It is estimated that approximately 45,800,000 are held in Modern Slavery across the world. In 2015, the Home Office estimated that there was between 10,000 to 13,000 victims of Modern Slavery in the UK. In 2015, the Modern Slavery Act was introduced which gives greater powers to crime enforcement to deal with modern slavery. There… Read more
We are very pleased to announce that Ryan O’Donnell, Helen Smith and Lisa Madigan recently joined the PDS Solicitors office in Cheltenham. Full profiles of the skills and experience that Ryan, Helen and Lisa will bring to the PDS will be added to the website shortly.
From Monday 13 November 2017 the Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 4) Rules 2017 come into force. The amendment to rule 3.13 inserts a new paragraph thus: (5) The court – (a) At the first hearing in the Crown Court must require a defendant who is present- (i) to provide, in writing or orally, his or… Read more
This case concerns a professional gambler, Mr Ivey, who employed the ‘edge-sorting’ technique in order to win a total of £7.7m playing Punto Banco Baccarat. The casino declined to pay him and argued that ‘edge-sorting’ amounted to cheating. His case was that it was not cheating but the deployment of a legitimate advantage. In the… Read more
John represented Dr Yilkes Bala at his trial which concluded in December 2013. Dr Bala had entered into a polygamous marriage with his second wife in Nigeria. They were both charged with the offence of conspiracy to breach certain immigration rules. John argued that section 2(2)(a) of the Criminal Law Act 1977 should apply to… Read more
The prosecution claimed that K was a party to a major international banking fraud that had secured well in excess of £150 million for the fraudsters. K’s role was said to be that of a trainer of persons who were used to contact and defraud the victims and also as a money launderer involved in… Read more
rather than a shield reaps rewards as Crown offers no evidence in three separate indictable only matters upon receipt of Defence Statements drafted by Emma Nott. R v SW, JUNE 2015 MANCHESTER MINSHULL STREET CC The defendant was charged with several counts of violent rape, assault occasioning grievous bodily harm with intent and penetration of… Read more
In R v BC, SEPTEMBER 2015, WORCESTER CC Emma defended a man accused of a series of historic rapes and sexual assaults upon his step-son and step-grandchildren over a period of 25 years. After a two week trial, the jury acquitted the defendant of all 14 counts on the indictment. In R v ES,… Read more
JOHN M. BURTON QC PERSUADES THE COURT OF APPEAL IN A CASE OF MURDER, TO REDUCE THE MINIMUM TERM OF A LIFE SENTENCE FROM TWENTY YEARS TO EIGHTEEN YEARS. R v SCOTT JEFFERSON, 2015 CA The applicant was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 20 years.… Read more
Keith Raynor, who was a PDS barrister from September 2014, has now been appointed as a Circuit Judge based at Woolwich Crown Court with effect from 20 April 2015. Visit the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary website for more details about Keith’s judicial appointment.