News

13 Feb 2019

Black Taxis in High Court challenge to decision to grant Uber their licence

Robert Griffiths QC and Stuart Jessop will represent the United Cabbies Group on behalf of the United Taxi Action Group in the High Court today in the Claimant’s challenge to the decision to grant Uber London Limited a Private Hire Vehicle Operators licence.

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04 Feb 2019

Three Life Sentences for Oxford Groomers

The three men convicted before Christmas of various serious historic sexual offences committed against a vulnerable complainant have each been sentenced to Life Imprisonment.

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04 Feb 2019

Richard Barraclough QC acts in brain injury case involving multi-million pound damages

Richard Barraclough QC acted for the Defendant insurers in this "exceptionally complex" brain damage case.

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01 Feb 2019

Clean air strategy 2019—raising difficult expectations?

In an article for Lexis PSL, William Upton, considers the key features and future impact of the government’s clean air strategy 2019.

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01 Feb 2019

Thomas Stern secures acquittals in case of London taxi driver accused of Covent Garden driving incident

The trial of a London taxi driver, James Manley, has ended with the jury returning not guilty verdicts on two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

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30 Jan 2019

Tom Dunn secures acquittal of lorry driver accused of £1.5 million cigarette importation following 4 day trial at Maidstone Crown Court.

Tom Dunn, instructed by Oliver Kirk of Old Bailey Solicitors, has secured the acquittal of a 27 year old Northern Irish male accused of attempting to smuggle more than 5 million cigarettes into the UK.

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28 Jan 2019

Court of Appeal reduces sentences in case where serious physical harm to a newborn was caused or allowed by parents

The Court of Appeal last week allowed the appeal of two defendants represented by Richard Barraclough QC and Tanya Robinson for the one and Danny Moore for the other, against a sentence of 8 years imprisonment.

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25 Jan 2019

Murder Acquittal - Oliver Saxby QC Defending

Following a two-week trial at Maidstone Crown Court, a 28-year old man from Gravesend has been found not guilty by a jury of the two counts he faced.

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22 Jan 2019

Maximising mitigation – steps a company can take to reduce penalties

In this two part series published in the Safety and Health Practitioner, Stephen Hockman QC along with other health and safety specialists, considers the actions which a duty-holder can take following a serious incident.

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22 Jan 2019

Sentence increased for defendant in latest Operation Pallial hearing

In the latest hearing into allegations of historical abuse in the north Wales care system, a man previously convicted of serious sexual abuse and indecent assault at a care home in Wrexham, has had his sentence increased.

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18 Jan 2019

Stuart Jessop successfully represents Wembley parking company at planning inquiry

Stuart Jessop has successfully represented Stadium Centre Management Ltd (SCM Ltd) in its appeal against two enforcement notices.

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18 Jan 2019

Court rules that premises was not an HMO

Stuart Jessop has successfully represented a landlord in a prosecution by the London Borough of Camden under section 72 of the Housing Act 2004.

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10 Jan 2019

William Upton to be appointed Queen’s Counsel

Chambers is delighted to announce that William Upton is to be appointed Queen’s Counsel.

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21 Dec 2018

Robert Griffiths QC appointed as adviser on Commonwealth Investment and Dispute Resolution by the Commonwealth Secretariat

Robert Griffiths QC has been appointed as high level adviser on Commonwealth Investment and Dispute Resolution to the Commonwealth Office of Civil and Criminal Justice Reform.

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19 Dec 2018

Verdicts in Grooming Trial

The trial of Mohammed Karrar, Bassam Karrar and Anjum Dogar concluded yesterday with all three defendants being convicted on all counts.

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17 Dec 2018

International law and governance of the Polar Regions

Jill Barrett is in Japan participating in an international symposium on International Law for Sustainability in Arctic Resource Development: Integrating Economic, Social, Environmental and Scientific Dimensions.

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04 Dec 2018

Megan Thomas nominated as Real Estate, Environment and Planning Junior of the Year

We are pleased to announce that Megan Thomas has been nominated as Real Estate, Environment and Planning Junior of the Year at the Legal 500 2019 UK Bar Awards.

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03 Dec 2018

Anne Williams represents London Borough in a National Planning Policy test case

Anne Williams appeared on behalf of the London Borough of Islington appealing against a refusal of planning permission for a key residential development in Tollington Park.

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03 Dec 2018

Oliver Saxby QC, Simon Taylor, Thomas Stern and Lucy Luttman judge at Bar Mock Trial Competition

On Saturday 1st December 2018, Maidstone Crown Court hosted the regional final of the Bar Mock Trial Competition 2018/19.

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30 Nov 2018

Maidstone Borough Council challenge their Highway Authority over diversion of funds away from a bus lane to town centre

Stephen Hockman QC and Megan Thomas have obtained permission for judicial review of a highway authority which has made a decision to divert monies collected for road widening under section 106 undertakings to use for a feasibility study for a potential bypass.

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30 Nov 2018

Oxford Grooming Trial Underway

The case of Mohammed Karrar, Bassam Karrar and Anjum Dogar began at Oxford Crown Court last week. Oliver Saxby QC is prosecuting.

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23 Nov 2018

Robert Griffiths QC instructed by Hampstead pub landlord in challenge to Hampstead BID levy

Robert Griffiths QC has been instructed by a Hampstead pub landlord following his refusal to pay a business levy imposed by the Hampstead Business Improvement District.

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21 Nov 2018

Planning 2020 – the Raynsford Review

The final report of the Raynsford Review of Planning in England was launched on 20 November by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA).

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19 Nov 2018

Stephen Hockman QC and David Hercock appear in the Divisional Court

On 16 November the Divisional Court handed down judgment in Highbury Poultry Farm Produce Limited v CPS [2018] EWHC 3122 (Admin).

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13 Nov 2018

John O’Higgins, Nina Ellin and Daniel Stevenson – successful prosecution of a targeted attack on travellers’ site in Kent

The case involved a masked gang, armed with machetes, knives, crow-bars and cable ties, who launched an attack on dwellings in a travellers’ site in Lenham, Kent in 2016.

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