News and Events - Criminal Defence

18th Jun 2019News

Fiona Robertson Challenges Murder Convictions Following Disruptions to Jury Deliberations

Fiona Robertson represented 4 appellants challenging their convictions for murder in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division (R v Woodward, Spencer, Lamzini and Stoute [2019] EWCA Crim 1002). The appellants faced an 8-10 week trial and jurors were selected partly on the basis that they did not have pre-booked holidays. The trial was blighted by […]

11th Jun 2019News

JUSTICE Publishes Report on Prosecuting Sexual Offences

On 10th June 2019, Justice published its report on prosecuting sexual offences.  The working party, chaired by HH Peter Rook QC, sought to identify areas where greater efficiency could be achieved without eroding the right to a fair trial. The report calls for important reforms to protect complainants and vulnerable individuals, and recommends stronger obligations […]

16th May 2019News

Hannah Thomas Appears in the Divisional Court

Hannah Thomas recently appeared in the Divisional Court acting for the appellant in an appeal by way of case stated. The appellant appealed against the decision of a Judge at the Crown Court sitting at Inner London to dismiss his appeal against conviction for possession of an offensive weapon[1]. The legal argument advanced on appeal […]