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? […]

4th Dec 2018Blog

Final Closing Speech

Jackie Samuel retired from Chambers after a successful career panning over 45 years at the Bar. Below is her ‘final closing speech’ delivered to members of chambers which includes interesting and amusing anecdotes from her life at the Bar as a female barrister.  Members of 2 Hare Court, I rise to my feet to make […]

4th Jul 2018Articles

Achieving Sea-Change: Criminal Disclosure Failures

Too little, too late? As the CPS publishes its disclosure review, Narita Bahra and Fiona Robertson assess whether its assurances and safeguards can possibly achieve the pledged sea change.  The recent admission by outgoing Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has struggled to cope with the amount of digital evidence now available on […]

10th Nov 2017Blog

HMICFRS Report Criticises Response to Modern Day Slavery

This month Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (‘HMICFRS) released a highly critical report of the current response to modern slavery in the UK. Government estimates suggested there were up to 13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK in 2013. However, the clandestine and highly mobile nature of the offending, […]

5th May 2017Blog

Representation in section 2 CJA 1987 interviews

The Law Society yesterday issued new guidance in relation to the presence of an interviewee’s legal adviser at a section 2 interview. The background Section 2 provides that the Director of the SFO may require a person under investigation or a person whom he has reason to believe has relevant information to answer questions or […]

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