court cases involving serious drugs charges, possession of bladed articles, assault occasioning ABH and assault on an emergency worker.

Grace has drafted advices and grounds of appeals against convictions and sentences, as well as CCRC referrals, in complex cases involving murder, manslaughter, and serious sexual offences. She is an elected member of the Executive Committees of the Criminal Bar Association and the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, which informs her work in the criminal courts.

Grace accepts instructions in a wide range of family law matters, including public and private law children cases. She has significant experience working with cases which involve domestic abuse and is approachable to clients, who have described her as “fighting my corner brilliantly”. Grace has been instructed in care proceedings involving Deprivation of Liberty Orders and serious mental health concerns. Grace further regularly represents clients in disputes over Child Arrangements Orders and Family Law Act matters.

Further to her practice, Grace has written about international humanitarian law, criminal justice and prison law reform for the International Review of Contemporary Law, Socialist Lawyer magazine and the Justice Gap. Her interest in criminal law reform stems from her work during her Masters dissertation, focussed on rape law reform in the UK.


Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School (Outstanding)
LLM in Bar Professional Training, City Law School (Distinction)
LLB Law, University of Bristol, (First Class Honours)

Professional Memberships

Executive Committee of the Criminal Bar Association
Executive Committee of the Legal Sector Workers Union
Executive Committee of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
Young Legal Aid Lawyers
Inner Temple