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Legal 500 rankings 2017

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St John’s Buildings is delighted that 49 barristers across nine practice areas have been ranked by the Legal 500 2017 – one of the highest for any set without a London presence. Our clerking teams also were also highly praised for providing ‘a first class service.’ The Set overview states: “St John’s Buildings is ‘a […]

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Alison Moss: Sentence appeal dismissed

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Laura Marshall represented the prosecution in Alison Moss’ appeal against sentence, having also prosecuted in the original trial, led by Andrew Robertson QC. Moss had received a life sentence following the murder of 47-year-old Craig Wild. She was found guilty by a jury at Sheffield Crown Court. The appeal was before LJ Hallett, Vice President of the Court […]

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R v Rhiannon Ferguson

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David James defended Rhiannon Ferguson (dubbed the “Selfie Queen” by tabloids), who was jailed for seven years at Preston Crown Court, having pleaded guilty to possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply. Ms Ferguson had been arrested with £350,000 worth of cocaine in her car after drugs officers received a tip-off. The […]

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Whistleblowing – is a perceived disclosure sufficient?

Diarmuid Bunting

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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