23.02.16

Environment Agency’s confiscation case collapses

Following a hearing lasting several days at Hereford Crown Court, the Environment Agency withdrew one of the largest confiscation applications that they have ever made in a waste crime prosecution. The EA had alleged unlawful tipping in excess of 66,000 tonnes and claimed the Defendants had jointly benefitted by over £4 million. The EA also […]

26.01.16

Eurostar clerk acquitted in Operation Boromo

A Eurostar bookings clerk has been acquitted of conspiring to defraud numerous Government agencies, causing losses in the region of £2.8m. Operation Boromo was an investigation into a sophisticated commercial-scale benefits and immigration fraud, and the largest ever investigation  by the DWP. Five defendants pleaded guilty to the conspiracy, which involved the dishonest exploitation of […]

22.12.15

Steven N’Zonzi acquitted

Professional footballer Steven N’Zonzi, who plays for Sevilla in La Liga was acquitted of an allegation of common assault at Crewe Magistrates’ Court on 22.12.15. Matthew Butt was defending Mr N’Zonzi

18.12.15

Bloody Sunday soldiers win judicial review of the Police Service of Northern Ireland

The Lord Chief Justice has ruled it would be unlawful for the Police Service of Northern Ireland to arrest any of the former British soldiers who fired live rounds on ‘Bloody Sunday’ for the purpose of interviewing them about the events that day.  See judgment here. The former soldiers who brought the claim were represented […]

17.12.15

Londoner convicted of terrorist related offences

Mustafa Abdullah has been convicted of 13 offences contrary to section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000. On his return from a 6-month trip to Syria, he was found to be in possession of training videos designed to educate would be Jihadis in the use and maintenance of firearms. Recordings of lectures giving detailed instructions […]

Film partnership tax relief

Verdicts have been returned in an HMRC prosecution of 4 RBS traders for alleged tax evasion via membership of a loss making film partnership. Patrick Gibbs QC and Simon Farrell QC appeared for 2 of the traders.

Five Defendants cleared of conspiracy to steal

The defendants were accused of an “inside job” and it was alleged that they had stolen at least £112,000 from a luxury hotel in central London. Following a 4-week trial at the Inner London Crown Court, the jury unanimously acquitted all five defendants. Robert Morris appeared for the second defendant

01.12.15

Abuse Inquiry

Clair Dobbin has been instructed to be the leading junior on three of the twelve investigations to be conducted by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, namely the investigations into children in the care of Lambeth Council, children in the care of Nottinghamshire Councils and Cambridge House, Knowl View and Rochdale Council. Click here […]

06.11.15

Mother receives a suspended sentence for manslaughter of her 4 month old baby

On 4th November 2015, Mr Justice Haddon-Cave passed a 2 year suspended sentence to a young mother who had pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her four month old baby son. She had been suffering from post-natal depression at the time of the incident, and had a complex mental health history including an episode of […]