Brian Stork secures acquittals in successive Hampshire drug conspiracy trials

Following a trial which lasted nearly eight weeks at Winchester Crown Court, Brian Stork has secured the acquittal of his client. At the end of a trial lasting a fraction under eight weeks Brian…

David Barnes and Christopher Bertham successful in £10m ‘land banking fraud’

David Barnes and Christopher Bertham successfully defend a £10m ‘land banking fraud’ at the Old Bailey David Barnes and Christopher Bertham successfully defend a £10m 'land banking fraud' at the Old Bailey.A jury acquitted 'N' of…

Beeres v Crown Prosecution Service (West Midlands)

The High Court upheld a decision to admit confession evidence which was the sole evidence relied upon by the Crown. This case particularly focuses on the requirement to advise a detainee of their right to…

Pace & Anr v R

“suspicion” that property is stolen does not fulfil the mens rea of an attempt to conceal, disguise or convert criminal property – even though it satisfies that for the substantive offence. The appellants worked…

John Coffey QC Head of Chambers for 21 years

Chambers congratulates John Coffey QC for 21 years as Head of Chambers. At a chambers drinks evening last week, chambers presented John with a framed 1980 West Ham FA cup shirt signed by the victorious West Ham…

Adam Davis QC and Tim Forte commence in Operation Forbear

The £385 million Missing Trader Intra Community fraud (Operation Forbear) has begun at Liverpool Crown Court. The trial is estimated to occupy the court for six months. Adam Davis QC and Tim Forte have commenced…

R (Chianka) v Southwark Crown Court

The High Court uphold a decision to hear an appeal with one lay magistrate to avoid ‘unreasonable delay’ The claimant was convicted of using racially aggravated, threatening or abusive words or behaviour, contrary to…

R v Wells

when a defendant voluntarily absents himself from his trial, but is later produced, the court should not simply force him to “re-join” the trial at the stage it has reached, but should consider recalling witnesses…

Tim Forte secures acquittal of eminent businessman in a complex fraud case

Tim Forte has secured the unanimous acquittal of a defendant following a trial at Reading Crown Court Tim Forte has just secured the unanimous acquittal, in under one and a half hours, of an…

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