Shaun Wallace aka The Dark Destroyer from hit TV show The Chase, in conjunction with Great James Street Chambers hosts a charity quiz night on behalf of local beneficiary Great Ormond Street Hospital. Full amount raised to be confirmed but at the time of this post approx. £1500 has been received. Chambers was well represented by clerks and counsel. We thank all involved and who attended with particular thanks going to Shaun for generously donating his time.
Peter Lange was part of the team which successfully obtained on behalf of Uber a permanent injunction against a so-called Anti-Uber activist, prohibiting him from carrying out any further “citizens’ arrests” of Uber drivers. Uber BV v. Howarth  NSWSC 54
On the 4th March 2017, Jennifer Oborne delivered the keynote address to an audience of Turkish Supreme Court judges at an international conference on cross examination in Ankara, Turkey. The speech was entitled “Cross Examination – does it have a role in the inquisitorial system?”
Shannon Revel has secured the acquittal of a man following a successful appeal against conviction.
The Defendant had previously been convicted of attempted theft, for which he received a 4 month immediate custodial sentence consecutive to an activated 20 month suspended sentence. Shannon, instructed by Deborah Hogg of Freemans Solicitors, advanced that there was no intention to commit theft.
Amanda Jones, instructed by Quality Orion Solicitors, represented Mr O-A and has been successful in a Judicial review.
Mr. O-A has held British Passports, renewed regularly, since 1977. On his most recent application for renewal, the Passport Office refused to issue a passport, saying that they were not satisfied that Mr O-A who has held passports for 40 years is the baby O-A born in London in the 1950s. Mr. O-A was granted permission to seek Judicial Review, and on the morning of the full hearing, a consent order was signed at the Royal Courts of Justice.
The Home Office agreed to issue a British passport within 4 weeks, and to pay the Claimant’s costs.
James Palfrey secures Not Guilty verdicts after a 3 day trial at Croydon Crown Court.
The defendant initially faced charges of GBH section 18 and possession of an offensive weapon. The alleged victim in this case was an off duty policeman.
Following negotiations with the prosecution, the assault charges were reduced to affray and possession of an offensive weapon. Following defence submissions, the offensive weapon charge was dismissed at the close of the prosecution case and the jury acquitted the defendant of affray.
James Palfrey secured an acquittal for a defendant charged with possession of drugs (cannabis) with intent to supply to another.
The defendant had been the manager of a public house, when the pub was raided on a drugs warrant. Inside a bag, belonging to the defendant, was a wash bag containing 21 grams of cannabis divided in to 14 wraps. The defendant accepted simple possession.
In February 2017, Jennie Oborne was appointed to the Bar Council International Committee. She will focus on developing links with bar associations and legal education projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Shannon Revel has secured the acquittal of a man charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The defendant was accused of punching the complainant causing multiple fractures to his eye socket following a road rage incident. Shannon, instructed by Jonathan Tyson at Henscott Solicitors, successfully advanced at trial that the Defendant was at all times acting in lawful self defence.
The jury returned a not guilty verdict on Friday afternoon.
Amanda Jones successfully represented Ms K, an Indian citizen. She claimed asylum and the Home Office refused her asylum claim and certified it as, ‘clearly unfounded’, meaning that Ms K had no right of appeal within the UK. Bhogal Partners instructed Amanda to bring a judicial review of the decision to certify her asylum claim.
On 24th January 2017, the judicial review was successful. She was awarded her full costs. Her matter will now proceed to appeal in the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) as the certification has been removed by the Upper Tribunal.