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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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04 Aug 2017

Oliver Saxby QC begins Manchester Shooting Trial

The trial of David Jeffers began at Manchester Crown Court on Monday. Mr Jeffers is charged with the attempted murder of a woman in a hotel in Stockport. The woman survived but sustained serious abdominal injuries. The issues include lack of intent and accident. Oliver Saxby QC is defending,

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19 Jul 2017

Convictions in Historic Familial Sex Abuse Case

After over two weeks in retirement, the jury in the familial sex abuse case being prosecuted by Oliver Saxby QC leading Georgina Gibbs at Reading Crown Court have returned their verdicts. All four defendants were convicted of various offences relating to five of the six complainants including

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10 Jul 2017

'Wind in the Willows' murder trial features in Channel 4 documentary

The trial of Michael Danaher - prosecuted by Oliver Saxby QC and Michael Roques - is the centrepiece of tonight’s instalment of the Channel 4 documentary series, ‘Catching a Killer’ (on air, 9pm). The trial took place at Oxford Crown Court in the Autumn of last year and resulted in Danaher

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06 Jul 2017

Baby death - Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore defend

The trial of Katherine Cox and Danny Shepherd began on Monday at Maidstone Crown Court before Mr Justice Stuart-Smith. The pair face allegations arising from the death of Miss Cox's 5-month old baby, Eli, who suffered what have been described as catastrophic brain injuries on 13th April

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04 Jul 2017

Chambers welcomes new criminal practitioner Ben Irwin

The members of 6 Pump Court are pleased to announce that Ben Irwin has accepted an invitation of tenancy with Chambers. He joins the Criminal Team with immediate effect. Formerly of 4 Breams Buildings, Ben was called to the Bar in 2006. He has substantial experience drawn from a broad range of

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30 Jun 2017

London taxi driver acquitted of causing serious injury by dangerous driving

A London taxi driver represented by Thomas Stern has been acquitted of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. Idrissa Bangura was alleged to have fallen asleep behind the wheel whilst driving his black taxi through Knightsbridge in February 2016. The taxi collided with a concrete barrier

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22 Jun 2017

Crown’s Case Closes in Historic Familial Sexual Abuse Prosecution

The Crown closed its case yesterday in the prosecution of four persons charged with multiple allegations of rape, sexual assault and child cruelty. Oliver Saxby QC is leading for the Crown, instructed by Thames Chiltern CCU. The allegations cover 25 years of the most serious and depraved

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16 Jun 2017

Ian Whitehurst provides seminar on new CFA to Merseyside Police

Ian Whitehurst will give a seminar to the Financial Crime Unit at Merseyside Police Head Quarters on the new provisions contained in the Criminal Finances Act 2017 on the 28th June 2017 as well as a general review of civil POCA powers. The new Criminal Finances Act contains issues in relation to

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19 May 2017

Recorded cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses - pilot scheme

Richard Barraclough QC has been engaged in the recorded (Section 28 Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999) cross-examination of a number of witnesses to an alleged murder who are aged under 18 years of age. Section 28 provides for measures designed to support vulnerable witnesses using the

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17 May 2017

Ian Whitehurst awarded police commendation for leading successful prosecution in drugs case

Ian Whitehurst has been awarded a Commendation from the Chief Constable of Merseyside for his role as Leading Counsel for the Prosecution in successfully prosecuting an organised crime group involved in the supply of approximately £2 million pounds worth of drugs. The organised crime group

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12 May 2017

Six Pump Court is pleased to welcome Katherine Kelleher to the Crime Team

Chambers is pleased to welcome Katherine Kelleher to the Crime team at Six Pump Court. Kate’s practice comprises Criminal Defence Work and some environmental crime. She also appears as an advocate in regulatory hearings before the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Kate has prosecuted and

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04 May 2017

Major Sexual Abuse Trial Commences - Oliver Saxby QC Prosecuting

A case involving alleged familial sexual abuse of the gravest kind spanning a 25-year period and two generations of the same family began on Tuesday at Reading Crown Court. Oliver Saxby QC is prosecuting, leading Georgina Gibbs of 36 Bedford Row. They are instructed by the CPS Thames Chiltern

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26 Apr 2017

Jury Retires in Gross Negligence Manslaughter Trial

The jury will retire today in the trial of Lucy King, a 39 year old mother charged with the manslaughter by gross negligence of her daughter, Frankie, aged 2. Oliver Saxby QC defends, leading Kate Hunter of Gurney Harden Solicitors. The Crown allege that Ms King failed to get medical assistance

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05 Apr 2017

Acquittal in death by dangerous driving case

Thomas Stern has secured an acquittal for a Czech lorry driver, Jaroslav Horvath, who was tried for causing death by dangerous driving. The incident occurred at 5am on 6th December 2015 at junction 7 of the M20, close to Maidstone. Jaroslav Horvath had parked his lorry on the hard-shoulder of

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28 Mar 2017

"Legal highs" and their role in serious crime

The so called legal high “Spice” has played a role in a number of recent murders. Legal highs, their chemical diversity and the speed of their development make this type of substance difficult to detect and deal with. In this article Richard Barraclough QC outlines two murder cases in which

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