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Ben Close Secures Another Successful Conviction After a 2 Week Trial at Birmingham Crown Court

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Ben Close successfully prosecuted the trial of 2 defendants for their part in the armed robbery of a jewellery shop using a firearm. One defendant received 16 years’ imprisonment with an extended period of 4 years and his female partner whose role included the ‘getaway driver’ received 8 years. Coventry Telegraph press can be found here.

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Richard Atkins QC Overturns Murder Conviction in the Court of Appeal

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Richard Atkins QC successfully appealed a murder conviction in the Court of Appeal. He defended the Appellant who was alleged to have thrown a man to his death from the top floor of a tower block in Coventry at trial last summer. At the close of the Prosecution case he made a submission of no case to answer which was...

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Prosecution Secure Successful Conviction in the Latest Football Bribery Trial

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Raj Punia was part of the prosecution team that successfully prosecuted ex premiership footballer Delroy Facey and Moses Swaibu. Both defendants denied being involved in a conspiracy to commit bribery. The National Crime Agency launched an investigation in November 2013 in a case that involved an undercover Police officer, audio recordings and telephone evidence. The aim had been to fix...

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Richard Atkins QC Successfully Prosecutes One of the Youngest People Ever to be Convicted of Murder in England

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Richard Atkins QC successfully prosecuted one of the youngest people ever to be convicted of murder in England. The 13 year old was convicted by the jury of murder and robbery and his 20 year old accomplice was convicted of manslaughter and robbery. They targeted a lone vulnerable female who was walking home late at night. The 13 year old...

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Zaheer Afzal Secures Successful Acquittal After a 7 Week Trial in Bristol Crown Court

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After a 7 week trial at Bristol Crown Court Zaheer Afzal secured an acquittal on behalf of his client Asim Khan who had been charged by the prosecution as a lynchpin in a multi handed conspiracy to supply high purity cocaine, heroin and cannabis between Birmingham, London, Cardiff and Gloucestershire. Zaheer Afzal successfully challenged the forensic evidence presented by the...

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Ben Close Involved in the Successful Convictions of the UKs Largest Ever Cannabis Case

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Following a four week trial, both defendants were convicted with a third having pleaded guilty. Operation Mulberry was described by the Judge as the “largest ever cannabis case in the U.K.”. She also referred to profits of at least £20million per annum. Another notable feature is that cannabis was also being traded on the ‘dark web’ and thousands of pounds...

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Andrew Burrow Participates in ICL Training Programme in Tunisia

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From 8-11 December 2014, Andrew participated in a training session for senior Tunisian prosecutors and judges on the principles of international criminal law (ICL) and Tunisia’s obligations under various international treaties, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which Tunisia became the first North African state to ratify in 2011. The programme is run by the International Bar...

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Kevin Hegarty QC Prosecutes to Conviction Former Teacher and Charity Worker Simon Harris

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On the 16th Dec 2014 Kevin Hegarty QC prosecuted Simon Harris to conviction of child sex abuse in Devon and Kenya. After a trial lasting more than 2 months a jury convicted Simon Harris guilty of eight charges of indecent and sexual assault on boys in Gilgil, Kenya and four of possessing indecent images of children. Harris admitted six Devon offences...

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