News March 2014

30 Mar 2014

Medway murder trial enters third week

The jury in the 'Body in the Shop' case heard the allegedly staged 999 call made to the police by the accused Mershed Miah on Friday last week. Miah is being represented by Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore (instructed by Vymans Solicitors). This week, the Crown will be calling their pathologist...

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28 Mar 2014

Grayling Announcement: Criminal Team Response

The Criminal Team has campaigned hard against the Lord Chancellor's planned reforms over the last 18 months. It takes the view that if the Criminal Justice System in this country is to work, viability for both sides of the profession needs to be assured. Yesterday's news does not achieve this....

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27 Mar 2014

William Upton - Lawyer of the Week in The Times

William Upton has been given the prestigious accolade “Lawyer of the Week” by The Times newspaper, regarding his involvement in the Coventry v Lawrence case in the Supreme Court. The article, published in today’s 27 March edition of The Times, features an interview with William, regarding...

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26 Mar 2014

Environmental Justice - Coventry v Lawrence and the law of nuisance

In an article for the 'Environmental Law Monthly', Nicholas Baldock summarises and comments on the implications of the recent Supreme Court judgment in Coventry v Lawrence and comments on the wider implications for the law of nuisance and the remedies used to protect property rights. Click...

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24 Mar 2014

Criminal Team welcomes Public Accounts Committee's Confiscation findings

Describing the situation as a 'shambles', chairwoman Margaret Hodge MP criticised the poor performance of the agencies involved. 'It is unclear who is responsible and accountable for what', the MP said. The report cited poor implementation of the confiscation order scheme saying that this had...

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17 Mar 2014

Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore defend in 'Body in Shop' case

The trial of the three men accused of murdering pensioner Harjit Chaggar gets under way today with Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore, instructed by Vymans Solicitors, representing the defendant Murshed Miah. Mrs Chaggar's badly beaten body was found hidden beneath a trap door in the shop where...

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14 Mar 2014

Sheppey murder trial enters fourth week at Maidstone Crown Court

In the Sheppey murder case, the trial has entered its fourth week at Maidstone Crown Court. The main defendant is represented by Eleanor Laws QC and Danny Moore. The trial in R v Mark Terry & Others is expected to last 7 weeks. Click here for BBC News Report Click here for Local...

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13 Mar 2014

Eleanor Laws QC interviewed on Radio 4

Eleanor Laws QC was interviewed on Radio 4's Today programme this morning. She was interviewed in relation to the case of R (Nunn) v Chief Constable of Suffolk Constabulary being heard today by the Supreme Court. The issue for the court relates to police disclosure obligations post...

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12 Mar 2014

Nuisance - from Farnworth to Lawrence

Following on from the recent Supreme Court case on nuisance - Coventry v Lawrence, William Upton will be speaking about the case at a forthcoming meeting of the UKELA entitled 'Nuisance - From Farnworth to Lawrence'. It will consider the recent Supreme Court decision of Lawrence [2014] UKSC 13 and...

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10 Mar 2014

Recent Developments In Tax Planning From A European Perspective: The Impact on Off Shore Jurisdictions

Richard Barraclough QC and Ian Whitehurst review the latest EU anti-money laundering directive. To view the article click here

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07 Mar 2014

Criminal Team Leads Legal Aid Action

As solicitors demonstrate locally, members of the Criminal Team congregate in London as part of the Day of Action. Please see here for local coverage.

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07 Mar 2014

Gillingham Shooting Trial Gets Under Way

The trial of Adam, Steven and Melissa Green has commenced at Maidstone Crown Court. Catherine Donnolly prosecutes. Oliver Saxby QC and Simon Wickens represent the lead defendant; and John Fitzgerald and Thomas Stern appear  on behalf of the second and third defendants. The Crown allege...

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06 Mar 2014

David Travers QC invited to lecture at BPP Law School

David Travers QC will present a lecture entitled 'Health, Safety and Environmental Law - the hierarchy of delusions' at the BPP Law School on Wednesday 12th March. This lecture will address the tensions between regulatory enforcement and public perceptions, the tensions between the regulators and...

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05 Mar 2014

Mukhtiar Singh completes his first regulatory trial

Mukhtiar Singh appeared in a two-day trial involving proceedings brought by Trading Standards. The case involved the extreme emaciation of four pigs after the severe weather conditions of March 2013. The defendant faced 11 charges relating to animal welfare, food regulations and animal...

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03 Mar 2014

Jane Campbell acts in High Court family case concerning freezing orders

In R v R [2013] EWHC 4244 (Fam), Jane Campbell has acted for a husband in a case concerning a family business where the husband had set up another business after the parties separated which the wife contended was started to compete with the family business. A freezing order containing a restraint...

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