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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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22 Apr 2015

Eleanor Laws QC and Catherine Donnelly prosecute alleged paedophile ring in latest Operation Pallial case

Eleanor Laws QC and Catherine Donnelly have opened the prosecution this week in the latest of the cases to be brought as part of the Operation Pallial investigation. Operation Pallial is the largest investigation into historic abuse in the UK. It was set up following allegations of historical child

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01 Apr 2015

Acquittal in Rape Case

Oliver Saxby QC today secured the acquittal of a 21 year old university student of previous good character who had been standing trial on an allegation of rape. The complainant was a fellow student and the incident giving rise to the allegation had taken place on campus, in university

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01 Apr 2015

Simon Wickens appointed HM Area Coroner for Surrey

We are very proud to announce that Simon Wickens has been appointed H. M. Area Coroner for the Surrey Coroner Area. Simon had been regularly sitting in a part-time capacity as an assistant coroner but now takes up a full-time role and as such, departs Chambers at the beginning of April. His

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30 Mar 2015

Nicholas Baldock gives lecture to leading insurers on chronic pain claims

Nicholas Baldock has given a lecture to leading insurers on chronic pain claims, alongside two leading medical experts. At this lecture for Berrymans Lace Mawer, Nicholas Baldock, together with Dr Rajesh Munglani (consultant in pain medicine) and Dr Michael Spencer (psychiatrist), addressed

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25 Mar 2015

Ian Rees Phillips instructed against “racist” Paris Metro Chelsea fans

Ian Rees Phillips has been instructed by the Metropolitan Police to act on its behalf in the football banning order applications for five football fans accused of racist violence on 17th February 2015 on the Paris Metro on the night of Chelsea FC’s away game against Paris Saint-Germain. The five

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25 Mar 2015

Six Pump Court Vulnerable Witness Seminar

Members of the criminal team today gave a seminar to Kent CPS lawyers and caseworkers on the subject of Vulnerable Witnesses. Introduced by Eleanor Laws QC and Oliver Saxby QC, the speakers included Richard Barraclough QC, Catherine Donnelly, Simon Taylor and Fran Aldson. To read more about

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12 Mar 2015

Acquittal in Massive Drugs Importation

Andrew Espley represented Hendrik Dekker a Dutch lorry driver accused of importing £14m worth of class A drugs Mr Dekker was acquitted by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court after a two week trial. Click here for media coverage of the case.

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10 Mar 2015

Acquittals in Kent Sex Trafficking Case

Following defence submissions led by Oliver Saxby QC and Peter Alcock on behalf of the first defendant Roman Bodnar at the close of the Crown’s case, the jury were yesterday directed by the trial judge to acquit all five defendants on all charges. Bodnar had faced multiple allegations of rape,

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06 Mar 2015

Anatomy of a trial for manslaughter at sea: P&O ferry Pride of Bilbao disaster

This highly detailed article written by Richard Barraclough QC and published in the Journal of International Maritime Law, covers the trial in the case that followed the tragic presumed collision of the Pride of Bilbao ferry with a yacht, the Ouzo, leading to the death of all three yachtsmen.

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05 Mar 2015

Nicholas Baldock settles employer's liability brain injury case

Nicholas Baldock has settled a serious employer's liability brain injury case for £1.4 million which follows a previous finding of 60% contributory negligence. The Claimant had fallen from scaffolding and suffered serious brain injury which resulted in cognitive deficits and ongoing

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25 Feb 2015

Eleanor Laws QC contributes to new Victims’ Taskforce Report

In a report published this month, the Victims’ Taskforce, led by Sir Keir Starmer QC and Doreen Lawrence has produced its “Recommendations on a Victims’ Law”. The report calls for a transformation in the way the police, prosecution services and courts deal with victims and witnesses. It has

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18 Feb 2015

John O'Higgins prosecutes mother accused of killing son by administering her prescribed morphine

John O'Higgins is prosecuting in a case where a mother is accused of killing her son by administering her prescribed morphine to him, whilst he was drunk. The medicine was her own prescribed pain relief medicine, oramorph and she gave her son shots of the drug by squirting a syringe, containing the

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16 Feb 2015

Kristiina Reed to speak at Forensics Europe Expo 2015

Kristiina Reed is invited to give a lecture at the forthcoming Forensics Europe Expo 2015 Conference. Her lecture is entitled ‘The Expert Witness in Court’ and will outline the key issues concerning expert evidence in court. The Conference which will take place from 21st -22nd April 2015

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11 Feb 2015

John O'Higgins and Simon Taylor appear in Gillingham Football Club Rape Case

John O'Higgins prosecutes and Simon Taylor defends in the case of the former professional footballer, Nathan Nyafli, who is accused of raping a female in the penthouse apartment owned by the chairman of Gillingham Football Club in May of last year. The case is expected to last 5 days. Read

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02 Feb 2015

Kristiina Reed joins Six Pump Court

Kristiina Reed joins Six Pump Court following successful completion of pupillage in Chambers. Kristiina has a mixed common law practice with particular expertise in criminal litigation, regulatory crime and family law proceedings. She continues to build on her already considerable expertise in

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