15th MAY 2019: NOTES FROM A VERY SMALL ISLAND
Read the 2nd of Duncan Cooke’s despatches here, for an escape into tropical life, where potatoes are gifts and a nature of positivity and cheeriness pervades.
1st JANUARY 2019: A NEW YEAR, A NEW SENTENCE
The Law Commission’s proposed Sentencing Code was published at the end of November 2018, 2 Harcourt Buildings’ pupil Max Mills suggests its enactment should be a matter of priority for Parliament in 2019.
Read his article here.
14th NOVEMBER 2018: WHEN GROSS NEGLIGENCE EQUALS MANSLAUGHTER
In the wake of new sentencing guidelines on manslaughter coming into force on 1.11.18, 2 Harcourt Buildings’ pupil Bill Goss considers their impact on gross negligence manslaughter.
Read his article here.
24th SEPTEMBER 2018: ‘COUNTY LINES’ DRUGS NETWORK SUCCESSFULLY PROSECUTED
James Brown and Leo Seelig secure the successful conviction of five London drug dealers who were sentenced to a total of 36 years’ imprisonment at Wood Green Crown Court for their part in Supplying Class A Drugs. Through intimidation and violence, the gang expanded their network into new markets in what would become a very profitable and lucrative business. This brings the total number of county line prosecutions to over 50 this year. The CPS article can be read here.
14th SEPTEMBER 2018: SUCCESSFUL PROSECUTION IN HIGH PROFILE BOILER ROOM FRAUD
Jane Osborne and Rupert Kent uccessfully secured the conviction of four men who were found guilty of masterminding a carbon credit scheme worth £2.4m. The men were Sentenced to 12 years and 8 months imprisonment. The City of London Police article can be rear here.
10th SEPTEMBER 2018: MOTHER CONVICTED ON 2 COUNTS OF ABDUCTION
Jennifer Knight successfully concludes the prosecution of a British woman for abducting her two daughters, taking them to Alaska without the knowledge or consent of their father and in contravention of a court order. The BBC News Article can be read here.
21st AUGUST 2018: CONMAN CONVICTED IN HIGH VALUE FRAUD
Jane Osborne successfully secures the conviction of Kiran Trivedi who was sentenced to 6 years and 8 months imprisonment at Guildford Crown Court. Mr Trivedi persuaded a close friend to transfer over £750,000 of savings, purporting to be an experienced investor on the Indian stock market. Rather than investing the money, Mr Trivedi lived a lavish life style, spending the proceeds on luxury accommodation, first class travel and expensive restaurants. Mr Trivedi was convicted and sentenced in his absence.
8th August 2018: SUCCESSFUL DEFENCE BY CHAMBERS PUPILS
Natalia Constantine represented 'D', who faced their sixteenth conviction for driving whilst disqualified today. Despite the Court refusing to adjourn the matter for reports and with the defendant having a long history of mental illness, Natalia achieved a 12 week suspended sentence for her client.
Mahesh Karu successfully represented 'R', who faced allegations of racially aggravated assault and assault by beating against another parent, outside their children's school. Following a half-day Trial, including evidence from an eye-witness, Mahesh secured acquittals on both charges.
Both Natalia and Mahesh were instructed by Boothroyds Solicitors.
23 MARCH 2018: TOM TRACY BOXING IN QUEENSBURY LEGAL II
Best of luck to our clerk Tom Tracy for his match this evening at the Queensbury Legal Boxing Match.
13 MARCH 2018: REGULATORY SEMINAR AT THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF NURSING
Frederick Hookway, Dominic Hockley and Emilie Morrison deliver a seminar to the regulatory team at the Royal College of Nursing covering recent legal developments in the areas of sanction, dishonesty and registration/restoration. If you are interested in organising a seminar in a similar area please contact Dominic Hockley.
9 MARCH 2018: SUCCESSFUL DEFENCE AT UNIVERSITY DISCIPLINARY TRIBUNAL
Dominic Hockley represented a student at a disciplinary hearing at the University of Sussex who faced allegations of violent misconduct, aggressive behaviour and offensive language. The conduct was capable of resulting in exclusion or suspension, but Dominic Hockley was able to persuade the Panel to permit the student to conclude her studies with a written warning.
27 FEBRUARY 2018: TUI PRIVATE PROSECUTION
Tim Hunter appears at Derby Magistrates Court on behalf of TUI (Thomson) for sentencing in the case of Roberts and Muzoka, a private prosecution brought by TUI surrounding fraudulent claims to compensation following TUI holidays. The Telegraph report on the case can be read here.
8 FEBRUARY 2018: CONVICTIONS IN NINE-HANDED CONSPIRACY CASE
Tom Nicholson secures convictions in a nine-handed conspiracy to supply class A at Woolwich Crown Court. The case involved the largest ever deployment of prison telephone recordings.
1 FEBRUARY 2018: 2HB MEMBERS APPOINTED AS CIRCUIT JUDGES
Congratulations to HHJ Benedict Kelleher and HHJ Hannah Duncan who have been appointed as circuit judges. HHJ Benedict Kelleher will sit at Inner London Crown Court and HHJ Hannah Duncan will sit at Isleworth Crown Court. It is believed that HHJ Hannah Duncan is the youngest circuit court judge in the history of the English bench.
26 JANUARY 2018: TERROR RELATED SENTENCING
Iftikhar Ali, a nineteen year old who was convicted in December 2017 of 13 terror-related charges is sentenced today at the Old Bailey to 3.5 years custody. Mark Paltenghi appeared on behalf of the Crown throughout proceedings. The BBC report on the case can be read here.
21 DECEMBER 2017: SENTENCING IN HISTORICAL SEX ABUSE CASE
Andrew Soper, the 74-year-old former Abbot of Ealing Abbey, was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment today having been convicted following a trial on 19 counts of rape and other sexual offences in respect of 10 complainants who were pupils at St Benedict’s School, Ealing, in the 1970s and 80s. Andrew Soper, formerly known as Father Laurence, was extradited from Kosovo where he fled, having failed to answer his bail in 2011. Gill Etherton QC, Jennifer Knight and Emilie Morrison appeared for the Crown throughout. The Guardian report on the case can be read here.