13 Mar 2019

Mother convicted and sentenced over baby’s drowning, Oliver Saxby QC prosecuting

Sarah Morris, aged 35, was today convicted of the gross negligence manslaughter of her twin daughter, Rosie. Miss Morris had left her twins unattended in a bath for periods of time during a 47-minute phone call with her partner. The case, tried before Mr Justice Picken at Mold Crown Court,

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06 Mar 2019

Gross negligence manslaughter prosecution - Oliver Saxby QC leading for Crown

The trial of Sarah Morris begins today at Mold Crown Court. She is charged with the manslaughter by gross negligence of one of her twins, aged 13 months at the time. The Crown allege that the defendant left her twins in a bath, unattended, for prolonged periods of time whilst she was distracted

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04 Mar 2019

Daniel Stevenson secures convictions in fake security van raid

Daniel Stevenson successfully prosecuted two accomplices who conspired to steal almost £320,000 from a cash-in-transit vehicle and to make a false report of a robbery to the police to cover up the theft. Cash-in-transit driver Jimmy Kursley Doolly and William Williams agreed with another

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22 Feb 2019

Catherine Donnelly and Nina Ellin - Level 4 prosecutors on CPS serious crime list

Chambers congratulates Catherine Donnelly and Nina Ellin who have been successful in their applications to be on the CPS "serious crime" list at Level 4. Level 4 is the highest level and is reserved for barristers able to prosecute the most serious of offences.

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19 Feb 2019

Luton murder trial nearing conclusion - Oliver Saxby QC defending

The case of Lemonnier and Williams is nearing its conclusion. Zach Lemonnier, aged 19, is charged together with Robert Williams, aged 18 - with the murder of a man called Ronnie Wrighting. The Crown allege that the two defendants launched an unprovoked attack on Mr Wrighting as he waited for a

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04 Feb 2019

Three Life Sentences for Oxford Groomers

The three men convicted before Christmas of various serious historic sexual offences committed against a vulnerable complainant have each been sentenced to Life Imprisonment. Mohammed Karrar received a minimum term of 18 years, Anjum Dogar 20 years and Bassam Karrar 10 years. Oliver Saxby QC

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04 Feb 2019

Richard Barraclough QC acts in brain injury case involving multi-million pound damages

Richard Barraclough QC acted for the Defendant insurers in this "exceptionally complex" brain damage case. A lump sum settlement of £4.2M was approved by the High Court for a 58 year old male who suffered injury following an accident at work. The case involved risk of divorce, deprivation of

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01 Feb 2019

Thomas Stern secures acquittals in case of London taxi driver accused of Covent Garden driving incident

The trial of a London taxi driver, James Manley, has ended with the jury returning not guilty verdicts on two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. The jury at Southwark Crown Court heard how Mr Manley's black cab had run out of control on Southampton Street at Covent Garden,

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30 Jan 2019

Tom Dunn secures acquittal of lorry driver accused of £1.5 million cigarette importation following 4 day trial at Maidstone Crown Court.

Tom Dunn, instructed by Oliver Kirk of Old Bailey Solicitors, has secured the acquittal of a 27 year old Northern Irish male accused of attempting to smuggle more than 5 million cigarettes into the UK. The contraband load, which if declared would have attracted in excess of £1.4 million in duty,

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28 Jan 2019

Court of Appeal reduces sentences in case where serious physical harm to a newborn was caused or allowed by parents

The Court of Appeal last week allowed the appeal of two defendants represented by Richard Barraclough QC and Tanya Robinson for the one and Danny Moore for the other, against a sentence of 8 years imprisonment following a conviction under the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 Section 5.

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25 Jan 2019

Murder Acquittal - Oliver Saxby QC Defending

Following a two-week trial at Maidstone Crown Court, a 28-year old man from Gravesend has been found not guilty by a jury of the two counts he faced, murder and manslaughter. The jury took just over 7 hours to clear him of both counts. The verdicts were unanimous. In the summer of 2016, Mr

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22 Jan 2019

Sentence increased for defendant in latest Operation Pallial hearing

In the latest hearing into allegations of historical abuse in the north Wales care system, a man previously convicted of serious sexual abuse and indecent assault at a care home in Wrexham, has had his sentence increased from three and a half years to five years and 10 months. Catherine Donnelly

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19 Dec 2018

Verdicts in Grooming Trial

The trial of Mohammed Karrar, Bassam Karrar and Anjum Dogar concluded yesterday with all three defendants being convicted on all counts. Oliver Saxby QC was prosecuting, leading Alan Gardner of 23 Essex Street. They were instructed by Clare Tucker of Thames Chiltern CCU. The trial had lasted 3

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03 Dec 2018

Oliver Saxby QC, Simon Taylor, Thomas Stern and Lucy Luttman judge at Bar Mock Trial Competition

On Saturday 1st December 2018, Maidstone Crown Court hosted the regional final of the Bar Mock Trial Competition 2018/19. The event, organised by Young Citizens (an initiative of the Citizenship Foundation charity), saw 13 schools from London, Hertfordshire, Kent and Essex presenting jury trials

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30 Nov 2018

Oxford Grooming Trial Underway

The case of Mohammed Karrar, Bassam Karrar and Anjum Dogar began at Oxford Crown Court last week. Oliver Saxby QC is prosecuting, leading Alan Gardner of 23 Essex Street. They are instructed by the Complex Case Unit, Thames Chiltern CPS. The Crown allege that the three defendants groomed and

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13 Nov 2018

John O’Higgins, Nina Ellin and Daniel Stevenson – successful prosecution of a targeted attack on travellers’ site in Kent

John O’Higgins, Nina Ellin and Daniel Stevenson were instructed for the prosecution in a case which involved a masked gang, armed with machetes, knives, crow-bars and cable ties, who launched an attack on dwellings in a travellers’ site in Lenham, Kent on 26th April 2016. They demanded large

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02 Nov 2018

Six Pump Court ranked Band 1 Set and barristers ranked in twelve practice areas in 2019 Chambers UK Bar Guide

Six Pump Court Chambers is delighted to be ranked as a Band 1 Set with Set rankings in Crime, Consumer Law Environment, Health & Safety and Planning in the new 2019 Chambers UK Bar Guide. Barristers at Six Pump Court received 40 individual rankings across twelve practice areas. In this new

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30 Oct 2018

Six Pump Court barristers recommended in twelve areas of law in the Legal 500 2019

Six Pump Court has been recommended in twelve areas of law in the Legal 500 2019 with 59 individual recommendations. This year there were  additional individual recommendations, as well as set rankings in Crime, Consumer, Environment, Health & Safety and Planning. In this new edition,

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26 Oct 2018

Conspiracy to murder trial underway - Simon Taylor and Ben Irwin prosecuting, Oliver Saxby QC defending

The trial of Glenn Pollard, Heather Pollard and Hayley Weatherall began last week at Maidstone Crown Court. Simon Taylor is leading for the Crown, with Ben Irwin - instructed by CPS South East Canterbury CPS Trials Unit. Oliver Saxby QC is leading for the second defendant, Heather Pollard -

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10 Oct 2018

Sexual assault appeal succeeds - Oliver Saxby QC acting

The appeal against sentence of a young student given an immediate custodial sentence for an offence of sexual assault was yesterday upheld by the Court of Appeal, resulting in the appellant’s immediate release. Oliver Saxby QC appeared for the appellant, instructed by Susannah Proctor of ABR

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08 Oct 2018

Presenting Sexual Abuse Cases

On Thursday, Oliver Saxby QC is to speak at a two-day conference on Child Sexual Exploitation being held for Senior Investigating Officers. Other speakers include senior Crown Prosecutors and experts in the area of sexual abuse. Oliver will be focussing on three trials he has been involved in

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04 Oct 2018

Murder Defence Underway

The trial of Auremas Vilius and Klaudijus Klimanskis began last week. They are charged with the murder of a man called Edvardus Barsevicius. Oliver Saxby QC and John Fitzgerald, instructed by Reeves and Co, are representing the first defendant, Vilius. The Crown’s case is reliant on detailed and

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12 Sep 2018

Domestic Violence & Abuse - A Guide for Criminal Lawyers

On 15th November Nina Ellin will present a seminar on Domestic Violence and Abuse aimed at both prosecutors and defence lawyers. This seminar will cover the related offences in this area of criminal law, the types of evidence relied on, special measures, disclosure issues and sentencing. The

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10 Sep 2018

Acquittal in multi-million pound cocaine importation and supply case

Following a trial lasting almost three weeks, a defendant accused of being the leading figure in an organised crime group responsible for importing and distributing millions of pounds worth of cocaine has been acquitted on all charges. Six defendants were accused and this defendant was one of two

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15 Aug 2018

Manslaughter prosecutions of those involved in supplying drugs and legal highs: an analysis

Richard Barraclough QC and Gordon Menzies recently prosecuted an individual who sold ‘DNP’ slimming pills over the internet for offences of manslaughter in what has been described as a ‘landmark case’. The defendant received a total sentence of 7 years imprisonment. This case may well

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