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...

15 May 2015

Fatal shooting of a G4S security contractor in Iraq

The Area Coroner for Manchester, Joanne Kearsley, has returned a verdict of unlawful killing in the case of a security contractor, Paul McGuigan, who was shot dead in Iraq by one of his colleagues....

8 May 2015

Challenge to SFO Section 2 Notices

Katherine Hardcastle was instructed by the SFO in relation to a claim brought by BSG Resources, the Israeli diamond group, which sought to challenge the SFO's decisions to provide Mutual Legal...

29 April 2015

Ashley Latty Murder Trial

Simon Denison QC was instructed in the trial of Nicholas Terrelonge, Tyler Burton, Kestrel Dyer, Jerome Joseph and Nana Oppong, who were accused of murdering Ashley Latty, 25, outside Beaver Centre,...

24 April 2015

Carl Beatson Asiedu Murder Trial

Sarah Whitehouse QC is instructed in the trial of Jeffrey Okafor, who is accused of murdering the CBBC presenter Carl Beatson Asiedu in 2009. Mr Okafor is accused of stabbing Mr Beatson outside a...

24 April 2015

Kazi Islam Terrorist Trial

Annabel Darlow QC is instructed in the trial of Kazi Islam, 18. Mr Islam is on trial for allegedly engaging in the preparation of terrorist acts. He is accused of using a combination of threats and...

30 March 2015

Emir of Qatar Blackmail Trial

Gareth Patterson was instructed in a blackmail trial involving photographs of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The trial resulted in convictions.

25 March 2015

Horsemeat Scandal Trial

Adam Payter is instructed in the first criminal prosecution relating to the 2013 horsemeat scandal. Following a Food Standards Agency investigation, it was discovered that Peter Boddy, a...