News

29 Feb 2016

Conviction in historic sex abuse case

A manager of a Scout campsite near Chatham has been convicted of the sexual abuse of 3 children which took place over 30 years ago. John O'Higgins prosecuted in this two week trial and the defendant was convicted on 13 out of 14 counts of sexual abuse that were alleged against him. Further

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26 Feb 2016

Nicholas Baldock successfully defends claim in high value road traffic act claim

Nicholas Baldock has successfully defended a timber merchant in a Third Party claim brought in respect of a road traffic catastrophic injury claim. The Defendant haulier (represented by Leading Counsel) from whose lorry a load of timber fell whilst in transit, striking the Claimant's van, sought

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08 Feb 2016

Thomas Stern secures acquittal for army Major accused of causing death by careless driving

Thomas Stern has secured the acquittal at Salisbury Crown Court for army Major accused of causing death by careless driving. Please see below for news coverage of this case:- BBC News Western Daily Press

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08 Feb 2016

Kutyauripo Killing - Oliver Saxby QC instructed to defend

Oliver Saxby QC has been instructed to defend the 16 year old charged with the murder of Charles Kutyauripo, who sustained fatal stab wounds at a birthday party at Ashton Playing Fields, Woodford, East London on 9th January 2016. The defendant appeared briefly at the Old Bailey on Friday, when a

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08 Feb 2016

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn secure unanimous convictions in murder trial

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn instructed by the South Eastern Complex Casework Unit of the CPS have secured the conviction of Allison Tomlin and John Barham on a charge of murder following a 7 week trial at Maidstone Crown Court. The mutilated and badly decomposed corpse of John Birney (aged 69) was

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04 Feb 2016

Data Protection Day—enforcement of Corporate Crime

In a recent interview for Lexis PSL, Ian Whitehurst explains the area of corporate crime enforcement in light of the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Click here to access the full-text of this interview This article was first published on Lexis®PSL Corporate

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01 Feb 2016

Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore to deliver CPS South East Sex Abuse Seminar

Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore are to give a seminar on the investigation, preparation and presentation of allegations of historical sexual abuse and sex trafficking to the RASSO unit of CPS South East. The seminar will take place on 11th February.

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18 Jan 2016

Murder Acquittal

Jonathan Cudworth, represented by Oliver Saxby QC, was acquitted of murder on Friday following a 4 week trial, his defence of loss of control having been accepted by the jury. Cudworth had stabbed his Polish wife, Mika, to death at their house near Deal in Kent following an argument one night

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12 Jan 2016

Anatomy of an Impossible Trial for Child Exploitation

Richard Barraclough QC has written a commentary on a recent case in which he was Leading Counsel for one of the defendants. The case involved serious sex/trafficking offences, including engaging an honourable and vulnerable girl in prostitution. The case was complex and involved the use of an

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06 Jan 2016

Acting in historical sex abuse trials: Oliver Saxby QC provides an insight into the challenges involved

In this series of case studies Oliver Saxby QC analyses three very substantial historical sex abuse trials in which he was involved over the last 12 months, each of which ended with successful outcomes: R v Bodnar and others at Canterbury Crown Court, in which he led for the defence; R v Singh and

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17 Dec 2015

Leeds Sex Abuse Trial: Oliver Saxby QC and Kieran Brand secure acquittals on majority of charges

After 2 weeks in retirement, the jury in the trial of James Carragher returned their verdicts at around lunchtime yesterday. Mr Carragher faced 62 counts of serious sexual abuse (including 12 counts of buggery/attempted buggery) relating to 16 complainants dating back to the 1970s and 1980s when

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10 Dec 2015

Oliver Saxby QC begins Cudworth murder defence

The trial of Jon Cudworth began on Monday. Mr Cudworth faces an allegation of murder. The Crown allege that in what was a 'cold and calculated act of premeditation’ he stabbed his wife to death before dumping her body in a field near to where they lived. Oliver Saxby QC is instructed by Reeves

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07 Dec 2015

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn begin prosecution in murder trial

Simon Taylor and Tom Dunn, instructed by the South Eastern Case Work Unit of the CPS, begin the prosecution of Alison Tomlin and John Barham at Maidstone Crown Court this week. Both are jointly charged with the murder of John Birney in Maidstone earlier this year. The trial is likely to last for

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07 Dec 2015

Keeping up with the PACE 1984

In a recent article for Lexis PSL, Kristiina Reed examines the recent revisions to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE 1984) and looks at how the changes to Code E will affect defence lawyers and suspects? Click here to access the full-text of the article. This article was first

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26 Nov 2015

Jury Set to Retire in Leeds Sex Abuse Case

The trial of James Carragher, charged with numerous serious sexual offences dating back to his leadership of the St Williams Boys’ Home near Market Weighton in the 1970s and 1980s, is nearing its conclusion. Mr Carragher is represented by Oliver Saxby QC and Kieran Brand, instructed by Christian

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18 Nov 2015

Richard Barraclough QC to address Hotel Forum 2015 on hotel liability in the context of child exploitation

Richard Barraclough QC will address the Hotel Forum 2015 on hotel security and liability in the context of child exploitation. The forum, which takes place tomorrow, will focus on hotel security, brand margin, international travel and critical success factors for a new hotel brand. Richard

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13 Nov 2015

Better Case Management: Training and Information Event – 1st December

Six Pump Court is hosting a training event to provide an overview to the changes that will be implemented as a consequence of the ‘Better Case Management Initiative’. The event will also provide a forum to advance the direct duty of engagement between the prosecution and defence. Speakers:

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13 Nov 2015

Case Preview: R (Wang Yam) v Central Criminal Court & Anor

In this article for the UKSC blog, Kristiina Reed previews the case of Regina (Wang Yam) v the Central Criminal Court and her Majesty’s Attorney General which is awaiting judgement in the Supreme Court. In this case the court will determine the issue of whether there a power under the common

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10 Nov 2015

John FitzGerald secures acquittal in attempted murder trial

John Fitzgerald has secured an acquittal in an attempted murder trial. The defendant, a Latvian female of good character, was alleged to have driven at speeds of up to 100mph on a narrow country lane before shouting "we're going to heaven now" and immediately driving into a tree in an attempt to

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02 Nov 2015

John FitzGerald and Richard Barraclough QC instructed in Maidstone murder mystery case

John FitzGerald and Richard Barraclough QC have been instructed by Gullands Solicitors in a murder mystery case whereby an unidentified body of a man was found decomposing at his flat in Maidstone. The Crown have narrowed the time of death to a 10 day window in late May / early June 2015 and

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20 Oct 2015

Hospitality Sector & Liability for Child Sexual Exploitation: an update

Richard Barraclough QC will be speaking at an event dealing with the risks and liabilities faced by the hospitality sector in circumstances where their property may be used by those engaged in child sexual exploitation crime. In his presentation, Richard will deal with the issues surrounding

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12 Oct 2015

Oliver Saxby QC and Kieran Brand begin Operation Reno defence

Oliver Saxby QC and Kieran Brand have begun their defence of James Carragher, the catholic De La Salle Brother charged with sexually abusing 15 young boys in his care at the St Williams Children’s Home near Market Weighton in Yorkshire in the 1970s and 1980s. The trial at Leeds Crown Court is

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05 Oct 2015

Man found guilty of ordering his wife to kill her family

In this case, a man who had amassed a large collection of firearms and with a history of domestic violence, has been convicted of ordering his wife to kill her family who were living in Hong Kong. He had threatened to kill their son if she failed. Hon Cheong Chu was found guilty on 22 charges at

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28 Sep 2015

Sentencing in latest Operation Pallial case

Eleanor Laws QC and Catherine Donnelly prosecuted the case of Cooke and others over three months earlier this year. The case forms part of Operation Pallial; the ongoing investigation into historic sexual and physical abuse in North Wales Children’s homes. On Friday, five men were sentenced to a

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24 Sep 2015

Six Pump Court shortlisted in three categories in Legal 500 UK Bar Awards 2015

Six Pump Court is pleased to receive four nominations in three separate categories of the Legal 500 2015 UK Bar Awards. Crime – Silk of the Year – Eleanor Laws QC Real Estate, Environment and Planning – Set of the Year Real Estate, Environment and Planning – Silk of the Year –

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