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The burden of proof where a defence is raised under s45 Modern Slavery Act 2015

Ben Douglas-Jones QC appeared for the Crown in MK v R; Gega v R [2018] EWCA Crim 667, a crucially important case which has resolved the burden of proof where a defence is raised under s45 Modern Slavery Act 2015. ...
28 March 2018

Record number of convictions for FACT & Sky
On 21st March at Birmingham magistrates Court, three directors of a pub company were convicted after trial of 65 offences for the dishonest reception and live broadcasts of Sky Sports programs in three pubs in the Midlands. One of the publicans was also...
28 March 2018

R v Edwards [2018] EWCA Crim 595
Ben Douglas-Jones QC appeared for the Crown in R v Edwards [2018] EWCA Crim 595 in which the Vice President of the Court of Appeal handed down definitive guidance on the approach to sentencing defendants with mental illnesses. ...
27 March 2018

5PB announcement re: revised AGFS
Members of chambers have considered the new Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme which it is currently proposed to be introduced on 1st April 2018. We believe that the proposals jeopardise the continued existence of the publicly funded criminal bar. We support...
26 March 2018

Best evidence rule, memory refreshing, status of Forms MGDDA in Drink and Drug Driving cases

Ben Douglas-Jones QC appeared for the DPP in an important Divisional Court case before the President of the QBD and Kerr J in which the best evidence rule, memory refreshing,...
20 March 2018

Acquittal of young professional on appeal after guilty pleas in the Magistrates’ Court
Josh Normanton, instructed on a direct access basis for an appeal in the Crown Court, ensured a successful appeal for a young professional accused of fare evasion offences. The client had pleaded guilty in the Magistrates’...
12 March 2018

Acquittal of registered nurse accused of dishonesty and assault in disciplinary proceedings.
In disciplinary proceedings brought by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Josh Normanton, instructed by Blackfords solicitors, successfully challenged a wide array...
08 March 2018