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KCL Moot Final
Well done to Andreas Giannakopoulos, Tey Guan Khoo and Andrew Brown on making  the 5PB KCL Moot final and congratulations to Sarojah Sathivelu on winning. ...
12 December 2016

Annual Bar Conference 2016
Elaine Freer sat on the panel at this years Annual Bar Conference discussing the results of her research in the context of the challenges facing those from underrepresented groups to secure mini-pupillages. ...
25 November 2016

Successful defence in historic sexual offence trial
Jennifer Dannhauser, instructed by John Downes of Slater & Gordon, secured not guilty verdicts for her client charged with...
09 November 2016

Refugees who enter the Channel Tunnel
Ben Douglas-Jones persuaded the Court of Appeal that it is not an abuse of process to charge putative refugees who enter the Channel Tunnel with obstructing an engine even though a refugee defence is not available...
07 November 2016

A prison worker accused of assault has case dismissed
Rebecca Harold a prison worker accused of assaulting a boy at a young offenders' centre has had the case against her dismissed at the end of the trial. ...
03 November 2016

Police Officer and Scout leader Convicted of Sexual Offences
A former police officer and scout leader has been convicted of forty offences relating to sexual offfences committed over a period of thirty-seven years. ...
21 October 2016

Joshua Normanton successfully defends sensitive rape case.
Joshua Normanton instructed by Clinton Williamson of Brooklyns Solicitors secured acquittals for his client who was accused of committing serious sexual offences at a very young age. ...
20 October 2016

Ben Douglas-Jones in Court of Appeal
Ben Douglas-Jones has appeared in two Court of Appeal cases (Z, 7 July 2016 and Chikho, 13 October 2016) which considered the status of Turkey as a stopover point for refugees seeking to rely on the asylum...
13 October 2016

Unfair commercial practice and informing consumers
Denis Barry has published a comment on the leading case of Deroo-Blanquart v Sony Europe Ltd considering the wider implications of the ECJ's decision on whether the sale of computers with pre-installed software is...
27 September 2016

Three New Tenants
5PB is delighted to welcome three new tenants. Elaine Freer and Kate Parker have accepted offers to join chambers following the successful...
23 September 2016

5PB invites applications for 3rd six pupils to work in Chambers
5PB invites applications for 3rd six pupils to work in Chambers from November 2016. ...
21 September 2016

Alan Richards becomes Senior Crown Counsel with Bermuda DPP
Alan Richards has been appointed as the Senior Crown Counsel (Specialist) in the Bermuda Department of Public Prosecutions. Alan has been working in the British Overseas Territory...
14 September 2016

Legal 500 Recommendations 2016
Very pleased to announce that Chambers is now ranked band 2 in both Crime and Fraud. As well as maintaining its position as the highest ranked Crime set under Consumer Law. ...
14 September 2016

Train company agree settlement out of court
Our client had trained and worked with children and young people since leaving university, including working in the USA. A criminal conviction would have prevented him from continuing in his chosen career, and potentially have impacted his ability to return...
01 September 2016

Fare Evasion Prosecution Dropped and Defence Costs Awarded
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11 August 2016

£98 million film investment tax evasion scheme defendants convicted
Robert O’Sullivan QC (instructed by the CPS Central Fraud Group), together with Patrick Harrington QC and Jonathan Rogers, successfully prosecuted three film producers and financiers together with an...
01 August 2016

Ben Douglas-Jones represented the DPP in a Case Stated
Ben Douglas-Jones represented the DPP in a Case Stated in which the Lord Chief Justice: ...
27 July 2016

University employee escapes a fare evasion conviction
Our client worked in IT in a university. As he had direct contact with students, some of whom were under 18, he was subject to an enhanced DBS check. A criminal conviction would almost certainly have led to him losing his job. It also would have made it very...
19 July 2016

Aparna Rao featured in Archbold review
Aparna Rao has been featured in Archbold review which explains how the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 s.74(1) can be used to admit convictions into evidence, and the effect of amendments made by the Criminal...
13 July 2016

Neighbours found guilty of falsely imprisoning schoolgirl
Miranda Moore QC and Teresa Hay instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service, have successfully prosecuted Luke Harlow and Stephen Beadman. ...
28 June 2016

Major Land Banking Fraud Acquittal for Rory Keene instructed by Keith Wood at Lewis Nedas Law
Rory Keene instructed by Keith Wood of Lewis Nedas Law secured an acquittal for one of the principle defendants in a major land banking fraud which was tried at Liverpool Crown Court. ...
23 June 2016

Luton councillor has been found guilty of falsifying a document
Charlene Sumnall sucessfully prosecuted a serving Luton councillor for falsifying a document in an attempt to trick a trading standards officer from his own authority. ...
07 June 2016

Statutory Refugee Defence
Ben Douglas-Jones today appeared for the Crown in R v Zaredar. The solicitor who represented Z in the Crown Court had overlooked the statutory refugee defence. Gross LJ giving the judgment of the Court held...
19 May 2016

Client caught doing 91mph keeps license and job

Joshua Normanton recently represented a client who was caught doing 91mph in a goods vehicle on a road with a 50mph speed limit. This was a strong case for disqualification and the...
05 May 2016

Elaine Freer launches Inner Temple Report on Access to the Bar
Elaine Freer, who is currently undertaking pupillage at 5PB, spoke at Inner Temple on 21st April 2016 to launch her evaluation of the Pegasus Access and Support Scheme, an initiative established by Inner Temple with the aim of increasing social mobility at...
26 April 2016

IT expert pleads guity to the murder of his wife
Denis Barry represented Stuart Andrews who pleaded guilty to the murder of his wife and to the theft of £267,000 from his Alzheimic father in law. ...
11 April 2016

Pub Company receives record fines
On 4th April Merlin Inns Ltd was fined £90k at Guildford Magistrates Court for dishonestly receiving and showing Sky's broadcasts of live premier League football matches. The Company was also ordered, by agreement, to pay £28.5k costs. ...
07 April 2016

First Fraud Act Prosecution by ARB
Andrew Johnson acting for the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and instructed by Russell-Cooke Solicitors sucessfully brought a private prosecution under the Fraud Act 2006. Gurjeet...
24 March 2016

Important Judgment in Illegal Entry Case
Leveson P, Globe and Cheema-Grubb JJ have today handed down an important judgment in Boateng [2016] EWCA Crim 57 in which the Court: ...
16 March 2016

Claim for Judicial Review in R -v- Director of the SFO
Yesterday (11th March 2016), the High Court (Burnett LJ and Irwin J) certified that the claim for judicial review in R (on the application of McKenzie) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office [2016] EWHC 102 (Admin) involved the following point of law of general...
11 March 2016

Pupillage Gateway Now Open
The pupillage gateway for making applications to 5PB for pupillages commencing in September 2017 has now opened. The submissions window for applications closes on the 4th May 2016, 11:00am. ...
07 March 2016

Carer guilty of murdering her father suffering from Multiple Sclerosis
Deanna Heer, led by Jonathan Rees QC, secured the conviction of a carer who claimed she suffocated her father because of his “intolerable” multiple sclerosis as part of a failed suicide pact. Her defence lawyer...
29 February 2016

Reconsideration of the exceptional procedure to refer cases to the Court of Appeal

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29 February 2016

Multi-million pound eBay scammers jailed for a total of 18 Years
Stephen Hopper and Andrew Johnson successfully prosecuted a London crime gang who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to money laundering at the Old Bailey. ...
26 February 2016

Rotherham Child Sex Abuse Trial
Laura Brickman at Sheffield Crown Court, acting for Qurban Ali the uncle of the three Hussain brothers, secured three Not Guilty verdicts of Historic Rape, Indecent Assault and Procuring a girl under...
26 February 2016

Licence kept following 'expectional hardship' argument
Carolina Bracken represented a client who pleaded guilty to driving at 76mph in a 50mph zone. Her client had to come to court as he already had 9 penalty points on his licence, and therefore fell to be disqualified as a 'totter' (someone who has 12 or more...
01 March 2016

Speeder avoids disqualification
Carolina Bracken's client pleaded guilty to driving at 102mph in a 70mph zone. He had to come to court rather than accept his penalty administratively as there was a risk of disqualification due to his speed. Following mitigation, the magistrates decided that...
25 February 2016

Michael Brompton QC and Miranda Moore QC appear on opposite sides in bribery case
Sweett Group plc has been fined £1.4 million with a confiscation order of £851,000 after pleading guilty at Southwark Crown Court  to an offence of failing to prevent bribery. The case, which involved bribery in the UAE by a subsidiary of...
25 February 2016

Law Graduate Convicted Under Terrorism Acts
A jury trying charges under the Terrorism Acts at the Old Bailey has convicted Ayman Shaukat, a law graduate from Walsall, of assisting two men to travel to Syria to fight for “Islamic State”, having heard how he posed for a photograph in his bedroom...
24 February 2016

Consumer Rights Conference 2016
Miles Bennett is speaking at the Consumer Rights...
24 February 2016

Double killer Gary Vinter gets third life sentence
Denis Barry successfully prosecuted Gary Winter, a double murderer who has received another life sentence for trying to kill a fellow "lifer" at HMP Woodhill. He repeatedly kicked Lee Newell to the...
23 February 2016

The Launch of FreeBar

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18 February 2016

FreeBar Launch Event – Promoting LGBT+ equality and inclusion across the Bar
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17 February 2016

Mother acquitted of causing daughter's death

Denis Barry represented a mother accused of causing the death of her 23 month old daughter from a head injury. ...
03 February 2016

Tackling Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Conference

Ben Douglas-Jones is speaking at the "Tackling Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking" conference on the 28th January. ...
12 January 2016

Emma Deacon Appointed as Queen's Counsel
Chambers is delighted to be able to congratulate Emma Deacon on her appointment as Queen's Counsel, which has been announced today. She will formally take silk after her swearing in ceremony due to take place...
11 January 2016