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Stephen Donnelly successful in £1.8 million fraud prosecution

18 October 2018

Stephen Donnelly recently concluded a case at the Central Criminal Court regarding a £1.8million cheque fraud. A gang of fraudsters, headed up by a Nigerian Prince, Olanrewaju Otukoya, were found to…

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Gary Dolan wins Kenyan asylum appeal

15 October 2018

Gary's client feared persecution on account of his social activism. Having been in detention, the client had been prevented from obtaining evidence to assist his case. Having successfully represented…

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Julian Norman appears at House of Lords panel discussion

11 October 2018

Julian Norman was recently invited to be part of a panel discussion on ‘Amendments to the Gender Recognition Act’. The discussion, held for members of Woman’s Place UK and invited guests, was chaired…

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Barnaby Hone on section 22 POCA 2002: is this the last chance to challenge in the ECHR?

10 October 2018

The following article, part of a series authored by POCA and Financial Crime specialist Barnaby Hone, deals with the ever-more prevalent use of Section 22 POCA 2002. Section 22 allows the prosecution…

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Barnaby Hone delivers Criminal Finance Act update seminar

10 October 2018

Barnaby Hone was recently invited by the East of Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit to deliver a seminar outlining the changes introduced by the Criminal Finance Act 2017. Present at the seminar were…

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Sharmistha Michaels, instructed by Sterling Law, successfully represents LGBT client in asylum claim

10 October 2018

Sharmisha Micheals was recently instructed by Sterling Law to represent their client at a first tier tribunal in an asylum claim. The Client was a national of Russia and claimed asylum in the UK on the…

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Drystone Chambers is delighted to announce that Mr David Frend has joined as an associate tenant.

8 October 2018

Called in 1994, David completed pupillage and practised independently in a London set, before being commissioned into the Army Legal Services where he served for the next 18 years in a number of key roles.…

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Barnaby Hone on reinforcing the corporate veil: defence strategies

4 October 2018

Barnaby Hone continues his series of POCA, asset forfeiture and asset recovery articles with this update article dealing with the ‘corporate veil’, in particular how those defending might expect the…

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Claire Matthews successfully prosecutes gang of six involved in violent kidnapping

4 October 2018

Claire Matthews recently secured convictions at Peterborough Crown Court for six members of a gang who kidnapped a man and demanded £20,000 in ransom for his safe return. The six men stripped and beat…

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Karim Khalil QC, leading Wayne Cleaver, successfully concludes ‘tragic’ murder prosecution

3 October 2018

Karim Khalil QC, leading Wayne Cleaver, successfully prosecuted William Billingham for the brutal murder of his eight year old daughter, further to a two week trial at Birmingham Crown Court that attracted…

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JOHN McNALLY ACTS FOR THURROCK COUNCIL AGAINST TESCO STORES FOR BREACH OF HEALTH & SAFETY

26 September 2018

John McNally, instructed by Environmental Health Officers at Thurrock Council, recently concluded a successful health & safety prosecution against retailer Tesco Stores. The case related to a worker…

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JOHN McNALLY PROSECUTES RETAIL GIANT B&M FOR SELLING KNIVES TO UNDER-AGE YOUTHS

25 September 2018

John McNally, instructed by the London Boroughs of Barking, Dagenham and Redbridge, recently concluded a case against retail giant B&M, securing a fine of £480,000 against them. In an operation set…

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Karim Khalil QC, leading Wayne Cleaver, commences the prosecution in Operation Webburn.

19 September 2018

Karim Khalil QC, leading Wayne Cleaver, has commenced the prosecution in the Murder trial of R v Billingham at Birmingham Crown Court. In January 2018 the defendant stabbed his eight year old daughter…

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Georgia Luscombe joins Drystone Chambers

18 September 2018

We are delighted to announce that following completion of pupillage, Georgia Luscombe has successfully applied for tenancy. Georgia joined Chambers in 2017 and has regularly appeared in the Youth, Magistrates’…

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Drystone Chambers Autumn Seminar programme: Financial Crime, Regulation & Asset Recovery

12 September 2018

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Barnaby Hone on Extensions of Moratorium Periods

10 September 2018

Barnaby Hone continues his series of POCA, asset forfeiture and asset recovery articles with a commentary piece explaining the new powers prosecution authorities can utilise to extend the moratorium period…

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Wayne Cleaver secures conviction of transgender sex offender

10 September 2018

Wayne Cleaver recently secured the conviction of a transgender male for nine sexual offences against a young child over a four year period. The offender had previously been convicted of raping a girl…

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Richard Davies successfully defends man with autism in sexual assault trial

10 August 2018

Richard Davies recently concluded a trial at Oxford Crown Court in which the defendant faced an allegation of sexual assault. The complainant and the defendant were co-workers at a fast food outlet. The…

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Stephen Donnelly successfully represents former aide to Shadow Minister for Equalities

1 August 2018

Following a seven-day trial Jenny Clarke, represented by Stephen Donnelly, was acquitted yesterday at Cardiff Crown Court on charges of forgery and fraud. Jenny Clarke was the office manager for Carolyn…

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Barnaby Hone wins huge reduction for client in confiscation matter

1 August 2018

Barnaby Hone, instructed by AHZ solicitors, recently represented a client in a confiscation matter at Inner London Crown Court. The prosecution sought £1,062,000 in benefit and available amount. Due…

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Team sKKy Drystone complete the Prudential London 100 race for Opportunity International

31 July 2018

They came, they rode and they (sort of) conquered! Through strong headwinds, rain, multiple punctures and crashes our team courageously soldiered on and completed the Prudential 100 race to raise funds…

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UPDATE: Extensions of moratorium periods – how can you challenge?

31 July 2018

The following article by Financial Crime and POCA specialist Barnaby Hone is an update from a previous article on the subject he published in April this year. This commentary piece explains the new powers…

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Tax evasion offences – where are we, a year on?

24 July 2018

As part of the numerous reforms introduced by the Criminal Finance Act (CFA) 2017, there were two new offences created; failure to prevent facilitation of domestic tax evasion and failure to prevent foreign…

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Charles Falk & Edward Renvoize successfully prosecute Paedophile following a 'campaign of rape'

24 July 2018

Charles Falk & Edward Renvoize recently concluded a successful prosecution which garnered national press interest. Paul Chisnall was arrested in May 2017 after police received information about the…

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Alison Gurden joins Panther Mitigation

23 July 2018

We are delighted to announce that Associate Tenant Alison Gurden has joined Panther Mitigation in Florida as an International Trial Consultant. Panther Mitigation is one of the leading companies in Florida…

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Asset Seizures – An overview of the new POCA powers brought in under Criminal Finance Act 2017

17 July 2018

The Criminal Finance Act 2017 (‘CFA’) introduced a range of new powers prosecuting authorities can utilise, of which defence lawyers need to be aware. One significant area of change has been forfeiture…

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Criminal Finance Act 2017 – Where are we now?

12 July 2018

All the provisions of the Criminal Finance Act 2017 are now in force and we are seeing the provisions being utilised. Unexplained Wealth Orders have been pushed to the forefront, due to the perception…

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Barnaby Hone speaks at joint English-Cypriot Law day in Nicosia

11 July 2018

Barnaby Hone was recently invited by the Bar Council to attend and speak at the Bar Council and Cyprus Bar Association’s joint English–Cypriot Law Day in Nicosia, Cyprus. For more information on the…

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Team sKKyDrystone riding for Opportunity International

10 July 2018

Once more our intrepid band of cyclists is riding to raise funds for Opportunity International in this year’s Prudential London 100 race. Please check the link below and dig deep to ensure our team…

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Alison Gurden joins Drystone Chambers

5 July 2018

We are delighted to announce that Alison Gurden joined Chambers as an Associate Tenant recently. Alison, a respected and experienced practitioner, was called to the Bar in 2000 and has since forged a…

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Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: the international dimension of asset recovery

4 July 2018

The following article, co-authored by Barnaby Hone and Aqeel Noorali, contains a fairly comprehensive overview of ramifications emanating from the Proceeds of Crime act 2002 (POCA 2002) when dealing with…

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THE RISE OF THE DRONE

28 June 2018

With ever more retailers and hobbyists developing and starting to use drones regularly, what safeguarding is there for the aviation industry? We have already seen many media reports of issues or near…

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Barnaby Hone on crypto currencies & block chains: the new POCA frontier?

21 June 2018

Space isn’t necessarily the final frontier; at least not where crypto currency and block chains are concerned. In the following article, part of a series of POCA, asset forfeiture and asset recovery…

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GARY DOLAN IN SUCCESSFUL DEPORTATION DEFERRAL OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIM

20 June 2018

Gary Dolan, instructed by Bhaveshri Patel-Chandegra of Duncan Lewis Solicitors, drafted grounds of appeal for Duc Kien Ngugen, a vietnamese national trafficked to the UK to be forced to work on a cannabis…

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Account Freezing & Forfeiture Orders - UPDATE

18 June 2018

The following article is part of a series of POCA, asset forfeiture and asset recovery articles by Barnaby Hone. This article is an update from Barnaby’s previous article on the same topic, where he…

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The Rise Of Section 22 Poca 2002: What You Need To Know.

14 June 2018

The following article, part of a series authored by POCA and Financial Crime specialist Barnaby Hone, deals with the ever-more prevalent use of Section 22 POCA 2002. Section 22 allows the prosecution…

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The Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS)

13 June 2018

Drystone Chambers acknowledges the result of the recent CBA ballot on the revised AGFS scheme and so all members of the criminal team will now accept work under the scheme. We wish to thank all our Instructing…

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London – Brighton race

13 June 2018

Led by Joint-Head Karim Khalil QC, members and friends of Drystone Chambers and members of the CPS East of England are taking part in the London to Brighton race in aid of the British Heart Foundation…

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Barnaby Hone On The Serious Crime Act 2015

11 June 2018

In the following article Barnaby Hone dissects the Serious Crime Act 2015, which was primarily aimed at increasing enforcement of confiscation orders. The act introduced a number of changes including…

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Richard Heller Commences Gatwick Airport Valet Parking Case

11 June 2018

Richard Heller, instructed by West Sussex County Council Trading Standards, recently started a three week trial at Brighton Crown Court concerning an airport valet parking ‘scam’. Trading under the…

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Sally Hobson Successfully Prosecutes Double Rapist Snared By Dna

11 June 2018

Sally Hobson concluded the prosecution case at Luton Crown Court recently in a case widely reported due to the circumstances of the way the defendant was caught. For ten years taxi driver Shipu Ahmed…

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Robert Bryan Succesfully Prosecutes ‘Grindr’ Rapist

11 June 2018

Robert Bryan recently concluded a three week trial at Portsmouth Crown Court involving a ‘dangerous and manipulative’ defendant charged with a string of serious sexual offences. Sam Ashley, also known…

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Henry Gordon appointed Senior Crown Counsel

4 June 2018

Drystone Chambers is delighted to announce that Henry Gordon has been appointed as Senior Crown Counsel to Montserrat. His role will entail prosecuting some of the most serious cases in the British Overseas…

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GILES FLEMING JOINS DRYSTONE CHAMBERS

1 June 2018

We are delighted to announce that Giles Fleming has joined Drystone further to completion of his third six pupillage. Giles has a predominantly criminal practice, appearing regularly in the Magistrates,…

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Claire Matthews Successfully Concludes Child Abuse, Neglect And ‘Blackmail’ Case

30 May 2018

Claire has recently concluded the prosecution of a case described by the consultant paediatrician as the worst case he had experienced in 20 years.

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Michael Magarian QC secures acquittal in murder trial

25 May 2018

Further to an eight week trial at the Old Bailey Michael Magarian QC secured an acquittal for 21 year old Kylann Grannum. Mr Grannum had faced trial on murder and manslaughter charges for the accidental…

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Giles Bedloe In Court Of Appeal Victory On Fundamental Legal Principle

15 May 2018

Giles Bedloe, instructed by Stephen Fairburn of C J Jones LLP, has won an important victory in the Court of Appeal concerning the fundamental legal principles of res judicata and issue estoppel. Giles…

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Karim Khalil Qc Concludes ‘Cheeki Rafiki’ Case

14 May 2018

Karim Khalil QC successfully represented Douglas Innes, the director of a yacht management company, in a previous trial where Mr Innes was found not guilty of manslaughter (see here for previous reports…

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Barnaby Hone on two hot topics arising from confiscation orders

11 May 2018

Further to the seminal decision of R v Waya [2012] UKSC 51, a further authority (the decision of R v Reid [2018]EWCA Crim 628) arose. In this case, the court addresses the issue of how benefit should…

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Beneficial Ownership: Is Forcing Public Transparency Upon Overseas Territories A Mistake?

10 May 2018

In this short commentary piece, Barnaby gives his view on the recent motion passed by Parliament stating that the British Overseas territories must have a public register of beneficial ownership by 2020.…

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Julian Norman And Rebecca Penfold Speak At Birkbeck University Symposium: Borders, Racisms & Harms

3 May 2018

Julian Norman and Rebecca Penfold were invited to present a session at a Symposium held at Birkbeck University’s School of Law as part of their 25th Anniversary celebrations. Their session, entitled…

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Sally Hobson In Panorama Documentary

2 May 2018

Sally Hobson appeared in Monday evening’s Panorama programme examining some recent miscarriages of justice due to failures in the system and her own experience of this. Everyone has the right to a fair…

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Karim Khalil Qc Secures Acquittal For Director Of Yachting Firm Charged With Manslaughter

26 April 2018

Following a highly publicised trial at Winchester Crown Court, Karim Khalil QC secured the acquittal of Douglas Innes, the director of a yacht management company, charged with the manslaughter of four…

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George Wills secures acquittal in a motor insurance fraud

23 April 2018

George Wills, instructed by Karen Stubbs of Edward Fail, Bradshaw and Waterson, recently secured an acquittal for his client in a motor insurance fraud following a four-day trial at Snaresbrook Crown…

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BARNABY HONE ON HOW TO CHALLENGE EXTENSIONS OF MORATORIUM PERIODS

20 April 2018

Barnaby Hone continues his series of POCA, asset forfeiture and asset recovery articles with a commentary piece explaining the new powers prosecution authorities can utilise to extend the moratorium period…

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Zarif Khan appears on Channel 5 news

20 April 2018

Zarif Khan was recently interviewed by Channel 5 news to discuss the law surrounding stalking and online harassment. Most importantly, he outlines the steps you can take to protect yourself if you think…

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Fundraising for Friends of PICU

19 April 2018

We recently attended a charity event organised by our friends at Wessex Solicitors to fund raise for Friends of PICU, a charity supporting Paediatric Intensive Care Units. You will read accounts in the…

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Zarif Khan Appears In People Smuggling Case

17 April 2018

Zarif Khan recently appeared in a trial at Blackfriars Crown Court involving four Ukranian nationals charged with people smuggling after a yacht with 19 migrants on board landed in the popular tourist…

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Julian Norman Writes For Lexisnexis: When Do Pace Powers Apply To Immigration Officers?

17 April 2018

Julian Norman was recently asked to contribute to the Immigration law analysis section of LexisNexis. In the attached article, Julian examines a decision of the Upper Tribunal (UT) that the respondent…

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Drystone Chambers Special Fund

16 April 2018

Joint heads Karim Khalil QC and Andrew Campbell-Tiech QC recently announced the creation of a special fund designed to assist junior members of Chambers who might suffer financial hardship due to their…

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Account Freezing and Forfeiture Orders, the biggest change emanating from the Criminal Finance Act 2017

12 April 2018

The following article is part of a series of POCA, asset forfeiture and asset recovery articles by Barnaby Hone. In this article Barnaby discusses and explains the features and areas of contention surrounding…

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Barnaby Hone successfully applies for another Account Freezing Order under s.303Z1

10 April 2018

Barnaby Hone successfully utilised a new type of freezing order in case heard at Ipswich Magistrates Court recently. Account Freezing Orders were introduced by the Criminal Finance Act 2017: they came…

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Richard Heller in Health and Safety Prosecution of McDonalds

9 April 2018

Richard Heller prosecuted McDonalds Restaurants Limited for two health and safety offences arising out three separate incidents involving employees of the company being struck by vehicles whilst directing…

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Drystone supports the Criminal Bar Association

30 March 2018

Drystone deprecates the chronic underfunding of the criminal justice system, including criminal legal aid. Consequently, whilst acknowledging that the decision is a personal one, as a set we strongly…

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Zarif Khan Instructed To Defend One Of The First Ever Account Freezing Order Matters

29 March 2018

Zarif Khan has been instructed to represent a defendant in one of the first ever Account Freezing Order cases under s.303Z1. Account Freezing Orders were introduced by the Criminal Finance Act 2017 and…

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BARNABY HONE WRITES FOR MILLINGTON & SUTHERLAND WILLIAMS: THE PROCEEDS OF CRIME

29 March 2018

Drystone Chambers is delighted to announce the publication of the fifth edition of Millington and Sutherland Williams: The Proceeds of Crime, of which Barnaby Hone is a contributing author. This important…

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GILES BEDLOE APPOINTED TO CPS SPECIALIST FRAUD PANEL

27 March 2018

Chambers is delighted to announce that Giles Bedloe has been added to the CPS specialist fraud panel. This appointment, effective immediately, runs for a four year duration. Giles, ranked in the Legal500…

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CHARLES FALK APPOINTED RECORDER

22 March 2018

Chambers is delighted to announce that Charles Falk was successful in the recent Recorder competition and will be deployed to the Midland Circuit, with effect from 4th April 2018. The Queen has appointed…

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Barnaby Hone successfully applies for one of the first ever Account Freezing Orders

19 March 2018

Barnaby Hone, instructed by Eastern Region Crime Unit, recently successfully applied for one of the first ever Account Freezing Orders under s.303Z1. Account Freezing Orders were introduced by the Criminal…

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ROBERT BRYAN SUCCESSFULLY PROSECUTES MAN WHO STOLE OVER £2.5 MILLION FROM CHRISTIAN CHARITY

13 March 2018

Robert Bryan recently concluded a case at Luton Crown Court where the defendant was charged with stealing £2.54 million from Morris Cerullo World Evangelism, a Christian charity. Accountant Stephen Ashton,…

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Giles Fleming successful in Court of Appeal

12 March 2018

Drystone Chambers pupil Giles Fleming recently achieved a substantial reduction in sentence for a client who had pleaded guilty to an offence of ABH. The original sentence was 21 months imprisonment,…

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Wayne Cleaver elected Officer of the Criminal Bar Association

1 March 2018

Chambers congratulates Wayne Cleaver upon his election as an Officer of the Criminal Bar Association. Wayne was elected by fellow members of the criminal bar to serve as CBA Assistant Secretary (2018-19)…

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STEPHEN SPENCE SUCCESSFULLY PROSECUTES EX-SOLDIER IN MURDER TRIAL

1 March 2018

Stephen Spence recently concluded the trial at Nottingham Crown Court of an ex-soldier charged with murdering an elderly dog walker. Alexander Palmer, 24, attacked 83 year old Peter Wrighton from behind…

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GARY DOLAN IN SUCCESSFUL APPEAL AGAINST REFUSAL OF LEAVE TO REMAIN

28 February 2018

Gary Dolan, instructed by Duncan Lewis Solicitors on behalf of the appellant, successful appealed against the refusal of leave to remain under paragraph 276 ADE(1)(ii) of the Immigration Rules (20-years-residence).…

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GARY DOLAN IN SUCCESSFUL APPEAL UNDER EEA REGULATIONS

27 February 2018

Gary Dolan, instructed by Ask Solicitors, recently acted on behalf of the appellant in a successful error of law appeal against a determination of the FTT under the EEA Regulations. The appellant was…

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Matthew Jewell QC

26 February 2018

Huge congratulations to Matthew Jewell QC, officially sworn in as Queen's Counsel today. All at Drystone Chambers send their very best wishes to Matthew for a long and rewarding career ‘in silk’.

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REBECCA PENFOLD HAS FURTHER SUCCESS IN AN EEA IMMIGRATION APPEAL

26 February 2018

Rebecca recently represented Ms M on an appeal against the decision of the SSHD to refuse to issue a residence card under the EEA Regulations. The SSHD refused the application on two grounds: 1) an allegation…

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REBECCA PENFOLD SUCCESSFUL IN IRAQI ASYLUM APPEAL

23 February 2018

Rebecca Penfold recently acted for an Appellant before the First-Tier Tribunal on an asylum appeal. The Appellant is a national of Iraq and sought asylum on the basis that he feared persecution by both…

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STEPHEN SPENCE PROSECUTES EX-SOLDIER IN MURDER TRIAL

23 February 2018

Stephen Spence recently commenced a trial at Nottingham Crown Court of an ex-soldier charged with murdering an elderly dog walker. Alexander Palmer, 24, allegedly attacked 83 year old Peter Wrighton from…

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STEPHEN DONNELLY IN SUCCESSFUL LOCAL AUTHORITY PROSECUTION

19 February 2018

Stephen Donnelly, instructed by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (Trading Standards), successfully concluded a 5 week trial at Reading Crown Court. The defendant, Stuart Rasala, was charged…

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Charles Falk and Claire Matthews appear in child abuse ‘blackmail’ matter

15 February 2018

Charles Falk and Claire Matthews recently appeared in a trial at Cambridge Crown Court described by the investigating Officer as the ‘worst case of physical abuse in a child’ she had seen.

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ZARIF KHAN ON UNEXPLAINED WEALTH ORDERS

14 February 2018

Zarif Khan was recently interviewed by The International News and Geo TV news for his opinion with regards a new legislation which came into force on 31st January 2018 called Unexplained Wealth Orders…

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Hatton Cross Tribunal: User Group Meeting

13 February 2018

Under the Stewardship of new Resident Judge Mark Sutherland Williams, Hatton Cross Tribunal held its first user group meeting which Drystone’s Julian Norman attended. She produced the following article…

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REBECCA PENFOLD SUCCESSFUL IN UPPER TRIBUNAL

12 February 2018

Rebecca Penfold, instructed by Cecilia Goodwin of Stephensons Solicitors, successfully defended an immigration case before the Upper Tribunal. The case concerned an EEA national, convicted of drugs offences,…

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Richard Davies successfully defends man with learning difficulties in rape trial containing 15 counts

11 February 2018

Richard Davies recently concluded an eight day trial at Oxford Crown Court in which the defendant faced seven counts of rape, six counts of sexual activity with a child, one count of assault by penetration…

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New artist exhibiting at Drystone Chambers

9 February 2018

Drystone Chambers will be supporting emerging artist Mireia Izquierdo by showcasing this exciting new collection in our office of for the next two months.Mireia Izquierdo is a Spanish painter and architect…

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Compliance Orders, the forgotten enforcement tool? A defence view.

7 February 2018

In this comment piece, Proceeds of Crime Act specialist Barnaby Hone draws on his experience to highlight a currently underused area of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: Section 13A. This part of the Act,…

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William Carter Successfully Prosecutes ‘Queens Harpist’ For Historic Sexual Abuse

5 February 2018

William Carter recently concluded a case at Ipswich Crown Court that was widely reported in the media due to the nature of the abuse and the individuals involved. After a thirty year period had elapsed,…

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Zarif Khan succeeds on a terminating ruling at the Court of Appeal for Director of a College charged with contravening Tier 4 immigration visas

2 February 2018

Zarif Khan successfully submitted that there was ‘no case to answer’ when representing one of the Directors of Manchester Trinity College. Following a high profile BBC Panorama investigation, ‘Operation…

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JAMES GRAY SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS MAN CHARGED WITH INCITING RACIAL HATRED

31 January 2018

James Gray successfully represented Joshua North, 25, at Grimsby Crown Court in a trial that attracted much publicity due to the nature of the prosecution - the decision to prosecute him has been widely…

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Judicial appointment: Andrew Shaw

30 January 2018

Chambers is delighted to announce that Andrew Shaw was successful in the recent judicial competition and will be deployed to the South Eastern Circuit, based at Norwich Combined Court Centre, with effect…

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Rebecca Penfold successful in First-Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum)

29 January 2018

Rebecca Penfold recently acted for an Appellant before the First-Tier Tribunal on appeal against a decision by the Home Office to deport him. The Appellant, a spouse of an EEA National, had served a significant…

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Gary Dolan Joins Drystone Chambers

12 January 2018

We are glad to announce that, further to our policy of expansion in key practice areas, Gary Dolan recently joined Chambers. Gary is an Immigration law specialist who will bolster our thriving and respected…

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Michel Massih QC and Zarif Khan act in terrorist plot trial

12 January 2018

Further to a trial upon which reporting restrictions have just been lifted, four teenagers face jail for preparing to commit acts of terrorism. Michel Massih QC and Zarif Khan represented one of the defendants…

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Matthew Jewell appointed Queen's Counsel

21 December 2017

We are delighted to announce that Matthew Jewell has been appointed Queen's Counsel. Matthew, called in 1989, will become Drystone Chambers sixth QC and will commence his appointment in February 2018.…

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Robert Bryan secures conviction of drug dealer who used the ‘Darknet’ and bitcoin payment methods

20 December 2017

Robert Bryan recently secured the conviction of Kurt Lai Lan, a drug dealer who peddled his wares via the ‘Darknet’, sending orders to customers via Royal Mail. It was revealed during the trial that…

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Wayne Cleaver and Unyime Davies secure convictions in Operation Trace

18 December 2017

Wayne Cleaver, leading Unyime Davies, has secured convictions in Operation Trace. The trial was the culmination of a large scale undercover operation into Conspiracy to Supply Cocaine undertaken by the…

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PUTTING ASSET RECOVERY LAWS TO WORK BY BARNABY HONE

13 December 2017

In this comment piece, Asset Recovery specialist Barnaby Hone draws on his experience in multi-jurisdictional Asset Recovery matters and outlines how prosecuting authorities might implement existing legislation…

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Barnaby Hone on International Asset Recovery Training

11 December 2017

Asset recovery specialist Barnaby Hone provides an insight into how best to train lawyers and financial investigators on effective case management and strategy in International Asset Recovery matters.…

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Barnaby Hone on defence strategies in ‘corporate veil’ proceedings

4 December 2017

The following article by financial crime specialist Barnaby Hone explains the current law surrounding ‘the corporate veil’, setting out in practical terms how to defend when prosecuting authorities…

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Julian Norman on Retained Worker Status

1 December 2017

In the following article, Immigration Law specialist Julian Norman describes a recent case which highlights and explains the relevant parts of the regulation that practitioners need to consider when advising…

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Barnaby Hone on training in International Asset Recovery

27 November 2017

Further to his recent experience of training lawyers, judges and financial investigators on four continents, the following article by Barnaby Hone delves into detail of how best to make training courses…

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Rebecca Penfold on permission to appeal to the upper tribunal

22 November 2017

Mr Justice McCloskey heads off the Secretary of State's 'cryptic' grounds of appeal at the pass: Rebecca Penfold explains how to apply this in practice.

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Drystone Chambers showcase new artist

16 November 2017

Drystone Chambers will be supporting emerging artist Gem Sheridan by showcasing this exciting new collection in our office for the next two months.

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Barnaby Hone speaks on behalf of Amicus – providing free legal representation for death row inmates

16 November 2017

In the following video, Drystone Chambers’ Barnaby Hone joins trustee Mark George QC, patron Sir Mark Rylance, other former interns and representatives from Amicus in appearing in a short video clip…

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HENRY GORDON PROSECUTES FATHER AND SON DRUGS DUO

13 November 2017

Henry Gordon secured the convictions of a father and son duo charged with possessing substantial quantities of drugs with intent to supply. Police had raided a storage container rented by the defendants…

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Taking the profit out of killing animals – Is Asset Recovery the answer to poaching?

6 November 2017

Poaching endangered species is the fourth most lucrative criminal enterprise after illegal drugs, human trafficking and counterfeiting. Estimates ranging from $8bn to $23bn a year in revenue is being…

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Alastair Malcolm QC retires as Cayman Islands Grand Court Judge

6 November 2017

Alastair Malcolm QC was recently honoured at a Grand Court session by Cayman Islands Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryll Richards to mark his retirement as an acting Grand Court Judge. Addressing…

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Richard Davies on the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016

3 November 2017

In the following article Richard Davies explores the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016, outlining the purpose of the Act and providing some analysis of sentencing practice under the stature. He explores…

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Drystone Chambers welcome new tenant Sharmistha Michaels

3 November 2017

We are delighted to announce that Sharmistha Michaels has joined Drystone Chambers. Sharmistha, called in 2002, joins us from the Government Legal Department where she conducted litigation for the Ministry…

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Zarif Khan successfully acts for billionaire heiress in overturning her conviction from the Magistrates Court

31 October 2017

Zarif Khan concluded an appeal case at Snaresbrook Crown Court last week that was widely reported and posed questions as to Police conduct in interview situations. Nicole Ovchinnikova, 37, was charged…

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Oliver Haswell on the importation of prohibited goods

26 October 2017

Serious Crime specialist Oliver Haswell writes on the situation regarding importation of child sex dolls – are the Courts dealing with this (sadly increasing) area of crime in the correct way? Current…

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The new POCA frontier: Bitcoin and electronic currency

23 October 2017

Following news this week that the owner of a £17million property in West London has put his property on the market but will only accept payment in Bitcoins, the subject of electronic currency and whether…

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Edward Renvoize & Azza Brown successfully prosecute dangerous driver who killed unborn child

20 October 2017

Edward Renvoize and Azza Brown appeared for the prosecution in a case that attracted national press interest recently due to the nature and severity of offence. The driver, Leroy Margolis, had been trying…

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KARIM KHALIL QC APPEARS ON Discovery Channel PROGRAMME ‘FAKING IT: TEARS OF A CRIME’ DISCUSSING IAN HUNTLEY AND THE SOHAM MURDER TRIAL

16 October 2017

Karim Khalil QC was recently interviewed for the Discovery Channel series 'Faking it' due to his involvement of one of the most notorious criminal cases in recent times: the Soham murders. This programme…

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Legal500 2017 rankings announced: Drystone Chambers recommended as 'Leading Set'

11 October 2017

Rankings for the 2017 Legal500 were announced today, and we are delighted to announce that we have received our best feedback to date. We are very proud to have received recommendations in eight practice…

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Drystone Ride London team featured in Cyclist magazine

9 October 2017

Our worthy band of cyclists not only raised significant funds for Opportunity International, but were also spotted by specialist magazine, Cyclist. Luckily, the image seems to have been taken at the start…

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Barnaby Hone on Tax Evasion by online retailers

9 October 2017

The following article by financial crime specialist Barnaby Hone is a topical one, following much discussion in the media about the tax position online retail giants like Amazon, eBay and their ilk find…

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Karim Khalil QC successful in high profile murder prosecution

5 October 2017

Karim Khalil QC concluded a highly publicised murder trial at Birmingham Crown Court earlier this week, further to the defendant pleading guilty on day one of the trial. The nature of the crime ensured…

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Drystone Chambers voted Professional Discipline Set of the Year

4 October 2017

We are delighted to announce that Drystone Chambers have been voted ‘Professional Discipline set of the Year’ by Global Law Experts 2017 Annual Awards. Throughout the year, GLE conduct an extensive…

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Barnaby Hone successful in large scale confiscation matter

29 September 2017

Barnaby Hone recently concluded a confiscation matter where the Judge ordered the defendants to pay back nearly £400,000. The original criminal case was prosecuted last year by Drystone's Gregory Perrins…

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JULIAN NORMAN WRITES FOR LEXIS PSL

20 September 2017

Julian Norman recently joined forces with Matthew Davies, Partner and Head of Immigration at Wilsons Solicitors LLP, to assist LexisNexis PSL examine the new Appendix FM guidance following the Home Secretary’s…

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Richard Heller completes Swim Serpentine event for Bloodwise charity

18 September 2017

Chambers congratulate Richard Heller for completing a lap of the Serpentine in Hyde Park as part of the annual Swim Serpentine event last Saturday. He is did this to raise funds for Bloodwise, a charity…

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RICHARD HELLER WRITES FOR TRADING STANDARDS BUSINESS NEWS

11 September 2017

Richard Heller recently wrote an article highlighting the inconsistencies in the sentencing of food safety and hygiene offences. Some eighteen months since the Sentencing Council’s definitive guideline…

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Drystone Chambers support emerging artists

8 September 2017

As part of our corporate responsibility programme, Drystone Chambers is delighted to announce our partnership with Little Van Gogh Gallery. The aim of this partnership is to assist emerging artists by…

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Robert Bryan mitigates for Royal Marine Bandsman

8 September 2017

Robert Bryan recently acted for a very talented member of the Portsmouth Royal Marine Band who, whilst suffering from a mental disorder, accrued very large debts. Over more than a year he stole instruments…

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Drystone Sexual Offences Review Seminar

31 August 2017

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Julian Norman successful in Upper Tier Tribunal

21 August 2017

Julian was instructed on a direct access basis, acting pro bono, via the Children’s Society who work with Drystone Chambers to seek help for their clients. The case concerned a family of four who had…

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Thank you from the Drystone Ride London team!

17 August 2017

At the end of July our intrepid band of hobby cyclists repeated last year's successful (read: no serious injuries) foray into the world of peletons, chases and chainring tattoos, to raise funds for Opportunity…

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BARNABY HONE WRITES FOR TS TODAY

16 August 2017

Barnaby Hone recently had his comment piece on ‘piercing the corporate veil’ published by TS Today magazine. This article explores how directors can be legally separated from corporations in confiscation…

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Wayne Cleaver successfully concludes 'Operation Gallon'

15 August 2017

Wayne Cleaver, leading Caroline Allison (Fenners Chambers) has secured convictions of all defendants in the trial of Operation Gallon. The case was the culmination of an nationwide investigation by the…

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Henry Gordon and Hannah Hinton appointed to SFO Panel

15 August 2017

Chambers is delighted to announce that Henry Gordon and Hannah Hinton have been successful with their respective applications to the Serious Fraud Office list of panel counsel. The panel appointments…

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Zarif Khan acts for billionaire heiress

8 August 2017

Zarif Khan recently concluded mitigation at Stratford Magistrates Court on behalf of Nicole Ovchinnikova. The court heard that Miss Ovchinnikova was observed by guests and hotel staff drinking for a prolonged…

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Alex Cameron acts for UK Government in case in case relating to licensing of arms sales to Saudi Arabia

7 August 2017

The Divisional Court recently dismissed a legal challenge by way of Judicial Review from the NGO Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), who claimed that the Government had unlawfully licensed arms sales…

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Entrepreneurs Today for Tomorrow 2017 conference

17 July 2017

Michel Massih QC & Gavin Irwin were recently invited to speak at the investment and entrepreneurship conference at Said Business School, University of Oxford. See video highlights and Gavin’s interview…

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THE ANGLO-ISRAEL SCHOLARSHIP

7 July 2017

Richard Davies was recently selected by Middle Temple to take a scholarship in Israel and describes his experience in the following article. Richard enjoyed a placement in a private practice law firm…

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Barnaby Hone on CIVIL RECOVERY AND AN OVERVIEW OF THE CRIMINAL FINANCES ACT 2017

6 July 2017

The following article is the third and final article in a series of updates on the Criminal Finances Act 2017 by Barnaby Hone. In this final article, Barnaby rounds up the final four changes the Criminal…

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5th Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct

29 June 2017

The Secretary General of the OECD today opened the 5th Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct in Paris, calling for businesses to exercise greater due diligence to secure transparency in global…

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Benjamin Seifert and Cecilia Goodwin secure leave to remain in the UK for Stojan Jankovic

28 June 2017

Benjamin Seifert acted for Mr Jankovic, on a pro-bono basis, with Cecilia Goodwin of Sonn Macmillan Walker. Mr Jankovic was detained in March after being informed that he was liable for removal from the…

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Divisional Court stalls extradition to Romania

20 June 2017

The Divisional Court today gave judgment in the landmark case of Grecu & Bagarea [2017] EWHC 1427 (Admin). 

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Richard Heller speaks at 2017 Food Law Conference

16 June 2017

Having accepted an invitation to speak at the 2017 Food Law Conference, Richard Heller joined other leading practitioners and figures from the food law sector including David Travers QC, Claudine Lefebvre…

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Barnaby Hone on NEW OFFENCES OF TAX EVASION UNDER THE CRIMINAL FINANCES ACT 2017

10 June 2017

The following article is the second in a series of three updates authored by Barnaby Hone where he explores the possible impact of the Criminal Finances Act 2017. This article deals with two new offences:…

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Giles Bedloe writes for TS Today magazine on the Digital Economy Act

9 June 2017

In this comment piece, Giles Bedloe dissects the Digital Economy Act. Whilst there are tangible benefits to consumers in terms of internet safety and service provision, it remains to be seen how Part…

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Benjamin Seifert and Chris Stevens of Sonn Macmillan Walker successfully defend client in extradition matter

8 June 2017

Benjamin Seifert, instructed by Chris Stevens of Sonn Macmillan Walker, recently represented a client against extradition back to Romania. Extradition was refused by Westminster Magistrates' Court for…

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Barnaby Hone on changes to the seizure provisions under the Criminal Finance Act 2017

30 May 2017

The following article is one of a series authored by Barnaby Hone where he explores new regulation and how best to interpret and utilise new provisions surrounding POCA confiscation, enforcement, asset…

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Barnaby Hone on Section 10A Proceeds of Crime Act – determining and protecting third party assets

26 May 2017

The following article is one of a series by Barnaby Hone exploring the issues surrounding POCA confiscation, enforcement and related topics. Following his previous article on the challenges facing prosecuting…

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Andrew Shaw and Simon Walters successfully prosecute London drug-runner charged with murder

23 May 2017

Andrew Shaw, leading Simon Walters, recently concluded the prosecution case against Hassiem Baqir, a 20 year old drug runner from South London. The court had heard how his victim, 38 year old Steve…

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Robert Bryan defends policeman charged with misconduct in public office and offences against teenage girls

23 May 2017

Robert Bryan recently represented Keith Burgess, a Police Constable from Southampton, who was charged with offences toward teenage girls and Misconduct in Public Office. Burgess, 42, was a 'trusted' neighbourhood…

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Barnaby Hone on section 10a of the Serious Crime Act 2015 – a useful tool for Local Authorities to ensure effective enforcement.

15 May 2017

The following article is one of a series by Barnaby Hone exploring the issues surrounding POCA confiscation, enforcement and related topics. Following his initial article on Confiscation Orders, this…

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Karim Khalil QC appears on Sky TV programme 'Britain's most evil killers' discussing the Soham murder trial

26 April 2017

Karim Khalil QC was recently interviewed for the TV series 'Britain's Most Evil Killers' due to his involvement of two of the most notorious criminal cases in recent times: the Soham murders and the successful…

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Karim Khalil QC appears on Sky TV programme 'Britain's most evil killers' discussing the Dennehy murder trial

25 April 2017

Karim Khalil QC was recently interviewed for the TV series 'Britain's Most Evil Killers' due to his involvement of two of the most notorious criminal cases in recent times: the successful prosecution…

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GILES BEDLOE WRITES FOR TS TODAY ON NEW FINING POWERS FOR REGULATORS

19 April 2017

TS Today is a publication produced by the Chartered Institute of Trading Standards Institute to inform and deliver influential academic research, news analyses, topical features and a range of opinions…

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ROBERT BRYAN WRITES FOR THOMSON REUTERS ON DIGITISATION OF COURTS

19 April 2017

Robert Bryan was recently asked to contribute to Thomson Reuters ‘Innovating the Bar’ newsletter, due to his experience in this emerging area. He explores the benefits of working with digital case…

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Barnaby Hone on Enforcement of Confiscation Orders

5 April 2017

In this short article, Barnaby Hone explores the challenges facing prosecuting authorities post-confiscation order. The confiscation order is simply the start of a new process: enforcement. The following…

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Drystone Chambers welcome Oliver Haswell

5 April 2017

Drystone Chambers is delighted to announce that Oliver Haswell recently joined us. Oliver was called to the Bar in 2006 and specialises in serious criminal matters. He spent his career to date at the…

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Stephen Mather joins Chambers

17 March 2017

Drystone Chambers is delighted to announce that Stephen Mather recently joined us from 4 Breams Buildings. Stephen, called in 1997, is a criminal and regulatory law specialist. He is a great addition…

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Karim Khalil QC successfully concludes double murder trial

15 March 2017

Following a month long trial, Karim Khalil QC successfully prosecuted a man accused of double murder. Ali Qazimaj, 43, was accused of murdering an elderly couple in a financially motivated attack. Ali…

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Robert Bryan and prosecution team receive commendation from Dorset Criminal Justice Board

2 March 2017

Further to their handling of R v Shepherd last year, the entire prosecution team received a letter of commendation from the Chair of the Dorset Criminal Justice Board, Deputy Chief Constable James Vaughan.…

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Wayne Cleaver successfully prosecutes Lorry driver in death by dangerous driving matter

20 February 2017

Wayne Cleaver recently concluded a case on behalf of the prosecution at Luton Crown Court where the driver of a Lorry who caused the crash was jailed for four years. The driver, Martyn Graham, ploughed…

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Drystone supports Human Rights Defenders

17 February 2017

The United Nations recognises Human Rights Defenders as deserving of particular protection for their work. In partnership with the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York, Drystone Chambers…

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3rd Six Pupillage

2 February 2017

Drystone Chambers invites applications from those seeking a ‘third six’ pupillage. Chambers has an excellent track record of offering a tenancy to outstanding pupils.

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Barnaby Hone writes for the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

1 February 2017

Barnaby Hone's recent article on Peckitt v GDC was picked up by the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL) and featured in their recent Winter newsletter. See image below and click…

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Charles Falk successfully prosecutes double rapist

31 January 2017

Charles Falk recently concluded a case where the defendant had been caught by so-called 'paedophile hunters'. Brett Gordon, 44, was previously jailed in 2007 for raping two girls, aged 18 and 19, within…

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Barnaby Hone on Peckitt v GDC [2016] EWHC 1803 (Admin)

30 January 2017

In this short analysis first published in the winter edition of the ARDL bulletin, Barnaby Hone examines the ramifications of Peckitt v GDC. In particular, how should a disciplinary panel deal with the…

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Barnaby Hone on The Criminal Finance Bill

26 January 2017

Further to his previous article on piercing the ‘Corporate Veil’, Barnaby continues this series of articles on issues relating to the Proceeds of Crime Act (including Asset Recovery) with the following…

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William Carter secures acquittal of care home worker charged with causing death of two young men

26 January 2017

William Carter secured acquittal for his client in a tragic case heard at Norwich Crown Court recently. Vanda Cawley and Kevin Roweth were Residential Support Workers for Castle Care Ltd. Cawley had been…

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Edward Renvoize successfully prosecutes serial sex offender for offences dating back thirty years

25 January 2017

Edward Renvoize successfully prosecuted a serial sex offender who abused substantial numbers over a lengthy period of time. Colin Waterfield was convicted of committing the most serious sexual offences…

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Benjamin Seifert appointed to Attorney General's C panel

23 January 2017

Chambers is delighted to announce that Benjamin Seifert has been appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Civil Counsel with effect from 28th February 2017. His appointment is testament to chambers'…

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How to deal with the 'Corporate veil' in confiscation cases

6 December 2016

The following article is an updated version of a topic Barnaby Hone presented to the Chartered Trading Standards Institute earlier this year.

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Julian Norman on navigating the pre and post-brexit landscape

1 December 2016

The following is a transcript of a speech delivered by Julian Norman to the Society of Danish Engineers, where she examines the possible implications upon EEA applications in the context of the pre-Brexit…

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Judicial appointments: Jonathan Seely & Gregory Perrins

28 November 2016

Chambers is delighted to announce that Jonathan Seely and Gregory Perrins were successful in the recent judicial competition.

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Drystone Mediation

9 November 2016

Drystone Chambers is delighted to announce the launch of Drystone Mediation. Last night saw the formal launch of our Mediation service at a seminar entitled 'Mediation Matters' presented in co-operation…

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Disney fined for Star Wars on-set accident involving Harrison Ford

7 November 2016

Further to the recent publication of the Sentencing Council’s Health & Safety Guidelines, it was felt that a tougher stance on breaches might follow. In this short comment piece Giles Bedloe dissects…

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Gregory Perrins successfully concludes manslaughter prosecution

28 October 2016

Gregory Perrins successfully prosecuted two men charged with the robbery and manslaughter of a pizza delivery driver in Peterborough. The defendants Mark Lintott and Joel Lawson lured the victim, a married…

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Zarif Khan successfully concludes 'Operation Tanzanite' people trafficking case

27 October 2016

Zarif Khan successfully defended a 48 year old woman at Manchester Crown Court who was acquitted of all charges after a 7 week multi handed trial. The indictment contained allegation of trafficking, rape…

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Stephen Spence on the Disclosure of Protected Material

19 October 2016

In this insightful comment piece, Aviation law expert Stephen Spence dissects two recent High Court cases relating to the disclosure of ‘protected material’ held by the Air Accident Investigation…

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Richard Heller acts for London Borough in securing record confiscation order

19 October 2016

Instructed by Priyani Peruma at the London Borough of Barnet, Richard has recently secured the highest confiscation order made in favour of that authority. At the conclusion of proceedings, which have…

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Nawraz Karbani nominated for 2016 Bar Pro-Bono award

13 October 2016

Chambers is delighted to announce that Nawraz Karbani has been nominated for the 2016 Bar Pro Bono award. The Bar Pro Bono unit is the Bar's national charity that provides legal assistance in all areas…

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Rebecca Fairbairn secures “exceptional” acquittal

13 October 2016

Rebecca Fairbairn recently secured the “exceptional” acquittal of a stepfather accused of campaign of rape under 13 before presiding Judge Sir John Griffith Williams. The defendant was accused of…

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Andrew Shaw and William Carter conclude much-publicised case concerning misconduct in public office

6 October 2016

A female prison officer has admitted misconduct further to forming a relationship with a convicted murderer. Sian Cooper, 52, became the second member of jail staff to have an 'inappropriate relationship'…

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Gavin Irwin wins UAE extradition case for director of Dubai aviation business

3 October 2016

The director of a Dubai aviation business will not be returned to UAE to face trial for an alleged fraud. The defendant was discharged by Westminster Magistrates' Court when defence evidence established…

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STEPHEN SPENCE ACTS FOR AMAZON UK IN CAA PROSECUTION

30 September 2016

Stephen Spence, instructed by Clyde & Co, leading Eleanor Sanderson of 2 Bedford Row, recently appeared on behalf of retail giant Amazon in a dangerous goods prosecution brought by the Civil Aviation…

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Drystone Chambers, 'leading set': Legal500 rankings announced

30 September 2016

Rankings for the 2016 Legal500 were announced recently, with Drystone Chambers receiving recommendations in nine practice areas encompassing London and Regional rankings. We were described as a 'strong…

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Julian Norman and Ruslan Kosarenko deliver seminar on Brexit Immigration Implications for EU nationals in UK

29 September 2016

Drystone Chambers recently hosted Sterling & Law's latest client update seminar on Brexit Immigration Implications for EU nationals in the UK. Julian Norman of Drystone Chambers, alongside Ruslan…

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Gregory Perrins and Jacob Edwards in second successful 'Gangmaster' prosecution

16 September 2016

Further to their success in a previous matter involving illegal gangmasters (R v Valujevs and others, click here for report), Gregory Perrins and Jacob Edwards recently secured the conviction…

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Robert Bryan successfully prosecutes $500,000 PayPal fraud

8 September 2016

Robert Bryan recently concluded the successful prosecution of three conspirators for their part in a $460,000 fraud on PayPal investigated by the Cyber Crime Unit of South East Regional Crime Unit as…

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Robert Bryan successfully concludes prosecution of prolific child rapist

30 August 2016

Robert Bryan, acting for the prosecution, recently concluded a series of three trials culminating in the sentencing of a serious sexual offender. Detective Constable David Baker, the lead officer, described…

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Andrew Campbell-Tiech QC & Richard Heller write for TS Today magazine

17 August 2016

Andrew Campbell-Tiech QC & Richard Heller have co-authored an article for the August edition of TS Today magazine. The article explores the changing face of prosecutions post-austerity cuts, in particular…

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Robert Bryan appears in 'horrific' serial rape matter

15 August 2016

Robert Bryan recently concluded a case that was widely reported, both due to the nature of the crime involved and the fact that the victims were unaware of the crime until the defendant was arrested on…

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Extradition to Romania banned

11 August 2016

Peter Caldwell represented Mr Daniel Rusu in his challenge against Romania's request for his extradition. In a watershed judgment the Court held that extradition to Romania must now be refused on…

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Hannah Hinton wins Judicial Review of Confiscation Enforcement

27 July 2016

Hannah Hinton, instructed by Tim Huestis of Sherman Bowen Solicitors, successfully appealed the decision of a District Judge (Westminster Magistrates Court) to impose the full default term of a confiscation…

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Andrew Shaw & Simon Walters successful in major Organised Crime Group prosecution

26 July 2016

Andrew Shaw and Simon Walters recently secured the successful prosecution of a major Organised Crime Group (OCG) in East Anglia and the Home Counties. The OCG, of whom 8 members were prosecuted, was supplying…

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Benjamin Seifert appears in a Divisional Court matter considered the leading authority on Section 12a of the Extradition Act 2003

26 July 2016

Benjamin Seifert appeared for the first appellant, led by David Perry QC in a landmark case before the Lord Chief Justice. This is now the leading authority on Section 12A of the Extradition Act 2003.…

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In a major new case the High Court has held that extradition to Greece gives rise to a ‘real risk’ of inhuman and degrading treatment

21 July 2016

In a major new judgment the Divisional Court today halted the extradition of two men to Greece, on the grounds that Greek prisons risked causing them inhuman treatment under Article 3 of the European…

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Sean Minihan joins chambers

13 July 2016

Drystone Chambers is delighted to announce that Sean Minihan has accepted an invitation of tenancy. Sean, an experienced Criminal law specialist, joins us further to a spell in private practice at a renowned…

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Unyime Davies appears in a matter involving the new coercive and controlling behaviour legislation

12 July 2016

Unyime Davies recently prosecuted a matter under the new coercive and controlling behaviour legislation. It was described as a 'landmark case' in press reports. The offence of coercive controlling behaviour…

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Barnaby Hone to conduct training for Judges and Prosecutors from the Horn of Africa on International Money Laundering and Asset Recovery

12 July 2016

Barnaby Hone is one of the lead speakers at a week long Horn of Africa work shop on countering money laundering and asset recovery. He has been asked to speak due to his expertise in international money…

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Angela Rafferty QC wins election to be Vice-Chair of the Criminal Bar Association

11 July 2016

Drystone Chambers is delighted to announce that following a successful election campaign, Angela Rafferty QC is the new Vice-Chair of the Criminal Bar Association. Angela’s manifesto included a promise…

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Gavin Irwin delivers a seminar session on proportionality in online piracy prosecutions

29 June 2016

Gavin Irwin was recently invited to speak at the Digital Copyright event organised by White Paper Conferences. He was asked to speak about online piracy prosecutions, specifically dealing with the issue…

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Angela Rafferty QC stands for Vice Chair of the Criminal Bar Association

27 June 2016

Drystone Chambers is excited to announce that Angela Rafferty QC is to stand for Vice Chair of the CBA at the forthcoming election. A copy of her manifesto can be found here. Voting is now open,…

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Rebecca Penfold in Successful Immigration Appeal

15 June 2016

Rebecca Penfold recently represented a non-EEA national before the First Tier Immigration Tribunal on appeal against the revocation of his residence card. The Secretary of State alleged that the appellant…

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Nawraz Karbani and the art of plea bargaining

7 June 2016

Nawraz Karnabi recently represented the defendant Caleb Molomo, who was indicted on three charges of armed robbery and possession of a knife and imitation firearm. Caleb was a first time offender, yet…

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Angela Rafferty QC invited to speak at the Faculty of Advocates

27 May 2016

Further to speaking at the Criminal Bar Association spring conference on issues surrounding vulnerable witnesses and the legislation and rules of practice and procedure relating to them, Angela Rafferty…

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Gavin Irwin writes for TS Today magazine on the demise of RIPA & DRIPA and the draft Investigatory Powers Bill

23 May 2016

In a recent article for TS Today magazine, Gavin Irwin recently explored the demise of RIPA and DRIPA and discusses how the draft Investigatory Powers Bill might replace both.Click here to access…

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Richard Heller and Alex Cameron secure convictions in substantial fraudulent trading matter

20 May 2016

Richard Heller and Alex Cameron, instructed by Thurrock Trading Standards, secure convictions in substantial fraudulent trading and blackmail case. The defendants, including Eddie Blundell (author of…

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Karim Khalil QC successfully defends 15 year old girl accused of 'vigilante' murder

19 May 2016

Karim Khalil QC, leading Richard Kelly of 18 Red Lion Court Chambers, gained an acquittal for a vulnerable teenager in a case that made national headlines due to the 'vigilante' nature of the crime. The…

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Edward Cole presents seminar at Withers LLP

28 April 2016

Edward Cole was recently invited to Withers LLP to speak about a case he recently undertook which dealt with issues arising from presumption of revocation where a will, last known to have been in the…

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Andrew Campbell-Tiech QC and Gavin Irwin settle £11 million confiscation proceedings

20 April 2016

Andrew Campbell-Tiech QC and Gavin Irwin recently settled confiscation proceedings on behalf of Jeffrey Revell-Reade - the Australian 'Wolf of Wall Street' - in what the SFO have described as the largest…

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Henry Gordon joins Chambers

11 April 2016

Drystone Chambers is delighted to announce that Henry Gordon recently joined us from 5 Pump Court Chambers. Henry, called in 2007, is a criminal and regulatory law specialist. Henry’s practice…

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Richard Heller prosecutes fatal accident claim

11 April 2016

Richard Heller is currently appearing at Blackfriars Crown Court on behalf of the London Borough of Southwark, prosecuting a hairdressing chain and one of its directors in connection with a fatal accident…

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Edward Cole co-edits Marsden & Gault on collisions at sea, the "undisputed authority in its field"

8 April 2016

The fourteenth edition of Marsden & Gault on Collisions at Sea was published recently. Edward Cole, along with Simon Gault, Steven Hazlewood and Professor Andrew Teffenhorn edited Marsden and Gault,…

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Gregory Perrins & Jacob Edwards successful in migrant exploitation trial

24 March 2016

Gregory Perrins and Jacob Edwards, instructed by CPS Central Case Unit, successfully prosecuted four defendants further to a previous trial in 2014 that had dealt with offences under the Gangmaster licensing…

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Edward Cole judges Southampton University Insurance Law Mooting competition

21 March 2016

Edward Cole recently joined colleagues from Clyde & Co, 7 King's Bench Walk and Informa law publishing to support the University of Southampton's second annual Insurance Law moot.  The Moot is…

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Sally Hobson & Nicola Devas successfully prosecute abuse case billed as 'every parent's worst nightmare'

14 March 2016

Sally Hobson was trial Counsel and Nicola Devas appeared at sentencing on a case that has been described by ITV news as 'every parent's worst nightmare'. Michael Chase, 52, a security guard and Lara Chase,…

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Gavin Irwin hosts discussion at University of Bonn on alternative legal solutions to disputes regarding cultural objects

14 March 2016

Gavin Irwin recently hosted a series of discussions at the University of Bonn on alternative ways of deploying the law in determining disputes as to the ownership and restitution of cultural objects.…

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Robert Bryan successfully prosecutes harrowing child neglect matter

8 March 2016

Robert Bryan recently acted for the prosecution in a 3-week trial of parents who had allowed their daughters to suffer severe chronic neglect. The children were identified when one of the girls moved…

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ANDREW PRICE'S CLIENT ACQUITTED AS £750,000 MONEY LAUNDERING TRIAL COLLAPSES.

7 March 2016

Andrew Price, instructed by Mark French of Edward Hayes Solicitors, acted for a company director and international businessman in a trial expected to last six weeks at Blackfriars Crown Court.

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Nawraz Karbani successfully appeals against Financial Conduct Authority decision to refuse permission to perform limited functions under FSMA 2000

9 February 2016

Nawraz Karbani successfully appealed to the Upper Tribunal following her client's six-year ordeal to clear his name after being falsely accused of fraud by abuse of position by a multi-national bank.…

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Zarif Khan concludes sexual grooming trial at Bradford Crown Court

8 February 2016

Zarif Khan recently concluded a trial in Bradford that divided the local community and caused local Muslim leaders to comment, issuing statements denouncing the accused. The case centred around twelve…

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Giles Bedloe successfully represents finance director accused of fraud

1 February 2016

Giles Bedloe recently concluded a fraud trial at Lincoln Crown Court which ran for nearly eleven weeks and generated much press interest. The case concerned an alleged fraud and misappropriation of funds…

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Jonathan Green's client acquitted as high-profile police corruption trial collapses.

29 January 2016

Jonathan Green, led by Sam Stein QC and instructed by Lewis Nedas & Co, acted for a former Metropolitan Police officer in a high-profile case at Southwark Crown Court which was sensationally dropped…

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January Newsletter

27 January 2016

Welcome to the first edition of the Drystone Chambers Newsletter. In this edition co-head Andrew Campbell-Tiech QC offers a commentary upon the nature of being a barrister and the purpose of…

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Rebecca Penfold Successfully defends in Communications Act offence

26 January 2016

Rebecca Penfold recently secured an acquittal in a case which attracted significant international media attention. The defendant accepted posting a meme which threatened a Canadian university on the notorious…

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Philip Farr in successful prosecution of ‘modern day slavery’ matter

25 January 2016

Philip Farr recently concluded a case at King’s Lynn Crown Court which highlighted an offence that is sadly on the increase. Two Lithuaniun nationals Konstantin Sasmurin, 34, and Linus Tatautus, 31…

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Lydia Waine co-authors May on Criminal Evidence

25 January 2016

Associate member Lydia Waine recently co-authored one of the go-to legal reference books on Criminal evidence. Lydia, along with Stephen Powles & Radmila May, produced the sixth edition of 'May on…

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Myles Grandison appointed to Attorney General’s ‘C’ Panel counsel list

22 January 2016

Chambers is delighted to congratulate Myles Grandison on his recent appointment to the Attorney General’s ‘C’ Panel. This five year appointment allows Myles to act for Government departments in…

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Drystone Chambers hosts International Pegasus scholar

18 January 2016

Chambers will be hosting Megan Beesley, a US Attorney, for the week of 8th February 2016. Megan is a recipient of the 2016 Pegasus Scholarship, which saw Rebecca Penfold travel to the USA in 2015. The…

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Andrew Shaw and Charles Falk appear in 'horrifying' sexual assault case

14 January 2016

Andrew Shaw acted for the male defendant Victor Choker and Charles Falk prosecuted a case at Norwich Crown Court which was described as 'horrifying' by the Judge. The victim, who was in a vulnerable position…

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Julian Norman gains permission from Upper Tribunal for Judicial Review

8 January 2016

R (Azamat Baimurzaev) v SSHD, JR/7819/2015. Julian Norman appeared successfully on this matter concerning interpretation of the Immigration Rules. Further to Julian's successful argument, permission was…

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Gregory Perrins successfully prosecutes police officer for misconduct

5 January 2016

Gregory Perrins recently concluded a case at Luton Crown Court which attracted much national press interest. The defendant, a Police Officer trained to help victims of domestic violence, targeted vulnerable…

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Recorder Appointments: Andrew Shaw

21 December 2015

Chambers is delighted to announce that Andrew Shaw was recently appointed as a Recorder on the Northern Circuit. His appointment will be effective from 11th January 2016. Please click here to…

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Alastair Malcolm QC successful in four week double murder prosecution

18 December 2015

Alastair Malcolm QC, instructed by Wessex CPS, recently concluded a double murder trial at Bristol Crown Court. The two defendants, sisters Charise and Amberstasia Gassmann, were charged with the murder…

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Judicial appointment: HHJ Maria Lamb

16 December 2015

Chambers are delighted to announce that Maria Lamb was successful in the recent judicial competition. Maria was called to the Bar in 1984, joining Chambers shortly afterwards. She practised mainly on…

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Pam Oon

15 December 2015

In the morning of Sunday 13 December, Pam died. Throughout her long and debilitating illness, she remained calm, focussed, objective and understated. She brushed aside questions about her health, for…

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Karim Khalil QC successful in drug related murder-robbery trial

4 December 2015

Karim Khalil QC, instructed by CPS East of England, successfully prosecuted two men charged with murder at Chelmsford Crown Court recently. Bradley Johnson and Paul Sultana drove from London to Westcliff-on-Sea…

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Julian Norman in successful immigration appeal

3 December 2015

Julian Norman recently represented a non-EEA national and his EEA wife who were accused of a sham marriage. The case hinged on what happened when immigration officers came to their flat.

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Julian Norman invited to speak at International Womens Conference

2 December 2015

Julian Norman was recently invited by the Haldane Society to be part of a panel and speak at a the recent International Womens Conference. Julian spoke in support of the Nordic model on prostitution in…

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Jonathan Green successfully represents defendants in 4 week commercial fraud

30 November 2015

Jonathan Green recently concluded a 4 week trial at Doncaster Crown Court representing the first defendant who, along with his fellow directors, was charged with a £1.2m commercial fraud. The case involved…

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Stephen Spence commences Vauxhall helicopter crash inquest

25 November 2015

Stephen Spence, instructed on behalf of the pilot's family, is currently appearing at an inquest into the Helicopter crash at Vauxhall in January 2013. The inquest is seeking to enquire into the cause…

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Robert Bryan provides book review for Law Society Gazette

23 November 2015

Robert Bryan appeared in the Law Society Gazette this week, reviewing a new book entitled "365 Daily Advocacy Tips" by Leslie Cuthbert. Click here to see the review in full on the Gazette website.

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Charles Kellett, Claire Matthews and Jacob Edwards secure speedy acquittal

20 November 2015

Charles Kellett, Claire Matthews and Jacob Edwards recently appeared at Norwich Crown Court on behalf of three chefs employed by Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn. The jury took just over an hour…

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Zarif Khan commences Bradford sexual abuse case

13 November 2015

Zarif Khan started a trial in Bradford Crown Court this week which attracted national press interest. Thirteen men and a 17-year-old boy have gone on trial charged with 28 sexual offences against…

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Richard Heller secures convictions in four week Environmental Health prosecution

13 November 2015

Instructed by the Environmental Health Service at the London Borough of Newham, Richard Heller recently secured convictions in a highly technical fatal food-poisoning case. Over the course of a four week…

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British Council and Bar Council delegation at Drystone

12 November 2015

Karim Khalil QC and Alex Cameron, on behalf of Drystone Chambers, hosted a delegation of Egyptian Judges and lawyers on behalf of the British Council and Bar Council yesterday. The joint initiative involved…

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Angela Rafferty QC secures acquittal in record time

12 November 2015

Angela Rafferty QC successfully represented a defendant charged with 'Stranger Rape' at Ipswich Crown Court today. The case was a complex matter with many issues surrounding vulnerability and mutliple…

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Zarif Khan in Uber driver sexual assault case

6 November 2015

Zarif Khan recently concluded a case at Isleworth Crown Court which brought into question the safety of Uber cabs and in particular the effectiveness of their employee vetting. 

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Gregory Perrins in successful Health & Safety prosecution

5 November 2015

Gregory Perrins recently concluded a joint prosecution between the HSE and the CPS before Mr Justice Stuart-Smith of a company whose employee lost his life due to poor health and safety procedures, in…

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Karim Khalil QC voted 'Best for Proceeds of Crime' by Acquisition International Magazine

4 November 2015

Drystone Chambers are delighted to announce that our Joint Head of Chambers Karim Khalil QC has been awarded the 2015 'Best for Proceeds of Crime' accolade by Acquisition International magazine. During…

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HHJ Christopher Morgan welcomed to the bench

4 November 2015

We are proud to announce that HHJ Christopher Morgan was welcomed to the bench and introduced at Basildon Crown Court today by HHJ Lodge. He will sit at Basildon until the end of the year when he will…

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Karim Khalil QC & Charles Myatt successfully conclude 2 month murder trial

2 November 2015

Karim Khalil QC and Charlie Myatt recently concluded the prosecution of Mark Mosley on a four count indictment including counts of murder and attempted murder. After a two month trial the jury at Cambridge…

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Karim Khalil QC interviewed by Counsel Magazine

26 October 2015

Karim Khalil QC was recently interviewed by Guy Hewetson and Mathew Kesbey on behalf of Counsel magazine. The magazine was keen to hear how the recent merger had been masterminded and how two already…

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Gavin Irwin concludes murder trial further to extradition

23 October 2015

Gavin Irwin recently concluded a trial at Luton Crown Court representing a defendant charged with sexual assault, rape and murder after extradition from Trinidad. The case raised novel issues relating…

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Feminism in London Conference 2015

21 October 2015

Angela Rafferty QC is joining Felicity Gerry QC, Shami Chakrabarti and Debaleena Dasgupta from Liberty in speaking on fair trials and victims of sexual violence at the 2015 Feminism in…

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Judicial Appointment: Christopher Morgan

19 October 2015

All at Drystone Chambers join in congratulating Christopher Morgan on his appointment to the circuit bench. From 2nd November 2015 he will be a Judge on the South Eastern Circuit, sitting at Basildon…

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Stephen Donnelly, led by Kirsty Brimelow QC, secures acquittal for nurse charged with wilful neglect

14 October 2015

Stephen Donnelly, led by Kirsty Brimelow QC, secured the acquittal today at Cardiff Crown Court of Jade Pugh. Ms Pugh had been charged with multiple allegations that she, as a nurse, had wilfully neglected…

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A lighter look at law

13 October 2015

Stephen Spence explores an industrial disease that only Barristers might understand...

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Richard Heller secures huge reduction in fine for breach of planning notice in the Court of Appeal

6 October 2015

R v Kohali, Court of Appeal – Acting on behalf of the Appellant, Richard Heller secured a huge reduction in the fine imposed on a developer for breaching the terms of a Planning Enforcement Notice.…

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Philip Farr successfully prosecutes couple for theft of £280k from elderly woman

5 October 2015

Philip Farr recently concluded a trial which attracted press attention due to the nature of the offence. Nadia Dervish and Michael Kenevan had been acting as carers for Peggy Byford for some years after…

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Richard Heller acts for LB Southwark in their first perverting the course of justice case

2 October 2015

Richard Heller recently prosecuted the first perverting the course of justice case brought by the London Borough of Southwark. In March 2015, Khans Bargains Ltd and its director Akbar Khan were fined…

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Stephen Spence Addresses Royal Aeronautical Society Seminar

1 October 2015

Stephen Spence was recently invited to speak to the Royal Aeronautical Society Legal Group on the admissibility of Air Accident Investigation reports and the disclosure and use of annexe 13 material in…

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Claire Matthews and Stephen Spence act for defence in Norwich paedophile case

1 October 2015

Stephen Spence acted as leading counsel for one of six defendants cleared of all charges in an alleged major paedophile ring. Claire Matthews appeared as leading counsel for a defendant who was cleared…

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Angela Rafferty QC successfully prosecutes 'gruesome' sexual abuse case

30 September 2015

Angela Rafferty QC and Jamie Sawyer of Red Lion Chambers prosecuted a case of serious child sexual abuse described by the trial judge HHJ Nicholas Coleman as " the most harrowing it has been my misfortune…

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Joanne Eley secures acquittal for defendant faced with 15 counts of sexual assault

28 September 2015

Joanne Eley recently secured an acquittal for Nicholas Harwood at Ipswich Crown Court. He faced 15 counts of serious sexual assault on a female, which were said to have taken place historically when she…

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Andrew Shaw successfully prosecutes Doctor for sexual assault committed whilst on duty

25 September 2015

Andrew Shaw recently appeared at Norwich Crown Court, successfully prosecuting a locum Doctor who sexually assaulted a male patient whilst on his ward 'rounds'. The defendant, 37 year old Manav Arora,…

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Christopher Wing in the case of the 'missing 54'

22 September 2015

Christopher Wing recently appeared in the Supreme Court of Dehli on behalf of a number of Indian families in a bid to secure the release of 54 prisoners of war allegedly still in captivity from the fourteen…

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Criminal Appeals Handbook reviewed in this month’s Counsel Magazine

15 September 2015

The Criminal Appeals Handbook, co-authored by Drystone member Daniel Jones (with Joel Bennathan QC and Greg Stewart) has been reviewed in this September’s edition of Counsel Magazine. See this link…

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Rebecca Penfold selected for Pegasus Scholarship

10 September 2015

From 19th September Rebecca Penfold will be in the USA as an outgoing Pegasus Scholar. Rebecca will be spending the majority of her scholarship in Washington DC, but will also travel to Chicago, Indiana,…

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Rebecca Penfold instructed by the Government in high profile 'Bank Mellat' litigation

9 September 2015

Rebecca Penfold is currently instructed by the Government Legal Department (Tsol) to assist in a disclosure exercise in the high profile 'Bank Mellat’ litigation. As a consequence of the Supreme Court…

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Drystone Heads of Chambers quoted in Legalweek

8 September 2015

Drystone joint Heads, Andrew Campbell-Tiech and Karim Khalil QC recently co-authored an article focussing on the strengths and weaknesses of barristers chambers business models and why a new business…

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John McNally: Planning a future at the Criminal Bar

7 September 2015

John McNally recently authored an article which appeared in the Law Society Gazette. In this piece, John explores the issues facing the Criminal bar post-legal aid cuts and explains why, in times of perceived…

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Drystone barristers Barnaby Shaw and Matthew Jewell in attempted murder case

21 August 2015

Barnaby Shaw and Matthew Jewell recently concluded a case in Portsmouth Crown Court which attracted much press interest due to the nature of the crime. The alleged attempted murder on Leading Seaman Simon…

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Karim Khalil QC in successful murder prosecution

17 August 2015

Karim Khalil QC prosecuted 3 teenagers accused of robbing and killing an older male in a drugs deal. Two were convicted of robbery and one of murder in what was described as a vicious killing by stabbing…

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Zarif Khan concludes Operation Mime People trafficking

10 August 2015

Operation Mime involved the smuggling of 35 Sikhs, including women and young children from Afghanistan via Zeebrugge in Belgium to England in a shipping container. Upon arrival at Tilbury Docks in Essex…

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John McNally successfully concludes sexual assault trial

5 August 2015

John McNally recently represented a Grandfather at Stafford Crown Court. The defendant was acquitted of 13 counts of serious sexual assault on a child relative, said to have begun when she was 7. Other…

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Richard Heller successful in unusual Health & Safety prosecution

4 August 2015

Richard Heller, instructed by Kent County Council, successfully prosecuted Paul Heddell, trading as PDH Enterprises Limited. Paul Heddell was charged with offences contrary to the Health & Safety…

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Stephen Spence instructed in Vauxhall helicopter crash inquest

3 August 2015

Stephen Spence has been instructed to represent the family of the deceased pilot in the Vauxhall helicopter crash inquest. The full inquest is due to be heard in November and December this year. 

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Drystone Chambers defending in multi-handed murder trial

31 July 2015

Three members of Drystone Chambers currently represent two defendants aged 18 and 16 years charged, along with four other youths, with murder. Alastair Malcolm QC is leading Azza Brown and represent the…

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Operation Enfield - 'the Aylesbury grooming trial' continues

30 July 2015

A case concerning child sexual exploitation on a massive scale which featured two girls who were reportedly exploited and sexually abused over a period of 4 years from the age of 12 or 13. Of eleven defendants…

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People Trafficking trial approaches anniversary

29 July 2015

Zarif Khan is currently representing one of four men charged with conspiracy to smuggle 35 people into the UK in a shipping container at Basildon Crown Court. One of the Afghan immigrants Meet Singh Kapoor,…

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United States seeks British man accused of hacking U.S. Government networks

29 July 2015

Lauri Love is facing extradition to the U.S. on claims he hacked agencies such as the U.S. Army and the Federal Reserve. Peter Caldwell has been instructed to represent the United Stares. An extradition…

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Stephen Spence & Edward Cole successfully defend Pilot

27 July 2015

Stephen Spence and Edward Cole have successfully defended a man accused of manslaughter. The defendant, Scott Hoyle, was accused of attempting a loop in his 1930's Tiger Moth aircraft when it crashed…

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