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The 6 Pump Court Criminal Team has a wealth of experience in the area of homicide, its members having been involved in some of the most notorious cases of murder, manslaughter and attempted murder of recent times.
The Team prosecutes and defends, offering expert advice and representation in the context of the most sensitive, high profile and demanding of cases.
For many years, its members have regularly received instructions as Silks, Leading Juniors and led Juniors. Their level of expertise is unsurpassed and covers all areas of relevance to cases of homicide including self-defence, diminished responsibility, loss of control, joint enterprise, ballistics, pathology and neuropathology, blood spatter, toxicology and phone/cell-site evidence.
Recent cases of note include:
Aside from the more orthodox cases of manslaughter, for instance the nationally reported cases of Bristow and others (the householder killed during a burglary) and Webster (the man who died as a result of a friend’s prank), the Team has real expertise in the more discrete are of gross-negligence/corporate manslaughter. Perhaps most notable is the seminal maritime case of Hubble. Michael Hubble was the Officer of the Watch charged with the manslaughter by gross negligence of three young men whose yacht the Crown alleged had been mown down in the Solent by the P & O ferry, the Pride of Bilbao. Apart from giving rise to complex issues of maritime law, hydrodynamics and body drift, the case also involved very significant issues of personal/corporate responsibility in the context of gross negligence manslaughter. Michael Hubble was acquitted on all counts he faced. Another such case was Willoughby, now an authority on the relationship between unlawful act and gross negligence manslaughter.