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04 Sep 2013

Eleanor Laws QC prosecutes actor Michael le Vell for serious sexual offences at Manchester Crown Court

Eleanor Laws QC prosecutes actor Michael le Vell for serious sexual offences this week at Manchester Crown Court. The trial is expected to last 2 to 3 weeks. To read news coverage use the links below:- The Daily Telegraph BBC News Sky News Updates on each day's proceedings can also be

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04 Sep 2013

Oliver Saxby QC and Simon Taylor begin defence of alleged fraudster Scott Baker

The trial of Scott Baker, accused of a widescale investment/mortgage fraud, began last week. Oliver Saxby QC and Simon Taylor, instructed by Bond Joseph solicitors are defending. The trial is expected to last some 3 weeks.

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02 Sep 2013

David Travers QC teaching forthcoming course on Professional Disciplinary Tribunals

David Travers QC will be teaching a course on Professional Disciplinary tribunals later this month. The course, entitled 'Enforcing Professional Duties and Obligations' and organised by CLT, will be held in London on the 10th September. Further information and a link to the course can be

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12 Aug 2013

Oliver Saxby QC interviewed live on BBC Radio about Legal Aid cuts

Oliver Saxby QC appeared live this morning on the BBC Radio Kent breakfast programme to talk about the Legal Aid reforms. To follow his interview on the BBC Radio Kent website (John Warnett, 7.25am) click here.

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07 Aug 2013

Ian Whitehurst instructed in confiscation proceedings in Vantis Tax Avoidance Case

Ian Whitehurst has been instructed to deal with the confiscation proceedings arising from the Vantis Tax Avoidance Scheme case. In this complex, multi-jurisdictional case, tax advisers of Vantis faced charges of tax evasion in a multi-million pound tax scam involving celebrities, sportsmen and

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07 Aug 2013

Oliver Saxby QC speaks out about Legal Aid reforms

In a recent interview with Kent Online, Chairman of the Kent Bar Mess Oliver Saxby QC warned about the potential consequences of the reforms planned by the Lord Chancellor. You can read the full interview here

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18 Jul 2013

Swimming Pool Tragedy Sentenced

Pascal Bates has today prosecuted Leisure Connection Limited, a company running some 70 leisure centres across the country, in a case arising from the death of a 7 year old girl in the pool at Blackwater Leisure Centre at Maldon in Essex. The Prosecution established that Leisure Connection's

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15 Jul 2013

Nicholas Baldock succeeds in Court of Appeal for Claimant and increases proportion of liability against Defendant in serious road traffic accident

Nicholas Baldock has successfully represented the Claimant in a Court of Appeal contributory negligence case, increasing the proportion of liability against Defendant in a serious road traffic accident. In Starks v Chief Constable of Hertfordshire [2013] EWCA 782, the claimant ‘s car was struck

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08 Jul 2013

Stephen Hockman QC and William Upton instructed in significant environmental noise nuisance case

Stephen Hockman QC and William Upton will be representing the claimants in a highly significant environmental (noise) nuisance case - Lawrence v Fen Tigers, to be heard by the Supreme Court later this year. The late Peter Harrison QC had previously acted on behalf of the claimant in these

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03 Jul 2013

Checklist prepared for those considering judicial review

Following recent changes to the rules on judicial review in planning decisions, William Upton and Nicholas Ostrowski have prepared a checklist for residents/groups who are considering challenging the grant of planning permission by judicial review. The checklist can be found here

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19 Jun 2013

"Legislating for Responsible Capitalism". A paper by Stephen Hockman QC

Stephen Hockman QC has written a paper published by the Policy Network, entitled 'Legislating for Responsible Capitalism: what it means in practice". In the paper, he explores the legal amendments available to improve the monitoring, transparency and accountability of corporate practice. To read

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07 Jun 2013

Oliver Saxby QC secures Jerome Parkinson's acquittal of murder

The jury in the case of Parkinson and others returned their verdicts on Thursday. The Crown alleged that Parkinson and two of his co-accused had travelled down to Boscombe armed with a sawn-off shotgun in order to kill a young man called Reece Menzies, this at the instigation of the fourth

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06 Jun 2013

Crime Team Seminar - Pre-Trial Advocacy

The first of the Crime Team's Seminars takes place this evening, 6th June, at the Maidstone annexe. The seminar is entitled 'Pre-Trial Advocacy'. The seminar will be held from 5.30-7pm and will be followed by drinks and light refreshments Other topics to be covered in the seminar series include

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05 Jun 2013

Oliver Saxby QC becomes Chairman of the Kent Bar Mess

Oliver Saxby QC has become Chairman of the Kent Bar Mess. 6 Pump Court Chambers featured heavily the Kent Bar Mess elections which took place last week. Andrew Espley became Senior and Catherine Donnelly, Danny Moore, John O'Higgins and Thomas Stern became members of the Committee. 

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03 Jun 2013

Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore (instructed by Vymans, Gravesend) begin their defence of Lee Webster at Maidstone Crown Court

The trial of Lee Webster began on 30th May at Maidstone Crown Court. Webster is charged with the unlawful killing of a man called Jason Wood. He is alleged to have placed a quantity of anti-depressant pills into Wood's beer, causing his death. The central issue will be the question of

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31 May 2013

Successful appeal by Ministry of Defence against plans for wind farm

William Upton has represented the Ministry of Defence in a successful appeal against plans for two separate wind farms which, it was argued, would interfere with operations at a nearby seismic monitoring facility. It was argued that the two separate schemes proposed for sites near Carlisle would

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13 May 2013

Mark Watson successfully prosecutes company responsible for major pollution incident

Mark Watson, on behalf of the Environment Agency, has successfully prosecuted one of Europe's leading chemical companies for a pesticide pollution of the River Nene in Peterborough. Thousands of fish died and thousands more were damaged as a result of the leak of toxic chemicals into the river

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09 May 2013

Eleanor Laws QC to contribute to Advocate's Gateway training for treatment of vulnerable witnesses

Eleanor Laws QC has been invited to assist in compiling a training programme for the treatment of vulnerable witnesses as part of the launch of the Advocate's Gateway. The Advocate’s Gateway is hosted by the Advocacy Training Council and is managed by the ATC’s Vulnerable Witness Management

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01 May 2013

Nicholas Baldock secures finding of 60% contributory negligence in employer's liability case

Nicholas Baldock secures finding of 60% contributory negligence against employer in a case involving a fall from scaffold. In Jason Sharp (by his brother & litigation friend John Sharp) v Top Flight Scaffolding[2013] EWHC 479 the Claimant had fallen from the top of a scaffold that he had

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17 Apr 2013

Nina Ellin and Peter Alcock successfully defend mother in child neglect case

Nina Ellin and Peter Alcock successfully defend a mother charged with neglecting her baby boy, who suffered severe head injuries and brain damage at the hands of his father. The case concluded at Guildford Crown Court on 9th April. The solicitors representing the defendant were BKRW

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04 Apr 2013

Stephen Hockman QC and Lee Bennett successfully represent Ofgem in proposed record £10.5m fine case against energy supplier SSE

Ofgem has announced its intention to fine SSE £10.5 million for mis-selling energy contracts to domestic customers. Stephen Hockman QC, Monica Carss-Frisk QC andLee Bennett advised Ofgem throughout this complex and very substantial investigation. Further support was provided by Nicholas

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27 Mar 2013

Mark Harris and Mark Watson have successfully represented the Environment Agency in a test case brought by Thames Water Utilities regarding escapes of sewage onto land

In Thames Water Utilities Ltd v Environment Agency [2013] EWHC 472 (Admin) Mark Harris and Mark Watson have successfully represented the Environment Agency in a test case brought by Thames Water Utilities regarding escapes of sewage onto land. To view the judgement click here

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20 Mar 2013

The murder trial of Sarah Ripley (Oliver Saxby prosecuting and Richard Barraclough QC and John O'Higgins defending) commences

The trial of Sarah Ripley - a 21 year old girl charged with murdering her partner, James Heddington, began on Monday at Canterbury Crown Court. It is expected to last 3-4 weeks. Oliver Saxby is prosecuting and Richard Barraclough QC and John O'Higgins are defending. To read more about the

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15 Mar 2013

Thomas Stern defends one of five indicted for murder

Thomas Stern is representing one of five defendants indicted for murder before the Crown Court at Norwich. The complex trial in which the defendants are accused of the murder of a man outside a pub in Great Yarmouth has now completed it's second week.See below for news coverage on the case:-BBC

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15 Mar 2013

Eleanor Laws QC secures reversal of a ruling regarding a vulnerable witness

Eleanor Laws QC yesterday successfully argued in the Court of Appeal that a terminating ruling declaring a vulnerable witness as incompetent, be reversed. The witness had learning difficulties and required an intermediary and interpreter. The Court of Appeal reversed the ruling and sent the case

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