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Unlawful act manslaughter count withdrawn from jury in Cling Film Case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legal submissions by the defence at the close of the Crown's case, the count of unlawful act manslaughter has been withdrawn from the jury in R v Bowler and Connor in which John O'Higgins and Oliver Saxby QC are defending, the case involving the death of a man called Alun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