Govia Thameslink Railway Limited fined £1m

Govia Thameslink Railway Limited was fined £1 million following the death of a passenger on the Gatwick Express. On a line with a proliferation of trackside objects, the company failed to conduct any assessment of the risks associated with passengers having access to droplight windows, leaving passengers at risk. Instructed by the Office of Rail […]


London Bridge Terrorist Attack Inquests

The inquests into the deaths of the terrorists who were shot dead by police firearms officers during the London Bridge and Borough Market attacks concluded today. These inquests followed immediately from the inquests into the eight victims who were tragically killed on London Bridge and at Borough Market. The jury returned conclusions of lawful killing […]

Stephen Port’s drug dealer convicted of murder

Gerald Matovu was convicted of murder at the Old Bailey; he and his partner Brandan Dunbar targeted their victims through gay dating apps, drugging them and stealing from them. Matovu met a businessman through the Gindr app and gave him a fatal dose of GHB at his home in Chessington. Matovu had also previously admitted […]


Anthony Grainger Inquiry concludes

The Public inquiry into the death of Anthony Grainger has concluded that the Greater Manchester Police firearms officer, Q9, did not act unlawfully when he shot Mr Grainger. Hugh Davies QC & Emma Collins represented the firearms officer throughout the proceedings Click here to read the article from the BBC


Belgian EAWs for human trafficking discharged

Westminster Magistrates’ Court discharged five individuals today alleged to be part of a significant human trafficking gang, accused of smuggling migrants from Belgium into the UK in the cargo space of lorries. The court discharged the individuals under section 12A of the Extradition Act 2003. Rebecca Hadgett represented two of the Requested Persons in the […]


Former Company Director sentenced for £12m bribery scheme

Carole Ann Hodson was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment and ordered to pay almost £4.5m in confiscation at the Wolverhapmton Crown Court Rachel Barnes represented the Serious Fraud Office throughout the case Click here to read the article from the SFO website


Young father died by ‘misadventure’

In an inquest lasting almost 5 weeks, Neil Saunders and Heather Oliver represented 5 plain clothed officers who were involved in stopping a vehicle where 25 year old Edir Da Costa was a passenger. At some point, unbeknown to the officers, Mr Da Costa put multiple packets of crack cocaine and heroin into his mouth. […]


Account Freezing Order (AFO) discharged

On 11 June, Westminster Magistrates’ Court discharged an AFO imposed on funds received from Iran and the Metropolitan Police Service withdrew its application for a further order. AFOs are a new law enforcement tool, introduced by the Criminal Finances Act 2017. Rachel Barnes acted for the account holder, instructed by Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP