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CHAMBERS NEWS

  • 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 void 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.

  • 25 Bedford Row response to consultation on draft CPS Guidance on Speaking to Witnesses at Court

  • To read our response, please click here

  • Acquittal in £20million money laundering case

  • Tyrone Smith QC and Priya Malhotra (instructed by Kangs Solicitors) secured the acquittal of Ganganjot Chana in HMRC Operation Airbrick at Chelmsford Crown Court. The money is believed to have originated from duty evasion.

  • Acquitted of Kidnap, False Imprisonment and Blackmail

  • Michael Neofytou (instructed by Anne-Marie Geraghty of Blackfords) successfully submitted that there was no case for his eighteen year-old client to answer following five weeks of prosecution evidence in a  seven-handed conspiracy. In allowing the submission HHJ Karu paid tribute to the way in which the case was handled by counsel. 

  • Cannabis accessories - Successful appeal for ‘head shop’

  • Rudi Fortson QC (instructed by Cohen Cramer) represented Hassan Abbas and Owen Allerton, the owner and shop assistant at ‘Fantasia’. Leeds Crown Court allowed their appeals in respect of charges under s.9A Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Click here for more information.

  • Global Law Summit

  • The Global Law Summit which will take place between 23rd - 25th February 2015 is, according to its website, “a unique one-off high level business forum” launched by the Justice Secretary Christopher Grayling to mark 800 years since the sealing of the Magna Carta. One of its prime stated objectives is to “Champion the Rule of Law as the cornerstone of a fair and just society”. Publicly funded criminal lawyers are the lifeblood of the justice system, the guardians of citizens’ rights . They are key to a ‘fair and just society’ yet they will be notable by their absence from Mr Grayling’s celebration. At a time when the decimation of the publicly funded professions is a source of profound concern to all those involved in the justice system, from judges down to the members of the public who are denied effective representation, we at 25 Bedford Row hope that all those at the Global Law Summit will reflect upon that absence; a silent protest against the restriction of access to justice and the damage being done to the justice system by Mr Grayling’s devastation of legal aid.

  • Lawyer of the Year - John Cooper QC

  • John Cooper QC is to be awarded Lawyer of the Year at the Asian Voice Political and Public Life Awards 2015, to be held in Westminster on 26 February.

  • "Dangerousness" - Court of Appeal prefers Restraining Orders to Extended Determinate Sentences

  • Tyrone Smith QC (instructed by Anthony Harris of Garstangs Burrows Bussin) represented Ray Woolley. The Court of Appeal quashed Mr Woolley’s EDS and held that in cases where the assessment of a defendant’s dangerousness was limited to the targeting of a specific person that the court should avoid the use of EDS other than in exceptional cases and instead try to tailor a sentence involving restraining orders

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