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Whistleblowing – is a perceived disclosure sufficient?

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Diarmuid Bunting has provided a practice note about whether a perceived disclosure is sufficient in whistleblowing cases. Click here to download the article. Diarmuid’s clerks can be contacted on 0161 214 1500 or email clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk  

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Eleanor Keehan elected to CoPPA Executive

We are very pleased to announce that Family Law and Court of Protection barrister Eleanor Keehan has been voted onto the CoPPA executive committee. The election took place at  the CoPPA AGM in London. CoPPA is a multi-disciplinary organisation whose aims are to consolidate and develop good practice in the Court of Protection and in […]

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Settlement at Interim discount rate

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Yesterday Philip Grundy obtained Court approval for a settlement sum of £4.5m for a 37-year-old, high level functioning traumatic brain injury Claimant, using the new discount rate multipliers. The offer was made two days before the start of a trial which was estimated to last between five and seven days and involve four experts on […]

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Rape juries reach guilty verdicts before deliberation

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Criminal barrister Nigel Booth has provided legal guidance for a research project which was commissioned to better understand the psychology of jurors trying allegations of sexual offences in the UK. The study was conducted by Dominic Willmott, a researcher at Huddersfield University. It found evidence of a predictive relationship between juror demographics, personal experience, and […]

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Coronial appointment for Laura Nash

Laura Nash

Warmest congratulations to Laura Nash, who has been appointed Assistant Coroner at Oldbury Coroner’s Court. Laura has extensive experience dealing with inquests, acting for both properly interested persons and for the family. She has built a strong criminal and prison law practice, specialising in deaths in custody. She also has considerable experience of acting on […]

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R v Liam Peter Sharp

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Paul O’Shea defended Liam Sharp who was found guilty of dangerous driving at Sheffield Crown Court. Mr Sharp was found not guilty of the more serious charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. Sharp ran over Nazeem Hussain during a mass riot involving 150 men in Sheffield last summer. Mr Hussain was left with […]

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Release the Quacken!

We’re delighted that SJB’s Barrister Duck will once again participate in the Chester Duck Race. The event, run by the Countess of Chester Hospital, is in aid of the Babygrow appeal. The appeal was launched in 2012 to raise funds to build a new, much needed, neonatal unit at the hospital. SJB’s ‘Barrister Duck’ will […]

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R v Lea Paul Dean

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Ben Lawrence prosecuted Lea Paul Dean who was jailed for six years after being found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl. Dean was convicted at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court following an investigation by Staffordshire Police’s Child Exploitation Team. The 26-year-old had previously admitted four counts of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl. The case was covered on […]

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Julie Richardson joins Chambers

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We extend a warm welcome to Julie Richardson who has joined our Sheffield Chambers. Julie specialises in Family Law. She previously worked as a Higher Court Advocate at a respected law firm in Sheffield. To contact Julie’s clerks please email sheffield.clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk or call 0114 273 8951.

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Douglas Lloyd Successfully Defends Nurse Accused of Abuse

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Douglas Lloyd has successfully defended a nurse who faced being struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), following allegations from colleagues that she had abused patients. Following a contested hearing, an NMC panel found all 11 allegations of verbal abuse not proven. Further allegations of mistreatment were found proven only on a limited […]

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