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Recorder Appointment
Congratulations to Emma Deacon who the Queen has appointed as a Recorder on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable Michael Gove MP, and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the...
21 December 2015

Launderer who used money service bureau to move £10m is imprisoned
Stephen Hopper and Georgina Coade have successfully prosecuted money service bureau manager Umer Rusheed in a trial at the Old Bailey. ...
11 December 2015

Dave Lee Travis loses appeal against indecent assault conviction
Miranda Moore QC, instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service, has successfully opposed Dave Lee Travis' renewed application for permission to appeal his conviction for indecent assault. The...
08 December 2015

Defending victims of human trafficking
Ben Douglas-Jones spoke with the CPS Lead in Human Trafficking, Pam Bowen OBE, and Philippa Southwell, an appellate solicitor who specialises in human trafficking, on defending victims of human trafficking...
07 December 2015

Rotherham historical sex abuse trial begins
Laura Brickman has been instructed to represented one of the defendants in the definitive Rotherham historical sex abuse trial, arising from the Panorama television programme and The Times newspaper investigation....
07 December 2015

King's College London Moot
Julian Christopher QC and Michael Brompton QC judged the final round of the 2015 King's College London/5PB Criminal Law...
02 December 2015

99p Stores Ltd fined £154,000 for food hygiene offences.
Joshua Normanton successfully prosecuted 99p Stores Ltd for seven separate food hygiene offences relating to serious rodent infestations in two stores in Croydon. The proceedings were heard at Croydon Crown...
30 November 2015

Suitcase murderer found guilty
Tomasz Kocik has today been convicted of the murder of his girlfriend, Marta Ligman, whose body was found in a suitcase, floating in the Grand Union canal at Little Venice earlier this year. The case was successfully prosecuted by Timothy Cray, leading ...
24 November 2015

Richard Padley defends in terrorism case
Richard Padley represented Malcolm Hodges at his sentencing hearing in relation to offences of encouraging terrorism and possession of material likely to assist in the commission of acts of terrorism. Mr Hodges...
20 November 2015

Fitness to plead trial begins in alleged sexual assault case
Teresa Hay opens case for prosecution involving former celebrity photographer, Barry Lategan, at Isleworth Crown Court. Mr Lategan is in his 80's and is not well enough to be tried, so the jury have been asked to...
17 November 2015

2 year conditional discharge secured in production of cannabis case
Richard Padley secured a 2 year conditional discharge for an individual who had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis at Reading Crown Court. The conspiracy involved a series of freight crates linked...
16 November 2015

Hospital Worker Acquitted of Sexual Assault
Teresa Hay secures acquittal of hospital worker accused of sexual assault on a patient, the trial sat for 7 days at Harrow Crown Court....
12 November 2015

Confiscation Order Secured
Ben Douglas-Jones leading Carolina Bracken instructed by The Grec Gooden Partnership, secured a confiscation order limited to particular criminal conduct and...
11 November 2015

Tax Evading Businessman Pleads Guilty
Ben Douglas-Jones leading Dominic Lewis instructed by the Crown Prosecution Services sucessfully prosecuted Victor Safadi for tax evasion. ...
10 November 2015

Chambers and Partners 2016 Rankings
5 Paper Buildings has again been ranked in three practice areas in Chambers and Partners: ...
30 October 2015

Defending victims of human trafficking and slavery
Ben Douglas-Jones has been asked to speak on "Defending vicitims of human trafficking and slavery" at the Law Society on the 7th December. ...
14 October 2015

Drink Driving Aquittal
Carolina Bracken represented a client charged with driving with excess alcohol. The police officer who arrested the defendant gave evidence that he noticed the defendant's breath smelled strongly of alcohol, his eyes were glazed, and he was unsteady on his...
08 October 2015

Laura Brickman Secures Acquital
Laura Brickman defending at Woolwich Crown Court instructed by Mcqueens Solicitors, secured the acquital of a learning disabled women with a personality disorder. She faced charges of attempted murder and...
02 October 2015

5PB invites applications for 3rd six pupils to work in Chambers
5PB invites applications for 3rd six pupils to work in Chambers from November 2015. ...
29 September 2015

Restaurant Manager Convicted of Passing Off Horse Meat as Zebra
Andrew Johnson, prosecuting for Hertfordshire County Council, has secured the conviction of a restaurant manager, who was caught passing off horse meat as zebra steaks. Kunal...
18 September 2015

Legal 500 Recommendations 2015
The latest edition of the Legal 500 was published on 16th September 2015. Chambers and its members are recommended set in six areas: Crime, Business Crime, Criminal Fraud, Consumer, Health and Safety, and Professional Discipline/Regulatory. Members and Chambers...
16 September 2015

Further Client Acquitted and Recouped Legal Costs

TfL v E: TfL alleged that our client had used her father’s freedom pass over the course of several months. Using the prosecution’s own evidence, the defence barrister was able to show the magistrates that it was...
01 September 2015

Fare Evasion Client Found Not Guilty

TfL v S: Our client was acquitted after trial. TfL alleged that he had used his father’s freedom pass in order to evade the fare for his journey. His barrister prepared legal argument so that comments he made to the ticket...
01 September 2015

Four people guilty of murder
Deanna Heer, led by Timothy Cray QC, secured the convictions of 4 young people for the murder of Jeremie Malenge, following a 5 week trial at the Old Bailey. ...
24 August 2015

Witnesses to Murder and Privilege Against Self-Incrimination
Ben Douglas-Jones successfully represented the Director of Public Prosecutions in R (DPP) v. Leicester Magistrates' Court [2015] EWHC 1295 (Admin), a judicial review of...
11 August 2015

Hedge Fund Analyst Jailed For Fraud
Michael Hick and Michael Attenborough successfully prosecuted Ke Xu for committing fraud whilst working as a quantitative analyst at a London hedge fund. ...
04 August 2015

Investment Banker Avoids Losing Job Over Fare Evasion Allegation
TfL v Y: TfL alleged that the client had evaded the fare to and from work every day for several months. The client worked for a large investment bank, and his employment contract included a provision that he was likely to lose his job if he were convicted...
01 May 2015

Charlene Sumnall and Joshua Normanton part of team who secure acquittals for clients indicted in Operation Moccasin
Charlene Sumnall and Joshua Normanton were part of the team that has secured acquittals for clients indicted in Operation Moccasin, also known as the “Norfolk...
29 July 2015

15 year old acquitted of Murder and Manslaughter
Miranda Moore QC and Teresa Hay secure acquittals on charges of murder and manslaughter for 15 year old client at Lincoln Crown Court.  It was alleged...
24 July 2015

Ben Douglas-Jones appears in the Court of Appeal
Legal representatives whose erroneous advice causes them to plead guilty and later gives rise to successful appeals against conviction should be referred to their professional bodies.  ...
23 July 2015

Miles Bennett Instructed in Burghley House Inquest
Miles Bennett has been instructed to represent an interested party in the inquest into the death of Arthur Mellar, a Butler who died in the course of his employment at Burghley House....
02 July 2015

Fare Evasion case discontinued by the CPS
LU v S: London Underground refused to discontinue the prosecution against our client. The 5 Paper Buildings barrister wrote to the Director of Public Prosecutions about the case, and the DPP agreed that the Crown Prosecution Service should take over the prosecution,...
01 July 2015

"Public inquiries: getting at the truth"
Nicholas Griffin QC has co-authored an article in the Law Society Gazette with Peter Watkin Jones of Eversheds Solicitors on the Inquiries Act 2005. This is the piece of legislation that was brought in after...
23 June 2015

Hospital Trust Fined £50,000
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has been fined £50,000 after a 78 year old patient contracted legionella pneumonia, in a case prosecuted by Deanna...
13 June 2015

Hacking Trial Commences
The trial of Neil Wallis, the former Deputy Editor of the News of the World, has begun at the Old Bailey. Mr Wallis is charged with having conspired with Andy Coulson and others to intercept mobile phone voicemail messages without lawful authority between...
09 June 2015

Prison Officer Jailed for Leaking Information
A former Prison Officer at HMP Belmarsh has been sentenced to twenty months' imprisonment, having been convicted of committing misconduct in a public office after a trial at the Central Criminal Court. Robert Norman was paid over £10,000 for providing...
02 June 2015

Fare Evasion Proceedings Discontinued Against Client in the Process of Immigrating

Southwest Trains v B: The client was worried about the implications of having a conviction on his immigration status. Following written representations prepared by the 5 Paper Buildings Barrister, the prosecution agreed to discontinue...
01 June 2015

Denis Barry explains amendments to the Enterprise Act.
Denis Barry has authored an article entitled 'Weapon of Instant Confiscation' published in TS Today. The article explains...
28 May 2015

Cambridge Man Acquitted of Murder
Following a trial at the Central Criminal Court defended by Miranda Moore QC, Jack Mulcahy was acquitted of murder. The allegations that he deliberately ran down a pedestrian were rejected by the jury who convicted...
27 May 2015

Recruitment
Chambers welcomes applications for tenancy from those at least 7 years’ call. Please send a covering letter and CV to tenancy@5pb.co.uk ...
11 May 2015

Charlene Sumnall Secures Conviction in Trading Standards Case
Charlene Sumnall, prosecuting for East Riding of Yorkshire Trading Standards Department secured convictions against Stephen Parry for numerous offences contrary to s296ZB of the Copyrights Designs and Patents Act...
27 April 2015

5PB Welcomes Dr Aparna Rao
5PB are delighted to welcome Dr Aparna Rao, who has accepted an invitation to join chambers following the successful completion of her pupillage....
17 April 2015

5PB Welcomes Graham Briggs
Chambers are delighted to announce the appointment of Graham Briggs as first junior. Before joining 5PB Graham was the Crime team leader at Doughty Street Chambers.    ...
13 April 2015

Vince Nicoll
5PB said farewell on 2nd April to Vince Nicoll, who has left after 33 years clerking chambers. We wish him all the best for the future....
02 April 2015

Alan Richards appointed Crown Counsel in Bermuda
Alan Richards has commenced an 18-month secondment as Consultant Crown Counsel (Specialist) in the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda.  He will be working in the Department of Public Prosecutions, prosecuting...
20 March 2015

Nicholas Griffin QC published in New Law Journal
Nicholas Griffin QC authored an article entitled ‘In Safe Hands’ published in the New Law Journal. ...
13 March 2015

Janet Weeks to visit Oman as part of mentoring program
As part of Chambers continual involvement in the Omani prosecutor mentorship programme Janet Weeks will be visiting Oman next week. ...
13 March 2015

Overriding lawyer-client & confidential communications is incompatible with the rule of law
Robert O’Sullivan QC and Nicholas Griffin QC have co-authored an article, with Gordon Nardell QC, entitled 'Overriding lawyer-client & confidential...
04 March 2015

Published Article in the Criminal Law & Justice Weekly
Joshua Normanton and Richard Padley have written an article published in the Criminal Law & Justice Weekly on dealing with charges brought against parents under...
03 March 2015

Janet Weeks and Ed Jenkins QC mentor Omani Prosecutor
As part of an ongoing programmes to assist foreign lawyers from jurisdictions around the world to experience our legal system and consider areas of mutual interest, Chambers has been delighted to host Faisal Abdullah Zahir Al-Rashdi as part of the Bar...
02 March 2015

SFO Ordered to Pay Costs of Failed Prosecution
The Serious Fraud Office has been ordered to pay the costs of five defendants arising out of the failed Celtric Energy prosecution. ...
15 February 2015

Ben Douglas-Jones secures conviction in “miracle baby” case
In R v Ediae, a woman who faked her own pregnancy after years of infertility was convicted of smuggling a child into Britain after buying it from a Nigerian “baby farm” and passing it off as her own.  The conviction followed two recent High...
07 February 2015

Former Stoke Mandeville Hospital Doctor Convicted of Sexual Offences
Michael Salmon, a Doctor who formerly worked at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, has been convicted of two counts of rape and nine counts of indecent assault, following a trial at Reading Crown Court in which Miranda...
06 February 2015

RIPA/DRIPA and Covert State Surveillance
Nicholas Griffin QC and Robert O’Sullivan QC on 3 February 2015 gave a presentation to Avon & Somerset Police on the state of the law surrounding...
03 February 2015

Strict Liability Offence Update by Robert O'Sullivan QC
The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury announced in HMRC’s No Safe Havens 2014 report that a new criminal offence of failing to declare taxable offshore income and gains "will" be introduced. ...
01 February 2015

Pharmaceutical Crime Conference
On 22nd January 2015, Robert O’Sullivan QC gave a presentation to the European Pharmacrime 4 conference, held at the Gendarmerie Nationale Headquarters in Paris, outlining the challenges facing the...
22 January 2015

Tom Allen Appointed as Queen's Counsel
Chambers is delighted to be able to congratulate Tom Allen on his appointment as Queen's Counsel, which has been announced today.He will formally take silk after his swearing in ceremony due to take place on the 16th...
14 January 2015

Stephen Fry's partner represented by Mark Wyeth QC in driving case
Mark Wyeth QC recently represented Elliot Spencer, the partner of Stephen Fry, at Cwmbran Magistrates' Court in South Wales. ...
07 January 2015

Rape Trial against ex-doctor from Stoke Mandeville Hospital begins
Miranda Moore QC, instructed by the Crown Prosecution Services, has started opening in the trial against ex-doctor Michael Salmon, who was arrested under Operation Yewtree. ...
06 January 2015