News and Events - Criminal Defence


6th Dec 2019Newsflash

Jonathan Laidlaw QC defends in case dismissed from the Central Criminal Court today.

Following a hearing before the Supreme Court, charges of torture, allegedly committed during the first Liberian civil war in 1990 by Dr Agnes Taylor, were dismissed by Mr Justice Sweeney at the Central Criminal Court this morning.  Jonathan Laidlaw QC acted for the defendant, along with Steven Powles QC. Read more here and here. Jonathan […]

26th Nov 2019News

Nneka Akudolu Defends Client Aquitted in Car Park Gang Rape Trial

Nneka represented the first of three defendants charged with the rape and sexual assault of a woman in broad daylight, who they had met 30 minutes earlier. An unusual feature of the case was that the entire incident had been filmed by a concerned member of the public from his flat which overlooked the scene. […]

20th Nov 2019News

Narita Bahra QC instructed to defend in a Triple Murder Trial

Narita’s client is alleged to have murdered his wife and two children before leaving the UK. Extradition proceedings resulted in the client being tried 12 years post the date of the offences. The case involves challenging numerous expert reports including; Pathologists, Cell Site, Telephonic, DNA and Fingerprint Experts. The focus of the defence centred around […]

15th Nov 2019News

Acquittal of Lead Defendant in £25M Money Laundering Excise Fraud at Southwark Crown Court

After a seven week five-handed HMRC prosecution at Southwark Crown Court, David Whittaker QC, leading Tyrone Belger, this week secured the acquittal of the lead defendant and Head of International Business Development at a London-based finance Company, on all six charges he faced. The Crown alleged that across just 2 years over £25 million cash […]

25th Oct 2019News

Gudrun Young Secures Acquittal in Historic Rape Case

Gudrun Young secures acquittal in historic rape case.  Ylli Kalemi (also known as Salemi Sherifi) was alleged to have raped the 14 year old granddaugther of his boss in August 1998.  However, he was granted bail and fled the country in January 1999.  He lived and worked in Ireland for 20 years before being arrested […]

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