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Jackson on Fixed Costs

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Daniel Frieze, head of our personal injury group, has been quoted in the legal press as they published reactions to Lord Justice Jackson’s review of civil litigation costs. The Law Society Gazette wrote: Daniel Frieze, barrister at St John’s Buildings, said:  ‘These fixed costs proposals run the risk of denying many claimants access to justice – a topic particularly […]

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R v O – Operation Single

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Paul O’Shea represented one of the defendants who was charged following Operation Single – believed to be the largest operation of methamphetamine (crystal meth/Ice) production in the UK, and the first ever find by South Yorkshire Police. The woman was acquitted following a two-week trial, while the other three Defendants were all convicted and received sentences of […]

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R v Nielsen & Beech (& another)

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Gordon Stables represented the defendants Ulrik Nielsen and Alex Beech for their part in a £200,000 conspiracy to pass off horsemeat as beef which was sold to retailers. Nielsen bought horsemeat and beef from suppliers across Europe and Beech had arranged for shipments to be transferred and handled. Both Nielsen and Beech pleaded guilty to the same charge […]

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POCA Proceedings Following £1m Tax Fraud

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Laura Nash prosecuted POCA proceedings against Mubbashir Alam Aslam who was convicted in November 2014 of carrying out an elaborate £1m tax fraud. Aslam set up six fake clothing businesses to cheat HM Revenue and Customs out of VAT refunds with fake receipts. He is alleged to have read “hundreds of books on business” whilst previously serving […]

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Yorkshire Legal Awards Shortlist

We delighted to have been shortlisted for Chambers of the Year in the 2017 Yorkshire Legal Awards. The awards bring together this region’s legal community to recognise and celebrate its myriad achievements. The ceremony will take place on 12 October at New Dock Hall in Leeds. Good luck to all the shortlisted candidates.

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R v Warren Kirkby

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Jane Dagnall prosecuted Warren Kirkby at Bolton Crown Court on 25 July. Kirkby pleaded guilty to a range of sexual offences that occurred between 1977 and 2006. The four victims’ impact statements were read to the court by Jane Dagnall which detailed the effect Kirkby’s behaviour has had on their lives. Kirkby was sentenced to 12 years. The […]

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Samantha Openshaw on Withdrawing Stage 2 Offers

Samantha Openshaw

Samantha Openshaw has written an article titled “Withdrawing Stage 2 Offers (Or Not)” Click here to download the PDF. Contact Samantha’s Clerks: 0161 214 1500 Or email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

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Douglas Lloyd joins Chambers

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We’re delighted to announce that Douglas Lloyd has joined Chambers. Douglas specialises in Crime and Regulatory Law, with a particular focus on Professional Regulation. He is a much in-demand advocate, popular with instructing solicitors for his straight-forward but comprehensive advice. Douglas was previously at chambers in London where he built a successful Crime and Regulatory Law […]

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Inquest into the death of Lee Ridgway

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Expert inquest barrister Simon Murray represented the family in the inquest into the death of 16-year-old Lee Ridgway. The court heard that the day before his death, Lee was taken by ambulance to A&E at Stepping Hill hospital in a distressed state, after stating that he wanted to die. After being told they faced a three […]

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Robert Edwards comments on Ransomware Attack

Robert Edwards is a cybercrime and fraud specialist, prosecuting some of the most complicated cases in recent years. In regards to the recent cyber-attacks in Ukraine, Robert’s comments have been featured in The Telegraph and the Consumerist.

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