News

13 Nov 2018

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

John O’Higgins, Nina Ellin and Daniel Stevenson were instructed for the prosecution in a case which 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 on 26th April 2016. They demanded large

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02 Nov 2018

Six Pump Court ranked Band 1 Set and barristers ranked in twelve practice areas in 2019 Chambers UK Bar Guide

Six Pump Court Chambers is delighted to be ranked as a Band 1 Set with Set rankings in Crime, Consumer Law Environment, Health & Safety and Planning in the new 2019 Chambers UK Bar Guide. Barristers at Six Pump Court received 40 individual rankings across twelve practice areas. In this new

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30 Oct 2018

Six Pump Court barristers recommended in twelve areas of law in the Legal 500 2019

Six Pump Court has been recommended in twelve areas of law in the Legal 500 2019 with 59 individual recommendations. This year there were  additional individual recommendations, as well as set rankings in Crime, Consumer, Environment, Health & Safety and Planning. In this new edition,

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26 Oct 2018

Conspiracy to murder trial underway - Simon Taylor and Ben Irwin prosecuting, Oliver Saxby QC defending

The trial of Glenn Pollard, Heather Pollard and Hayley Weatherall began last week at Maidstone Crown Court. Simon Taylor is leading for the Crown, with Ben Irwin - instructed by CPS South East Canterbury CPS Trials Unit. Oliver Saxby QC is leading for the second defendant, Heather Pollard -

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10 Oct 2018

Sexual assault appeal succeeds - Oliver Saxby QC acting

The appeal against sentence of a young student given an immediate custodial sentence for an offence of sexual assault was yesterday upheld by the Court of Appeal, resulting in the appellant’s immediate release. Oliver Saxby QC appeared for the appellant, instructed by Susannah Proctor of ABR

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08 Oct 2018

Presenting Sexual Abuse Cases

On Thursday, Oliver Saxby QC is to speak at a two-day conference on Child Sexual Exploitation being held for Senior Investigating Officers. Other speakers include senior Crown Prosecutors and experts in the area of sexual abuse. Oliver will be focussing on three trials he has been involved in

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04 Oct 2018

Murder Defence Underway

The trial of Auremas Vilius and Klaudijus Klimanskis began last week. They are charged with the murder of a man called Edvardus Barsevicius. Oliver Saxby QC and John Fitzgerald, instructed by Reeves and Co, are representing the first defendant, Vilius. The Crown’s case is reliant on detailed and

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12 Sep 2018

Domestic Violence & Abuse - A Guide for Criminal Lawyers

On 15th November Nina Ellin will present a seminar on Domestic Violence and Abuse aimed at both prosecutors and defence lawyers. This seminar will cover the related offences in this area of criminal law, the types of evidence relied on, special measures, disclosure issues and sentencing. The

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10 Sep 2018

Acquittal in multi-million pound cocaine importation and supply case

Following a trial lasting almost three weeks, a defendant accused of being the leading figure in an organised crime group responsible for importing and distributing millions of pounds worth of cocaine has been acquitted on all charges. Six defendants were accused and this defendant was one of two

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15 Aug 2018

Manslaughter prosecutions of those involved in supplying drugs and legal highs: an analysis

Richard Barraclough QC and Gordon Menzies recently prosecuted an individual who sold ‘DNP’ slimming pills over the internet for offences of manslaughter in what has been described as a ‘landmark case’. The defendant received a total sentence of 7 years imprisonment. This case may well

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14 Aug 2018

Catherine Donnelly prosecutes owners of dangerous dog that attacked toddler

The owners of a dangerous dog that savaged an 18 month old toddler have pleaded guilty to ownership of the dog and allowing it to become out of control in a public place. The pit bull terrier-type dog mauled and severely injured an 18-month-old girl in April last year. The girl was seriously

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06 Jul 2018

Gross Negligence Manslaughter - Oliver Saxby QC instructed to prosecute

Oliver Saxby QC has been instructed to prosecute a mother charged over the death of her 12-month old baby, A. A had been been left unattended and unsupported in a bath whilst her mother was elsewhere at the address, dealing with household chores. When she returned, A was dead having drowned. It

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29 Jun 2018

Defendant acquitted following attempt to set partner on fire

In a verdict given today, the defendant was unanimously acquitted following a 5 day trial at Woolwich Crown Court of offences of Attempting to Cause Grievous Bodily Harm, Threats to Kill and two counts of Threatening to Damage Property (by fire). The allegation was that the defendant had sprayed

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27 Jun 2018

Manslaughter conviction in slimming pills case

Bernard Rebelo was today convicted of placing unsafe food (Dinitrophenol) on the market and the gross negligence manslaughter of Eloise Parry. BBC News Report The Guardian The Daily Mail Richard Barraclough QC and Gordon Menzies were prosecuting. More detailed news item to follow.

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13 Jun 2018

Sentence in Oxford sexual abuse trial - Oliver Saxby QC prosecuting

Sentence was passed yesterday following the five and a half month long sexual abuse trial which concluded in late March. Seven of the eight convicted defendants were sentenced to a total of over 75 years imprisonment. The eighth was sentenced to Life Imprisonment with a minimum term of 12

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05 Jun 2018

Manslaughter Plea Accepted in Baby Murder Prosecution - 8 Year Sentence Imposed

The Crown last week accepted a young defendant’s plea of guilty to manslaughter, offering no evidence on the alternative count of murder. Oliver Saxby QC was defending, leading Chris Wray of Bond Joseph Solicitors. James Ring was aged 20 when his 9-week old baby suffered a catastrophic brain

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21 May 2018

Nina Ellin prosecutes two men for the burglary of reality star’s home

Nina Ellin is currently prosecuting two men for the burglary of a reality star’s home address. The trial is part way through and one of the defendants has pleaded guilty. For news coverage of the case click here:- Daily Mail Kent Online  

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30 Apr 2018

Solicitor Sentenced following Neglect Conviction; and Multi-handed Murder Trial Underway

The solicitor convicted by a jury of the neglect of her elderly mother was sentenced on Friday to two and half years imprisonment. Oliver Saxby QC was prosecuting, instructed by Thames Chiltern CCU. Please use the links below for news coverage of this case:- The Daily Mail The

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26 Mar 2018

M1 Lorry Drivers Sentenced, Convictions in Oxford Sex Abuse Case and Solicitor Neglect Trial Underway

The two lorry drivers involved in the crash on the M1 which killed eight people and seriously injured a further four were sentenced on Friday. Richard Masierak - who had parked his lorry in the slow lane of the M1 for 12 minutes - was sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment for offences of causing

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26 Mar 2018

John FitzGerald, leading Craig Evans secure acquittal in 'Panorama Case’

John FitzGerald and Craig Evans, instructed by Vymans Solicitors, represented one of 4 members of staff at Medway Secure Training Centre, a facility for child offenders, known as trainees. He was accused of misconduct in public office by assaulting trainees. The Crown’s case was largely based on

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22 Mar 2018

Simon Taylor appointed to CPS Specialist Counter Terrorism Panel

Simon Taylor has been appointed as a Grade 4 advocate on the CPS Specialist Counter Terrorism Panel Advocates on the Counter Terrorism Specialist Panel advise on and prosecute serious and sensitive casework on behalf of the Counter Terrorism Division relating to: i. Terrorism; ii. Incitement

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07 Mar 2018

Convictions in M1 Crash Case

Richard Masierak was yesterday convicted of eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving and four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. The jury are continuing to deliberate on the case against David Wagstaff – the lorry driver who collided with the minibus that had pulled

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06 Mar 2018

The legal dynamics of modern slavery cases

Today Richard Barraclough QC, Fellow of the University of Hull Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, conducted a workshop for post graduate students at the Institute entitled "The Legal Dynamics of Modern Slavery Cases: What Lessons can be Learnt". Amongst the issues

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06 Mar 2018

Acquittal in shooting case

Russell Broughton was accused of a punishment shooting which involved the shooting of a man in the legs with a sawn-off shotgun at point blank range. On Thursday 1 March, after a trial lasting nine days at Birmingham Crown Court, he was unanimously acquitted by the jury on all counts after a

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23 Feb 2018

M1 Fatal Collision - Oliver Saxby QC Opens for the Crown

The case of Masierak and Wagstaff commenced today at Reading Crown Court. Oliver Saxby QC is prosecuting, leading Peter Shaw. They are instructed by Thames Chiltern Complex Case Unit. In the early hours of 26th August 2017, Mr Maseriak parked up in the slow lane of the M1. He was driving an HGV

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