Training & Knowledge: Criminal Defence

24th Jun 2021Blog

Court of Appeal warns advocates to take care where life sentences and determinate sentences are imposed at the same time – Narita Bahra QC & Stacy Stroud

The Court of Appeal has issued guidance to advocates, warning them to take care at sentencing hearings where a combination of indeterminate and determinate sentences are imposed. Narita Bahra QC assisted by Stacy Stroud, was appointed by the Registrar to represent the defendant on appeal. They were successful in reducing the minimum term the client […]

2nd Nov 2020Newsletters

COVID-19 & Custody Time Limits: An Update

The refusal of HHJ Raynor at Woolwich Crown Court to extend the custody time limit in two unrelated cases has been widely reported. An application to extend the custody time limit in a third case was heard by Mrs Justice Whipple, although HHJ Raynor had previously had conduct of the case. The first three defendants […]

2nd Nov 2020Newsletters

Recent Proceeds of Crime Developments

R v Bajaj [2020] EWCA Crim 1111 – Assessment of Benefit In Bajaj the Court of Appeal considered the assessment of benefit where criminal proceeds came from an illegally rented property, and offered a stark warning about the need to consider confiscation proceedings at the point of charge. Crown Court confiscation proceedings Mr Bajaj was […]

16th Jul 2019Blog

Ensuring the Reliability of Expert Witnesses in Criminal Cases

Narita Bahra QC and Nick James of Furnival Chambers contribute to the LexisNexis Corporate Crime analysis: commenting on the credibility of expert witnesses in criminal trials following the recent collapse of the carbon credit and diamond sales hearing. What was the background to the carbon credit and diamond sales hearing and why was it abandoned? […]

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 […]