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Mark Ford successfully defends client charged with conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life

Following a trial at the Liverpool Crown Court lasting over 3 months, the client of Mark Ford, James Bennett, was acquitted of conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life, conspiracy to transfer prohibited firearms and conspiracies to supply drugs of Class A and C. The prosecution alleged that Mr Bennett had…Read more

Isobel Thomas led in successful murder prosecution at Preston Crown Court

Isobel Thomas, led by David McLachlan QC, was instructed as Junior Counsel for the prosecution of a convicted drug dealer accused of murder. The defendant, aged 39, was unanimously convicted of murder following a 9-day trial at Preston Crown Court. The court heard how the defendant subjected a vulnerable man…Read more

Chris Daw QC secures freedom for Cheshire financier in a major prosecution by the National Illegal Money Lending Team

On 13th March at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, Chris Daw QC secured the freedom of a Manchester businessman who illegally lent large sums in business loans to 30 friends, businesses and associates. Craig LaPenna, 57, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, avoided a prison sentence after Chris Daw QC, defending, successfully…Read more

Jeremy Lasker secures the acquittal of a Prison Officer charged with assaulting a prisoner and attempting to Pervert the Course of Justice.

The Prosecution had alleged that the Defendant, a Prison Officer at HMP Garth, had initiated a confrontation with a prisoner and had then retaliated with unnecessary and unlawful violence causing the prisoner actual bodily harm.   It was alleged he had   then attempted to cover up his unlawful actions in…Read more

Operation Riptide has concluded with prison sentences totalling over 75 years

Mr Jeremy Lasker secured the conviction of the ‘inside man’ employed as a driver by G4S Security at their Swinton depot. This Defendant, who received a 20-year sentence had provided information to his co-conspirators enabling them to carry out a series of armed robberies against G4S cash in transit…Read more

Untraced drivers and the MIB: case law update

On 20 February 2019, the Supreme Court gave judgment in Cameron (Respondent) v Liverpool Victoria Insurance Co Ltd (Appellant) UKSC 6. The Court of Appeal’s order was set aside and the first instance order granting summary judgment against Ms Cameron was reinstated. On 26 May 2013, Ms Cameron was…Read more

Neil Usher prosecutes BBC Editor for victim of rape being named on air

Neil Usher, instructed by the National Crime Agency, prosecuted Arif Ansari, Head of News for the BBC Asian Network. Mr Ansari was accused of allowing a reporter to name in his broadcast one of the victims of the Rotherham sex abuse cases. He is the first BBC editor to…Read more

Henry Blackshaw Secures Convictions in Aviation Prosecution

R v Murgatroyd has been a trial at Manchester Crown Court of breaches of the Air Navigation Order (ANO) 2016 and associated regulations, which is the legislative framework for civil aviation in the UK. This domestic law is now subject to a considerable overlay of European legislation, originating from…Read more