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JEANETTE ASHMOLE

Personal Profile

Jeanette was called to the Bar in 2012. She completed her training at a London Chambers in Temple.

Before becoming a barrister, Jeanette had a previous career in the Police Force and has also spent time working as a Detective for a specialist team at the UK Home Office Criminal & Financial Investigations  where alot of time was spent investigating complex OCG's. During her time at The Home Office, Jeanette was appointed to the Fugitives Unit,  travelling abroad and working in partnership with agencies such as Europol, Interpol & International Police Forces. Jeanette has also spent time working for The Crown Prosecution Service as a Crown Prosecutor learning the inns and outs of the CPS.

Jeanette has almost 20 years experience in police, criminal investigations and court and has enjoyed success working on a number of different TV projects advising on anything from legal dress to law and procedure on a number of TV shows.

Jeanette fought hard to qualify as a Barrister and came to the Bar from a non-traditional background without having had the opportunity in her younger years to study A-Levels following being orphaned as a child and being fostered in her childhood. However in pursuit of her dream, she remained determined in her quest .You can read more about her story here: LINK

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Bar Training Course - Bar Voc Dip

Jeanette completed her Bar Studies at Nottingham Law School and was raised in the Midlands.

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Scholarships

To afford to study Jeanette impressed and was awarded a number of scholarships over the years.  Interestingly, when  Jeanette needed some extra cash to qualify,  Jeanette, thinking outside the box, applied and appeared on a TV game show on ITV to win the rest of the cash she needed .

Ask her about it, it's quite a story!

Commendations

Jeanette has received a number of commendations during her career including a Crown Court Judge commendation for her investigation into a conspiracy to breach UK immigration laws by a organised crime gang arranging sham marriages. There were 6 defendants. The Commendation stated:

“His Honour Judge Brown commends the officer for the way in which the case was investigated and the evidence collated. It was a cross jurisdictional complex case and the officer was professional, thorough and impressive throughout”

She also received a commendation for her work as a Detective for the UK Home Office Criminal and Financial Crime and Fugitives Team.

Jeanette  therefore is able to use her experience as an Investigator of Organised Crime Gangs to advise writers and producers in stories involving organised crime.

Work Experience

TV

RADIO/PODCASTS

APPOINTMENTS & ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 10 years experience in criminal investigation and law enforcement - Derbyshire Police, The Home Office & UK Border Force.

  • 10 years criminal law experience - Criminal Bar of England & Wales, The Crown Prosecution Service and The Serious Fraud Office.

  • 4 years criminal law/evidence/expert evidence lecturing at The University of Derby.

  • Legal Consultant - Jimmy McGovern's 'Time' Series 2: BBC Studios

  • Resident Script & Story Legal Advisor - ITV Studios - Coronation Street

  • Court/Legal Consultant - Tannadice Pictures 'The GOLD 2' BBC - in edit

  • Court/Legal Consultant - ITV Studios & Silverprint Productions 'Ruth' - in the edit stage

  • Court/Legal Consultant - Netflix and Broken Bones Productions - 'Toxic Town' - filming stage

  • Court/Legal Consultant - ITV Studios & Studio Canal/Rabbit Track  - 'Playing Nice' - Filming

  • Crime/Legal Consultant - Gaumont - 'Project in development' - Writer Helen Black'

  • Court/Legal Consultant - Tall Story Pictures & ITV Studios - 'Grace'

  • Crime Consultant - Rollem - 'Project in development' - Writer Kay Mellor & Helen Black

  • Development with Writer Ed Wethered - Mamouth Pictures

  • Legal Consultant - Wall to Wall -  'Project in development' - Writer Helen Black' 

  • Legal & Compliance Producer - Accused: Guilty or Innocent for A&E Networks USA - Brinkworth Productions

  • Legal & Compliance Producer - After the Verdict for A&E Networks USA - Brinkworth Productions

  • 'Expert' - Meet, Marry, Murder - Sky's Crime and Investigation Channel - First Look TV.

  • Legal Costume Advisor - BBC Happy Valley

  • Legal & Compliance Producer - Police Hour of Duty C5

  • Legal & Compliance Producer - Suspect No1 C5

  • Advisor & Fugitive Follow Team - C4's Hunted 2022. 

  • SA & Advisory - TV Series 'Snatch' - Sony

  • SA - BBC Holby City - Police Officer

  • SA - Toxic Town, Netflix

  • SA - Time 2, BBC

  • Contributor/Interviewee - BBC Sounds 'Stacey Dooley Fresh Starts' Podcast

  • Contributor/Interviewee - Sky News Daily Podcast 'How do crime dramas get it right?' 

  • Contributor/Interviewee - BBC Radio Derby 'Lunch with Ian Skye'

  • Contributor/Interviewee - BBC National Radio 'Graham Torrington Show

  • Contributor/Interviewee - BBC Radio Derby 'Good Morning with Sally Pepper'.

  • 2024 - Invited to speak at the House of Lords at a special reception celebrating the success of Universities

  • 2024 - Jeanette was selected to be one of Universities UK '100 Faces' campaign celebrating achievements of graduates from first generation students (1st in the family to go to University)

  • In 2019, Jeanette was invited by the Chancellor of The University of Derby to become a Founding Member of The University of Derby Alumni & Membership Board.​​

  • Derby County Community Trust - Jeanette sits as a Director on the Board of Trustees

  • Jeanette holds the qualification 'Professionalising Investigations Programme (College of Policing) Level 1 & 2 – Volume & Complex Crime those held by Detectives.

  • The Met Police - Jeanette was an advisor to the Modern Slavery and Trafficking Unit in complex investigations and interviews involving vulnerable witnesses and suspects.

  • The Home Office & College of Policing: Jeanette received an award for the highest mark achieved for the National Investigators Exam (testing knowledge of the rules of evidence, knowledge of law and procedure) – including “Exceptional” grades

  • Minute to Win It Game Show ITV – Jeanette applied and took part in a Game Show to raise extra money needed for Bar School.

  • White Collar Boxing: Jeanette trained and took part in a fight to raise money for Marie Currie Cancer Care on 20th Anniversary of Mothers Death. Jeanette believed that it would signify the brave fight her Mum put up before her unfortunate death to the illness.

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