Charles Caleb Colton was a writer back at the beginning of the 19th Century who first coined the phrase “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. It is with that flattery to the fore, that we proudly publish the original blog about all that has been happening at Chambers this week.
John Harrison QC, instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service is currently prosecuting four defendants charged with Murder at Sheffield Crown Court. The trial, having started this week, is due to last another three weeks.
Denise Breen-Lawton, this week, saved a youth from custody. The defendant stabbed their victim with a knife when he was 16 and so was she in an unprovoked assault causing serious injury. After pleading guilty to Section 18 Wounding, he received a Youth rehabilitation order with various conditions when the Judge could have sent him straight to custody. The defendant was of good character before this. Miss Breen-Lawton used the Sentencing guidelines on Youths in the argument and obtained a detailed psychological report to assist with sentencing.
Jonathan Sandiford QC is to Prosecute a defendant charged with the Murder of a victim who disappeared 20 years ago.
Charlie Greenwood acting for the appellant in a CICA case has seen his clients award increased from £11,000 – £135,000. Charlie was instructed by Molly Frost and Johnny Kaye from Jordans solicitors. Charlie has written an article for our website about the case which can be read here https://www.stpaulschambers.com/criminal-injuries-appeal-success-from-11000-to-135000/
George Hazel-Owram is to defend a man charged with Attempted Murder against two victims, George is instructed by Watson Woodhouse and the case is to be heard at Teesside Crown Court.
Teesside Crown Court is also the venue for our next new Murder case, Sam Green QC is the barrister instructed on this case which is relatively high profile and has featured extensively in the local news. This case is to be heard next in a couple of weeks for a plea and trial preparation hearing.
Sophie Mitchell has become the first barrister outside of London to be rated in the The Legal 500 for her specialist knowledge in Defamation, Privacy and Data Protection. She is the only regional, ranking barrister, listed as a ‘Tier 1 Leading Junior’ in these areas. https://www.stpaulschambers.com/regional-bar-legal-500-success/
Immediate custody for two defendants who threatened to stab a man with a screwdriver for £10. Representing the prosecution, Kristina Goodwin ensures that two dangerous screwdriver wielding defendants spend the next few months at her majesty’s pleasure, the case is reported https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/princes-avenue-10-screwdriver-stab-5066524
Temitayo Dasaolu has written an article about the long awaited whiplash reforms and what can be expected when these reforms come into effect on the 31st May 2021. https://www.stpaulschambers.com/whip-slash-the-damages-slashing-whiplash-rules-are-en-route/
Emma Handley prosecuted at a sentencing hearing, a Defendant charged with affray and possession of an offensive weapon. Essentially, there was a fight in Halifax city centre with the defendant brandishing a knife because one of the males had ’nicked his bird’. He was sentenced by HHJ Rose to 14 months’ imprisonment. So rather ironically after having his “bird nicked” he is now “Nicked and doing Bird”
That is all for this week. Have a lovely weekend everyone.