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Edward Fail, Bradshaw & Waterson again ranked in Chambers and Partners

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Chambers and Partners  is an independent research company operating across 200 jurisdictions delivering detailed rankings and insight into the world's leading lawyers. Edward Fail, Bradshaw and Waterson are delighted to once again be recommended...

Acquittal in Aggravated Burglary at Basildon Crown Court after long delay

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Head of Crown Court Team and Partner, Natalie Berman was advocate and was instructed by Partner, Kirsty Bishop. Our client was one of three men who was alleged to have entered an address at gunpoint and stolen two bags and a watch. Our client...

Edward Fail, Bradshaw & Waterson once again ranked in the Legal 500

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The Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms in over 150 jurisdictions and is the client guide to the best law firms. We are delighted that we are once again recommended again for our expertise in crime. Edward Fail, Bradshaw &...

Exceptional Circumstances successfully argued in firearms case

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Head of Crown Court Team and Partner, Natalie Berman who was instructed by one of our Partners Kirsty Bishop (assisted by Cally Gormally) successfully argue for exceptional circumstances in a peculiar firearms case where the mandatory minimum applied. Our...

Press Release: Another XR Conviction Overturned

Adeela Khan
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Following on from the successful appeal on behalf of  successful appeal on behalf of Amelia Halls  last week, today our client Neil Traynor had his conviction overturned at the Central Criminal Court. Our client, Neil Traynor, was initially...

Open Letter to HMP Pentonville

Paul Harris
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An open letter to Ian Blakeman, Governor of HMP Pentonville concerning access to HMP Pentonville with electronic tablets Dear Sir, Re:  Access to HMP Pentonville with Tablets My partner, Natalie Berman attended HMP Pentonville this morning,...

Press Release: XR Conviction Overturned

Adeela Khan
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Today, our client Amelia Halls had her conviction overturned at the Central Criminal Court. Amelia was represented by Head of Protest Department, Adeela Khan who instructed  Shina Animashaun of Garden Court Chambers. Our client was initially convicted...

Rare Acquittal in Court Martial Case

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Natalie Berman instructed Ben Smitten of 25 Bedford Row, to defend a Colonel in the British Army (who was also a Cambridge law graduate) at the Catterick Court Martial Centre. In 2019, the defendant was President of the Board in...

Would you prefer to defer?

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Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPA) were largely considered an American mechanism until their introduction in February 2014 by Schedule 17 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013. Since then, there has been 12 DPAs between the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and...

Unequivocally Equivocal - Case Comment on R-v-Plaku & Ors [2021] EWCA Crim 588

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The recent decision by the Court of Appeal in the case of  R-v-Plaku & Ors [2021] EWCA 568  makes clear that to be entitled to full credit, a plea (or indication) must be unequivocal at the first opportunity - being likely to plead is not...

ADDENDUM PRESS RELEASE: RE HILLSBOROUGH VERDICT

Paul Harris
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Our first press release can be found  here On behalf of Alan Foster: Introduction We of course accept the verdict of the Inquest of unlawful killing. However, this trial was not about how people tragically died on that day. We entirely...

Press Release: Alan Stanley Foster

Paul Harris
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The Ruling and Appendix can be found  here Today, Mr Justice William Davis ruled there was no case to answer Mr Foster's sympathy remains with the families of and those who tragically lost their lives on 15th April 1989.  Such sympathy...

Press Release: What next for those wrongly prosecuted by the Post Office?

Paul Harris
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Judgment on the Post Office Appeals We are pleased that the convictions of our Post Office Appeal clients have finally been quashed today. The Court of Appeal found both categories of abuse in each of their cases. The successful Appeal against the private...

Criminal Damage - A Monumental Shift?

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Proposals are contained at Section 46 of the  Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021  to allow for specific provision for the prosecution of criminal damage to memorials, to increase sentencing powers and allow for those cases to be tried...

Remote Hearings: an opportunity to modernise the criminal justice system

Paul Harris
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Remote hearings were introduced early in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On 5 January 2021, the Lord Chief Justice  published guidance  in light of the third lockdown and stated that “ No participant in legal proceedings should be...

Press Release: Post Office Appeals

Paul Harris
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Paul Harris and instructed Counsel,  Sam Stein QC  of Nexus Chambers are delighted for our clients Scott Darlington, Rubbina Shaheen and Peter Holmes (deceased) represented by his wife Marion Holmes that the Post Office have indicated that...

Legal 500 2021

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Edward Fail, Bradshaw & Waterson are once again delighted to be ranked as one of the leading firms for general crime in the 2021 edition of Legal 500.  It is testament to the strength and depth of our team, and dedication to providing the...

Paul Harris celebrates 30 years at Edward Fail, Bradshaw & Waterson

Paul Harris
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Today marks thirty years since I started work at Edward Fail, Bradshaw & Waterson Solicitors as a trainee solicitor. My training principal was John Lafferty, who ran the firm for many years before becoming a Crown Court Judge at...

Press Release: Frank Ludlow

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  Mr Ludlow received a 10-month suspended sentence at Portsmouth Crown Court after pleading guilty to breaches of the regulatory regime by manufacturing, possessing and attempting to supply an unauthorised medicinal product labelled as ‘Trinity...

Supporting Young People at the Police Station

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Young people require careful and considered representation at the police station and PACE Codes provide them specific protection whilst in police custody and being questioned by the police. COVID-19 has highlighted the particular need to support young people...