18 January 2017

Rolls-Royce plc Deferred Prosecution Agreement

Today the third, and largest, Deferred Prosecution Agreement was approved by the  President of the Queen's Bench Division. The agreement was reached between the Serious Fraud Office and Rolls-Royce...

2 December 2016

Supreme Court considers diminished responsibility

On 30 November 2016, a seven-member tribunal of the Supreme Court handed down judgment in R v Golds. The case concerned the meaning of the word 'substantial' for the purposes of the partial defence...

14 October 2016

New Deepcut Inquest

The High Court today ordered a second inquest into the death of Sean Benton, a recruit at Deepcut Barracks in 1995. The order was made under section 13 of the Coroners Act 1988, following an...

13 October 2016

Application to terminate SFO investigation

The High Court (Gross LJ and Andrews J) yesterday handed down judgment in R (ota Soma Oil & Gas) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office. The case concerned an application for a mandatory order...

11 October 2016

High Court challenge to VRR scheme

In R(Chaudhry) v Director of Public Prosecutions, the High Court considered a challenge to CPS policy on a victim's 'right of review' (VRR) where charges are brought against some, but not all...

20 September 2016

Ibrahim v UK (Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights)

On 13 September 2016, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg handed down judgment in the case of Ibrahim and others. The case concerned the delay in granting access to...

7 June 2016

Deepcut Inquest Reaches Conclusion

On 3 June 2016, the Conclusion was delivered in the inquest into the death of Private Cheryl James at Deepcut Barracks, Surrey. Ms James was a trainee in the Royal Logistics Corps, who was killed by...

19 May 2016

Five judge Court of Appeal considers terrorist sentencing

A five judge Court of Appeal (Lord Thomas CJ, Sir Brian Leveson P,  Sweeney, Hickinbottom and Cheema-Grubb JJ), has handed down a landmark decision on sentencing for offences contrary to section 5...

24 March 2016

Historic cases of corrupting a 'foreign' agent are triable in England and Wales

On 21 March 2016 the Supreme Court refused permission to appeal a decision of the Court of Appeal in R v Alstom and others. The effect of the ruling is that historic instances of corruption (ie....

18 February 2016

Supreme Court and Privy Council consider 'joint enterprise'

In R v Jogee the Supreme Court and the Privy Council (sitting together) considered the mental state required for the doctrine sometimes described as 'joint enterprise' or 'parasitic accessory...

17 December 2015

Seven member Supreme Court considers ECHR application

In R(Wang Yam) v Central Criminal Court and ors a seven member tribunal of the Supreme Court considered the issue of whether a defendant (whose trial was held partially in camera) was entitled to...

17 December 2015

Supreme Court considers stop and search power

In R(Roberts) v Metropolitan Police Commissioner the Supreme Court considered the lawfulness of the power under section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 to stop and search a...

16 December 2015

Phone hacking - No Further Action

On 11 December 2015, the Crown Prosecution Service announced its decision not to prosecute News Group Newspapers in connection with its investigation into 'phone hacking' and related offences....

7 December 2015

Court of Appeal hears asset recovery challenge

In a judgment handed down on 3 December 2015 in Satnam v National Crime Agency, the Court of Appeal (the Chancellor, Patten and Christopher Clarke LJJ) rejected a challenge brought by the (innocent)...

7 December 2015

Divisional Court considers LPP challenge to SFO

On Friday 4 December 2015, the Divisional Court considered a challenge to SFO policy on legal professional privilege. Jonathan Hall QC appeared for the SFO. Judgment is reserved.

23 November 2015

Conviction of an aspiring PKK militant

Dan Pawson-Pounds was instructed in the prosecution of Silhan Ozcelik for a terrorism offence. Ms Ozcelik was convicted of engaging in conduct in preparation for committing an act of terrorism and...

12 November 2015

Cayman Islands’ appeal to Privy Council on Judge alone trials

David Perry QC and Alistair Richardson were instructed on behalf of the Appellant to appeal a decision of the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. The...

22 July 2015

Schedule 7 Terrorism Act 2000 Challenge in the Supreme Court

Jonathan Hall QC and Duncan Atkinson appeared in this appeal to the Supreme Court concerning the legality of Schedule 7 of Terrorism Act. The case considered the compatibility of the previous and...

19 June 2015

Workplace gross negligence manslaughter

Mark Dennis QC and Adam Payter were instructed in a case concerning the death of two young men who were sent by their manager into an oxygen-derpived fruit storage unit to collect apples...

5 June 2015

CMA's first contested criminal cartel trial

Duncan Penny QC and Fiona Alexander are instructed by the Competitions and Market Authority (CMA) in the first contested criminal cartel case brought by the prosecuting body. The defendants, Mr...