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04 Oct 2019

Thoughts on Advocacy from the Coal Face – a paper

In a paper entitled “Aristotle and the Three Pillars of Advocacy or a few thoughts on advocacy from the coal face”, Richard Barraclough QC draws on his experience of advocacy and discusses his own principles and methods of effectively presenting a case – both for the defence and the

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26 Jul 2019

Stealth or “spoof” phones and criminal gangs

In this article, Richard Barraclough QC and Denise Breen Lawton consider the legal treatment of mobile phones specifically designed to mask the location of the phone and the identity of the user. To view the article click here

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14 Jun 2019

Richard Barraclough QC acting in gangland murder trial

Richard Barraclough QC is currently engaged in the high profile gang murder trial in the Leeds Crown Court where following an attack by one gang on another in the Leeds city centre retribution is said to have been exacted when one of the gang was shot in the head and killed. News coverage of the

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20 May 2019

Alcohol and head injuries

Richard Barraclough QC writes on the dangers of a relatively minor assault to the head of an intoxicated victim and the possibility that just a small impact may cause death. In his note he reports a recent case in which he prosecuted a defendant who tragically killed his brother in such

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25 Mar 2019

Sentencing in Post Office fraud case

Richard Barraclough QC, leading Simon Clarke, represented the prosecution (Post Office) of a 52 year old director of the Post Office who reported to the Board and who had been defrauding the Post Office since 2007. He was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment and ordered to pay almost £400,000 in

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18 Mar 2019

Richard Barraclough QC successfully prosecutes illegal money lending enterprise

Richard Barraclough QC who has a specialist experience of illegal money lending cases has successfully prosecuted on behalf of the government funded Birmingham Illegal Money Lending Team an unlicensed business to business money lending enterprise where over £4 million of mixed monies passed

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04 Feb 2019

Richard Barraclough QC acts in brain injury case involving multi-million pound damages

Richard Barraclough QC acted for the Defendant insurers in this "exceptionally complex" brain damage case. A lump sum settlement of £4.2M was approved by the High Court for a 58 year old male who suffered injury following an accident at work. The case involved risk of divorce, deprivation of

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28 Jan 2019

Court of Appeal reduces sentences in case where serious physical harm to a newborn was caused or allowed by parents

The Court of Appeal last week allowed the appeal of two defendants represented by Richard Barraclough QC and Tanya Robinson for the one and Danny Moore for the other, against a sentence of 8 years imprisonment following a conviction under the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 Section 5.

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26 Oct 2018

Six Pump Court wins Health & Safety Set of the Year at Chambers UK Bar Awards

Last night at the Chambers UK Bar Awards, Six Pump Court was delighted to be named as the Health & Safety Set of the Year. The Award recognises our continuing involvement in high profile and significant cases shaping the regulatory landscape in health and safety in England and Wales.

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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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05 Jul 2018

Richard Barraclough QC and Gordon Menzies appear in 'deadly' slimming pills case

Richard Barraclough QC and Gordon Menzies instructed by Harrow Council successfully prosecuted an individual who sold ‘DNP’ slimming pills over the internet for offences of manslaughter in what has been described as a ‘landmark case’. Bernard Rebelo ran a business which sold

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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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15 May 2018

Richard Barraclough QC and Gordon Menzies prosecute case involving death of woman from slimming pills

On 14th May Richard Barraclough QC and Gordon Menzies (for the prosecution) began the trial at the Inner London Crown Court of three individuals charged with an offence under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England ) Regulations 2013 and manslaughter by unlawful act and gross negligence after they

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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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05 Dec 2017

Richard Barraclough QC and John FitzGerald start murder trial

Richard Barraclough QC and John Fitzgerald are representing one of three men accused of beating a homeless Romanian man to death in a nature reserve on the outskirts of Maidstone in May 2016. His body was found by dog walkers the following morning but there were no witnesses as to what

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15 Sep 2017

Richard Barraclough QC to speak at Wilberforce World Freedom Summit

Richard Barraclough QC has been invited to become a Fellow of the University of Hull Wilberforce Institute and in late September will be participating in the "The Wilberforce World Freedom Summit Eradicating Contemporary Slavery" (in association with the Humber Modern Day Slavery

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06 Sep 2017

Police pay compensation to Lord Bramall after false child abuse allegations

Richard Barraclough QC has advised and represented Lord Bramall in his claim for damages against the Metropolitan Police for conspiracy, misfeasance in a public office, trespass and defamation following the collapse of Operation Midland. Lord Bramall has been unconditionally vindicated following

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04 Sep 2017

Settlement in £9 million tetraplegia claim

Richard Barraclough QC instructed by Mr Joe McManus of Messrs Kennedys has advised and represented the defence in a £9 million tetraplegia claim which has just settled before the trial date which had been fixed for October. The principal issue of the case reflected the recent setting of the

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25 Aug 2017

Richard Barraclough QC defends 17 year old acquitted of murdering ‘love rival’

The jury returned in the Leeds Crown Court and acquitted a 17 year old of murdering a boy named Irfan Wahid (described as his "love rival") by a single stab wound to the chest. He was convicted of manslaughter. The incident occurred in Harehills Lane Leeds. He led Nadeem Ali of Manchester Chambers

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19 May 2017

Recorded cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses - pilot scheme

Richard Barraclough QC has been engaged in the recorded (Section 28 Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999) cross-examination of a number of witnesses to an alleged murder who are aged under 18 years of age. Section 28 provides for measures designed to support vulnerable witnesses using the

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28 Mar 2017

"Legal highs" and their role in serious crime

The so called legal high “Spice” has played a role in a number of recent murders. Legal highs, their chemical diversity and the speed of their development make this type of substance difficult to detect and deal with. In this article Richard Barraclough QC outlines two murder cases in which

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22 Mar 2017

Shaken Baby Syndrome – legal developments

Richard Barraclough QC and Kate Kelleher have written a paper outlining how medical opinion and the courts’ approach to “shaken baby syndrome” have developed. Richard and Kate recently undertook the defence of a young father who had been accused of murdering his six week old baby. The case

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30 Aug 2016

Company fined over £100,000 for food safety and hygiene offences

Birmingham Crown Court imposed a total fine of £105,000 on a major corporation with an annual turnover of £1.6 billion on 19 August 2016 for three breaches of the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013. Richard Barraclough QC prosecuted the case for Birmingham City Council and David

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15 Aug 2016

Richard Barraclough QC defends teacher against allegations of historic child sex offences from 1990’s

Richard Barraclough QC, leading Stephen Betts, has just finished the defence of a teacher before the National College for Teaching and Leadership, charged with matters of the nature of historic sex arising mainly from a school trip in 1998. The College, basing its decision on the civil standard

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09 Aug 2016

Clandestine entrants into the UK and the transportation industry - significant Appeal Court judgment

In a ruling handed down last month, the Court of Appeal made an important judgment on the law relating to civil penalties and clandestine entrants to the UK. Bolle Transport BV and Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWCA Civ 783 involved an appeal against a civil penalty imposed

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