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Kevin Metzger keeps man out of jail following a plea to a money laundering offence

January 2019

Kevin Metzger keeps a 47 year old man out of jail following a plea to a money laundering offence. The defendant was sentenced to 9 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months and a 24 week curfew.

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Amanda Jones features in the Telegraph’s article on the ‘NHS trans row’

January 2019

Amanda Jones features in the Telegraph’s article on the ‘NHS trans row’ as men get access to women’s wards if they identify as female:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/10/nhs-trans-row-men-get-access-womens-wards-identify-female/

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GJS host a fantastic evening in The Grand Hall at The Old Bailey

January 2019

GJS were proud to host a fantastic evening in The Grand Hall at The Old Bailey to celebrate Shaun Wallace’s launch of his autobiography ‘Chasing The Dream’ and a successful 2018 for Chambers. We are very much looking forward to an exciting 2019.

Nick Beechey secures acquittal of client charged with acquiring compromised credit card details and high value SIM card fraud

January 2019

Nick Beechey, instructed by Sunil Lakhani of Dalton Holmes Gray, after a 3 week trial, secured the acquittal of his client (the first defendant) charged with acquiring compromised credit card details on a large scale and high value mobile phone SIM card fraud.

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Nick Beechey secures the acquittal of his client who was charged with s18 causing serious bodily harm

November 2018

Instructed by JD Spicer Zeb Solicitors, Nick Beechey secures the acquittal of his client who was charged with s18 causing serious bodily harm with intent to resist lawful apprehension.

It was alleged that the defendant had caused a police officer to suffer a fractured and dislocated ankle during the course of his arrest. On a submission of no case to answer, it was shown that the Crown had not proved that the arrest had been lawful and the jury at St Albans Crown Court were directed to return a not guilty verdict.

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Stephen Akinsanya successfully defends an 18 year old young man charged with a conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm

November 2018

Instructed by Mr Anthony Graham at Amosu Robinshaw Solicitors, Stephen Akinsanya successfully defends an 18 year old young man charged with a conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm. It was alleged that he was a co-conspirator in a ‘honey trap’ attack arranged by the co-defendants girlfriend, who was convicted. A Not Guilty verdict came after a 6 day trial at Inner London Crown Court.

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Alun Jones QC and Martin Henley have successfully defended at the Old Bailey

October 2018

Alun Jones QC and Martin Henley, instructed by AM International, have successfully defended in R v KD at the Old Bailey against a charge of murder. This case presented unique circumstances. KD was convicted of murder in 2013, but the Court of Appeal in 2014 quashed the conviction and ordered a retrial. The retrial ended when the jury was discharged at the end of the prosecution case. A third trial in early 2016 ended in a second conviction for murder.

KD was convicted on a joint enterprise basis. However the Supreme Court, in the case of Jogee, found that the law had taken a wrong turn 30 years ago, and that the test is whether the accused had the intention to cause death or serious harm, not foresight.

KD instructed Alun and Martin and in March 2018 a second appeal succeeded on their joint enterprise arguments. Uniquely, a second retrial was more than 5 years after the original trial.

The prosecution accepted a plea to manslaughter in October 2018, having refused such an offer at the Court of Appeal. KD was sentenced to 12 years and 9 months. Having already served 6 years and 2 months he has 2 more months more to serve. Had the 22 year minimum term life sentence, stood, passed after the first conviction, stood he would have had to serve at least a further 15 years.

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Stephen Akinsanya successfully defends a young 18 year old man at Woolwich Crown Court

October 2018

Instructed by Simon Bethel Solicitors, Stephen Akinsanya successfully defends a young 18 year old man at Woolwich Crown Court, charged with Wounding with intent and unlawful wounding following an incident in Woolwich.

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Successful defence at Central Criminal Court

October 2018

Following a 4 week trial at the Central Criminal Court, Justin Rouse QC and Stephen Akinsanya successfully defend a young 18 year old charged with Manslaughter following the tragic death of Beniamin Pieknyi at Stratford Centre in March 2018. Zvavamwe was one of four defendants charged with Manslaughter.

David secured an acquittal in an application to dismiss in a multi handed drugs supply case

October 2018

Instructed by Tuckers Solicitors, David secured an acquittal in an application to dismiss in a multi handed drugs supply case in Isleworth Crown Court. David successfully argued that it would be dangerous to convict in light of relationship and family ties and mere presence and that drug text evidence did not locate the client at that address and time. David relied primarily on the second limb of R v Galbraith.

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