Grace Cowell

Call: 2018

Specialist in


Grace accepts instructions in criminal law, family law, inquests and inquiries, prison law and public law. She is available for hearings conducted both in person and remotely. Grace joined chambers upon successful completion of her pupillage in December 2020.

Grace has a broad and busy practice across the criminal courts. Her crime practice has seen her defending in a wide range of criminal cases, involving serious violence, drug offences and robbery. She has experience in defending clients based on their experiences of trafficking and modern slavery.

Grace 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. She is an elected member of the Executive Committees of the Criminal Bar Association and the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, which informs her work in the criminal courts.

Grace accepts instructions in a wide range of family law matters, including public and private law children cases. She has significant experience working with cases which involve domestic abuse. Prior to joining the bar, 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 Criminal Bar Association
Executive Committee of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
Young Legal Aid Lawyers
Inner Temple