News May 2015

29 May 2015

Old Bailey Grooming Trial Continues

The trial of 11 men charged with sex exploitation offences in the Aylesbury area has reached the end of its second week. The first complainant gave evidence-in-chief - in open court, with screens and the assistance of a registered intermediary - over the course of 5 days; and cross-examination is

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22 May 2015

Tom Dunn instructed by SECCU to prosecute substantial human trafficking case

Tom Dunn has been instructed on behalf of the South Eastern Complex Casework Unit of the CPS to prosecute Josef and Marion Dzuga for a number of human trafficking offences arising out of a substantial and long standing police investigation styled Operation Dorking. The allegations date back to 2005

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22 May 2015

Eleanor Laws QC appears in Butler [2015] EWCA Crim 854

Eleanor Laws QC has appeared  in R v Butler in which the President of the Queens Bench Division Sir Brian Leveson issues some guidance as to how the court should approach assessing complainants third party records. To view the full ruling in R v Butler [2015] EWCA Crim 854  click here

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20 May 2015

Oliver Saxby QC instructed in Killing Case

Oliver Saxby QC has been instructed to represent John Cudworth, a man in his 20's, charged with the murder of his wife whose body, the Crown allege, he disposed of in fields not far from his home. Click here for news coverage of the case

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19 May 2015

CPS Accredited Rape and Sexual Offences Training seminar - 30 May

Eleanor Laws QC will be speaking at the annual CPS South East Circuit Accredited Rape and Sexual Offences Training seminar on 30th May. The seminar has become important for those applying for CPS rape list accreditation. The training session will take place on 30th May between 9am and 1pm at 23

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18 May 2015

Oliver Saxby QC opens for the Crown in eleven-handed Old Bailey Sex Exploitation Case

The ‘Operation Articulate’ trial, Vikram Singh and others, gets under way today at the Central Criminal Court. Eleven defendants face 49 sex exploitation charges relating to two vulnerable complainants, now aged 21 but aged between 12 and 15 at the time of their abuse. Their evidence is to be

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18 May 2015

Edward Grant speaks at the annual PEBA Conference

On Friday 15th May, Edward Grant spoke at the 2015 PEBA National Conference. At this annual event, which this year was entitled ‘Animal, Vegetable and Mineral – the very model of a modern planner’, Ed Grant was invited to sit on the panel in a debate headed "Protecting the Green Belt -

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18 May 2015

Application of Barnwell Manor principles test

Anne Williams has successfully represented the Nicholls Lane Field Action Group in an Inquiry into a refusal by Stafford Borough Council for a residential development in the Moddershall Valley. The Nicholls Lane Field Action Group opposed the development. The Planning Inspector dismissed the

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14 May 2015

David Travers QC to speak at the Royal Society for Public Health Conference

David Travers QC will be speaking at the Royal Society for Public Health Conference on 20 May 2015. At the conference entitled 'Food Poisoning - the challenges and controls', David Travers QC will be discussing the issues surrounding food poisoning and the challenges involved for those working

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11 May 2015

Tom Dunn secures convictions in historic child rape case

Tom Dunn of 6 Pump Court, leading David Dainty of 23 Essex Street, has secured the conviction of a 59 year-old man on 5 counts of historic rape and 6 counts of historic indecent assault following a 4-week trial at Harrow Crown Court. The victim, who was aged just 7 years old when she was first

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11 May 2015

Update on the 2015 UN Climate Change Negotiations

In this briefing paper, Fran Aldson writes on the latest developments in the 2015 UN Climate Change Negotiations and the commitments being drafted by the individual parties. These commitments, known as the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (or INDCs) are currently being prepared by all

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05 May 2015

New Supreme Court ruling in licensing case of Hemmings

On April 29th 2015 the Supreme Court delivered judgment in R (on the application of Hemmings (t/a Simply Pleasure Ltd) and others) v Westminster City Council [2015] UKSC 25, in what was a significant case for regulators and the regulated of licensing or other similar regulatory regimes. The full

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05 May 2015

Oliver Saxby QC speaks at YLAL Event

Oliver Saxby QC joined a panel of practitioners that included Karen Todner (of Kaim Todner), Robin Murray (Vice Chair, CCLSA) and Nick Fairweather (of Fairweathers Solicitors) at an event to mark the 10th birthday of the Young Legal Aid Lawyers group. The event took place on 21st April at the

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05 May 2015

Six Pump Court welcomes Gordon Wignall to Chambers

Six Pump Court is very pleased to welcome Gordon Wignall who has joined Chambers. Gordon brings to Chambers a wealth of experience and expertise in regulatory and environmental law with a special interest in areas which are within the scope of EU law. Gordon has a thorough knowledge in varied

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01 May 2015

Ian Thomas speaks at Food Law Conference

Ian Thomas recently spoke at the Food Law Conference 2015 - A Review of the Latest Developments.  In his presentation, Ian spoke on 'Food Labelling and Food Information'. The conference was organised by MBL Seminars and a link to the programme for the event which took place on 21st April is

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