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Topic: Test cases

Lloyd Jenkins wins at the Court of Appeal

Lloyd Jenkins, solicitor advocate at the PDS, recently appeared before the Court of Appeal, with leave of the Single Judge, to appeal a sentence of 18 months immediate custody imposed at a local crown court in January 2022.

Dangerous driving appeals – R v Shamami [2022] EWCA Crim 351

In the recent case of R v Shamami [2022] EWCA Crim 351, the Court of Appeal considered an appeal against the imposition of a six-year driving disqualification for dangerous driving.

Abuse of Process – ‘A promise, is a promise’

What the case of Mansfield v DPP [2021] EWHC 2938 (Admin) means for an abuse of process defence.

Is ‘posting annoying tweets’ a criminal offence? The impact of R v Scottow

The recent High Court decision stressed that the Article 10 right to freedom of speech includes the right to cause offence.

City and County of Swansea v Mr A G

Following a professional referral, the PDS received instructions to act for an adult client facing contempt of court proceedings at Swansea County Court.

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA)

Recently at Southampton Crown Court, Stephen Nicholson, a suspect in a murder investigation, pleaded guilty to a charge under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA).

Ivey v Genting Casinos (UK) Ltd t/a Crockfords [2017] UKSC 67

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.

John M Burton QC appears in landmark Court of Appeal decision

John represented Dr Yilkes Bala at his trial which concluded in December 2013.

Active defence: use of defence statements as a weapon

Use of defence statements as a weapon 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.

John Burton QC Court of Criminal Appeal success

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.