Training & Knowledge: David Whittaker QC

22nd Mar 2021Blog

Cycling in turmoil?

On 19 March 2021, Dr Richard Freeman, the former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor, was permanently struck off the medical register after the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) ruled that his fitness to practise was “impaired by reason of his misconduct”. The striking-off decision follows the Tribunal’s finding on 12 March 2021 that Dr […]

9th Feb 2021Newsletters

The Fatal Incident

On the morning of 3 July 2019, railway track workers Gareth Delbridge and Michael Lewis were struck and fatally injured by a passenger train at Margam East Junction on the South Wales main line. A third track worker came very close to being struck. The workers were part of a group of six staff undertaking […]

6th Apr 2020Newsletters

“New balls please”: Joe Marler takes the dark arts of rugby a step too far

The Incident On 7 March 2020, England played Wales at Twickenham Stadium in the Six Nations Rugby Championship, winning 33 points to 30.  During the first half of the match, England’s prop forward Joe Marler was seen to grab the genitals of Wales’ captain, Alun Wyn Jones. Although this incident went unnoticed by officials during […]

14th Sep 2018Newsletters

Restraint, Confiscation and Compensation in Private Prosecutions

Confiscation / Compensation In R (Virgin Media Ltd) v Zinga [2014] EWCA Crim 52, the Court of Appeal confirmed that a private prosecutor could institute confiscation proceedings by inviting the court to proceed under section 6 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA). Virgin Media Ltd had commenced a private prosecution against the defendant […]

28th Jan 2016Blog

Disclosure in Document Heavy Cases & Abuse of Process

On 21 December 2015 the Court of Appeal released a series of extracts from their judgment in R. v. R. and others ([2015] EWCA Crim 1941.) Although the full judgment may not not be reported until the conclusion of the trial the Court lifted reporting restrictions in part in order to give guidance on the […]