14 Aug 2018

Catherine Donnelly prosecutes owners of dangerous dog that attacked toddler

The owners of a dangerous dog that savaged an 18 month old toddler have pleaded guilty to ownership of the dog and allowing it to become out of control in a public place. The pit bull terrier-type dog mauled and severely injured an 18-month-old girl in April last year. The girl was seriously

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06 Jul 2018

Gross Negligence Manslaughter - Oliver Saxby QC instructed to prosecute

Oliver Saxby QC has been instructed to prosecute a mother charged over the death of her 12-month old baby, A. A had been been left unattended and unsupported in a bath whilst her mother was elsewhere at the address, dealing with household chores. When she returned, A was dead having drowned. It

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29 Jun 2018

Defendant acquitted following attempt to set partner on fire

In a verdict given today, the defendant was unanimously acquitted following a 5 day trial at Woolwich Crown Court of offences of Attempting to Cause Grievous Bodily Harm, Threats to Kill and two counts of Threatening to Damage Property (by fire). The allegation was that the defendant had sprayed

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27 Jun 2018

Manslaughter conviction in slimming pills case

Bernard Rebelo was today convicted of placing unsafe food (Dinitrophenol) on the market and the gross negligence manslaughter of Eloise Parry. BBC News Report The Guardian The Daily Mail Richard Barraclough QC and Gordon Menzies were prosecuting. More detailed news item to follow.

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13 Jun 2018

Sentence in Oxford sexual abuse trial - Oliver Saxby QC prosecuting

Sentence was passed yesterday following the five and a half month long sexual abuse trial which concluded in late March. Seven of the eight convicted defendants were sentenced to a total of over 75 years imprisonment. The eighth was sentenced to Life Imprisonment with a minimum term of 12

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05 Jun 2018

Manslaughter Plea Accepted in Baby Murder Prosecution - 8 Year Sentence Imposed

The Crown last week accepted a young defendant’s plea of guilty to manslaughter, offering no evidence on the alternative count of murder. Oliver Saxby QC was defending, leading Chris Wray of Bond Joseph Solicitors. James Ring was aged 20 when his 9-week old baby suffered a catastrophic brain

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21 May 2018

Nina Ellin prosecutes two men for the burglary of reality star’s home

Nina Ellin is currently prosecuting two men for the burglary of a reality star’s home address. The trial is part way through and one of the defendants has pleaded guilty. For news coverage of the case click here:- Daily Mail Kent Online  

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30 Apr 2018

Solicitor Sentenced following Neglect Conviction; and Multi-handed Murder Trial Underway

The solicitor convicted by a jury of the neglect of her elderly mother was sentenced on Friday to two and half years imprisonment. Oliver Saxby QC was prosecuting, instructed by Thames Chiltern CCU. Please use the links below for news coverage of this case:- The Daily Mail The

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26 Mar 2018

M1 Lorry Drivers Sentenced, Convictions in Oxford Sex Abuse Case and Solicitor Neglect Trial Underway

The two lorry drivers involved in the crash on the M1 which killed eight people and seriously injured a further four were sentenced on Friday. Richard Masierak - who had parked his lorry in the slow lane of the M1 for 12 minutes - was sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment for offences of causing

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26 Mar 2018

John FitzGerald, leading Craig Evans secure acquittal in 'Panorama Case’

John FitzGerald and Craig Evans, instructed by Vymans Solicitors, represented one of 4 members of staff at Medway Secure Training Centre, a facility for child offenders, known as trainees. He was accused of misconduct in public office by assaulting trainees. The Crown’s case was largely based on

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22 Mar 2018

Simon Taylor appointed to CPS Specialist Counter Terrorism Panel

Simon Taylor has been appointed as a Grade 4 advocate on the CPS Specialist Counter Terrorism Panel Advocates on the Counter Terrorism Specialist Panel advise on and prosecute serious and sensitive casework on behalf of the Counter Terrorism Division relating to: i. Terrorism; ii. Incitement

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07 Mar 2018

Convictions in M1 Crash Case

Richard Masierak was yesterday convicted of eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving and four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. The jury are continuing to deliberate on the case against David Wagstaff – the lorry driver who collided with the minibus that had pulled

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06 Mar 2018

The legal dynamics of modern slavery cases

Today Richard Barraclough QC, Fellow of the University of Hull Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, conducted a workshop for post graduate students at the Institute entitled "The Legal Dynamics of Modern Slavery Cases: What Lessons can be Learnt". Amongst the issues

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06 Mar 2018

Acquittal in shooting case

Russell Broughton was accused of a punishment shooting which involved the shooting of a man in the legs with a sawn-off shotgun at point blank range. On Thursday 1 March, after a trial lasting nine days at Birmingham Crown Court, he was unanimously acquitted by the jury on all counts after a

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23 Feb 2018

M1 Fatal Collision - Oliver Saxby QC Opens for the Crown

The case of Masierak and Wagstaff commenced today at Reading Crown Court. Oliver Saxby QC is prosecuting, leading Peter Shaw. They are instructed by Thames Chiltern Complex Case Unit. In the early hours of 26th August 2017, Mr Maseriak parked up in the slow lane of the M1. He was driving an HGV

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05 Feb 2018

Sentence in ‘Diminished Responsibility’ Manslaughter - Simon Taylor prosecuting, Oliver Saxby QC defending

The sentence of Richard Kray took place today, the man who killed his 19 year old daughter by strangulation and attempted to kill his ex-wife by the same manner. The offences happened in July 2017. Against a background of pressure and stress linked to his daughter’s serious anxiety disorder,

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29 Jan 2018

Chatham killing - Oliver Saxby QC defends

The case of Joshua Stimpson, charged with the murder of his ex-partner, Molly McLaren, got underway on Monday. On the morning of 29th June 2017, Stimpson attended the gym where Molly McLaren was having a work out and then followed her out into the car park where he attacked her with a knife he had

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26 Jan 2018

Nina Ellin successfully defends ex-policeman of serious sexual assault

A former Detective Inspector facing allegations of serious sexual assault has been acquitted following a trial at Luton Crown Court. The couple had met on and after a drink in a pub, ended up back at his flat, where there were references made to Christian Grey from Fifty Shades of

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24 Jan 2018

Murder Acquittal - Oliver Saxby QC Defends

John Buchanan, a 22 year old man from Ramsgate, has been cleared by a jury of murdering an acquaintance, Archie Ward, aged 40. Buchanan had begun a relationship with Mr Ward’s ex-partner, Hannah Blake. This was something Mr Ward had found hard to accept and there had been simmering tension

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22 Jan 2018

Oliver Saxby QC completes closing speech in major sex abuse case

The Crown finished their closing speech in the case of Hussain and others on Friday 12th January, the trial having commenced on 9th October. It is one of the largest of its type ever conducted, involving eleven defendants and six complainants. The allegations date back to the late 1990s and span a

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15 Dec 2017

Leave Granted in Sexual Assault Appeal

D, a man of effective previous good character, had been convicted of historic sexual assaults and had received a sentence of imprisonment. He instructed new solicitors and applied for leave to appeal against his convictions. This application was refused by the Single Judge. On the advice of Oliver

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13 Dec 2017

Press Ban Lifted in Sex Abuse Case

The press ban in respect of the major sexual abuse trial being prosecuted by Oliver Saxby QC at Oxford Crown Court has been relaxed so as to permit reporting of various aspects of the case. The trial commenced on 9th October. It is one of the largest of its type ever conducted. There are eleven

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05 Dec 2017

Richard Barraclough QC and John FitzGerald start murder trial

Richard Barraclough QC and John Fitzgerald are representing one of three men accused of beating a homeless Romanian man to death in a nature reserve on the outskirts of Maidstone in May 2016. His body was found by dog walkers the following morning but there were no witnesses as to what

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03 Nov 2017

Six Pump Court ranked Band 1 Set and barristers ranked in twelve practice areas in 2018 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 2018 Chambers UK Bar Guide. Barristers at Six Pump Court received 41 individual rankings across twelve practice areas. In

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01 Nov 2017

M1 Crash - Oliver Saxby QC Instructed for Crown

Oliver Saxby QC has been instructed to lead the prosecution of the two lorry drivers charged following the fatal crash on the M1 in August in which eight people died. The trial is set to take place in February 2018. Oliver Saxby QC is currently leading for the Crown in the trial at Oxford Crown

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