Training & Knowledge: Brian O'Neill QC

2nd Nov 2020Newsletters

R v Broughton Clarifying Causation in Gross Negligence Manslaughter

SUMMARY In 2017 a 24-year-old woman, Louella Fletcher Michie, died at the Bestival Music Festival, having taken 2-CP, a Class A drug, supplied by her boyfriend, the appellant. The Prosecution’s case was that having supplied the drug and remained with her, the appellant owed Louella a duty of care to secure medical assistance as her […]

6th Apr 2020Newsletters

Sports’ Books & Films: OUR TOP 10

Whilst it may not be a pre-requisite to love sport in order to practise sports law, for the vast majority of us there is almost certainly some correlation between the two.  So in these troubled times with no games to go to and no live sport to watch on TV the Sports’ Law team at […]

21st Jan 2020Newsletters

Breaches & Bungs

Brian O’Neill QC and Julia Faure Walker, who secured the convictions of two football agents and a former assistant head coach, consider the inter-relationship between the FA Regulations and the Bribery Act 2010.  In December 2019, following a two months’ trial at Southwark Crown Court, two football agents, Giuseppe Pagliara and Dax Price, and the […]

8th Oct 2019Newsletters

No Go v Bojo

Divisional Court’s Reasoning for Quashing Issue of Summons Against Boris Johnson On 3 July 2019 the Divisional Court (Rafferty LJ and Supperstone J) handed down its reasons for the decision to overturn the issuing of a summons against Mr Boris Johnson in one of the most high profile decisions in a private prosecution to date. […]

7th Dec 2017Newsletters

Self-defence and the Householder – Disproportionate Force May be Unreasonable Even in Defence of the Home

It is now eighteen years since Tony Martin disturbed two burglars in his remote Norfolk farmhouse.  He fired at them three times with a shotgun, killing sixteen-year-old Brendan Fearon and seriously injuring the other intruder.  His conviction for murder, later reduced to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility, set off a public and political debate […]