Gabrielle Coates commenced a common law pupillage in September 2023, under the supervision of James Bourne-Arton.
Prior the commencement of pupillage, Gabrielle worked as a Criminal Paralegal and Prison Law Advocate representing prisoners in Parole Board Hearings. Notably, Gabrielle has experience with IPP prisoners and has frequently worked with vulnerable prisoners. Her practice has encompassed a wide array of cases, including appeals, RASSO cases, dishonest offences and murder trials.
During her studies in the Bar Professional Training Course, Gabrielle excelled in her Criminal advocacy modules achieving the highest classification. Whilst studying Gabrielle sought a wide range of legal experience. Additionally, she demonstrated leadership and commitment to the legal field by founding the Northumbria Bar Society, leaving a long lasting impact on the University and future advocates.
Gabrielle’s dissertation was published in the Family Law Journal (Lexis Nexis) “Technology: achieving a humane approach to the remote ways of working in the Family Justice System.”
Gabrielle’s dedication to making a positive impact extends to her volunteer work. She volunteered at legal clinics and undertook pro-bono work, particularly as a Core Volunteer for Support Through Court. In this role, she assisted litigants in persons facing difficulties in the Family Courts. She has gained valuable experience in helping individuals in distress and crisis.