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  • Crime - 13, November
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    Oliver Willmott prosecutes on serious collision between car transporter and ferry on River Humber

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    Posted by Colleen Inker

    A former captain and marine pilot have each been given four months suspended sentences after pleading guilty to causing a collision in the River Humber. Gehan Sirimanne, marine pilot, now retired and Ruslan Uromov, former captain were sentenced at Hull Crown Court today (8th November) after pleading guilty to offences in connection with a collision … Continue reading Oliver Willmott prosecutes on serious collision between car transporter and ferry on River Humber

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  • Crime - 26, October
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    Goodbye to the Ghosh Test – disproving the test for dishonesty

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    Posted by Colleen Inker

    Whilst deciding a civil case on casino winnings yesterday (25 October 2017) the Supreme Court disapproved the test for dishonesty which has been applied in Theft Act and fraud cases for the last 35 years. In Ivey v Genting Casinos [2017] UKSC 67 the Court was concerned with whether card turning in a game of … Continue reading Goodbye to the Ghosh Test – disproving the test for dishonesty

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  • Crime - 18, October
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    Autumn Seminar booking now open

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    Posted by Colleen Inker

    We are delighted to continue our seminar series in Bristol on Thursday 16th November (17.00 – 19.30) at the Radisson Blu Hotel. The programme of talks is as follows: Robin Shellard: Modern slavery – a 21st century crime On 31 July 2015 three key provisions of the Modern Slavery Act came into force criminalising: slavery, servitude … Continue reading Autumn Seminar booking now open

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  • Crime - 12, October
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    Defining Torture: opening the door for unlawful immigration detention claims

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    Posted by Charley Pattison

    Earlier this week the Charity Medical Justice and seven claimant victims of torture were successful in their judicial review claims to the High Court (Medical Justice and Others v SSHD [2017] EWHC 2461 (Admin)). The issue before the High Court was whether the Secretary of State for the home Department (SSHD) had issued unlawful statutory … Continue reading Defining Torture: opening the door for unlawful immigration detention claims

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  • Crime - 5, October
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    Acquittal for ex Arsenal player accused of rape

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    Posted by Colleen Inker

    Former Arsenal footballer, Kerrea Gilbert has been acquitted after standing trial accused of raping a 17 year old female in Bristol. Mr Kerrea, represented by Queen Square’s David Maunder, told a jury he had consensual sex with the teenager who later claimed it was forced. Standing trial with Mr Kerrea and also accused of raping … Continue reading Acquittal for ex Arsenal player accused of rape

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  • Crime - 22, June
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    Commercial & Criminal pupil now available for instructions

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    Posted by Amy Wood

    We are delighted to announce Adam Farhadian-Griffiths is now available to be instructed, having completing his first six under pupil supervisors Charles Row and Mark Williams. Adam was called to the Bar in 2013 after completing a Commercial Law LLM. Prior to pupillage Adam was appointed as in-house counsel for a financial services business in … Continue reading Commercial & Criminal pupil now available for instructions

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  • Crime - 10, April
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    Another Brick in the Wall: Section 444 of the Education Act 1996

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    Posted by Catherine Flint

    With the Easter Holidays upon us, prices for flights and holidays have shot up. This is a pain that any parent of a school-age child will be all too familiar with: the cost of taking the family away during the school holidays. It is this cost that lead Jon Platt to take his daughter out … Continue reading Another Brick in the Wall: Section 444 of the Education Act 1996

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  • Crime - 13, March
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    Criminal Department Spring CPD Seminars

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    Posted by Amy Wood

    The Criminal Department will be hosting Spring seminars this May in both Bristol and Cardiff. 11th May 2017 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Broad Quay, Bristol, BS1 4BY 17th May 2017 at the Clayton Hotel, St Mary Street, Cardiff, CF10 1GD Registration and refreshments from 5pm, with the following talks starting at 5.30pm for two … Continue reading Criminal Department Spring CPD Seminars

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  • Crime - 1, March

    New vacancy – Seeking level 3 or 4 CPS RASSO advocates

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    Posted by Amy Wood

    Queen Square Chambers is a busy common law set based in the heart of Bristol, a city recently voted the best place to live in the UK. Having been established in Bristol for over 40 years, we pride ourselves on high standards of professionalism and service.  Coupled with approachability, there is a strong collaborative ethos … Continue reading New vacancy – Seeking level 3 or 4 CPS RASSO advocates

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  • Crime - 14, December

    Catherine Flint represents Newport childminder found not guilty

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    Posted by Catherine Flint

    Catherine Flint represented a Newport childminder found not guilty of assaulting children in her care. Alison Burt-Ryan, a childminder since 2001, was found not guilty of two counts of assault by beating, clearing her of causing injury to two boys in her care.  Cwmbran Magistrates Court heard that Mrs Burt-Ryan had been accused of two incidents … Continue reading Catherine Flint represents Newport childminder found not guilty

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  • Crime - 24, November
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    Breathe Easy, We Have a Right To Life

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    Posted by Charley Pattison

    Air Pollution in the High Court According to Public Health England, 29,000 early deaths a year in the United Kingdom are thought to be caused by inhaling tiny particles of unburnt soot known as particulate matter. The government has  recently estimated that a further 23,500 deaths are caused by the other key dangerous pollutant, nitrogen … Continue reading Breathe Easy, We Have a Right To Life

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  • Crime - 23, November
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    Earthquakes and gang culture – an update from New Zealand

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    Posted by Victoria Heasman

    The last few weeks have been hectic, both in court and outside. Having been due to spend two weeks with the Crown Law Office (the body which provides legal advice and representation services to the government) I flew to Wellington on 13 November only to be woken at midnight by my hotel room shaking. New … Continue reading Earthquakes and gang culture – an update from New Zealand

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  • Crime - 9, November
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    New tenant announcement – Lucie Stoker

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    Posted by Colleen Inker

    Queen Square Chambers is delighted to announce that Lucie Stoker (2011) will be joining our growing and busy Criminal Department, as of January 2017. Lucie joins us from Westgate Chambers where she has been practising following the successful completion of her pupillage. Her Criminal practice includes such matters as violent offences, drugs, sexual assault and … Continue reading New tenant announcement – Lucie Stoker

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  • Crime - 3, November

    Charles Row secures acquittal for Somali man accused of rape

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    Posted by Charles Row

    Charles Row defended Nasir Mahamoud before Bristol Crown Court, in a case where a group of young Somali refugee men were on trial for the rape and sexual exploitation of vulnerable, young teenage girls.  The case relied on evidence of trafficking and grooming activity over a period of 2 years.  Mr Mahamoud was acquitted on … Continue reading Charles Row secures acquittal for Somali man accused of rape

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  • Crime - 3, November

    Robin Shellard successfully defends Somali man on two counts

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    Posted by Robin Shellard

    Robin Shellard recently defended Abdiraham Galal before Bristol Crown Court, in a case where a gang of Somali men were on trial for charges of rape and abuse from five years ago.  Galal was found not guilty of two counts and the CPS have opted not to go to re-trial on another count which the … Continue reading Robin Shellard successfully defends Somali man on two counts

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  • Crime - 27, October

    A Sex Offenders Register for New Zealand

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    Posted by Victoria Heasman

    Since my last blog the Employment Law Conference was held in Auckland, a national conference for employment lawyers which is only held every two years. I attended with my colleagues and the timing was perfect: a thorough and interesting initiation into life at the New Zealand employment bar with a chance to see some of … Continue reading A Sex Offenders Register for New Zealand

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  • Crime - 13, October

    But I never agreed to this! Introduction of the guilty pleas of co-conspirators

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    Posted by Robin Shellard

    R v Denham [2016] EWCA Crim 1048 In July of this year I represented Mr Denham (D) in his appeal against conviction for conspiracy to sexually assault a child. The Judgement has just been published both in Archbold News and in CLW Issue 35/2. The issues that were considered were the introduction of the guilty … Continue reading But I never agreed to this! Introduction of the guilty pleas of co-conspirators

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  • Crime - 3, October

    Charley Pattison awarded Scholarship to work at the European Court of Human Rights

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    Posted by Charley Pattison

    Charley Pattison has been awarded by the Inns of Court a prestigious Pegasus Scholarship to work for three months at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. She will be working in the UK office of the Court and assessing applications made against the State, providing written advice to the senior lawyers, and drafting … Continue reading Charley Pattison awarded Scholarship to work at the European Court of Human Rights

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  • Crime - 28, September

    Fitness to plead in the Magistrates’ Court

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    Posted by Mike Blitz

    The vast majority of criminal cases conclude in the Magistrates’ Court, yet the rules and procedure for defendants with serious mental health difficulties (i.e. those who are ‘unfit to plead’) are opaque and somewhat non-sensical. What follows is a quick guide. Fitness to plead in the Crown Court… for context The procedure for fitness to … Continue reading Fitness to plead in the Magistrates’ Court

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  • Crime - 26, September

    A brand new tenant – Catherine Flint

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    Posted by Amy Wood

    We are absolutely delighted to announce our newest tenant is Catherine Flint.  Catherine has just completed a very successful pupillage with us and is available for Criminal and Family work. Welcome aboard!

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  • Crime - 7, September

    Life as a third six

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    Posted by Mike Blitz

    I came to Queen Square Chambers as a third-six pupil in November 2015, having completed pupillage in a London mixed common law set. Although I had developed a strong second-six practice and was likely to be offered tenancy, I decided a circuit practice – with quicker access to more senior work and a less frantic … Continue reading Life as a third six

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  • Crime - 1, September

    Autumn Seminars

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    Posted by Colleen Inker

    The Criminal Department’s Autumn CPD Dates have now been released: Can the Proceeds of Crime Act pierce the corporate veil? Oliver Willmott sets out the ground rules. How to prepare a Crown Court case for the Mags. Charley Pattison takes a look at the increasing prevalence of sex cases in the Youth court. Common sense conclusions … Continue reading Autumn Seminars

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