Crime

No5 Barristers’ Chambers defends cricketer in rape trial

A QC at No5 Barristers’ Chambers is defending a county cricketer accused of raping a sleeping woman. Michelle Heeley QC is acting for Alex Hepburn, of Portland Street, Worcester, who was born in Perth, Western Australia. Hepburn, 23, denies two counts of rape. He claims the alleged victim was awake and initial kissing led to […]

No5 Barristers’ Chambers prosecutes drugs gang

Matthew Brook and Cathlyn Orchard have successfully prosecuted a county lines drugs gang at Stafford Crown Court. The gang, led by brothers Abdul, Mohammed and Shabaz Saeed, from Wolverhampton, supplied cocaine from Stoke on Trent to Cannock. Police seized £200,000 of the class A drug, £40,000 cash and 129 mobile phones during the course of […]

No5 Barrister Chambers’ advises defendant in Financial Conduct Authority prosecution of £3 million “Ponzi” scheme fraud

Philip was instructed on behalf of the defendant to proceedings before the Southwark Crown Court. The case was brought by the Financial Conduct Authority for fraud, and an offence under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (operating a collective investment scheme without authorisation). Philip advised the defendant, and negotiated a plea-deal seeing the indictment […]

No5 counsel secure jail term for young mother’s killer

No5 Barristers’ Chambers’ David Mason QC and Samantha Crabb acted for the prosecution in a trial which saw killer John Broadhurst jailed for three years and eight months. Broadhurst, 40, of Wolverley, left his injured and bleeding partner to die after “rough sex, informing the 999 operator on December 18, 2016, that he had found […]

No5 Barristers’ Chambers helps in conviction of murderer

Counsel at No5 Barristers’ Chambers have secured the murder conviction of a brutal teenager over the stabbing of a grandad in a Kingstanding park. The court heard how Leary Dalton-Byrne repeatedly stabbed Dean Ward earlier this year and later boasted about the killing, telling a friend that he had “done an ‘M’”. The friend recorded him making […]

CC

Clifford Chance confirms role in Africa deal with anti-corruption pledge

Clifford Chance has pledged to engage other elite law firms in a bid to counter corruption, after the firm came under pressure for acting on a deal involving the son of Equatorial Guinea’s long-serving president. The firm confirmed it played a role in the sale of a private jet to Teodoro Obiang in 2006, with the magic […]

No5 Barristers’ Chambers defends teenager in murder case

Michael Duck QC, of No5 Barristers’ Chambers, is defending a teenager who denied murdering a taxi controller in Birmingham but has admitted manslaughter. Ibrahim Osman, aged 18, from Mead Crescent, Bordesley Green, admitted killing Saeed Rahat, 37, who died after an incident at Embassy Cars, in Oliver Street, Nechells, on June 2, 2017. Abdiwali Ashkir, 20, from […]

Ted Baker

Ted Baker calls in City firm for investigation into founder

Following allegations of inappropriate behaviour against its founder, fashion brand Ted Baker has brought in a City litigation heavyweight to lead an investigation into the matter. The retailer has turned to Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) for advice during an independent external investigation into the behaviour of Ray Kelvin. The firm will report into a committee comprised […]

No5 Barristers’ Chambers prosecutes Samantha Eastwood murder

Jonas Hankin QC, instructed on behalf of West Midlands CPS, opened the case against Michael Stirling when the case was listed for sentence before the Honourable Mrs Justice Carr DBE. Michael Stirling was convicted by his guilty plea of the murder of Samantha Eastwood on 27th July 2018.  Shortly before 8am that day Samantha had left […]

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