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Courier Fraud Gang Convicted
James Norman leading Charlene Sumnall instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service, secured convictions of a criminal gang in connection with a £330,000 courier fraud. The...
21 September 2018

Kate Parker secures an acquittal of defendant accused of attempted burglary of a church

Kate Parker, instructed by Elena Papamichael at Hodge Jones & Allen, secured an acquittal...
15 August 2018

Senior medical consultant cleared of all allegations of serious sexual abuse.
Josh Normanton, led by Angela Rafferty QC, acted for a senior medical consultant who stood accused of committing multiple serious sexual assaults. Following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court, the consultant was unanimously...
02 August 2018

What constitutes a change in law case for the purposes of granting leave to appeal
Ben Douglas-Jones QC appeared for the Crown in GS [2018] EWCA Crim in which the Court analysed what constitutes a change in law case for the purposes of granting leave to appeal against conviction out of...
27 July 2018

Convictions in EURIBOR trial
Emma Deacon QC and Dominic Lewis, led by James Waddington QC, were instructed by the Serious Fraud Office in a fraud involving manipulation of the Euro Interbank Offered Rate (EURIBOR) a global benchmark interest rate, to the advantage of the trading positions...
19 July 2018

2 Company directors ordered to pay £326,000 for illegally showing Sky broadcasts
On 18.7.2018 Birmingham Magistrates’ Court fined 2 directors of a company running pubs in the midlands a total of £266,000 for persistent breaches of Section 297 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988. This case is the largest prosecution...
18 July 2018

Conviction secured of former CEO of the Montessori charity
Ben Douglas-Jones QC and Aparna Rao secured convictions of Philip Bujak, the former CEO of the Montessori charity for species of fraud including the receipt of...
13 July 2018

Money Laundering in Liverpool
Denis BarryJonathan Rees and Thomas Quinton secure successful resolution of money laundering allegations against the Wren...
06 July 2018

TV Historian Convicted
Charlene Sumnall prosecuting on behalf of CPS Specialist Fraud Division secured the conviction of Mr Howard Tuck a notable TV historian. Mr Tuck failed to pay any income tax for a period of 6 years on his earnings...
25 June 2018

Josh Normanton secures acquittal of defendant accused of serious knife attack.
Josh Normanton, instructed by Old Bailey Solicitors, successfully secured the acquittal of a defendant accused of Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent contrary to section 18 of the...
01 June 2018

Kevin McCartney addressed the Pharmacy Law & Ethics Association (PLEA) annual conference

Kevin McCartney addressed the Pharmacy Law & Ethics Association (PLEA) annual conference on 16th May 2018 discussing the impact of the decision in Ivey v Genting Casinos on...
17 May 2018

Matthew Moseley jailed for murder he tried to blame on 14-year-old son

Robert O’Sullivan QC, instructed by CPS Lancashire through Exchange Chambers, secured the conviction after trial of Matthew Moseley for murder in Preston CC. The defendant...
09 May 2018

Conviction in Pension Fund Fraud
Stephen Hopper leading James Marsland instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service, secured convictions against both Defendants in one of the first pension liberation...
02 May 2018

Miriam Smith Joins Chambers
5PB is delighted to announce that Miriam Smith has accepted an offer to join chambers as a tenant, with immediate effect, following the successful completion of her pupillage....
26 April 2018

An antiques dealer pleads guilty to the murder of his seven-year-old daughter
Deanna Heer, led by Mukul Chawla QC, secured the conviction of an antique dealer who murdered his seven year old daughter. ...
26 April 2018

The burden of proof where a defence is raised under s45 Modern Slavery Act 2015

Ben Douglas-Jones QC appeared for the Crown in MK v R; Gega v R [2018] EWCA Crim 667, a crucially important case which has resolved the burden of proof where a defence is raised under s45 Modern Slavery Act 2015. ...
28 March 2018

Record number of convictions for FACT & Sky
On 21st March at Birmingham magistrates Court, three directors of a pub company were convicted after trial of 65 offences for the dishonest reception and live broadcasts of Sky Sports programs in three pubs in the Midlands. One of the publicans was also...
28 March 2018

R v Edwards [2018] EWCA Crim 595
Ben Douglas-Jones QC appeared for the Crown in R v Edwards [2018] EWCA Crim 595 in which the Vice President of the Court of Appeal handed down definitive guidance on the approach to sentencing defendants with mental illnesses. ...
27 March 2018

5PB announcement re: revised AGFS
Members of chambers have considered the new Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme which it is currently proposed to be introduced on 1st April 2018. We believe that the proposals jeopardise the continued existence of the publicly funded criminal bar. We support...
26 March 2018

Best evidence rule, memory refreshing, status of Forms MGDDA in Drink and Drug Driving cases

Ben Douglas-Jones QC appeared for the DPP in an important Divisional Court case before the President of the QBD and Kerr J in which the best evidence rule, memory refreshing,...
20 March 2018

Acquittal of young professional on appeal after guilty pleas in the Magistrates’ Court
Josh Normanton, instructed on a direct access basis for an appeal in the Crown Court, ensured a successful appeal for a young professional accused of fare evasion offences. The client had pleaded guilty in the Magistrates’...
12 March 2018

Acquittal of registered nurse accused of dishonesty and assault in disciplinary proceedings.
In disciplinary proceedings brought by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Josh Normanton, instructed by Blackfords solicitors, successfully challenged a wide array...
08 March 2018

Company found guilty of failing to prevent bribery
Julian Christopher QC instructed by the CPS Specialist Fraud Division has successfully prosecuted a company (Skansen Interiors Ltd) for failing to prevent bribery in a trial at Southwark Crown Court. The...
22 February 2018

Case stated brought by Lord (Michael) Howard
Ben Douglas-Jones QC appeared for the DPP in an appeal by way of case stated brought by Lord (Michael) Howard for failing to provide the details of a driver/keeper of a vehicle. ...
07 February 2018

Circuit Judge Appointment: Jonathan Mann QC
The Queen has appointed Jonathan Mann QC to be a Circuit Judge on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable David Gauke MP and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable...
22 January 2018