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14 Jan 2015

Anatomy of a Trial for Manslaughter at Sea: the Pride of Bilbao ferry disaster

In this highly detailed article covering the trial in the case that followed the tragic presumed collision of the Pride of Bilbao ferry with a yacht, the Ouzo, leading to the death of all three yachtsmen, Richard Barraclough QC, leading counsel for the Defence, outlines the technical and legal

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08 Jan 2015

Eleanor Laws QC to speak at National Crime Agency seminar on her recent case regarding the treatment of vulnerable witnesses

Eleanor Laws QC is to speak to 160 delegates from the National Crime Agency on the recent case of R v F; where she acted as Lead Counsel in one of the leading training cases to the Bar and Judiciary on the witness competency test and intermediaries. The seminar takes place today at the Wybosten

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23 Dec 2014

Guilty verdicts in the Berkshire auction house case

Fran Aldson has acted as junior counsel in a successful 6-week Trading Standards prosecution of three people involved in the fraudulent running of a Berkshire auction house. The jury at Reading Crown Court took 12 hours to return guilty verdicts on Jonathan King, Glenn Norcliffe and Beverley King

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19 Dec 2014

Cling Film case acquittal

David Connor, represented by Oliver Saxby QC, was yesterday cleared by the jury of the remaining offence he faced, gross negligence manslaughter. 23 year old Connor had been standing trial over the death of P&O chef Alun Williams, who died following a consensual 'mummification' sex session.

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18 Dec 2014

Oliver Saxby QC instructed for Crown in Operation Articulate Trial

Oliver Saxby QC has been instructed to lead for the Crown in the prosecution of 11 men charged with serious sex exploitation offences in the Aylesbury area following the 'Operation Articulate' police investigation. The trial is scheduled to take place at the Central Criminal Court next

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17 Dec 2014

New edition of the Sexual Offences Referencer published

Eleanor Laws QC ’s 2nd edition of the Sexual Offences Referencer has now been published. This long awaited edition covers charging and sentencing for cases involving sexual offences from 1950 to date. The book is used by Judges and practitioners alike. This new edition covers recent CPS

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12 Dec 2014

Unlawful act manslaughter count withdrawn from jury in Cling Film Case

Following legal submissions by the defence at the close of the Crown's case, the count of unlawful act manslaughter has been withdrawn from the jury in R v Bowler and Connor in which John O'Higgins and Oliver Saxby QC are defending, the case involving the death of a man called Alun Williams

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08 Dec 2014

Ian Whitehurst successfully represents defendant in confiscation proceedings

Ian Whitehurst has successfully represented a defendant in a Proceeds of Crime Act case. The defendant was charged with breaching a restraint order arising from an ongoing confiscation case involving her husband. She was accused of dissipating assets. Further to defence requests for disclosure

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03 Dec 2014

Ian Whitehurst secures leave to appeal in a conviction of serious violent crime

Ian Whitehurst, instructed by Jonathan Wall of Burton Copeland has been granted permission to appeal against a conviction in a case of serious violent crime. The convictions related to a s.18 wounding and attempted robbery. Leave was granted on the basis that there were potential failures in

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02 Dec 2014

John O'Higgins and Oliver Saxby QC defend in Clingfilm Death case

The trial of two men charged over the death of P & O chef Alun Williams commenced on Monday. Richard Bowler and his carer David Connor are accused of the manslaughter of Mr Williams, who had an interest in sado-masochism and mummification. Oliver Saxby QC and John O'Higgins are defending.

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02 Dec 2014

Ian Whitehurst to present seminar on Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000

In a seminar to be held today at Burton Copeland in Manchester, Ian Whitehurst will present a seminar on Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 entitled 'Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act: The Use and Misuse of Powers to Stop and Search & Retain in the UK' . The Seminar, will examine the

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28 Nov 2014

Guilty verdicts in the first of the Operation Paillial cases

The guilty verdicts in the first of the Paillial cases (R v John Allen) follow a seven week trial.  John Allen has been found guilty on 26 counts of historical child sex abuse. Eleanor Laws QC and Catherine Donnelly are prosecuting. Openshaw J will sentence the defendant on 1st

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27 Nov 2014

John O'Higgins, leading Nina Ellin successfully prosecute in a fraud case where elderly victims were defrauded of over £250,000

John O'Higgins and Nina Ellin have successfully prosecuted 13 defendants in a fraud case where elderly victims were defrauded of over £250,000. The charges involved the systematic targetting of particularly vulnerable elderly victims who were deceived into believing that their properties needed

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26 Nov 2014

Defendant acquitted in prison mutiny trial

Peter Alcock has secured the acquittal of the first defendant, Peter Gaffney, at Blackfriars Crown Court after a month long trial of 11 defendants charged with Prison Mutiny. The incident, which took place at HMP High Down, was set against the background of transition to the new prison regime

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26 Nov 2014

John Allen found guilty on 26 counts in historical child abuse case

In the latest Operation Pallial case, John Allen has been found guilty on 26 counts of historical child sex abuse. Eleanor Laws QC and Catherine Donnelly are prosecuting. Operation Pallial was set up to investigate allegations of historical child abuse in North Wales. News coverage of the

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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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