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.