Correna Platt

Partner

Biography

Correna is a partner in our criminal team at Stephensons and has specialised in criminal litigation since the start of her career in 1994. She deals with cases throughout England and Wales.

Correna specialises in serious, complex and high profile criminal cases with extensive skill and experience in helping those facing criminal prosecutions in the crown court. She is meticulous in her approach to cases which often involve many thousands of pages of witness statements, exhibits and other evidence.

She specialises in offences of murder and serious sexual offences and she has a particular interest in cases involving forensic issues and medical defences.

She also has extensive experience of representing clients in serious fraud cases, restraint and confiscation orders and proceeds of crime proceedings.

Correna’s success rate is exceptional. During 2017 alone, she defended five murder cases throughout England and Wales. All five were acquitted of murder.

Correna is one of the country’s leading criminal lawyers, regularly writing articles for various publications and was a speaker  at the 2017 conference for Women’s International Day. She is regularly quoted in national and local press publications and has previously appeared as a criminal defence expert in BBC 2 documentary, “Conviction, murder at the station”. The documentary drew on the experiences of leading experts working with the charity Inside Justice looking at the cold case of Roger Kearney.

Expertise

  • Serious fraud
  • Murder / manslaughter
  • Baby shaking cases
  • Sexual offences
  • Historic rape cases
  • Proceeds of crime
  • Cybercrime

Education

  • Studied at Chester Law School (LSF)
  • Studied at the University of Loughborough (MSC in Criminology and Criminal Justice)
  • Studied at the University of Manchester  (LLB Hons)

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association
  • ​Member of the Inside Justice team

Testimonials

Correna is a Partner specialising in defending very serious criminal allegations.  In addition to her intelligent and thoughtful manner, Correna is a highly motivated and extremely hard working lawyer.  She cares deeply to ensure that those she represents obtain the best possible outcome.  She is a fearless advocate for her clients, particularly those who can appear challenging but who really need special care and attention because of issues they face.  Her commitment to her clients is second to none.  Her tenacity, work ethic, incisive tactical thinking and dedication to ensuring the best possible outcomes for her clients have resulted in a thoroughly well deserved reputation for excellence.   I have no hesitation in recommending her as a top tier criminal solicitor when it comes to defending those charged with serious criminal offences” UK Legal 500, 2017.

“Correna Platt is an outstanding performer who is extremely thorough, committed to her clients and brings a very great level of preparation and commitment to the cases she works on”. - UK Legal 500, 2017

Reported cases

The Court of Appeal gave judgment in Boyle Transport (Northern Ireland) Limited v. R and R v. Patrick Boyle and Mark Boyle [2016] EWCA Crim 19, in which it quashed substantial confiscation and enforcement receivership orders. The case is an important one in relation to piercing the corporate veil in confiscation cases, and is the most detailed consideration by the Court of Appeal in this context of the general principles set out by the Supreme Court in Prest v Petrodel Resources Limited [2013] 2 AC 415.

The case of Hedgcock & Others 2007 EWCA Crim 3486: point of principle relating “to the correct approach to be taken by a jury in a criminal case to an invitation by the Crown to draw an inference adverse to a defendant from primary facts.” (LJ Laws). Cited with approval recently in: Goddard & another 2012 EWCA 1756, Darnly 2012 EWCA Crim 1148.

In R v Hunter and Ors [2015] EWCA Crim 631 considered the question of when a good character direction is required, and the effect on the safety of convictions where one is required but is not given.

Recent cases 2017-2018

  • Attempted murder of a child at Liverpool Crown Court. The defendant was acquitted of attempted murder. The case instead proceeded as child neglect and the defendant received a non-custodial sentence.
  • Murder at Liverpool Crown Court. The defendant was found not guilty despite admitting that he used the knife which resulted in the fatal injury. Correna successfully argued that the defendant had acted in self-defence.
  • Murder at Oxford Crown Court. The defendant had been convicted of attempted murder 12 years earlier. The victim had since died and the prosecution alleged that his death was the result of the original injury. Correna argued that the original jury had been wrong in their guilty verdict and, despite the conviction for attempted murder, that there was sufficient doubt that the defendant had caused the original injury. The defendant was found not guilty
  • Murder at Manchester Crown Court. The prosecution argued that Correna’s client was involved in a joint enterprise with others. The defendant was found not guilty
  • Rape at Bolton Crown Court. The defendant was accused of rape by two separate individuals. He denied that either offence took place. Correna successfully defended the allegations and he was acquitted of both offences.
  • Historic rape offences at Burnley Crown Court. This case involved a large number of defendants who had allegedly systematically abused and raped a female, over 20 years ago. The defendant was acquitted.
  • Rape and indecent images at Bolton Crown Court. Correna successfully defended her client who was acquitted of all offences.
  • Armed robbery at Bolton Crown Court. The defendant had learning difficulties.  He was acquitted.
  • Murder at Bradford Crown Court. The case involved the fatal stabbing of a male with a knife. Whilst the jury did not accept that the defendant had acted in self-defence, they did accept that he did not have the intent to kill or cause serious harm. The defendant was found not guilty of murder but convicted of manslaughter.
  • Proceeds of crime proceedings at the Court of Appeal. Correna successfully argued against the making of a proceeds of crime order in respect of property which was owned by the company and not the individual defendants.
  • Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) proceedings at Bolton Crown Court. Correna successfully argued against the making of a POCA based on the realisable assets involved and the extent of involvement in the original offence.
  • POCA at Southwark Crown Court. Successfully defended the making of a confiscation order in the sum of over £1 million on the basis that the monies were from legitimate sources.
  • Conspiracy to supply drugs at Bolton Crown Court. Correna was able to successfully reduce the extent of the defendants alleged involvement in a large drugs conspiracy