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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13 Oct 2017

Six Pump Court barristers recommended in twelve areas of law in the Legal 500 2017

Six Pump Court has been recommended in twelve areas of law in the Legal 500 2017 with 57 individual recommendations. This year there were five additional recommendations, as well as set rankings in Crime, Consumer, Environment, Health & Safety and Planning. The twelve areas of law in which

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06 Oct 2017

Investigatory Powers Act and the new oversight regime

In an article for Lexis PSL, Ian Whitehurst explains the role of the new commissioner and considers some of the potential implications of the new regime which oversees the use of investigatory powers by the authorities. Click here to view the full-text of the article. This article was first

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15 Sep 2017

Richard Barraclough QC to speak at Wilberforce World Freedom Summit

Richard Barraclough QC has been invited to become a Fellow of the University of Hull Wilberforce Institute and in late September will be participating in the "The Wilberforce World Freedom Summit Eradicating Contemporary Slavery" (in association with the Humber Modern Day Slavery

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12 Sep 2017

Lengthy sentences imposed in sex abuse prosecution

Sentence took place yesterday at Reading Crown Court in the historic interfamilial sex abuse prosecution brought following one of the largest police investigations of its type. Oliver Saxby QC was leading for the Crown, with Georgina Gibbs of 36 Bedford Row and Lauren Sales of 23 Essex

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08 Sep 2017

New book on vulnerable people in the criminal justice system

Simon Taylor is a contributing author to the recently published practitioner text 'Vulnerable People in the Criminal Justice System: A Guide to Law and Practice'. Simon co-authored Chapter 9 which covers 'Case Management'. The book is published by the Oxford University Press and costs

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06 Sep 2017

Police pay compensation to Lord Bramall after false child abuse allegations

Richard Barraclough QC has advised and represented Lord Bramall in his claim for damages against the Metropolitan Police for conspiracy, misfeasance in a public office, trespass and defamation following the collapse of Operation Midland. Lord Bramall has been unconditionally vindicated following

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04 Sep 2017

Settlement in £9 million tetraplegia claim

Richard Barraclough QC instructed by Mr Joe McManus of Messrs Kennedys has advised and represented the defence in a £9 million tetraplegia claim which has just settled before the trial date which had been fixed for October. The principal issue of the case reflected the recent setting of the

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25 Aug 2017

Richard Barraclough QC defends 17 year old acquitted of murdering ‘love rival’

The jury returned in the Leeds Crown Court and acquitted a 17 year old of murdering a boy named Irfan Wahid (described as his "love rival") by a single stab wound to the chest. He was convicted of manslaughter. The incident occurred in Harehills Lane Leeds. He led Nadeem Ali of Manchester Chambers

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23 Aug 2017

Ben Irwin appointed to the Serious Fraud Office panel

Chambers is pleased to announce that the Director of the Serious Fraud Office has appointed Ben Irwin to the SFO ‘B’ panel. The SFO investigates and prosecutes the most serious and complex fraud, bribery and corruption cases in England and Wales. Ben will be appointed to the Panel for

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07 Aug 2017

Shooting Case Plea Results in Attempted Murder and GBH Acquittal

The case of David Jeffers was resolved last week when the Crown accepted a plea to a firearms offence, leading to Jeffers’ acquittal on the counts of attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent. Jeffers had inserted a firearm - a shotgun - into the victim’s vagina whilst the

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