News

17 Jan 2020

Supply of DNP and manslaughter prosecutions: an update

Richard Barraclough QC has been asked to advise on yet another prosecution following the death of a consumer who, having taken DNP died in distressing circumstances. The issue in all these cases will be the question of capacity and any break in the chain of causation. Following the decision of

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15 Jan 2020

Terrorism Charge - Oliver Saxby QC instructed

Oliver Saxby QC has been instructed to represent one of three men charged with terrorism offences. A hearing will take place at the Central Criminal Court at the beginning of February. The trial is expected to take place later this year. Click here for a news item on this case.

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15 Jan 2020

County lines drugs murder case concludes

Four county lines drug dealers have been convicted following a trial which started on the 4th November 2019 in the Maidstone Crown Court of killing a vulnerable drug addict. The case was prosecuted by Richard Barraclough QC leading Danny Moore. The man who stabbed the victim to the heart was

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13 Jan 2020

Maids Moreton Murder - Catch A Killer Documentary

The trial of Ben Field features in tonight’s episode of the Catch A Killer documentary on Channel 4. The programme charts the progress of the trial, from the initial investigation through to sentence. Field was convicted of the murder of retired school teacher Peter Farquhar and sentenced to

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08 Jan 2020

24 hours in Police Custody – Channel 4 series

A Channel 4 series called 24 Hours in Police Custody is running a two part special on the murder of Sam Mechelewski who was murdered in a drugs execution case in the woods of Cambridgeshire. The defendant Jordan Shepherd was represented by Richard Barraclough QC in a trial that concluded in

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27 Nov 2019

Oliver Saxby QC nominated for Crime Silk of the Year at the Legal 500 UK Bar Awards

Following his nomination as Crime Silk of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards last month, Oliver Saxby QC has received a further nomination as Crime Silk of the Year at the Legal 500 UK Bar Awards. These national awards recognise expert practitioners and chambers operating at the top of their

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26 Nov 2019

Old Bailey manslaughter plea accepted - Oliver Saxby QC prosecuting

A 74 year old man charged with murdering his wife yesterday pleaded guilty to her manslaughter on the basis of diminished responsibility. The case had been the subject of examination by a series of psychiatrists and other experts culminating in this plea being accepted by the Crown. Sentence will

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22 Nov 2019

Richard Barraclough QC prosecuting in drugs related murder

Richard Barraclough QC is prosecuting four defendants accused of a pre-meditated murder following an ongoing conflict over the control of illegal drug supplies in Maidstone. The trial, currently in its third week, is being heard at Maidstone Crown Court. Further detail on the case can be found

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15 Nov 2019

Simon Taylor, Thomas Stern & Lucy Luttman judge at Bar Mock Trial Competition

A regional heat of the Bar Mock Trial Competition 2019/20 was held last weekend on Saturday 9th November 2019 at Maidstone Crown Court. Organised by Young Citizens (an initiative of the Citizenship Foundation charity), the heat saw school teams from across the South-East present jury trials

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28 Oct 2019

Six Pump Court shortlisted for four awards in the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2019

Six Pump Court is delighted to have been nominated for four separate Chambers UK Bar Awards this year. Crime Silk of the Year: Oliver Saxby QC Environment/Planning Set of the Year Environment/Planning Junior of the Year: Christopher Badger Health & Safety Silk of the Year:

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28 Oct 2019

Six Pump Court is pleased to welcome Emin Kandola to the Crime Team

Six Pump Court is pleased to announce that Emin Kandola has joined Chambers. Emin’s practice encompasses all areas of criminal defence and she is instructed in cases of serious crime, regularly representing vulnerable and young defendants. Emin has also acted for the SFO as LPP and

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25 Oct 2019

Richard Barraclough QC secures acquittal of youth charged with attempted murder

Richard Barraclough QC leading Kate Kelleher instructed by Messrs Levales of Aldershot have together secured the acquittal of a 17 year old youth charged with attempted murder. It was alleged that the victim bore a grudge against D, blaming him for having abandoned a mutual friend to die in a

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21 Oct 2019

Sentence in Maids Moreton Murder

Sentence in the case of Ben Field was passed on Friday, following his conviction for the murder of the retired Stowe School teacher, Peter Farquhar. The trial judge, Mr Justice Sweeney, sentenced Field to Life Imprisonment with a minimum term of 36 years’ imprisonment. The case was prosecuted by

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11 Oct 2019

Six Pump Court ranked Band 1 Set and barristers ranked in eleven practice areas in 2020 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 2020 Chambers UK Bar Guide. Barristers at Six Pump Court received 41 individual rankings across eleven practice areas. In total

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04 Oct 2019

Sheffield baby murder trial commences - Oliver Saxby QC defending

The trial of Jonathan Garner began yesterday at Sheffield Crown Court in front of Mr Justice Goss. Mr Garner is accused of murdering his ex-partner’s 23 month old daughter, Mia, in February 2014. Mia’s mother, Samantha Gregson, faces a charge of ‘causing or allowing’ Mia’s death. The

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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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27 Sep 2019

Six Pump Court barristers recommended in eleven areas of law in the Legal 500 2020

Six Pump Court has been recommended in eleven areas of law in the Legal 500 2020 with 62 individual recommendations. This year there were additional individual recommendations in Crime and Consumer Law. The eleven areas of law in which members are recommended are Consumer Law, Costs, Crime,

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20 Sep 2019

Manslaughter sentence appeal - Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore defending

The Court of Appeal has allowed the appeal against sentence of a man who had killed his brother in an argument in the back of a taxi after a night out with friends and family. Carl Eldred and his brother Lee had become involved in a dispute, both having consumed a fair amount of alcohol, which

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20 Sep 2019

Tom Dunn secures acquittal in attempted murder trial

Tom Dunn, instructed by Bond Joseph Solicitors, has secured the acquittal of Lewis Shaw on a charge of attempted murder following a 4 day trial at Maidstone Crown Court. Mr Shaw was alleged to have attended the address of the complainant in the early hours of the morning having consumed significant

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09 Sep 2019

Oliver Saxby QC appointed a Recorder

Oliver Saxby QC has been appointed a Recorder in the latest Recorder Competition.

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13 Aug 2019

Murder Conviction in Maids Moreton Trial: Oliver Saxby QC and Mark Davies for the Crown

The trial of Field, Smith and Field finished last Friday with the conviction of the principal defendant, Ben Field, of the murder of the retired English teacher, Peter Farquhar. The trial (which had commenced on 30th April) was of the utmost complexity and gravity. Oliver Saxby QC was leading for

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06 Aug 2019

Convictions and Sentence in Birmingham Baby Murders – Oliver Saxby QC and Nina Ellin Prosecuting

The trial of Louise Porton concluded on Thursday with sentence being passed on Friday. Miss Porton was convicted of murdering her two children, Lexi and Scarlett, and received a sentence of Life Imprisonment with a minimum term of 32 years. Oliver Saxby QC and Nina Ellin were instructed by Anjuli

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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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04 Jul 2019

Double murder trial underway - Oliver Saxby QC and Nina Ellin prosecuting

The trial of Louise Porton began yesterday before Mrs Justice Yip at Birmingham Crown Court. The defendant, aged 23, is charged with murdering her two children, Lexi and Scarlett, within 18 days of each other. Lexi was aged 3, Scarlett 17 months. The Crown’s case revolves around the absence of

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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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