News

03 Dec 2018

Oliver Saxby QC, Simon Taylor, Thomas Stern and Lucy Luttman judge at Bar Mock Trial Competition

On Saturday 1st December 2018, Maidstone Crown Court hosted the regional final of the Bar Mock Trial Competition 2018/19. The event, organised by Young Citizens (an initiative of the Citizenship Foundation charity), saw 13 schools from London, Hertfordshire, Kent and Essex presenting jury trials

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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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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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05 Feb 2018

Sentence in ‘Diminished Responsibility’ Manslaughter - Simon Taylor prosecuting, Oliver Saxby QC defending

The sentence of Richard Kray took place today, the man who killed his 19 year old daughter by strangulation and attempted to kill his ex-wife by the same manner. The offences happened in July 2017. Against a background of pressure and stress linked to his daughter’s serious anxiety disorder,

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08 Sep 2017

New book on vulnerable people in the criminal justice system

Simon Taylor is a contributing author to the recently published practitioner text 'Vulnerable People in the Criminal Justice System: A Guide to Law and Practice'. Simon co-authored Chapter 9 which covers 'Case Management'. The book is published by the Oxford University Press and costs

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27 Jan 2017

Gross Negligence Manslaughter Case: Simon Taylor Prosecutes, Oliver Saxby QC and Peter Alcock Defend

Sentence took place on Thursday in the case of Michael Bowditch, a 21 year old man charged in connection with the death of a 17 year old, Becky Morgan. Simon Taylor was instructed by CPS SECCU. Oliver Saxby QC and Peter Alcock were instructed by Tuckers Solicitors. Miss Morgan and Mr Bowditch

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30 Sep 2016

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn secure conviction of Mark Love on charges of murder and aggravated burglary

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn, instructed by the South Eastern Complex Case Work Unit of the CPS, have secured the conviction of Mark Love on charges of murder and aggravated burglary. In relation to the aggravated burglary the prosecution’s case was that Mark Love was one of 4 masked men who

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09 Sep 2016

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn begin murder trial at Maidstone Crown Court

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn, instructed on behalf of the prosecution by the South Eastern Complex Case Work Unit of the CPS, have begun the trial of Mark Love at Maidstone Crown Court in relation to charges of murder and aggravated burglary. The prosecution's case is that Mr Love was part of a

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08 Feb 2016

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn secure unanimous convictions in murder trial

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn instructed by the South Eastern Complex Casework Unit of the CPS have secured the conviction of Allison Tomlin and John Barham on a charge of murder following a 7 week trial at Maidstone Crown Court. The mutilated and badly decomposed corpse of John Birney (aged 69) was

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07 Dec 2015

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn begin prosecution in murder trial

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn, instructed by the South Eastern Case Work Unit of the CPS, begin the prosecution of Alison Tomlin and John Barham at Maidstone Crown Court this week. Both are jointly charged with the murder of John Birney in Maidstone earlier this year. The trial is likely to last for

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13 Nov 2015

Better Case Management: Training and Information Event – 1st December

Six Pump Court is hosting a training event to provide an overview to the changes that will be implemented as a consequence of the ‘Better Case Management Initiative’. The event will also provide a forum to advance the direct duty of engagement between the prosecution and defence. Speakers:

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25 Mar 2015

Six Pump Court Vulnerable Witness Seminar

Members of the criminal team today gave a seminar to Kent CPS lawyers and caseworkers on the subject of Vulnerable Witnesses. Introduced by Eleanor Laws QC and Oliver Saxby QC, the speakers included Richard Barraclough QC, Catherine Donnelly, Simon Taylor and Fran Aldson. To read more about

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11 Feb 2015

John O'Higgins and Simon Taylor appear in Gillingham Football Club Rape Case

John O'Higgins prosecutes and Simon Taylor defends in the case of the former professional footballer, Nathan Nyafli, who is accused of raping a female in the penthouse apartment owned by the chairman of Gillingham Football Club in May of last year. The case is expected to last 5 days. Read

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13 Nov 2014

Case of R v C commences at Maidstone Crown Court

The prosecution of a man charged with historic sexual abuse got underway at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday. There are six complainants, alleging a variety of abuse dating back many decades. Oliver Saxby QC and Simon Taylor defend, instructed by Morlings Solicitors.

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31 Jan 2014

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn instructed to prosecute in case concerning historic sexual abuse at Barnados Home in the 1980's

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn have been instructed to prosecute the trial of Richard Gallacher charged with multiple counts of historic sexual abuse of 7 boys (including rape) in his care at a Barnados Home in the 1980s, and at another care home in the 1990s. The trial is due to start on 24

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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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07 Nov 2012

Pascal Bates and Simon Taylor lead Bribery Act Training Event

On 1st November 2012 Pascal Bates and Simon Taylor led a CPD accredited training event on the Bribery Act 2010 at the head quarters of Epping Forest District Council. The seminar, whose 25 delegates included the Chief Executive, Head of Planning and the Deputy Head of the Legal Department,

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