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Adjourned: Deepcut Inquest into the death of Sean Benton

The ‘Deepcut Inquest’ into the death of Sean Benton has adjourned today until closing legal submissions are heard in May. The inquest has heard evidence from over 130 witnesses since it began in January 2018. Bridget Dolan QC and Jamie Mathieson are Counsel to the judge Coroner. John Beggs QC, Cecily White and Paul Spencer of Serjeants’ Inn represent interested persons.

Sarah Clarke QC prosecutes “Fake Forex Trader”

Sarah Clarke QC prosecutes in groundbreaking FCA case in which “Fake Forex Trader” Alex Hope was convicted and sentenced for Perverting the Course of Justice relating to breaches of his Restraint and Confiscation Order.  Sarah has already successfully prosecuted the same defendant for his original multimillion pound Ponzi fraud.  The case has received widespread media […]

No 5 Chambers seminar: What a mesh!

What a mesh! | Birmingham | 19 March 2018 Mamta Gupta and guest speaker Dr Wael Agur (who recently appeared on BBC’s Panorama) will give a talk on vaginal mesh going into the reasons as to its use along with the risks and benefits, the relevant guidance in the UK and the controversy with using this product. The seminar […]

Sa’ad Hossain QC defends BCA Trading against £21m claim

The Companies Court has dismissed a £21.5 million claim brought against BCA Trading Limited, a subsidiary of BCA Marketplace plc, a FTSE 250 company. The claim arose following BCA’s purchase in 2014 of 51% of the shares in Tradeouts Limited from Tradeouts’ founder, David Brown, and his business partner. Tradeouts was a digital platform connecting […]

No5 secures acquittal in shooting case

Russell Broughton was accused of a punishment shooting which involved the shooting of a man in the legs with a sawn-off shotgun at point blank range.  On Thursday 1 March, after a trial lasting nine days at Birmingham Crown Court, he was unanimously acquitted by the jury on all counts after a retirement of less […]

Matthew Brook prosecutes in Cardiff terror plot

Matthew Brook of No5 Barristers’ Chambers led the prosecution of a 17-year-old who was ‘hours away from committing an act of atrocity’ in a Cardiff terror plot. The trial at Birmingham Crown Court heard that Lloyd Gunton had earlier researched the security arrangements of a Justin Bieber concert on the day he was arrested. The teenager, […]

Harpreet Sandhu prosecutes drugs and ammunition gang

A criminal linked to a £140k Asda cocaine bust has been jailed for his part in a drugs and ammunition racket. Michael Osbourne, 38, of Barnett Close, Wolverhampton, had been on bail for a drugs offence committed in January 2017 on the car park of Asda in Small Heath involving two other men. Osbourne pleaded […]

John Butterfield QC prosecutes Worcester drug gang

John Butterfield QC of No5 Barristers’ Chambers has opened the case for the prosecution in a drugs trial that is expected to last six weeks at Worcester Crown Court. The court heard that Mohammed Nasar was a drugs gang leader dubbed ‘the puppet master’ who orchestrated a conspiracy to bring cocaine in bulk to the streets […]

James Berry appears ‘former officer’ police misconduct hearings

Since 15 December 2017, police forces have been able to bring or continue disciplinary proceedings against former police officers where certain conditions apply: (A) Where an officer resigns or retires after an allegation of gross misconduct comes to the force’s attention; (B) Where an allegation of gross misconduct comes to the force’s attention within 12 […]

No5 barristers prosecute £1m benefits fraud ring

Barristers from No5 Barristers’ Chambers are prosecuting a £1m benefits fraud ring at Wolverhampton Crown Court. Harpreet Sandhu is leading Simon Hunka in the prosecution of a criminal gang who hatched a conspiracy to defraud through a sham maternity allowance racket. The gang made at least 165 fake applications for the benefit payout in four years, Mr Sandhu […]

No5 barrister secures acquittal in ‘totally unneccessary’ prosecution

The Sikh Federation has called for an independent investigation into the “totally unnecessary” prosecution of two brothers who were arrested during a protest at a Sikh temple. A recent trial at Birmingham Crown Court heard that 55 protesters were detained after armed police were deployed to the temple in Leamington Spa on September 11, 2016. […]

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