11 SEPTEMBER 2019 FRAUD AND FINANCIAL CRIME

Members of Two Harcourt Buildings will be speaking at the London Fraud and Financial Crime Essential Update Conference at Conway Hall on Wednesday 23 October 2019. Jane Osborne will cover the topic ‘Conspiracy and agreements in financial crime’; Leo Seelig will speak about ‘Understanding search warrants’; and James Dawes QC will present a session on ‘International evidence and enquiries’. Further information and booking details can be found here.


10th SEPTEMBER 2019: SHUB BANERJEE APPOINTED AS A RECORDER

Chambers is delighted to announce that Shub Banerjee has been appointed as a Recorder on the South Eastern Circuit, Family Division, with effect from 16th September 2019.


5th SEPTEMBER 2019: NOTES FROM A VERY SMALL ISLAND

2HB’s Duncan Cooke, currently serving as Public Solicitor in St Helena, provides a mid-Atlantic perspective on discontent. Take a break from Brexit with his latest blog.


24th JULY 2019: VICE PRESIDENT OF MULTI-NATIONAL BANK ACQUITTED

Chris Stimpson secures the acquittal of a vice president of a multi-national investment bank who was accused of two counts of rape after the complainant said she blacked out in his Chelsea home.


23rd JULY 2019: NOTES FROM A VERY SMALL ISLAND

It may be 32 degrees here, but in St Helena winter has arrived and with it the Queen’s birthday. Catch up with our Atlantic correspondent Duncan Cooke here.


19th JULY 2019: NEW CODE FOR PRIVATE PROSECUTORS

The First Edition of the Code for Private Prosecutors has now been published by the Private Prosecutors’ Association (PPA). Along with other members of the PPA, joint Head of Chambers Paul Cavin QC assisted with the drafting of the new guidance. The code, which sets the precedence for best practice, can be found here.


15th JULY 2019: ORGANISED CRIME GROUP CONVICTED

Following a 6 week trial at Harrow Crown Court, Peter Clement and Fer Chinner secure convictions against 5 members of an organised crime group who have been jailed for over 50 years. The Defendants were found guilty of kidnap and pouring acid over their victim.

News coverage can be read here.


15th JULY 2019: MULTI-MILLION POUND BOGUS MEDICATION FRAUDSTER JAILED

After what was described as a ‘hugely complex case’, Edward Cohen was sentenced to 9 years and 9 months imprisonment for selling fake viagra and slimming pills online while laundering in excess of £10m of illicit gains through religious charities. James Dawes QC led Jenny Burgess throughout the 3 month trial for the Prosecution.

News coverage can be read here.


11th JULY 2019: FRAUD AND MONEY LAUNDERING CONVICTIONS

Following a 6 week Trial, four defendants have today been convicted for fraud and money laundering offences. Accounts payable clerk Daniel Miller defrauded his employers AllSaints of over $564,000 by using his co-conspirators companies to launder money. Jennifer Knight leading Edward Franklin appeared for the Prosecution.


17th MAY 2019: MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK 2019

Over the course of this week, 2HB has been discussing the ways barristers can manage their mental health and support others. Natalia Constantine considers how to stop life at the bar becoming a bar to life.

Read her article here.


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.


2nd MAY 2019: BIGGEST ‘VISHING’ FRAUD IN UK HISTORY CONCLUDES

Feezan Choudhary, a conman who was jailed in 2016 for 11 years, scammed bank customers out of £113m in the UK’s biggest ever cyber fraud, while spending the proceeds on a lavish lifestyle. He appeared at Southwark Crown Court today for Confiscation proceedings. Edward Franklin represented the Prosecution.

News coverage can be read here.


8th APRIL 2019: “RED RIBBON KILLER OF HASTINGS” SENTENCED

A predatory teenage paedophile who kept a ‘murder manual’ of his intended victims has today been sentenced to eight years in jail after being found guilty of raping a 15 year old girl. Harry Leigh made detailed plans to kill 30 young girls and to leave red ribbons by their bodies. Heather Stangoe appeared for the Prosecution.

News coverage can be read here.


22nd MARCH 2019: FATHER JAILED FOR SHAKEN-BABY KILLING

Christopher Barnes was today sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison after being found guilty of manslaughter and grievous bodily harm after shaking his 10 week old son to death. Jennifer Knight leading Imogen Nelson appeared for the Prosecution.

The BBC news article can be read here.


19th MARCH 2019: NOTES FROM A VERY SMALL ISLAND

Following his appointment as the Public Solicitor for the island of St Helena last year, read the first of Duncan Cooke’s mid-Atlantic despatches here.


14th MARCH 2019: DETECTIVES FOUND GUILTY

Two ‘lazy Detectives’ who dropped child abuse investigations to enjoy a romantic evening together have been found guilty of Misconduct in Public Office at the Old Bailey. Sharon Patterson and Lee Pollard forged documents to conceal evidence in an effort to convince bosses to take no further action against suspects. Leo Seelig appeared for the Prosecution.

The BBC news article can be read here.


13th MARCH 2019: CONVICTIONS FOR LARGEST EVER AMMUNITIONS BUST

A former German soldier has been convicted in one of the Metropolitan Police’s largest ever investigations. Manfred Kurz, 61, supplied thousands of rounds of ammunition and explosives to London’s underworld. Kurz’s niece and other co-conspirators were also convicted. Mark Gadsden and Leo Seelig appeared for the Prosecution.

News coverage can be read here.


13th MARCH 2019: KILLERS SENTENCED AT THE OLD BAILEY

Today two teenage brothers were convicted of murder and jailed for life, with a minimum 15 year tariff. Their cousin who was also convicted will serve 13 years for manslaughter. Paul Cavin QC led the Prosecution.

The BBC news article can be read here.


25th FEBRUARY 2019: TREASON DOTH NEVER PROSPER

As The Home Secretary Sajid Javid announces his intention to consider re-drafting the Treason Act to prosecute returning IS fighters, 2 Harcourt Buildings’ pupil Mahesh Karu takes a look at this ancient law.

Read his article here.


22nd FEBRUARY 2019: DO THEY STAY OR DO THEY GO?

The Justice Secretary David Gauke announced a ban on custodial sentences of less than 6 months this week. 2 Harcourt Buildings’ pupil Natalia Constantine considers the likely impact of his new plan.

Read her article here.


18th FEBRUARY 2019: PROLIFIC MONEY LAUNDERER CONVICTED

Kazeem Akinwale was today convicted after a National Crime Agency investigation discovered he had laundered in excess of £6m and was considered a ‘prolific g0-to money launderer for fraudsters across the world’. Rupert Kent leading Frederick Hookway appeared for the Prosecution.

The NCA news article can be read here.


29th JANUARY 2019: FORMER LABOUR MP SENTENCED

Former Labour MP Fiona Onasanya was sentenced to 3 months imprisonment at the Old Bailey today for perverting the course of justice. She is the first MP to be imprisoned for 28 years. Tim Hunter was Junior Counsel for the Crown.

The BBC news article can be read here.


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.


25th July 2018: SUCCESSFUL PROSECUTION OF ABUSIVE PARENTS

Jennifer Knight leading Imogen Nelson secure the conviction of the parents of a 3 week old baby on charges of Causing or Allowing Serious Injury.  Both defendants were sentenced to 8 years imprisonment. The BBC News article can be read here.


20th July 2018: £1.2m CRYPTOCURRENCY SEIZURE

Leo Seelig appears for the prosecution in the first case of its kind to seize and restrain over £1.2m worth of Bitcoins. The Sky News article can be read here.


2 JULY 2018: CAUSING OR ALLOWING SERIOUS INJURY

Jennifer Knight leading Imogen Nelson opened the case to the jury today at Maidstone Crown Court in a trial charging two defendants with Causing or Allowing Serious Injury to their new born son. The Kent Online report can be read here


29 JUNE 2018: CHAMBERS MENTORING SCHEME 

Following the publication of the Bar's recent Wellbeing Survey, Chambers is delighted to announce the launch of its mentoring scheme.    


4 MAY 2018: PROSECUTION SUCCESS FOR DUNCAN COOKE

Duncan Cooke successfully prosecuted on behalf of the CPS in a case which resulted in 13 years imprisonment for the perpetrator. The Met Police report can be read here.


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 HookwayDominic 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.


7 MARCH 2018: MEDWAY SECURE TRAINING CENTRE PROSECUTION

Jennifer Knight and Edward Franklin await verdicts in a trial arising from an undercover investigation conducted by Panorama at Medway Secure Training Centre. The BBC report on the case can be read here.


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.


26 FEBRUARY 2018: PAUL CAVIN QC & JAMES DAWES QC SWORN IN AS SILKS

Congratulations to Paul Cavin QC and James Dawes QC on their recent silks appointments. Their swearing in ceremony will take place today. 


16 FEBRUARY 2018: CONVICTIONS IN CHILD CRUELTY CASE

Heather Stangoe secures convictions of both defendants on counts of causing or allowing serious physical harm to a child and child cruelty at Maidstone Crown Court. The BBC 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.