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CHAMBERS NEWS

  • Stockwell bus stabbing - Acquitted at the Central Criminal Court

  • Helen Valley and Priya Malhotra (instructed by Phil Smith of Tuckers) represented an eighteen year-old defendant who was acquitted of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm, conspiracy to cause violent disorder and violent disorder. The multi-handed case arose from a fatal stabbing in February 2014 in which the deceased had crashed his car into a bus whilst attempting to leave the scene.

  • Charging decision of Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Constabulary overturned

  • Duncan Jones (instructed by Amsterdam & Partners) successfully challenged the decision to prosecute a youth with possession of cannabis. Having twice reviewed the matter and twice decided to continue the prosecution, the CPS discontinued proceedings after the defence engaged the pre-action protocol for judicial review, submitting that the prosecution had misinterpreted and misapplied the DPP’s Guidance and the MOJ’s Code of Practice on Youth Conditional Cautions. The defendant recovered his costs.

  • Serious Crime Act 2015 - A Strengthened Confiscation Regime

  • Peter Doyle QC examines the practical effect of the changes to the confiscation regime brought about by the new act. Click here for article.

  • Mission to Kazakhtstan - International arbitration; Mediation; Anti-bribery and Corruption

  • Osman Osman was one of six barristers to participate in an unprecedented mission to Kazakhstan led by the Bar Council at the invitation of the Kazakh Bar and the British Embassy with the aim of creating strong and lasting ties between the Kazakh legal profession and the English bar. Read more

  • Treble acquittal in murder case

  • On 23rd April Damien Carnegie, represented by Paul Mendelle QC and Sebastian Gardiner (instructed by Kirsty Monighan of Edward Fail Bradshaw and Waterson) and Kestrel Dyer, represented by Courtney Griffiths QC and Arlette Piercy (instructed by Keith Hollywood at Moss & Co) were both acquitted of the murder of Ashley Latty who was fatally stabbed at a party in Dagenham in May of last year. Carnegie was also acquitted of attempted GBH. Dyer's then girlfriend - Aimee Penfold, represented by Harry Potter and Matt Radstone (instructed by Ruben Italia of Duncan Lewis) was acquitted of Attempting to Pervert the Course of Justice, the allegation being that she had assisted Dyer escape from the scene of the attack.

  • ‘Shopping trolley manslaughter’ - Acquittal in minutes

  • Jeremy Dein QC and Nicola Howard (instructed by Blackfords) represented Melanie Buck, who was acquitted following a 5 day trial at Croydon Crown Court.

  • BBC Radio 4 - A History of Ideas

  • Harry Potter is Melvyn Bragg’s guest discussing ‘What is Justice?’ on Easter Monday at Noon and will be presenting his own programme on ‘Deterrence’ on Tuesday 7 April at Noon. Click here for more information

  • 3rd Six Pupillages

  • We are looking for up to two 3rd six pupils to work in both the Magistrates' and Crown Court to start with immediate effect. Successful applicants will preferably have undertaken a pupillage specialising in crime. We are looking for ability, determination and the potential to make an outstanding barrister, advocate and ambassador for 25 Bedford Row and to create and sustain a successful practice. Applications should be made by e mail and include a CV and covering letter to our Head of Pupillage, Michael Neofytou ( mneofytou@25bedfordrow.com). Please mark the subject line of your email as "Third-Six". Applications should be received by 20 April 2015.

  • New Tenants - Tom Flavin, Zeenat Islam and Laura Vernon-Collier

  • Chambers is delighted to announce that Tom Flavin, Zeenat Islam and Laura Vernon-Collier have accepted invitations to join chambers upon successful completion of their pupillages.

  • Diamond fraud - Directors acquitted following voir dire

  • Adrian Eissa leading Kathryn Arnot Drummond and Colin Wells leading Duncan Jones represented the defendants, who were acquitted following a three day voir dire in which the prosecution’s ‘expert’ evidence was ruled inadmissible.

  • Landmark environmental waste case in Court of Appeal

  • Kim Hollis QC (leading David Pojour of SJB Chambers) was successful in arguing that a company director's conviction for depositing controlled waste without a permit should be quashed following submissions on the correct definition of waste. Click here for the judgment.

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