News

22 Mar 2017

Shaken Baby Syndrome – legal developments

Richard Barraclough QC and Kate Kelleher have written a paper outlining how medical opinion and the courts’ approach to “shaken baby syndrome” have developed. Richard and Kate recently undertook the defence of a young father who had been accused of murdering his six week old baby. The case

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17 Mar 2017

John FitzGerald secures acquittal of 12 year old accused of raping 8 year old sister

John FitzGerald, instructed by Reeves & Co. (Ashford), defended a man, now 23, accused of raping his sister when he was 12 and she was 8.  The back drop to the case was a miserable childhood for both involving a bitter separation of their parents and ensuing custody battle.  In his interview,

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08 Mar 2017

Pokemon Murder - Oliver Saxby QC defends

The trial of John Dickson and Christopher Pollard began on Monday. The pair are charged with murdering Carl Gregory in a shopping centre car park near Broadstairs. The Crown allege that Dickson (represented by Oliver Saxby QC, instructed by Bond Joseph Solicitors) intervened in an altercation

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20 Feb 2017

John FitzGerald secures acquittal in gun running case

The defendant was a serving prisoner having been sentenced to an I.P.P. for attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. The defendant was a senior member of Birmingham gang, the "Johnson Crew". The defendant was accused of being the top of a conspiracy to supply a

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30 Jan 2017

Sentence Increased in Gross Negligence Manslaughter Prosecution Prosecuted by Oliver Saxby QC

The Court of Appeal has increased the sentence of 3 years that had been imposed on Jasmine Gregory, whose baby daughter had drowned in a bath at their home. Miss Gregory had been convicted of her child’s manslaughter by gross negligence at a trial in October - she had left the baby unattended

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27 Jan 2017

Gross Negligence Manslaughter Case: Simon Taylor Prosecutes, Oliver Saxby QC and Peter Alcock Defend

Sentence took place on Thursday in the case of Michael Bowditch, a 21 year old man charged in connection with the death of a 17 year old, Becky Morgan. Simon Taylor was instructed by CPS SECCU. Oliver Saxby QC and Peter Alcock were instructed by Tuckers Solicitors. Miss Morgan and Mr Bowditch

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20 Jan 2017

Ian Whitehurst appointed Disclosure Counsel by the SFO

Ian Whitehurst has been appointed as Disclosure Counsel by the Serious Fraud Office in a high profile and complex major case. Ian was appointed in December and the case is ongoing.  

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20 Jan 2017

Old Bailey Jury Recommend Leniency

A jury today returned a verdict of guilty in the trial of a young man charged with the killing of an acquaintance outside a party in East London last year. Oliver Saxby QC was defending, leading Sara Haroon of Bond Joseph Solicitors. The incident was captured on CCTV and the jury rejected the

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12 Jan 2017

Oliver Saxby QC commences Old Bailey Murder Trial

The trial of a young man accused of the murder of a friend began on Monday of this week. Oliver Saxby QC is for the defence, leading Sara Haroon of Bond Joseph Solicitors. The incident occurred outside a party in East London and was at least in part captured on CCTV. The defendant is alleged to

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10 Nov 2016

Gross Negligence Manslaughter Conviction

Oliver Saxby QC yesterday secured the conviction of Jasmine Gregory, a 24-year old mother of previous good character accused of the manslaughter by gross negligence of her 14-month old daughter, R. At around 11am on 7th August 2014, Miss Gregory received a visit from her Outreach Worker, Carla

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09 Nov 2016

Deborah Charles appointed Circuit Judge

Chambers warmly congratulates Deborah Charles on her appointment as Circuit Judge. Deborah Charles will take up her new role on 5th December and will sit at Croydon. She will be sitting there as a Recorder from now until her new appointment formally begins in December. Chambers wishes her all

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07 Nov 2016

North Wales ex-Police Superintendent prosecuted for historical sex abuse

A former Police Superintendent, Gordon Anglesea has been convicted of four indecent assault charges against two boys which took place between 1982 and 1987, when both boys were 14 or 15. The trial held at Mold Crown Court lasted for six weeks and resulted in a conviction and sentence of 12 years in

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03 Nov 2016

Oliver Saxby QC commences gross negligence manslaughter prosecution

The trial of Jasmine Gregory, charged with the manslaughter of her 14-month old baby daughter, began today. The Crown allege that Miss Gregory ran a bath, placed her baby in it and then left her unattended for upwards of 7-10 minutes. The trial is expected to take 2 weeks and will involve various

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02 Nov 2016

Six Pump Court is pleased to welcome Daniel Stevenson to the Crime Team

Chambers is pleased to welcome Daniel Stevenson to the Crime team at Six Pump Court. Daniel prosecutes and defends the most serious criminal offences, including sexual offences, drugs offences, fraud and offences of violence. He undertakes prosecutions for the CPS, including the Organised Crime

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02 Nov 2016

Six Pump Court ranked Band 1 in Environment and barristers ranked in eleven areas in 2017 Chambers UK Bar Guide

Six Pump Court Chambers is delighted to be ranked as a Band 1 Set in Environment Law along with further Set rankings in Crime, Health & Safety and Planning in the new 2017 Chambers UK Bar Guide . Furthermore barristers at Six Pump Court received 42 individual rankings across eleven practice

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31 Oct 2016

Augmenting reality – avoiding criminal liability

In an article for Lexis PSL, Ian Whitehurst considers some of the potential criminal law issues surrounding the development of AR. He explains what it is and how it has been deployed through apps and technology, to track individual locations, record activity and modify versions of reality, recently

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25 Oct 2016

Murder Conviction in Wind in the Willows Trial

Michael Danaher was yesterday convicted of the murder of the rare book dealer Adrian Greenwood and sentenced to Life Imprisonment with a minimum term of 34 years. The case was prosecuted by a team led by Oliver Saxby QC. The jury in the 3-week trial had heard detailed evidence relating to the

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18 Oct 2016

Oliver Saxby QC instructed for Crown in complex inter-generational historical sexual abuse case

Oliver Saxby QC has been instructed to prosecute the case of A and others, a multi-defendant, multi-complainant historical sex abuse trial involving an indictment alleging 44 counts of Child Cruelty, Rape and Assault spanning a 24-year period. The trial is expected to take place in the Spring of

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12 Oct 2016

Oliver Saxby QC Instructed in Pokemon Killing

Oliver Saxby QC has been instructed to defend John Dickson, one of two men charged with the murder of a man called Carl Gregory. His trial has been fixed for 6th March 2017. Oliver Saxby QC is instructed by Bond Joseph Solicitors. Please use the links below for news coverage of the

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10 Oct 2016

'Wind in the Willows' Murder Trial Continues

The trial of Michael Danaher - charged with the murder of antiquarian book seller Adrian Greenwood - continues at Oxford Crown Court. On Friday, the jury was shown the book the defendant had taken from Adrian Greenwood’s house on Iffley Rd - a first edition of Kenneth Grahame’s 'The Wind in the

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05 Oct 2016

Oliver Saxby QC Opens for Crown in Oxford Rare-Bookseller Murder Trial

Oliver Saxby QC, instructed by Thames and Chiltern CPS, opened for the Crown yesterday in the trial of Michael Danaher, a 50-year old man charged with the murder of a rare book-seller called Adrian Greenwood, who lived on his own in Iffley Rd, Oxford. On 6th April 2016 Mr Danaher went to Mr

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03 Oct 2016

National Crime Agency Prosecution - Massive Drugs Conspiracy

Ian Whitehurst represented the main defendant in a National Crime Agency prosecution of an Organised Crime Group in the East Midlands which had links to Europe and South America. The defendant was involved in a conspiracy to supply 330 kilos of amphetamine and a conspiracy to launder in excess

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30 Sep 2016

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn secure conviction of Mark Love on charges of murder and aggravated burglary

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn, instructed by the South Eastern Complex Case Work Unit of the CPS, have secured the conviction of Mark Love on charges of murder and aggravated burglary. In relation to the aggravated burglary the prosecution’s case was that Mark Love was one of 4 masked men who

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29 Sep 2016

Oliver Saxby QC Secures Acquittals in Sex Abuse Trial

A 73 year old man has been found not guilty of a string of historical sexual offences, including rape. The man faced 13 counts in all, and was convicted on just 3 counts of 'touching'. The man’s defence involved the careful cross-examination of four vulnerable complainants - all now adults,

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15 Sep 2016

Six Pump Court moves up to Tier 3 in Crime in Legal 500 (2016) rankings

Six Pump Court is pleased to have moved up to Tier 3 in the Criminal UK Bar rankings published by the Legal 500 yesterday. This reflects the growing strength of our Criminal Law Team and the breadth of our practice and mix of senior and junior barristers in the Team. Furthermore, four additional

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