03 May 2016

Court moves to sentence in torture case

Tom Dunn has prosecuted the sentence of Aaron Rickets and Alando McNeish on a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. The prosecution’s case was that the defendants walked into their victim’s house uninvited and accused him of stealing from them. They ordered him to strip naked...

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25 Apr 2016

John O'Higgins appears for the defence in contract killing case

John O'Higgins, instructed by Reeds Solicitors, Oxford, represents Frank Warren who is accused of conspiracy to murder and attempted murder. Click here for news coverage of the case  

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22 Apr 2016

Tom Dunn secures acquittal of 17 year old in gang rape case

Tom Dunn, instructed by Sara Haroon of Bond Joseph Solicitors, has secured the acquittal of a 17 year old Syrian asylum seeker on two counts of rape following a 10 day trial at Maidstone Crown Court. The Jury acquitted following deliberations lasting nearly 2 days. The case has attracted...

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21 Apr 2016

Oliver Saxby QC invited to contribute to British Academy project on treatment of Sex Offences within Criminal Justice System

Oliver Saxby QC has been invited to contribute to a two-year project being conducted by academics from the School of Law and Department of Criminology at Leicester University and funded by the British Academy entitled ‘Examining the Criminal Justice Response to Sexual Offences’. The purpose...

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19 Apr 2016

Latest Prosecution in Operation Pallial

In the latest prosecution brought by the National Crime Agency and CPS Wales, and prosecuted by Catherine Donnelly, as part of Operation Pallial, a man has today been sentenced to nine months in prison for possessing extreme pornographic images. Operation Pallial is the ongoing investigation...

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15 Apr 2016

Rape Acquittal: A Case Study

Oliver Saxby QC examines his successful defence of a university student of previous good character charged with the rape of a fellow student. Please click on the link to the Case Study

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14 Apr 2016

Oliver Saxby QC Defends Rape Accused

The trial of PA, a 40 year old married man of previous good character charged with two counts of rape, continues into its second week at Guildford Crown Court. The Crown allege that in June 2015 PA raped a 24 year old woman who he had picked up in Ascot, following a days’ racing. The woman had...

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14 Mar 2016

Oliver Saxby QC’s Sex Exploitation Trial Continues at Old Bailey

The case of a 36 year old man facing allegations of rape and sexual activity allegedly committed against a young and vulnerable 13-14 year old, back in 2007/2008, is entering its third week. Oliver Saxby QC is leading for the Crown. The complainant gave her evidence over the course of 2...

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01 Mar 2016

Forensic DNA analysis in light of new technology and security needs

Kristiina Reed is to speak at an international conference in Venice on the legal and regulatory frameworks for the forensic use of DNA technology and its application to national forensic DNA databases. At the conference entitled “Forensic DNA analysis in the light of the new security needs”,...

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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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