Ashanti-Jade Walton

Ashanti-Jade Walton

Called to bar: 
2016
Inner Temple

Ashanti-Jade joined Chambers as a tenant in February 2018 following successful completion of her criminal pupillage under the supervision of Janet Gedrych and Dean Pulling.

Before coming to the Bar, Ashanti-Jade was awarded the ‘Kalisher Internship Award’ for showing ‘exceptional promise’ in Criminal Law. This scholarship enabled her to undertake a funded placement at the Criminal Cases Review Commission where she worked on an array of different cases - from murder to ABH. The work undertaken was varied, including: visiting applicants in prison, analysing the impact of R v Jogee and R v Johnson on joint enterprise cases and the effect a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome may have when looking at belief of consent. 

In her spare time, Ashanti- Jade enjoys judo and playing the saxophone.

Practice Areas

Criminal law

Ashanti-Jade is instructed for both the prosecution and defence in Crown, Magistrates and Youth Courts. She has experience in the Crown Court of conducting trials, advancing mitigation on behalf of defendants, appeals and Proceeds of Crime proceedings. Ashanti-Jade is a Level 2 on the Crown Prosecution Service Advocate Panel.

Notable cases:

R v J [2017] - Ashanti-Jade represented a defendant charged with two counts of fraud totalling £35,000. She successfully made a no case to answer submission in respect of the lead count concerning £25,000.

R v M [2017] - Mitigated on behalf of a defendant who pleaded guilty to a count of fraud concerning over £30,000, despite a number of aggravating features, the defendant was given a suspended sentence.

R v H [2018]- Ashanti-Jade represented a defendant charged with ABH on a 12-year-old. Despite there being 28 separate sites of injury, the defendant was acquitted.

R v D [2018] - Ashanti-Jade represented a defendant charged with Affray and Possession of an Offensive Weapon – a no case to answer submission was made in relation to the latter offence, which was successful.

Civil law

Regulatory

Ashanti-Jade presents cases for the Education Workforce Council, the alleged misconduct involved has included: dishonesty, inappropriate messaging and assault.

Ashanti-Jade also has experience of defending cases brought by the RSPCA and Trading Standards and of prosecuting and defending cases concerning failure to send children to school.

Inquests

Ashanti-Jade has experience representing interested parties and families at inquests. She has recently worked on an inquest into the death of a 20-year-old whilst at work. The interested party was both the brother and deputy manager of the deceased. Written and oral submissions were advanced as to whether Unlawful Killing should be left for jury consideration. This conclusion was not left before the jury and they found it was an accident.

Memberships 
  • CPS Advocate Panel – Level  2
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Inquest Lawyers’ Group
  • Wales and Chester Circuit
Education 
  • University of Law, Birmingham-  BPTC, Very Competent
  • Hatfield College, Durham University – Law, 2:1
  • Scholarships/Awards
    University of Law – Wig Scholarship (2017)
  • Kalisher Internship Award (2016)
  • Kalisher Advocacy Course (2016)
  • University of Law – Entrance Award (2014)