News November 2014

28 Nov 2014

Guilty verdicts in the first of the Operation Paillial cases

The guilty verdicts in the first of the Paillial cases (R v John Allen) follow a seven week trial.  John Allen has been found guilty on 26 counts of historical child sex abuse. Eleanor Laws QC and Catherine Donnelly are prosecuting. Openshaw J will sentence the defendant on 1st

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27 Nov 2014

John O'Higgins, leading Nina Ellin successfully prosecute in a fraud case where elderly victims were defrauded of over £250,000

John O'Higgins and Nina Ellin have successfully prosecuted 13 defendants in a fraud case where elderly victims were defrauded of over £250,000. The charges involved the systematic targetting of particularly vulnerable elderly victims who were deceived into believing that their properties needed

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26 Nov 2014

Defendant acquitted in prison mutiny trial

Peter Alcock has secured the acquittal of the first defendant, Peter Gaffney, at Blackfriars Crown Court after a month long trial of 11 defendants charged with Prison Mutiny. The incident, which took place at HMP High Down, was set against the background of transition to the new prison regime

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26 Nov 2014

John Allen found guilty on 26 counts in historical child abuse case

In the latest Operation Pallial case, John Allen has been found guilty on 26 counts of historical child sex abuse. Eleanor Laws QC and Catherine Donnelly are prosecuting. Operation Pallial was set up to investigate allegations of historical child abuse in North Wales. News coverage of the

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25 Nov 2014

Flooding and legal liability

William Upton has been named in the latest edition of UKELA's e-law as one of its Star Members in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Water Working Party’s Seminar on Flooding and his accompanying paper on the topic. The Seminar was held in association with the Chartered

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24 Nov 2014

Mukhtiar Singh successfully completes his first Planning Inquiry

Mukhtiar Singh appeared on behalf of the London Borough of Newham in relation to an appeal against a refusal by the local planning authority to grant a certificate of lawful use or development. The appeal involved three commercial units and one of the considerations for the Inspector was whether a

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21 Nov 2014

Eleanor Laws QC instructed to defend Paul Gadd, also known as Gary Glitter, in historical sex offences case

Eleanor Laws QC  has been instructed to defend Paul Gadd (also known as Gary Glitter), against charges of historical sex offences against three girls dating back to the 1970's. The trial is set to begin in January next year and will be heard at Southwark Crown Court. News coverage of the

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17 Nov 2014

Guilty verdicts in Oxford sex abuse case

After nearly 20 hours of deliberation the jury today returned their final verdicts in the six week trial of Terence Sturgeon-Clegg, prosecuted by Oliver Saxby QC and Michael Roques. In all, Mr Sturgeon-Clegg was convicted on 16 counts of historic sexual abuse and child cruelty dating back to

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13 Nov 2014

Case of R v C commences at Maidstone Crown Court

The prosecution of a man charged with historic sexual abuse got underway at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday. There are six complainants, alleging a variety of abuse dating back many decades. Oliver Saxby QC and Simon Taylor defend, instructed by Morlings Solicitors.

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07 Nov 2014

Gordon Menzies and Frances Aldson prosecute in a trading standards case involving auctioneers accused of fraudulently taking thousands of pounds of customers' money

Gordon Menzies and Frances Aldson have commenced a trial at Reading Crown Court prosecuting three family members who ran an auction house and allegedly siphoned off customer's money for their own gain. While customers who had entrusted items to the business went without payment, the jury were told

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05 Nov 2014

Anne Williams appears on behalf of residents action group opposed to proposed residential development in Moddershall Valley

Anne Williams is appearing on behalf of an action group of residents (Nicholls Lane Action Group) who are opposed to a proposed residential development in the Moddershall Valley, Stone, Staffordshire. The inquiry sat for 4 days in October and resumed again on November 3rd. One of the key

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