After a 4 week trial Abigail Penny and Christina Josephides - instructed by Jeremy Nicholls of Birds Solicitors - secured the acquittal of a defendant accused of kidnap, false imprisonment, blackmail and GBH with intent. Described as one of the most violent kidnaps ever seen by the Metropolitan Police Kidnap and Serious Organised Crime Unit.
Congratulations to Rhia Abukhalil and Grace Wheatley who have been offered and accepted pupillages at 4BB. We take on pupils every year and had over 120 applications during this process. The standard was extremely high. They will start in October 2019.
Chambers is delighted to announce that Ryan Brennan and Rebecca Moss have accepted offers to join Chambers after successful completion of their pupillages.
The Lord Chief Justice has appointed Tim Nutley as a Deputy District Judge, sitting on the Midland Circuit. Tim will sit for approximately six weeks per year. He remains available for instruction in both prosecution and defence work.
Stuart Trimmer QC concludes unusual confiscation saga. He acted on behalf of the Serious Fraud Office in the original proceedings (2006+2008), Court of Appeal (2017) and more recently the High Court (2019).
The High Court heard that Raymond Nevitt squandered hidden assets to fund "an extravagant and hedonistic lifestyle, going out every night and day, taking trips to Barcelona, Mont Blanc, Monte Carlo, San Rafael, Amsterdam, Paris and Ischgl. He said he would sometimes spend up to €3,000 in an evening entertaining friends over from England".
In passing judgment in favour of the SFO, and upholding the £1.6 million Confiscation Order, the court ruled "It could not have been the intention of Parliament that criminals should be able to defeat the purpose of confiscation legislation and frustrate a Confiscation Order by simply squandering the money; let alone by supporting life "on the run". There is nothing in the 1988 Act which supports such an absurd and obviously unintended conclusion."
Nicholas Lobbenberg QC elected as a Master of the Bench, Honourable Society of Gray's Inn.
Prosecution offer no evidence in Chelmsford 'throat slashing' trial. The defendant was represented by Jan Hayne
The prosecution applied to read the complainant's statement to the jury, after he twice failed to attend a secret live link location.
4 Breams Buildings will support the action suggested by the Criminal Bar Association.
We do so because it is a response we are driven to. The value of a criminal justice system is so often overlooked because the Criminal Bar works hard to plug the gaps that chronic under-funding creates.
Private prosecution brought by Saudi Arabian Sheikh’s company collapses at Southwark Crown Court. The defendants were separately represented by Nick Lobbenberg QC and George Heimler.
The two defendants had been working in the Middle East for a company based in Riyadh, whose CEO was a multi-millionaire Saudi Arabian Sheikh.
Gareth Underhill and Tim Nutley secure not guilty verdicts following HMRC disclosure failings.
This case highlighted the importance of instructing counsel who know the intricacies of the law surrounding disclosure and are prepared to pursue material relentlessly on a defendant’s behalf.
Sam Stein QC secures acquittal of murder in case at the Winchester Crown Court.
Mr. Taylor was found guilty of manslaughter despite telling police officers “I hope I’ve murdered him – that would make my day”. For more details, please see the Somerset Live News.
Nic Lobbenberg QC defends Officer P. over gross misconduct charges
Gross misconduct charges dismissed against officer in IPCC investigation into death of Aston Williams upon police contact.
Gabrielle McAvock joins Chambers
We are delighted to announce that Gabrielle McAvock has joined Chambers, as of 18th October 2017. Gabrielle was previously a member of 2 King's Bench Walk.
August - September 2017
Nic Lobbenberg successful on historic abuse case
Trial of man accused of multiple counts of rape and sexual assaults. 10 complainants historic allegations from 1980s. N was acquitted of 14 counts. Jury hung on 9
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.
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  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.
Jon Mitchell joins Chambers
We are delighted to announce that 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.
Acquittals in conspiracy to commit armed robbery trial
On 31st March 2017, following a six week trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court, Peter Marshall 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 clients, who are both 18 now but were 16 at the time of the offences, were two of the three defendants acquitted.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Military Law in action - an interview with Hassan Baig
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Rose Burns in legal challenge against Winchester City Council[Hampshire Chronicle]
Nicholas Lobbenberg QC leads a prosecution team of 3 in a £9,000,000 fraud at Norwich Crown Court in January 2016.