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Blog 18th June 2021
Laura Tilt

Law Commission Consultation Paper on Taking, Making and Sharing Intimate Images without Consent

In February of this year, the Law Commission of England and Wales published its Consultation Paper on taking, making and sharing intimate images without consent. I was fortunate to be part of the team who produced this Paper prior to the commencement of my pupillage in October 2020.   The project originated from the Law […]

Blog 17th June 2021

Modern Slavery

A young man [YM] from London smokes shared cannabis socially with his ‘new friend’[NF]. After a little time, discovering that the YM has a job, NF asks for payment for the cannabis, a sum just beyond YM’s financial reach, NF demands carrying and supplying in lieu of the debt. Unusually early one morning YM is […]

News 2nd June 2021
Alejandra Llorente Tascon

Alejandra Tascon co-authors CBA Young Bar Committee Response to the Independent Review of Criminal Legal Aid Panel

In response to the Call for Evidence from the Independent Review of Criminal Legal Aid Panel, Alejandra Tascon, co-chair of the CBA Young Bar Committee, has co-authored the response of the Young Bar Committee on behalf of the Criminal Bar Association. The full text which focuses on the issues faced by junior practitioners can be found […]

News 21st May 2021
Siân Beaven

Sian Beaven secures custodial sentence in drugs and taser case

Sian Beaven, acting on behalf of the Prosecution, secured a sentence of 31 months’ imprisonment after the Defendant pleaded guilty to Possession of Class A (Cocaine) with intent to supply, Possession of a Prohibited weapon (taser) and Possession of Criminal Property. Police had attended the Defendant’s home to investigate a separate allegation when they discovered […]

News 10th May 2021
Eleanor Fargin

Royal Navy officer cleared of assault

Ellie Fargin successfully defended Darren Wearing MBE in Portsmouth Crown Court last week. Mr Wearing had been accused of unlawfully and maliciously causing another grevious bodily harm by angrily pushing him on three occasions. The last push was said to cause the other male to stumble back, roll his ankle, and break his fifth metatarsal […]

News 7th May 2021
Alejandra Llorente Tascon

Alejandra secures suspended sentence for double stabbing

Alejandra represented RA, who was charged with section 18 wounding, following an incident in which RA stabbed his mother and father with a kitchen knife, during lockdown. As a result of the stabbing, RA’s mother suffered a punctured lung. RA’s father’s injuries were not life threatening. In addition, RA had previous convictions for knife related offences. […]

News 6th May 2021
Siân Beaven

Sian Beaven secures s.37 Hospital Order

Sian Beaven, instructed by Alex Kenney of Kesar & Co solicitors, appeared before Isleworth Crown Court representing a severely vulnerable client, M. The offence of robbery took place almost 2 years prior. Sian had conduct of the case from the first appearance in which fitness to plead issues arose due to the Defendant’s detention under […]

News 27th April 2021

Corhampton shooting trial: convicted of manslaughter but cleared of murder

James Newton-Price QC and Peter Asteris of Pump Court Chambers were instructed by Footner Ewing solicitors to represent Corin Barlow, aged 41 years, who was charged with the murder of Gurinderjit Rai, a major drugs supplier, on Friday 12 July 2019. The Prosecution alleged that he was part of a revenge killing by an organised […]

News 19th April 2021
Siân Beaven

Siân Beaven secures acquittal in Harassment trial

Siân Beaven represented C, a vulnerable adult, before High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court, who was charged with an offence under s.2 of the Prevention from Harassment Act 1997. It was alleged that the defendant had contacted the complainant repeatedly over text message spanning over a hundred messages over the course of a month. She later turned up […]

Past Events, Webinar Archive
17th Mar 2021, 17:00 to 18:00

Sex, Lies and Legal Wranglings

Sex, Lies and Legal Wranglings where our speakers Ellie Fargin, Alejandra Tascon and Ed Wylde provide a brief overview of the provisions of section 28, section 41, and non-defendant bad character. Topics include: Practical analysis of section 28, how it works and how this new procedure is being utilised? A step-by-step guide on Section 41 arguments […]

News 25th February 2021

Improper non-disclosure of a Complainant’s medical records

1. Scenario A Complainant (“C”) refuses to consent to his GP providing the Crown with medical records. The Defendant (“D”) has requested disclosure of these records, on the understanding that C has a history of prolonged substance abuse and mental health concerns. C has also indicated that he believes information within the records is detrimental […]

News 23rd February 2021
Sarah Jones QC

Sarah Jones QC and Peter Asteris prosecute county lines drugs murder

Sarah Jones Q.C. and Peter Asteris prosecuted the murder of Taylor Williams. Williams was an 18 year old man who was the victim of a stabbing during a robbery which arose due to a County Lines drugs dispute. The trial involved 3 Defendants, Olamide Soyege who was convicted of murder, conspiracy to rob and robbery […]

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