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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24 Sep 2015

Eleanor Laws QC nominated for Crime Silk of the Year in 2015 UK Bar Awards

Eleanor Laws QC has been nominated for Crime Silk of the Year in both the Chambers UK Bar Awards and Legal 500 UK Bar Awards. The awards recognise the most outstanding achievements in the UK legal sector and are awarded annually based on the opinions of lawyers and research and interviews...

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18 Sep 2015

Six Pump Court barristers shortlisted for awards in Chambers UK Bar Awards 2015

Six Pump Court Chambers barristers, Eleanor Laws QC, Mark Watson and Christopher Badger have been shortlisted for awards in Chambers UK Bar Awards. The nominations which were announced yesterday include:-   Crime: Silk of the Year - Eleanor Laws QC Environment/Planning: Junior of...

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17 Sep 2015

Six Pump Court barristers recommended in twelve areas of law in the Legal 500 (2015)

Six Pump Court is recommended in twelve areas of law in the Legal 500 (2015) with 50 individual recommendations. This year there were twelve additional recommendations and, as well as existing set rankings, Chambers was also additionally ranked as a Set in Crime. The twelve areas of law members...

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08 Sep 2015

Sentence in Old Bailey Sex Ring Trial

The six men convicted of various sex offences committed in the Aylesbury area from 2006-2010 were sentenced to a total of 82 and a half years today at the Old Bailey. They had been convicted in July following a lengthy trial at which the two complainants had given evidence live in court over the...

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01 Sep 2015

Kristiina Reed to speak at the International Society of Forensic Genetics Congress

Kristiina Reed is to present a lecture entitled ‘Forensic DNA: Legal and Regulatory Landscapes’ during the Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Forensic Genetics workshop at the 26th Congress of the International Society of Forensic Genetics in Krakow, August 31st - September 5, 2015.The aims of...

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27 Aug 2015

Oliver Saxby QC secures acquittals in ‘builder’ attempted murder trial

The jury yesterday acquitted Jenny Turrell of wounding with intent - she having earlier been cleared of attempted murder at the close of the Crown’s case. The Crown alleged that she and her co-defendant (and husband), Robert Symons, had attacked a man called Jeff King in the street, causing...

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24 Aug 2015

Tom Dunn secures convictions in torture case

Tom Dunn has secured the conviction of Alando McNeish following a trial at Maidstone Crown Court on a charge of inflicting GBH with intent. The prosecution’s case was that Mr McNeish, along with three others, walked into the victim’s house uninvited and accused him of stealing from them....

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10 Aug 2015

The Liability of Hotel Operators in child abuse and exploitation cases

Richard Barraclough QC has written a paper which deals with the liability of hotel operators in areas where high levels of sexual exploitation of young people can lead to their misuse and their involvement in crimes against vulnerable people. In the article Richard Barraclough QC discusses the...

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06 Aug 2015

Acquittal in Murder Trial of Drug Dealer

On 5th August the trial (which lasted almost two months) of Clive Mundoma came to an end with his acquittal for murder. The case involved a drugs deal which went wrong. The supplier was stabbed to death after he provided a smaller quantity of drugs than expected. The three defendants were...

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05 Aug 2015

Latest Prosecution in Operation Pallial begins this week

Eleanor Laws QC and Catherine Donnelly will begin the latest prosecution for Operation Pallial this week. The case is listed for preliminary hearing on Friday. Gordon Anglesea is a retired detective superintendent who served with the North Wales Police. He is charged with the sexual abuse of...

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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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