News

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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14 May 2014

Nina Ellin responds on behalf of the Crown in case concerning sexual assault of a vulnerable complainant

Nina Ellin responds on behalf of the Crown, as the Court of Appeal uphold the sentence of 9 months for the sexual assault of the vulnerable complainant who featured in the case of R v F [2013] EWCA Crim 424. This appeal is linked to the complainant in the article which Eleanor Laws QC wrote in a

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12 May 2014

Richard Barraclough QC writes on the latest attempt to defeat POCA in illegal money lending cases

The latest attempt to defeat POCA in illegal money lending cases on grounds that a POCA order is a "sanction", has been roundly rejected by the Court. Richard Barraclough QC examines the case and outlines the implications of the judgment in R v Chapman. The article entitled "Last Ditch

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07 May 2014

Oliver Saxby QC's gross negligence manslaughter case commences

The trial of two doormen charged with the manslaughter by gross-negligence of a party-goer started last week. The Crown allege over-restraint causing death by positional asphyxiation. The trial is expected to last 4 weeks. For media coverage of the case see links below:- The Daily

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30 Apr 2014

Eleanor Laws QC interviewed on the 'Today' programme on Radio 4

Eleanor Laws QC was interviewed on the Today programme yesterday on Radio 4 commenting on the significance of the verdicts in the Max Clifford trial. The Today programme can be accessed here  

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07 Apr 2014

Eleanor Laws QC writes in Counsel Magazine on the way vulnerable witnesses are treated by the courts

In an article appearing in the latest issue of Counsel Magazine, Eleanor Laws QC writes on the changes that have occurred in the way vulnerable witnesses are treated by the courts. In this month's April issue, Eleanor specifically considers the recent case of R v F: [2013] EWCA Crim 424 and the

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04 Apr 2014

Rook and Ward on Sexual Offences - new Supplement published

William Hotham has made significant contributions to the new First Supplement of the 4th edition of Rook and Ward on Sexual Offences Law and Practice. The Supplement published on 24th March 2014 is available to purchase here This contributes to chambers' strength and depth of expertise in

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04 Apr 2014

John O'Higgins opens the case for the prosecution in the case of Lee Birch accused of murdering his ex-wife

John O'Higgins has opened the case for the prosecution in the case of Lee Birch accused of murdering his ex-wife after flouting court orders banning him from contacting her. The trial is being heard at Maidstone Crown Court. Click here for news coverage of the case

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02 Apr 2014

Report of Parliamentary Inquiry into the Effectiveness of Legislation tackling Child Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking published today

The Report of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the effectiveness of legislation tackling child sexual exploitation and trafficking in the UK has been published today. Eleanor Laws QC took part in the Inquiry. A number of oral evidence hearings were convened in late 2013 and early 2014, and the

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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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