Barrister of the week: QEB Hollis Whiteman’s William Boyce QC

Having regularly been instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), QEB Hollis Whiteman’s William Boyce QC (Call 1967; Silk 2001) was again instructed after Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska unsuccessfully attempted to privately prosecute his former business partner Vladimir Chernukhin. Deripaska was challenging the decision of the CPS to discontinue the investigation into Chernukhin, claiming that […]

Lawyer launches stop-and-search app to monitor police interactions

A criminal law firm has launched a “game-changing” stop and search app, that lets users record and store interactions with the police and automatically uploads it onto a remote server. The Legal Lifelines app lets users record footage of their interactions with police when stopped and searched at the press of a button. The videos […]

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SFO to launch internal review after judge criticises chief

Despite two successful convictions in the Unaoil bribery case, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) will now conduct an internal review after its head Lisa Osofsky was criticised by the judge over dealings with an intermediary. In a ruling made public on Monday, Judge Martin Beddoe rebuked Osofsky for making herself vulnerable to flattery during the […]

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Seven barristers leave Hull’s Wilberforce Chambers for new venture

A seven-strong team of barristers have left Wilberforce Barristers Chambers in Hull to set up a new family and criminal set in the city. Crown Chambers was launched this month, with Wilberforce’s Naomi Madderson heading up the set. She is joined by six other barristers in the Hull-headquartered family law chambers. Madderson is joined at […]

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CMS hires new white-collar chief from Reed Smith

CMS has hired a Reed Smith investigations partner to lead its white-collar practice, its third lateral hire since Covid-19 hit in March. Eoin O’Shea is leaving Reed Smith after seven years in its London office to become head of white-collar crime within the firm’s corporate crime practice in the UK alongside partner Omar Qureshi. A […]

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Hodge Jones & Allen lawyer slams Met Police for ignoring PPE guidance

A criminal defence solicitor at Hodge Jones & Allen has criticised the police over its lack of social distancing and PPE protection. An interview protocol agreed between the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), National Police Chiefs’ Council, Law Society, Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association and London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association was released earlier this month. The protocol […]

No5 barrister leads prosecution of drug dealers convicted after vicious attack

Phil Bradley QC (leading Mark Connor of St Johns Buildings) led for the prosecution in the conviction of three defendants charged with conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm in a vicious assault on a woman. The assault resulted in life-changing injuries after her face was repeatedly slashed with a knife after being lured to a […]