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July 2017

Stuart Trimmer QC successful in Court of Appeal in landmark ruling in case involving the death of a vulnerable adult

The Court of Appeal has upheld the conviction of a man for causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult. Prosecuted by Stuart Trimmer QC, the case concerned the death of Shahena Uddin, following long term abuse and mistreatment at the hands of several of her family members. At the original trial, Ms. Uddin’s sister-in-law, Salma Begum, was convicted of her murder. Her sister and four of her brothers, including the appellant Uddin, were convicted of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult. The Court of Appeal agreed with the Crown’s submissions that the definition of an ‘otherwise’ vulnerable adult included adults subject to particular forms of domestic violence and other controlling behaviour. The appeal was dismissed and the conviction upheld.
For a copy of the judgment, please see here.
For a news report on the original trial, please see the BBC news report.

Acquittal in Kingston stabbing case

Following a four day trial at the Crown Court at Kingston, Nick Robinson secured an acquittal for his client, who had been charged with s18 GBH with intent. The Crown alleged that following a night out in Chessington, the Defendant and two other men had attacked the complainant, stabbing him three times in the leg. The Defendant denied any involvement in the violence and was found not guilty by the jury in under an hour.

June 2017

Stuart Trimmer QC secures convictions in coma victim murder case

Stuart Trimmer QC has successfully prosecuted two men following the death of Henry Huggins, who spent 22 months in a coma following an attack in August 2013. Stuart Doherty, who had previously admitted causing grievous bodily harm to Mr. Huggins, has now been found guilty of murder, following a trial at Luton Crown Court. James Early had previously been convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, has now been found guilty of manslaughter. Both men will be sentenced later this month.
For more details on the case, please see this
BBC news report.

Stuart Trimmer QC successfully defends confiscation order in Court of Appeal

In the case of Nevitt [2017] EWCA Crim 421, Stuart Trimmer QC has successfully defended a confiscation order in the Court of Appeal. The order, which was made in 2008, had been challenged by the appellant on the basis that it ought not to have been made in his absence. Stuart was successfully able to argue that the trial judge had acted lawfully and the order was upheld.

May 2017

Jon Mitchell joins Chambers

We are delighted to announce that Jon Mitchell has Jon Mitchell has joined Chambers, as of 1st May 2017. Jon was previously a member of Goldsmiths Chambers.

Charles Digby secures acquittal of man accused of acid attack on his new partner's ex-boyfriend

Following a retrial at the Kingston Crown Court in May 2017, Charles Digby has secured  has secured the acquittal of a man accused of causing GBH with intent to do so, who was alleged to have thrown acid into the face of his new girlfriend's former partner. As a result of the attack, permanent eye damage was caused to the complainant. The girlfriend had argued with her former partner that day over contact arrangements with their child, ending the argument with "just wait and see". Charles Digby, instructed by Caroline Spencer-Boulton, argued that the complainant, who had a history of Instability, may have self harmed or, if not, his ability to recognise the defendant was poor. Charles also demonstrated a partial alibi with disclosed CCTV evidence. Whilst the 1st jury took several days before they were deadlocked, the second jury acquitted the defendant in just over an hour.

Charles Digby secures GBH conviction of wife who stabbed her husband with a carving knife.

Charlies Digby has successfully secured the conviction of a wife who stabbed her husband with a carving knife. The trial took place at Lincoln Crown Court between 3rd and 7th of April 2017. The case involved a Lithuanian woman, who ended up in a domestic violence incident with her husband over his accusation that she had brought a younger man home. Both parties were drunk when she ran to the kitchen to arm herself with a knife, she said to protect herself from her husband's attack. As he turned away to escape she stabbed him once severing his liver in two and causing him to lose over 4 units of blood.

April 2017

Acquittals in conspiracy to commit armed robbery trial

On 31st March 2017, following a six week trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court, Peter Marshall and Nick Robinson secured acquittals for their respective clients, both of whom were accused of being part of a conspiracy to commit robberies of taxi drivers at knife point. It was the prosecution case that a total of 22 robberies had been committed in the Ilford area over the course of August and September 2015. Of the six defendants on trial, Peter's and Nick's clients, who are both 18 now but were 16 at the time of the offences, were two of the three defendants acquitted.

February 2017

Ian Stewart sentenced to a life sentence for the murder of Helen Bailey

Ian Stewart was yesterday sentenced to a life sentence, having been convicted of the murder of Helen Bailey. Prosecuted by Stuart Trimmer QC, Stewart was sentenced to a life term and a schedule 21 term before he can be considered for release. HHJ Bright set that minimum term at 34 years, being the paragraph 5 30 year starting point, increased as a result of aggravating feature within paragraph 10. There will be confiscation proceedings in due course.

A copy of the sentencing remarks can be found here.

Ian Stewart convicted in Helen Bailey murder trial

Following a seven week trial, Stuart Trimmer QC successfully prosecuted Ian Stewart in relation to the murder of Helen Bailey and the disposal of her body. Stewart will be sentenced at St. Albans Crown Court on 23rd February 2017. During the trial, Stewart insisted that two others, known only as Nick and Joe, had in fact killed Helen Bailey. He said that they must have been responsible for the disposal of Helen's body and that of her beloved dog, Boris, in a cesspit under the garage.
BBC News

Kiran Pourawal joins Chambers

Chambers is delighted to announce that Kiran Pourawal has accepted an offer of tenancy, after successfully completing a third six pupillage.

January 2017

Stuart Trimmer QC prosecutes in Helen Bailey murder trial

Stuart Trimmer QC is currently prosecuting Ian Stewart in the high profile trial for the murder of Helen Bailey. Ms. Bailey was reported missing by Stewart on 15th April 2016. On 15th July 2016, her body was discovered, dumped in the cess pit under the garage at Stewart's home. Also in the pit was the body of Helen's dog, Boris. The ongoing trial, which started on 9th January 2017, is expected to conclude at the end of February 2017. For further information about the case, please see the following links.
Telegraph
BBC News
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August 2016

Helen Guest prosecutes dangerous driver who killed off duty police officer

In a trial which finished on 4th August 2016 at Peterborough Crown Court, Helen Guest successfully prosecuted Danny Warby for causing death by dangerous driving. The defendant had been opening a text message whilst driving a 13.6 tonne lorry, causing a crash which killed an office duty police officer. For more details about the case, please click here.

July 2016

Steven Kennedy published in Criminal Justice and Law Weekly

Steven Kennedy, a pupil in chambers, has had an article published in July's edition of ​Criminal Law and Justice Weekly (Vol. 180, Issue 28). Steven's article concerns sentencing in cases of historic sexual abuse and, in particular, the effect of s236A of the Criminal Justice Act 2003. You can read Steven's article here (subscription required).

Suspended sentence for drunk airline passenger

On 18th July 2016 at Isleworth Crown Court Nick Robinson secured a suspended sentence for a man who admitted being drunk on an airline, who went on to spit at and bite fellow passengers whilst on a return flight from Dubai. For full details of the case, please see the following press article.

June 2016

Kevin Walsh secures clients release in Court of Appeal

On 28th June 2016, Kevin Walsh successfully appealed his clients sentence, securing her immediate release from prison. Kevin argued that the sentencing judge had failed to take into account the effect of an immediate prison sentence on the defendant's two young children. The Court of Appeal agreed, reducing her sentence for fraud to one of 6 months, all of which time she had already served.

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Nick Robinson secures acquittal in wounding with intent 'bottling' case

At the Crown Court at Inner London Nick Robinson successfully defended his client against allegations of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. It was alleged that the Defendant had smashed her ex-partner around the head using a broken whiskey bottle, causing large lacerations to his face. The defendant, who denied using the bottle and claimed that in fact she had been the victim of an attack, was found not guilty by a jury following her trial, which finished on 15th June 2016.

Gemma Delaney wins in Court of Appeal

At the Court of Appeal on 15th June 2016, Gemma Delaney successfully appealed against a sentence of 37 months, imposed against her client for an offence of maliciously causing grievous bodily harm. The Court of Appeal agreed with the defence submissions that the sentencing judge had failed to have sufficient regard for the appellant's mitigation or given sufficient credit for his guilty plea. His sentence was reduced to 30 months.

May 2016

Helen Guest prosecutes historic sex offender, in what is thought to be the first 'video link trial'.

On 4th May 2016 at the Crown Court at Luton, Helen Guest successfully prosecuted FK for a number of offences of historic sexual abuse. In what is thought to be the first case of it's kind, FK appeared via video link from his home throughout his trial. His medical conditions meant that FK was unable to attend in person but he was represented throughout by leading counsel who appeared in the court room, and a junior, who was at his home. Sentencing will take place ‪on 9th June 2016, when it is likely that FK will again appear via video link, from prison.

April 2016

Kevin Walsh successful in Court of Appeal

On 19th April 2016, the Court of Appeal reduced the sentence of Kevin Walsh's client from 4 years to 3 years, agreeing that the original sentence imposed at the Crown Court at Exeter was manifestly excessive. Please see here for a report of the original sentence.

March 2016

Nicki Roberson defends "Cheating Police Officer"

A 'cheating police officer', who defrauded her insurance company in order to cover up an affair was sentenced to a community order at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 3rd March 2015. Nicki Roberson was able to persuade the District Judge not to send the officer to prison, despite the 'serious act of dishonesty' by the officer.

[Daily Telegraph]

Elizabeth Cobb and Emily Lauchlan join Chambers

Chambers is delighted to announce that after successfully completing 18 month pupillages both Elizabeth Cobb and Emily Lauchlan have accepted offers of tenancy.

Philip Levy Successfully Prosecutes Princes Risborough Attacker

At the Crown Court at Aylesbury Philip Levy successfully prosecuted Ruben Smith, a 19 year old who terrorised Princes Risborough with a series of a stabbing and attacks with other weapons. On 2nd March 2016 the Defendant was sentenced to a 12 year custodial sentence with a 4 year extended sentence.

Sam Stein QC joins 4BB

4 Breams Buildings is delighted to announce that Sam Stein QC has joined Chambers, with immediate effect. Sam was called to the Bar in 1988 and became a QC in 2009. He has a formidable reputation and has defended in some of the most serious and high profile cases of recent years.

Bozzie Sheffi and Alex Radley join 4BB

4 Breams Buidlings welcomes Bozzie Sheffi and Alex Radley, both formerly of Nobles Solicitors, who have recently joined Chambers. They bring with them a wealth of experience and are welcome additions to our successful, growing team.

February 2016

Rose Burns in legal challenge against Winchester City Council

[Hampshire Chronicle]

January 2016

Nicholas Lobbenberg QC leads a prosecution team of 3 in a £9,000,000 fraud at Norwich Crown Court in January 2016.

December 2015

Stuart Trimmer QC successfully prosecutes a 8 week murder at St Albans Crown Court where all the defendants were relatives of the deceased. [BBC News] [Daily Mail]