Category: News

Couple jailed for £6,000 Tesco voucher fraud

A couple have been jailed for fraudulently using thousands of pounds of Tesco vouchers to buy electronics. Justine White, 44, and Joseph Robert McDermott, 45, of Bootle, Liverpool, were convicted at Mold Crown Court of conspiracy to defraud. The pair defrauded Tesco stores across north Wales and Cheshire using £6,000 worth of vouchers to buy computer tablets and alcohol to sell on eBay. McDermott was jailed for 12 months and White for 11 months. View news article on the BBC … Read More

Successful youth court rape defence

James Coutts successfully defending a fourteen year old accused of rape and other sexual offences against a six year old. The Defendant was acquitted on all four charges. The case involved pre-prepared written cross-examination of young witnesses and issues relating to bad character and previous sexual knowledge.   … Read More

Successful defence of drug supply conspiracy

Duncan Bould and Matthew Curtis successfully defended their clients in a multi-hand drug trial at Caernarfon Crown Court which lasted for 7 weeks. Their clients were acquitted of all counts against them following a gruelling trial which contained the highest volume of evidence currently in any trial in England and Wales. View news article on the Daily Post … Read More

Chief Officer jailed for campaign of harassment

Owen Edwards, leading Matthew Corbett-Jones, successfully prosecuted the former head of Humberside CID in a six week trial at Manchester Crown Court. Colin Andrews a retired Detective Chief Superintendent and Manager of the Criminal Justice Unit at Humberside Police was convicted of four counts reflecting a campaign of harassment against two women. Several senior officers were called in a trial in which the defendant in essence suggested that he was the victim of a witch hunt. The defendant was convicted of aggravated stalking, harassment, assault and witness intimidation. Sentencing the defendant to imprisonment Mrs Justice Patterson said that he had abused the trust placed in him by the public and that his behaviour had at times been delusional. His conduct had a profound and lasting effect on the lives of his victims. View news article on the Hull Daily Mail, The Daily Mail and … Read More

TP v Derby Youth Court

Simon Mintz has just succeeded in his second judicial review within the last 12 months against the Committal of Youths to the Crown Court under the ‘grave crimes’ provisions, this time from Derby Youth Court, who committed a 13 year old boy with severe learning difficulties to the Crown Court in relation to three offences Robbery, after having found him unfit to stand trial. Lord Justice Davis and Mr Justice Foskett at RCJ did not hesitate to quash the committal in this case.   … Read More

Landmark Court of Appeal Success for Anthony O’Toole

Mr. Anthony O’Toole appeared in the Court of Appeal on 20 January 2015, in the case of Edwards v Kumarasamy, on behalf of the Claimant. The appeal concerned whether the Defendant landlord was liable for injuries sustained by the Claimant tenant due to the extended covenant implied into the tenancy by section 11(1A) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. Read More … Read More

Finance Director stole £30,000 to fuel £150 a day cocaine habit

Paulinus Barnes of Linenhall Chambers successfully prosecuted a financial director who stole thousands of pounds to fuel his drug addiction. The Defendant who stole almost £30,000 to pay for his £150 a day cocaine habit, was one of the highest earners at the not for profit companies where he was employed. After hearing evidence and submissions put forward by Mr Barnes the Judge at Warrington Crown Court found there had been a “grave breach of trust” and sentenced the Defendant to 16 months imprisonment. View news article on the Leader Live … Read More

Prolific burglar imprisoned for three years

Anna Pope of Linenhall Chambers successfully prosecuted a prolific burglar who targeted houses in the Wrexham area following his release from prison. After hearing submissions from Miss Pope the Judge sentenced the Defendant to 3 years imprisonment stating that “there is little worse than having people’s security damaged by knowing there has been a burglar in the property”. View news article on Leader Live … Read More

Michael Barrow successfully defends bank’s claim to enforce legal charge

Michael Barrow recently successfully defended HSBC’s claim for possession of a farm seeking to rely upon its legal charge. The case was defended on the basis that the bank had not complied with its obligations following Barclays Bank PLC V O’Brien and Royal Bank of Scotland PLC V Etridge. The case reference is: HSBC Bank PLC V Catherine Mary Brown (2015) EWHC 359 (ch). Read more here. Read More