Member of Chambers Profile

Jane Carpenter

Year of Call: 1984



Jane's practice principally comprises significant and substantial cases. She prosecutes and defends in serious sex, child cruelty cases and offences of violence. These include appearing in murders, rapes, armed robberies, kidnap and multi-defendant cases involving drugs and firearms. She has also appeared in murder trials at the Central Criminal Court and other Crown Courts, including cases involving mental incapacity, solicitation and conspiracy to murder. Jane is also particularly adept at presenting evidence via video links and intermediaries and in handling witnesses and defendants who are vulnerable and/or young. She is a Grade 3 prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service and is also on their rape specialist list.

Notable Cases


  • Defendant charged with murder – victim stabbed 14 to 20 times.
  • Aggravated burglary where a large quantity of high value goods was stolen and asecurity guard was tied up and badly injured.
  • Historic physical and sexual abuse on four step children in the 1970s and 1980s where the mother was aware of what was happening and permitted the abuse to continue.
  • 12 year old defendant accused of rape on a child aged 3 years 10 months at the time of the offence and 5 years 2 months at the time of trial.


  • Offences of robbery, false imprisonment and assault where a woman was held at gunpoint, tied up, blindfolded, beaten and orally raped; when her boyfriend was lured to the address, he was tortured with a hot iron and bleach.
  • Three violent and unprovoked attacks by a defendant with significant mental health problems upon members of the public who were unknown to him.
  • Prosecuting one of the first trials for possession of extreme pornographic images under Section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008.
  • R. v. Kirk Reid: defending in a trial where the defendant was charged with a variety of sexual offences upon 29 different complainants who were unknown to each other.
  • Numerous sexual assaults upon three children between the ages of 4 and 11 years from an adult in a position of responsibility.
  • Persistent offences of rape on a daughter and friend over a 10 year period.


  • Vicious rape in a nightclub toilet where a young woman was strangled to the point of unconsciousness before being raped.
  • Defending in a baby shaking case (Section 18 of the Offences Against The Persons Act 1861) where a young baby suffered retinal bleeding and sub-dural haematomas.


  • Defendant charged with doing an act tending and intended to pervert the course of justice by giving false information to the police in a murder inquiry.
  • Primary school teacher charged with sexually assaulting 12 of his pupils who were aged between 7 and 9 years.