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A mention for Ellen Shaw, Junior Counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse and member of the Roman Catholic investigation team, in latest published report

Ellen Shaw was instructed as Junior Counsel to the Inquiry in July 2017 and is one of four barristers on the Roman Catholic investigation team, led by Riel Karmy-Jones QC. The team undertook a vast amount of preparation for the 3-week hearing into the institutions of Ampleforth and Downside, during which Ellen assisted…Read more

Ged Doran Secures Acquittal in First Prosecution of a Far-Right Organisation Since World War II

Ged Doran, instructed by Eleanor Beckingham of DDE Law, represented a defendant charged with being a member of a proscribed organisation, National Action. During its peak, National Action bore membership of up to 100 young, white men from academic backgrounds who would regularly meet for demonstrations, dressed in skull masks, waving banners and…Read more

Matthew Howarth Property Law Update

Matthew Howarth successfully represented a local Manchester Landlord in obtaining forfeiture of a Commercial lease from a non-paying Tenant Following a fact finding hearing and legal submissions Mr Howarth was able to argue for forfeiture of the lease in a Business Tenancy…Read more

Flagship 7-year HMRC investigation collapses

The prosecution of four defendants for money laundering and evasion of duty offences collapsed due to the prosecution’s failure to comply with its disclosure obligations. All four defendants were acquitted. The HMRC case involved allegations relating to the smuggling of millions of cigarettes and evasion of duty on substantial amounts…Read more

Changes to Criminal Offences under the Data Protection Act 2018

The data protection regime underwent a monumental change in recent weeks, with the enactment of GDPR and the Data Protection Act (‘DPA’) 2018. Perhaps overlooked are the changes which was made to criminal offences under the Act. This article will provide an overview of the key changes, of which…Read more

Man Jailed for Life For Rochdale Christmas Murder

The killer of a man who was stabbed and beaten to death on Christmas Eve, 2017 in the Wardle district of Rochdale has been jailed for life. Jason Byrnes, 26, of no fixed abode had earlier pleaded guilty to the murder of Mohammed Aftab at at hearing at Manchester…Read more

Acceptance of Instructions in Legally Aided Cases

Following the announcement from the CBA about its poll, the result was, by a narrow majority, that the profession will accept the proposals negotiated with the government, including a further review in 18 months time. The CBA have now withdrawn their call for action. The members of Lincoln House Chambers…Read more