India Ferris Solicitor

Areas of law:

Crime and Investigation, Police Station, Youth Court, Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court, Criminal Law: Funding

India Ferris is a Solicitor in the Magistrates department, based in our Oxford office. India works as a Duty Solicitor advising and defends clients in both the police station and Magistrates Court on a wide range of offences from shop thefts to murder.

Prior to joining Reeds, India worked as a solicitor at Albin and Co Solicitors within the criminal and prison law department. Here she represented clients from the police station to the Crown Court. She also represented clients in parole hearings and adjudications in prison. Prior to this she worked at Cartwright King solicitors from 2016 in the capacity as police station representative and crown court litigator where she prepared cases for trial.

India is an excellent communicator, ensuring she takes the time to listen to her clients. She believes in representation for all particularly vulnerable clients dealing with substance misuse issues and mental health. She undertakes a number of trials within the magistrate’s court and is a good advocate.

Notable Cases

R v W (2021) acquittal after trial – represented a vulnerable client in Reading Magistrate for trial for an offence of assault emergency worker and racially aggravated public order. This involved extensive cross examination of two police officers, who conceded that their behaviour towards a female with significant mental health conditions was provocative and unacceptable. Client was found not guilty after trial.

R v M (2020) – Court appointed to deal with a trial of a young man charged with domestic offences at Oxford Magistrates court. This involved the cross examination of a vulnerable female and a number of witnesses. This case involved significant preparation and thorough cross examination to inconsistencies in the case and witness statements. The client was acquitted after trial.

R v M (2022)- acquittal after trial of male charged with breaching his criminal behaviour order and the question as to whether he was intoxicated at the time of the offence or unwell due to his mental health. This case involved significant preparation and consideration of evidence. Cross examination of police officers regarding their failures during and after arrest when dealing with a vulnerable person with known mental health issues. The client was acquitted after trial.

R v T (2022) – accepted basis after newton hearing – represented a client for Newton hearing for an offence of ABH. Here we accepted causing the injuries but that they were caused in a mutual fight as a result of homophobic comments make by the complainant. We denied that we attacked the complainant unprovoked.

This case was a domestic matter, very sensitive nature and involved the cross examination of a family member. Having heard all the evidence, the Court accepted our account.

R v O (2021) – community order – secured a community order for a businessman convicted of offences of assault and malicious communications. Mitigation put forward in relation to the man’s good character and personal circumstances – attracted media interest.