Grace Cowell


Specialist in


Grace accepts instructions in crime, family, inquests and inquiries, prison law and public law. She is available for hearings conducted both in person and remotely.

Grace commenced her pupillage at One Pump Court in October 2019, with Stephen Knight (Crime) and Mary Hughes (Family) as her supervisors. Grace also has considerable experience working with Chambers’ specialist Prison Law Team and Inquests & Public Inquiries Teams.

Throughout pupillage Grace has observed and assisted with a broad range of work across the criminal courts. She 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.

Grace has significant experience in private and public children law. Prior to commencing pupillage, Grace was employed as a paralegal at Edwards Duthie Shamash Solicitors (formerly Steel & Shamash), working primarily in care proceedings and private children law. Before this, she clerked for Powell Spencer and Partners in public law children cases. Additionally, she previously worked as a family and civil litigation paralegal at Lock & Marlborough Solicitors, predominately in complex civil fraud proceedings. During the Covid-19 pandemic she has volunteered for the National Centre for Domestic Violence, providing pro bono representation to applicants obtaining non-molestation orders.

Grace has successfully represented clients for the Free Representation Unit in social security tribunals. She 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.

Grace’s interests involve women’s rights and related law reform.


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 Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
Haldane Feminist Lawyers
Young Legal Aid Lawyers
Inner Temple