Dréa defends in serious and complex cases. She is experienced in handling cases across the spectrum of criminal offences including serious violence, drugs, robbery, fraud and sexual offences. When defending, she is often instructed to represent young and vulnerable defendants.
Dréa was previously instructed by a leading international law firm on a bribery and fraud investigation, and also previously instructed by an offshore firm in a confidential financial services regulatory investigation. This involved a detailed understanding and application of the anti-money laundering and counter terrorist-financing regulatory framework.
Background and Expertise
Before coming to the Bar, Dréa had a career working in humanitarian aid and human rights. She has extensive practical experience and knowledge of the Middle East, specifically Lebanon, Palestine, and Israel. She has experience living in the refugee camps in Lebanon, where she worked as country director for a non-governmental organisation between 1998 – 2001. Following her work in Lebanon, Dréa worked with Oxfam between 2001 – 2003 and lived in the occupied Palestinian territory at the height of the re-invasion of the West Bank, managing refugee-related programming in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Between 2004 – 2005, she managed Christian Aid’s programme in Israel and Palestine. Between 2007 – 2011, Dréa was the Director of Advocacy at Medical Aid for Palestinians, leading the organisation’s advocacy, policy and media work in Europe and the Middle East.
Dréa was a lecturer on the LL.M in International Criminal and Human Rights Law at London South Bank University between 2013-2017. She taught the masters’ level module on the Law of Armed Conflict, an international law course focusing on the conduct of hostilities, means and methods of warfare, the legality of weapons, and the law of occupation.
Dréa was awarded the Lord Mansfield Scholarship in 2011 by Lincoln’s Inn, the top grant awarded to prospective barristers. She is a Commonwealth Scholar.
Successful appeal against sentence; the Court of Appeal found there was insufficient evidence to justify the imposition of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order; the order was quashed. See Hamilton  EWCA Crim 127.
Court of Appeal Criminal Division.
Led junior in multi-handed case of murder and s.18 wounding. Successful submissions against the introduction of ‘gang’ related bad character; jury directed to return verdicts of not guilty following successful submission of no case to answer.
Kingston Crown Court.
Secured acquittal in multi-handed case of conspiracy to breach immigration law, where defendant was accused of smuggling illegal entrants into the United Kingdom.
Canterbury Crown Court.
Secured acquittal in case of robbery, where defendant was accused of robbing vulnerable victim at knifepoint along with one other.
Wood Green Crown Court.
Appeared for the respondent, where Attorney General sought leave to refer sentence for (several) armed robberies as unduly lenient. Court of Appeal refused leave to refer. See Anthony Callum Smith  EWCA Crim 596.
Court of Appeal Criminal Division.
Secured an acquittal in case where the defendant was accused of s.18 wounding with intent with a meat cleaver.
Woolwich Crown Court.
Secured acquittal of defendant, a government employee, on trial for £30,000 fraud on her employer.
Southwark Crown Court.
Junior defence counsel for lead defendant on trial for tobacco smuggling conspiracy (tax fraud).
Snaresbrook Crown Court.
Successful half-time submissions on the nature of explosive devices, leading to the acquittal of defendant on trial for a terrorism offence.
Central Criminal Court.
Successful submissions on medical evidence relating to brain injuries, leading to the acquittal of defendant on trial for grievous bodily harm (s.18).
Inner London Crown Court.
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BA, Politics and International Development, McGill University, 2000.
MA - Middle Eastern Politics, School of Oriental and African Studies, 2004.
LLM - International and Human Rights Law, Utrecht University, 2007.
Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP University, 2011.
Bar Professional Training Course, City University, 2012.
International Bar Association,
Criminal Bar Association,
The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn