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31 Jul 2015

John FitzGerald represents defendant who set man on fire after building site dispute

John FitzGerald has represented a defendant who set a colleague on fire following a building site dispute. He was accused of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. The defendant, a family man with no history of offending whatsoever, lost his temper with another building site worker over a petty

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27 Jul 2015

Convictions in Old Bailey Sex Ring Trial

After over 40 hours’ deliberation the jury returned verdicts late on Friday in the major child sexual abuse trial being prosecuted by Oliver Saxby QC, leading Alan Blake from Thames Valley CPS and Patrick Duffy from 23 Essex Street. The trial had taken some 8 weeks or so and had been notable

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16 Jul 2015

Treatment of VAT in Confiscation Proceedings

In this article for the UKSC blog, Kristiina Reed reviews the case of R v Harvey, currently awaiting judgment in the Supreme Court. Her article discusses how the decision of the Supreme Court will determine the issue of whether VAT either paid or accounted for to HM Revenue and Customs should be

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14 Jul 2015

Genetic Predisposition to Paedophilia and Child Abuse: a case note

In his latest case note, Richard Barraclough QC writes on the issues of paedophilia and child abuse and specifically genetic and family influences. Richard Barraclough QC, who was leading Tanya Robinson for the defence in R v Mitchell, draws on the experiences of the case in which the defendant

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09 Jul 2015

Licensed Black Taxi Cabs and Mini Cabs and their treatment in major road redevelopment case

Richard Barraclough QC, as Leading Counsel for the London Taxi Drivers Association, has written a note summarising the main issues that were covered in this recent case dealing with the distinctions between black cabs and mini cabs and their treatment in a major redevelopment in the Tottenham Court

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08 Jul 2015

Retaining DNA and the Supreme Court case of Gaughran

In the lead article of this week’s Criminal Law & Justice Weekly, Kristiina Reed discusses the Supreme Court decision in Gaughran (Gaughran (Appellant) v Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (Respondent) (Northern Ireland) [2015] UKSC 29. The judgment of the court held

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08 Jul 2015

Oliver Saxby QC and Kieran Brand instructed in major sex abuse trial

Oliver Saxby QC and Kieran Brand have been instructed to represent James Carragher, a 74 year old man charged with offences of historic sexual abuse at Leeds Crown Court. Mr Carragher is alleged to have sexually abused numerous boys during his time as Head Teacher at the St.Williams Community

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01 Jul 2015

Six Pump Court shortlisted for two awards in the Halsbury Legal Awards 2015

Six Pump Court is delighted to be shortlisted for two awards in the Halsbury Legal Awards 2015. The shortlist, which was announced today includes two nominations for Six Pump Court. Chambers is shortlisted in the Chambers of the Year – London and also Chambers of the Year –

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25 Jun 2015

Acquittal in revenge murder case

Richard Barraclough QC and John O'Higgins, instructed by Lahiff & co, have secured an acquittal for the defendant in a revenge killing which involved the execution of a rival drug dealer in Woolwich. This was a three-defendant drugs gang related revenge killing in which the defendants were

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23 Jun 2015

Oliver Saxby QC and Peter Alcock secure rape campaign acquittals

A 21 year old man with learning difficulties has been cleared of allegations of rape and attempted rape. D was alleged to have committed over 150 offences of rape and attempted rape against two family members. D was represented by Oliver Saxby QC and Peter Alcock, instructed by Kent

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19 Jun 2015

Nina Ellin speaking at "Child and Adolescent Health and Wellbeing" symposium

Nina Ellin will be speaking at the "Child and Adolescent Health and Wellbeing" symposium held by the Public Policy Exchange on Wednesday 24th June 2015. The event will provide an opportunity for practitioners across the police, social services, health, education and third sector to examine the

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16 Jun 2015

POCA and Ancillary Relief Seminar

Ian Whitehurst and Jane Campbell are presenting a seminar entitled 'POCA and Ancillary Relief'. The seminar will focus on the issue of third party rights in confiscation, and the impact ancillary relief proceedings have on POCA. It will provide an overview of third party spousal rights in

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12 Jun 2015

Loan shark fails in appeal against confiscation proceedings

Richard Barraclough QC has successfully led the prosecution in the case of a loan shark who appealed against a confiscation order made against him for £177,000.00. He had argued that his assets and monies were not part of his money lending business and had been accrued by other means. Richard

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10 Jun 2015

Canterbury Crown Court - Open Day and Mock Trials

On Saturday 13th June barristers from Six Pump Court will be participating in mock trials as part of the Open Day at Canterbury’s Combined Court Centre. Members of the public will be able to view the Court and the mock trials which will be taking place throughout the morning (from 10am –

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29 May 2015

Old Bailey Grooming Trial Continues

The trial of 11 men charged with sex exploitation offences in the Aylesbury area has reached the end of its second week. The first complainant gave evidence-in-chief - in open court, with screens and the assistance of a registered intermediary - over the course of 5 days; and cross-examination is

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22 May 2015

Tom Dunn instructed by SECCU to prosecute substantial human trafficking case

Tom Dunn has been instructed on behalf of the South Eastern Complex Casework Unit of the CPS to prosecute Josef and Marion Dzuga for a number of human trafficking offences arising out of a substantial and long standing police investigation styled Operation Dorking. The allegations date back to 2005

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22 May 2015

Eleanor Laws QC appears in Butler [2015] EWCA Crim 854

Eleanor Laws QC has appeared  in R v Butler in which the President of the Queens Bench Division Sir Brian Leveson issues some guidance as to how the court should approach assessing complainants third party records. To view the full ruling in R v Butler [2015] EWCA Crim 854  click here

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20 May 2015

Oliver Saxby QC instructed in Killing Case

Oliver Saxby QC has been instructed to represent John Cudworth, a man in his 20's, charged with the murder of his wife whose body, the Crown allege, he disposed of in fields not far from his home. Click here for news coverage of the case

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19 May 2015

CPS Accredited Rape and Sexual Offences Training seminar - 30 May

Eleanor Laws QC will be speaking at the annual CPS South East Circuit Accredited Rape and Sexual Offences Training seminar on 30th May. The seminar has become important for those applying for CPS rape list accreditation. The training session will take place on 30th May between 9am and 1pm at 23

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18 May 2015

Oliver Saxby QC opens for the Crown in eleven-handed Old Bailey Sex Exploitation Case

The ‘Operation Articulate’ trial, Vikram Singh and others, gets under way today at the Central Criminal Court. Eleven defendants face 49 sex exploitation charges relating to two vulnerable complainants, now aged 21 but aged between 12 and 15 at the time of their abuse. Their evidence is to be

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11 May 2015

Tom Dunn secures convictions in historic child rape case

Tom Dunn of 6 Pump Court, leading David Dainty of 23 Essex Street, has secured the conviction of a 59 year-old man on 5 counts of historic rape and 6 counts of historic indecent assault following a 4-week trial at Harrow Crown Court. The victim, who was aged just 7 years old when she was first

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05 May 2015

Oliver Saxby QC speaks at YLAL Event

Oliver Saxby QC joined a panel of practitioners that included Karen Todner (of Kaim Todner), Robin Murray (Vice Chair, CCLSA) and Nick Fairweather (of Fairweathers Solicitors) at an event to mark the 10th birthday of the Young Legal Aid Lawyers group. The event took place on 21st April at the

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27 Apr 2015

Ian Whitehust secures acquittal in conspiracy to convert criminal property case

Ian Whitehurst has secured the acquittal of a defendant after a 8 week trial at Burnley Crown Court. The defendant faced allegations of being involved in a conspiracy to convert criminal property relating to the sale of stolen plant machinery valued at £400,000. The prosecution case was that

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23 Apr 2015

Eleanor Laws QC to speak at CPS Sexual Offences Training Seminar

Eleanor Laws QC will be speaking at the CPS South East Circuit Accredited Rape and Sexual Offences Training seminar on 30th May. The training session will take place between 10am and 4pm at the Bar Council’s offices in London and will qualify for 5 CPD points. Other speakers include HH

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23 Apr 2015

Oliver Saxby QC and Peter Alcock secure attempted murder acquittal

A jury today acquitted Jordan Barringer of the offence of attempted murder after a 9-day trial. Barringer, a young man with serious learning difficulties who had the assistance of an intermediary at trial, was accused of trying to kill a pizza delivery driver who he had stabbed 6 times, 3 times to

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