News

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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17 Mar 2014

Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore defend in 'Body in Shop' case

The trial of the three men accused of murdering pensioner Harjit Chaggar gets under way today with Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore, instructed by Vymans Solicitors, representing the defendant Murshed Miah. Mrs Chaggar's badly beaten body was found hidden beneath a trap door in the shop where

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14 Mar 2014

Sheppey murder trial enters fourth week at Maidstone Crown Court

In the Sheppey murder case, the trial has entered its fourth week at Maidstone Crown Court. The main defendant is represented by Eleanor Laws QC and Danny Moore. The trial in R v Mark Terry & Others is expected to last 7 weeks. Click here for BBC News Report Click here for Local

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13 Mar 2014

Eleanor Laws QC interviewed on Radio 4

Eleanor Laws QC was interviewed on Radio 4's Today programme this morning. She was interviewed in relation to the case of R (Nunn) v Chief Constable of Suffolk Constabulary being heard today by the Supreme Court. The issue for the court relates to police disclosure obligations post

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07 Mar 2014

Criminal Team Leads Legal Aid Action

As solicitors demonstrate locally, members of the Criminal Team congregate in London as part of the Day of Action. Please see here for local coverage.

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07 Mar 2014

Gillingham Shooting Trial Gets Under Way

The trial of Adam, Steven and Melissa Green has commenced at Maidstone Crown Court. Catherine Donnolly prosecutes. Oliver Saxby QC and Simon Wickens represent the lead defendant; and John Fitzgerald and Thomas Stern appear  on behalf of the second and third defendants. The Crown allege

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07 Feb 2014

Eleanor Laws QC prosecutes Lord Somerset who yesterday received a sentence of 2 years imprisonment for assaulting his wife

Lord Somerset, yesterday received a sentence of 2 years imprisonment for assaulting his wife. Eleanor Laws QC was prosecuting. To read more news on this click here

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31 Jan 2014

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn instructed to prosecute in case concerning historic sexual abuse at Barnados Home in the 1980's

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn have been instructed to prosecute the trial of Richard Gallacher charged with multiple counts of historic sexual abuse of 7 boys (including rape) in his care at a Barnados Home in the 1980s, and at another care home in the 1990s. The trial is due to start on 24

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20 Jan 2014

Manslaughter trial of Clement and Thorne underway

The trial of Peter Clement and Lloyd Thorne on a charge of manslaughter is underway at Canterbury Crown Court. The Crown allege a joint enterprise attack by the defendants on the deceased, a man called David Wilkes. Richard Barraclough QC (instructed by BKRW Solicitors) and Oliver Saxby

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15 Jan 2014

Lawyers Protest over Cuts to Criminal Justice System

Last week Six Pump Court Chambers barristers joined others in a protest against cuts to the criminal legal justice system. On Monday lawyers staged a half-day walk-out and protested outside courts. In Maidstone, over 50 barristers congregated outside the Crown Court. To read more click here

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13 Jan 2014

Eleanor Laws QC to attend cross party inquiry into child sexual exploitation

Eleanor Laws QC will be taking part in a cross party inquiry at Westminster into child sexual exploitation which will investigate the effectiveness of legislation for tackling child sexual exploitation and trafficking within the UK. It will be chaired by Ann Coffey, Stockport MP and chair of the

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