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David Walbank QC writes in Spear’s ('for the ultra-high-net-worth community') about why we can expect more Swiss Leaks-style criminal prosecutions.

The UK’s extra-territorial reach in tax investigations is so vast that HNWs and corporates should be careful where they tread, or risk being linked to international criminal activities... [READ MORE [SPEAR'S]] ...
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Blandford farm death: Man cleared of murder

Felicia Davy of Red Lion Chambers who was instructed as sole counsel by Lee Christmas of Mustoe Shorter Solicitors, has secured the acquittal of a 26 year old farmer charged with the murder of a co-worker on a farm in Dorset. Following a 9 day trial the jury at Winchester ...
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David Malone of Red Lion Chambers has secured the acquittal of a lorry driver accused of being a leading conspirator in a serious and organised crime group convicted of people smuggling and money laundering.

The complex criminal case was heard before HHJ Mann QC at Woolwich Crown Court, in a trial that lasted 3 months. David Malone was instructed by Rhean Bailey of Goldman Bailey Solicitors in the weeks before the trial and acted as leading counsel with Chris Georgiou of CG Law as ...
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Gillian Jones QC discusses the treatment of women in the criminal justice system on Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

Joint Head of Chambers Gillian Jones QC joined Harriet Wistrich, founder of the Centre For Women's Justice on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour Takeover to discuss the treatment of women in the criminal justice system looking at alleged rape,perverting the course of justice and what needs to change. [Listen back on ...
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Following a 6 day trial at Norwich Crown Court Gareth Thorpe was convicted of the rape of a 22 year old woman

which took place in Kings Lynn in 2018. He had accosted her on the streets in the early hours of the morning and took her to an alleyway behind Gaywood Avenue, where he raped her. He will be sentenced on the 6th September. Marc Brown was instructed by the Crown ...
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David Walbank QC and John Binns of BCL Solicitors LLP present their ‘Review of the Year in Business Crime’

In his presentation, David embarked upon a comprehensive overview of the caselaw in the past 12 months, including all the key developments in relation to

  • The Investigation
  • Extradition and Mutual Assistance
  • DPAs & Assistance to the Prosecution Authorities
  • Reputation Management
  • Case Management & Evidence
  • Sentencing
  • Confiscation, Compensation and Forfeiture
  • ...
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Main HS2 Protestor Acquitted

Sailesh Mehta represented the lead protestor who was charged with disrupting the work of HS2 Limited which is involved in one of the largest construction projects in the UK. The protestors fear that the company has breached its duty to protect flora and fauna and that its piling activity puts ...
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The First Edition of the Code for Private Prosecutors has been published.

The First Edition of the Code for Private Prosecutors has been published, produced by the Private Prosecutors’ Association (the PPA). The aim of the Code is to provide a benchmark for best practice in the conduct of private prosecutions. Kate Bex QC was involved in supporting the PPA as a ...
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Joanna Hardy successful in Court of Appeal

Joanna Hardy has successfully argued that an extended sentence imposed on a teenage appellant for an offence of section 18, causing GBH with intent, was manifestly excessive. The appellant had originally received an extended sentence of 8 years. This comprised a 6 year custodial term and a 2 year licence period.  The appellant ...
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Sailesh Mehta successfully prosecuted a case on behalf of the Environment Agency against Thames Water Utilities Limited

the largest UK water company, with a turnover of £2 billion.  The Aylesbury Crown Court found a high level of negligence and sentenced the company to a fine and costs figure exceeding £700k.  Thames Water had polluted a stream in Maidenhead which flowed into the River Thames, putting between 10 ...
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Chris Paxton QC and Jane Oldfield secure convictions for murder and reckless arson at Chelmsford Crown Court

Chris Paxton QC and Jane Oldfield secure convictions for murder and reckless arson at Chelmsford Crown Court against two defendants who battered a man to death in the early hours of last Boxing Day and then set fire to his flat to destroy the evidence: [PRESS REPORTS [BBC]] ...
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We regret to announce that, due to his legislative commitments, Professor David Ormerod QC is now unavailable on the evening of Tuesday 16th July 2019 and his lecture will now be given in the New Year.

For those of you who cannot bear the idea of going on your hols without a final injection of cutting-edge legal know-how (or, perhaps more plausibly, one last chance to sample the delights of the post-lecture drinks party on the Bush House roof terrace overlooking the Thames and the Embankment), ...
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Tom Forster QC instructed by Jonathan Mcilveen of Cobleys Solicitors in Liverpool has secured an acquittal for their client in relation to a Murder charge.

The defendant was one of a number who was alleged to have carried out a gangland execution. The trial lasted just over 8 weeks at Manchester Crown Court. ...
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Michael Goodwin QC was instructed by the Serious Fraud Office in relation to the fifth Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) that was approved on 4th July 2019 at Southwark Crown Court by Mr Justice William Davis.

The DPA was entered into by Serco Geografix Ltd (SGL), a subsidiary of Serco Group plc. In entering the DPA, SGL has taken responsibility for three offences of fraud and two of false accounting arising from a scheme to dishonestly mislead the Ministry of Justice as to the true extent ...
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Sailesh Mehta secures conviction of "billion pound" company

Sailesh Mehta secured the conviction of one of the largest waste companies in the UK. Biffa Waste Services Limited had appealed and lost on a point of law in the Court of Appeal a few months before the trial June 2019 trial in Wood Green Crown Court. The Jury found ...
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