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CHAMBERS NEWS

  • Trial of former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos collapses

    Jeremy Dein QC makes the first ever successful application to stay in a case of non-state agent entrapment. Following cross-examination of under cover journalist Mazher Mahmood ("the fake sheikh"), the Recorder of Westminster concluded that "there were strong grounds for believing Mr Mahmood had told lies" and that he had been exposed manipulating evidence to the detriment of Tulisa Contostavlos. As a consquence Mr Mahmood has immediately been suspended from his job as undercover journalist with The Sunday Times.

  • Third-six pupillage applications invited

    Chambers is extremely busy and looking to recruit third-six pupils. Applications should be sent to Michael Neofytou (mneofytou@25bedfordrow.com) and Jacky Chase (jchase@25bedfordrow.com).

  • In the highly publicised Marrache trial Benjamin Marrache sentenced to 11 years in prison, Isaac and Salomon to 7

    Gibraltar's most high-profile case of Marrache concluded on Friday. Osman mitigated on behalf of Isaac Marrache. Both he and John Cooper QC now turn their attention to one of the most important appeals in the history of a defendant's right to trial by jury. In the Marrache trial the trial judge, Sir Geoffrey Grigson, took the unprecedented step in October last year of discharging the jury and continuing to try the case alone. The discharge and continuation of the trial by judge alone at such an early stage in proceedings was a legal first.

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  • Former Bangladesh Cricket Captain banned for spot-fixing

    Yasin Patel represented Mohammad Ashraful at the Bangladesh Cricket Board's sanctions hearing in Dhaka. Click here for further details.

  • Double-acquittal in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands

    Paul Keleher QC represented the defendant in two rape trials in which disclosure requests produced material fatal to the complainants' accounts. In the first trial the complainant withdrew her evidence, resulting in the grant of bail after two years in custody, whilst in the second trial the defendant was acquitted in less than two hours.

  • English football's biggest match-fixing scandal for decades

    Paul Mendelle QC represents the first defendant facing charges of bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery and who is described by the prosecution as a "central figure" in an alleged conspiracy to fix the outcome of certain football matches by bribing players. For more information, click here.
  • Fraud, bribery & money-laundering offences - new guideline published

    The Sentencing Council's new guideline will apply to anyone sentenced after 1 October 2014. View the guideline here.
  • Verdicts in the longest and most complex trial in Gibraltar's history

    John Cooper QC and Osman Osman represent the principal Isaac Marrache in this corporate fraud in which uniquely the trial judge discharged the jury and tried the case alone. Click here for more information.

  • Samantha Riggs (instructed by Pannone) successfully judicially reviews the Regional Asset Recovery Team (RART) following the dawn raid in partnership with the Environment Agency resulting in search warrant being quashed and all material seized during the raid (including copies) ordered to be returned

  • Cross examination is a necessary evil

    Paul Mendelle QC, Felicity Gerry QC & Prof. Penny Cooper write in The Times that trials involving vulnerable witnesses and suspects need to be approached in a developmentally appropriate and effective way by all parties and the judiciary.

 

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