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Chambers’ Lydia Carroll prosecutes the first post-lockdown jury trial at Bradford Crown Court

As we all know Bradford is in the lead in returning to “in person” jury trials as lockdown begins to ease.  Lydia Carroll was briefed to prosecute a case of dangerous driving in the first Bradford case to swear a jury.  This is her account. “Resuming of Jury trials on the North-East circuit When it […]

See what our super talented Emily has been doing in lockdown

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Nick Adlington 39’s head of crime group prosecutes “utterly inhuman” paedophile

This defendant admitted 25 sexual offences committed against young boys when he appeared at Grimsby Crown Court in February this year.  Prosecuted by number 39’s head of crime group Nick Adlinton the case involved predatory paedophilia against boys as young as young as 8.  HHJ Kelson QC hearing the case described the defendant’s behaviour as […]

Covid-19 Contingency Planning

24th March 2020 – UPDATE Following guidance issued last night by the Leader of Circuit and our Senior Presiding Judge Mr Justice Goss all members of chambers have been advised NOT TO ATTEND COURT IN PERSON today. Members will attempt to conduct all hearings on the 24th March 2020 by remote means. We expect this […]

Chambers welcomes Brian Russell as our new door tenant

Our recent addition to Chambers, Brian Russell successfully achieved Grade 4 on the CPS advocate’s panel early this year. He was instructed to prosecute the case of R v L at Leeds Crown Court. The defendant pleaded guilty to offences of Rape and Wounding with intent to cause GBH following a brutal assault upon a […]

Jade Edwards returns from parental leave with a promotion!

Chambers is delighted to announce that Jade Edwards has applied for and obtained CPS regrading. Jade is now a Grade 2 Prosecutor.  Jade has been on maternity leave for the last 9 months but has spent the occasional day in court during that time. Most recently, she secured a suspended sentence for defendant convicted of […]

Rob and Adams brace of hung juries in Teesside

This is not a tale of stellar advocacy or forensic miracles.  Just a nice result for a client working closely with our friends at Watson Woodhouse solicitors and an outcome that you don’t see every day. A young man (who has given his permission for this article) was charged with dangerous driving following a collision.  […]

Extinction Rebellion and Obstruction of the Highway

6 November 2019 As Extinction Rebellion continue to make headlines, 39 Park Square pupil Peter Cruickshank gave a seminar talk to a packed audience of lawyers and Extinction Rebellion activists.   The seminar was titled, ‘Climate Change Litigation and the Right to Protest’, and run by the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA). The topic was climate change […]

Chambers joint head Richard Canning successfully appeals life sentence in CACD

The defendant was in a relationship with the complainant. At his Plea and Trial Preparation Hearing, he pleaded guilty to one count of rape, two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of unlawful wounding against her. The defendant had a previous conviction for manslaughter from an incident occurring in 2009. Manslaughter […]

A pupil’s first 3 months

Rules of Pupillage On my first day of pupillage I was speaking to my Pupil Masters, Richard Canning and Rob Skyner. I called Richard, “Mr. Canning”. He cut me short. “The first lesson of pupillage is this. I’m Richard, he’s Rob. You only call me Mr. Canning and him Mr. Skyner in front of clients. […]