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David Walbank QC Secures Not Guilty Verdict in Case Billed As ‘Big Oil On Trial’

David Walbank QC Secures Not Guilty Verdict in Case Billed As ‘Big Oil On Trial’

David Walbank QC was instructed by Blackfords LLP on behalf of the first defendant on the indictment in a major corruption trial at Southwark. The prosecution was brought by the Serious Fraud Office and the main charge concerned an alleged conspiracy to make corrupt payments in order to secure the …
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David Young speaks at a UNODC Expert Meeting in The Hague 13 February 2019

David Young speaks at a UNODC Expert Meeting in The Hague 13 February 2019

On 13 February 2019 an Expert Group Meeting takes place to set recommendations for A Modern Digital Evidence Legislation in Iraq. The Meeting is organised by The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and aims to assist the Iraqi authorities in preparing legislation on the collection, preservation and use …
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As a result of a series of high-profile miscarriage of justice cases here and abroad, the Court of Appeal and the Law Commission have voiced mounting concern about the use of expert evidence in criminal trial

As a result of a series of high-profile miscarriage of justice cases here and abroad, the Court of Appeal and the Law Commission have voiced mounting concern about the use of expert evidence in criminal trial

Sailesh Mehta, a barrister at Red Lion Chambers, reports on lessons learned from miscarriages of justice having prosecuted and defended in fire cases for 25 years, many of those cases involving fatalities and expert evidence. Expert witnesses are now an accepted part of criminal and civil trials. Their evidence can …
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Guest post on the Secret Barrister by Joanna Hardy: Court closures and the cost of losing local justice

Guest post on the Secret Barrister by Joanna Hardy: Court closures and the cost of losing local justice

Posted on January 31, 2019 by thesecretbarrister
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The idea of living in the converted entrance hall of Acton Magistrates’ Court would surprise most lawyers. It used to be a sad place. Chewing gum used to cling to the floor, tackily collecting a thousand stories. The waiting-area seats groaned whenever …
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Gillian Jones QC led Chris Paxton to a secure conviction for Peter Anderson’s killers

Gillian Jones QC led Chris Paxton to a secure conviction for Peter Anderson’s killers

Peter Anderson: County lines pair guilty of Cambridge murder A county lines drugs runner and his “protector” have been found guilty of murdering a man on a city common. Peter Anderson, 46, was stabbed eight times in Cambridge in July after arranging to buy drugs from an operation known as …
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A Hells Angels biker has been acquitted of partially blinding another man in an attack after a jury in his second trial also failed to reach a verdict.

A Hells Angels biker has been acquitted of partially blinding another man in an attack after a jury in his second trial also failed to reach a verdict.

Matthew Barnes, 48, denied causing grievous bodily harm with intent in the attack outside a Hastings pub in February 2016.
A formal not guilty verdict was entered by the court after the prosecution said it would not seek a re-trial.
A jury had also been dismissed following a trial in …
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Jamie Sawyer and Dan Taylor secure convictions of "torture gang" for offences of aggravated burglary and robbery, following a four-week trial at Basildon Crown Court. The defendants were sentenced to a total of 127 years imprisonment.

Jamie Sawyer and Dan Taylor secure convictions of “torture gang” for offences of aggravated burglary and robbery, following a four-week trial at Basildon Crown Court. The defendants were sentenced to a total of 127 years imprisonment.

Torture' gang jailed for Tilbury and Horndon-on-the-Hill break-ins – BBC News – bbc.co.uk Seven men have been jailed for violent break-ins that a judge said were the worst she had seen in 25 years. The two break-ins, in September 2017, saw a pensioner in his 70s hit over the head …
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