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21 Nov 2014

Eleanor Laws QC instructed to defend Paul Gadd, also known as Gary Glitter, in historical sex offences case

Eleanor Laws QC  has been instructed to defend Paul Gadd (also known as Gary Glitter), against charges of historical sex offences against three girls dating back to the 1970's. The trial is set to begin in January next year and will be heard at Southwark Crown Court. News coverage of the

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17 Nov 2014

Guilty verdicts in Oxford sex abuse case

After nearly 20 hours of deliberation the jury today returned their final verdicts in the six week trial of Terence Sturgeon-Clegg, prosecuted by Oliver Saxby QC and Michael Roques. In all, Mr Sturgeon-Clegg was convicted on 16 counts of historic sexual abuse and child cruelty dating back to

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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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07 Nov 2014

Gordon Menzies and Frances Aldson prosecute in a trading standards case involving auctioneers accused of fraudulently taking thousands of pounds of customers' money

Gordon Menzies and Frances Aldson have commenced a trial at Reading Crown Court prosecuting three family members who ran an auction house and allegedly siphoned off customer's money for their own gain. While customers who had entrusted items to the business went without payment, the jury were told

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31 Oct 2014

Oxford sex abuse case enters its final stages

The historic sex abuse case being prosecuted by Oliver Saxby QC and Michael Roques on behalf of Thames and Chiltern CPS  is nearing its conclusion. Seven complainants have been called to give evidence over the course of the last four weeks, dealing with allegations dating as far back as the

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24 Oct 2014

Ian Whitehurst secures acquittal of defendant in armed robbery case

Ian Whitehurst has secured the acquittal of a defendant involved in a series of armed robberies, on the basis that his client was unaware of his involvement as the getaway driver and had been tricked by his two passengers, who had entered the shops alone and who had purposefully requested that he

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23 Oct 2014

Nina Ellin speaking at Symposium on "Child and Adolescent Health and Wellbeing: Safeguarding Children from Sexual Exploitation”

Nina Ellin will be speaking at the "Child and Adolescent Health and Wellbeing: Safeguarding Children from Sexual Exploitation” Symposium at the Public Policy Exchange today. The symposium will bring together practitioners across the police, social services, health, education and third sector

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15 Oct 2014

Criminal Team submits response to Ministry of Justice consultation

The 6 Pump Court Criminal Team has submitted a response supporting the position of the CLSA and LCCSA on the further consultation to the MoJ's response caused by recent litigation. The link for those wanting to do likewise is available on the Criminal Law Solicitors' Association website The

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14 Oct 2014

Financial Reporting Orders: An Economic Tag or A Necessary Deterrent

In this latest article, Ian Whitehurst discusses the application for Financial Reporting Orders (FROs) in confiscation proceedings and addresses the most appropriate way to defend proceedings involving FROs. To view the article click here

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13 Oct 2014

Oxford sex abuse trial begins

The trial of a 62 year old man charged with multiple counts of historic sexual assault and child cruelty against seven complainants begins today at Oxford Crown Court. Oliver Saxby QC and Michael Roques prosecute, instructed by Thames and Chiltern CPS. The case is expected to last some 6

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09 Oct 2014

Aquittals in Gillingham shooting case

Oliver Saxby QC, leading Simon Wickens, have been successful in their defence of a man accused of Gillingham shooting; Thomas Stern also successfully defended co-defendant accused of providing false alibi The trial of a man accused of the attempted murder of two Kurdish men by shooting has

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08 Oct 2014

Confiscation: Preparation & Presentation in the Crown Court

At a recent seminar to lawyers at Burton Copeland in Manchester, Ian Whitehurst provided an encompassing review of POCA preparation and presentation in the Crown Court and a review of recent decisions in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The topics covered included: to prepare

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08 Sep 2014

Oliver Saxby QC and Simon Wickens commence their defence of Adam Green

Oliver Saxby QC and Simon Wickens, instructed by Takk and Co, begin their defence of Adam Green today. Green is charged with two counts of attempted murder, the Crown alleging that he was responsible for a revenge drive-by shooting in Gillingham in 2012. 

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26 Aug 2014

Eleanor Laws QC appears on BBC's Newsnight

Eleanor Laws QC appeared on Newsnight last week discussing anonymity for defendants in sex cases. In the programme, broadcast on 15th August, Eleanor Laws QC and other commentators including Jill Saward, joined in the debate about anonymity for defendants in sexual abuse cases. In addition,

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18 Aug 2014

Tom Dunn secures the acquittal of James Woodland  in knife point  rape case following  6 day trial at Canterbury Crown Court

Tom Dunn, instructed by Bond Joseph, has secured the acquittal of James Woodland on three counts of raping his ex partner during their 16 month relationship. In December 2013, in what the prosecution described as a terrifying ordeal,  the Complainant was repeatedly assaulted, and cut with a

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11 Aug 2014

Oliver Saxby QC instructed for defence in clingfilm death case

Oliver Saxby QC has been instructed to defend David Connor, one of two men charged with the 'gross-negligence manslaughter' of a man found wrapped in clingfilm. The trial is fixed to commence on 1st December 2014. News coverage of the case can be found using the links below:- The Mirror The

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24 Jul 2014

Oliver Saxby QC's defence of Michael Mankelow begins

The trial of Michael Mankelow, a 58 year old man charged with attempting to murder a policeman, started on Monday.. Oliver Saxby QC is defending.  The case is expected to last 2 weeks. Click here for recent news report.

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23 Jul 2014

Tom Dunn successfully prosecutes British kick boxing champion for drug smuggling

Tom Dunn has prosecuted the sentence of Paul Mitchelson, the British WRSA super heavy weight title holder, for attempting to smuggle in excess of £2 million worth of drugs into the United Kingdom. Mr Mitchelson was stopped on 28 May 2014 driving a leased VW van. Concealed within the panels of

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09 Jul 2014

Eleanor Laws QC and Thomas Stern conclude their defence of a Lithuanian national tried for the murder and wounding of two Italian men

The trial of four Lithuanians accused of the murder of a young Italian man and the wounding of his friend has concluded at Maidstone Crown Court. Eleanor Laws QC and Thomas Stern were defending. The first three defendants, Alexandras Zuravliovas, Linas Zidonis and Saulius Tamoliunas, were

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03 Jul 2014

Tom Dunn successfully prosecutes in case involving child prostitution and grooming of victims

Tom Dunn, instructed by RASSO Kent, has prosecuted the sentence of Aaron Honey at Guildford Crown Court. Mr Honey pleaded guilty to each of the 24 counts he faced variously alleging inciting child prostitution, inciting sexual activity with a child, blackmail, and possessing and distributing

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12 Jun 2014

Eleanor Laws QC to speak at forthcoming South East Circuit Seminar

Eleanor Laws QC will be speaking at the South East Circuit seminar on Saturday as part of their Sexual Offences Training for the CPS. She will speak on the subject of the merits based approach and the prosecutor’s checklist. To book a place or to find out more please click here

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09 Jun 2014

Murder Trial of Brian Sharp commences

Oliver Saxby QC and Peter Alcock (instructed by Kent Defence) began their defence of Brian Sharp, a 55 year old man charged with murdering an acquaintance in Folkestone, today at Canterbury Crown Court. The trial is expected to last some three weeks.  

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22 May 2014

Simon Taylor prosecutes London property developer for a series of safety failings that led to an employee sustaining catastrophic spinal injury.

Simon Taylor has prosecuted a London property developer (instructed by Mssrs Tuckers on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive) for a series of safety failings that led to an employee sustaining catastrophic spinal injury. In June 2011 Habitat Construction LLP, a developer of premium London

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19 May 2014

Andrew Espley prosecutes in a case involving a woman accused of plotting a colleague's rape

Andrew Espley successfully prosecutes in a case involving a woman who is accused of posing as a workmate in online sex chatrooms asking men to attack her. The defendant was found to have posed on websites as a woman who liked “role play” sex and wanted “to create some sort of rape

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16 May 2014

Eleanor Laws QC successfully responds in the Court of Appeal to a fresh evidence appeal

Eleanor Laws QC has successfully responded in the Court of Appeal to a fresh evidence appeal in a case. The applicant raped and murdered his mother in law and attempted to murder his wife in 1978. He pleaded guilty and offered no mitigation. Psychiatrists later claimed that he must have been

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