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Mark Rhind secures acquittal in Trading Standards Prosecution
13 February 2017

Mark Rhind from Exchange Chambers, instructed by Farleys Solicitors, has secured an acquittal for his client in a Trading Standards prosecution. Trading Standards Scambusters team carried out a major investigation in to Ther...

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Success for Nick Johnson QC in dual cause homicide case
1 February 2017

Exchange Chambers’ Nick Johnson QC has successfully led the prosecution of a child, three teenagers and a driver for events which led to the death of a man in Ashton under Lyne. The deceased, Bradley Moore, was seen on CCTV being bullied by the four youngsters ou...

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Steven Crossley successfully represents South Yorkshire Police Officer
24 January 2017

Steven Crossley from Exchange Chambers has represented a South Yorkshire Officer who admitted Misconduct by calling his female Sergeant "sweetcheeks" and making reference to her clothing. The Officer denied making a comment alleged to have constituted...

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Murder defence for Nick Johnson QC
24 January 2017

Nick Johnson QC from Exchange Chambers has been instructed by Howard & Byrne Solicitors to act for the defence of the 15 year old girl charged with the murder of 7 year old Katie Rough....

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Robert Dudley secures guilty verdict in rape trial
24 January 2017

Robert Dudley from Exchange Chambers has secured a guilty verdict in a rape trial at Liverpool Crown Court. Yassar Murat Ayuc, 49, targeted a vulnerable victim, giving her a lift in a car to a secluded spot near Rock Ferry Oil Terminal where he raped her. ...

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Exchange Chambers barristers defend in film investment scheme prosecution
6 January 2017

Barristers from Exchange Chambers are acting for a range of defendants charged with tax fraud following a multi-million pound film investment scheme. In total, ten defendants are facing charges of conspiracy to cheat the revenue.  An application to dismiss the charges will be at heard at Birmingham Crown Cou...

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Nick Johnson QC secures murder convictions in multi-handed shooting
5 January 2017

Nick Johnson QC, having taken silk just last year, has already been instructed in a number of murder trials as leading counsel, including successfully prosecuting three defendants charged with murder in a trial which was completed last month at Teesside Crown Court. Th...

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John Wyn Williams secures acquittal for residential worker facing sexual assault charges
16 December 2016

John Wyn Williams appeared on behalf of NK in a trial alleging that he had sexually assaulted another member of staff over a period of 7 years. Following a four day trial in Chester Crown Court the Jury unanimously acquitted him of...

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Alex Williams represents Liverpool City Council at Inquest
6 December 2016

Alex Williams from Exchange Chambers has represented Liverpool City Council at the Inquest in to the death of Maureen Umosoh who was a resident at the Beechwood Specialist Care Home. Mrs Umosoh, a dementia patient, was found dead after walking out of the care home on 16...

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David Potter and Rob Dudley prosecute first successful convictions in Merseyside under Modern Slavery Act 2015
28 November 2016

David Potter and Rob Dudley from Exchange Chambers has prosecuted the first case to secure convictions in Merseyside under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. At Liverpool Crown Court on 28th Novemb...

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Exchange Chambers barristers act in Liverpool gang trial
21 November 2016

Barristers from Exchange Chambers have acted in a guns and drugs gang trial at Liverpool Crown Court. Mark Ainsworth and Martine Snowdon prosecuted members of Bootle’s notorious Fernhill Gang who w...

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Exchange Chambers barristers secure murder acquittal for client
21 November 2016

Stephen Meadowcroft QC and Richard Littler from Exchange Chambers have secured an acquittal for a 28 year old man client charged with murder.  After a retrial, Scott Chapman was cleared of the ...

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Daniel Prowse secures acquittal for client facing armed robbery charges
18 November 2016

After a four week trial at Preston Crown Court, Daniel Prowse from Exchange Chambers has secured  an acquittal for his client on charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and assisting an offender.  The charges related to the armed robbery of a cash-in-t...

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Wayne Jackson successfully defends client in rape trial
16 November 2016

Wayne Jackson from Exchange Chambers has successfully defended his client in a trial at Bolton Crown Court involving allegations of rape and assault by penetration. The offences had allegedly followed on from...

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Steven Crossley in successful defence
7 November 2016

Steven Crossley from Exchange Chambers successfully represented PC James Ellerton, of Merseyside Police, in his trial for Dangerous Driving at Liverpool Crown Court. PC Ellerton struck a scrambler motorcycle being ridden by Devere Ogungboro ...

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David Toal successfully defends client against charges of rape, indecent assault and child cruelty
4 November 2016

David Toal from Exchange Chambers has successfully defended his client in a trial at Manchester Crown Court involving allegations of rape, indecent assault and child cruelty. The Defendant was charged with a number of offences dating back to between 1999 and 2004...

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Record Rankings in Chambers UK
3 November 2016

Exchange Chambers has secured its highest ever rankings in this year’s Chambers UK. With a number of Band 1 rankings across the Northern and North Eastern circuits, Exchange Chambers is praised for its “stellar reputation” and “broad sele...

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Eight murder trials for Exchange Chambers barristers
1 November 2016

Barristers from Exchange Chambers have been involved in eight separate murder trials in recent weeks, some of which are still ongoing. Gordon Cole QC, ...

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Andrew Williams writes for Property Law Journal
31 October 2016

Andrew Williams’ article on Commercial Landlord & Tenant Dilapidations Claims is published in the November 2016 edition of Property Law Journal.   Andrew’s 5-pag...

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Paul Kirtley acts for officer who keeps job after Poppi Worthington performance proceedings
26 October 2016

Cumbria Constabulary can confirm that performance proceedings have been concluded into the competence of an officer’s performance in the initial investigation into the circumstances around the death of Poppi Worthington in December 2012.  Paul Kirtley...

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Successful defence of North Yorkshire Police Officer at Police Misconduct Hearing for Michael Rawlinson
13 October 2016

Michael Rawlinson, from Exchange Chambers, has successfully defended a North Yorkshire Police Constable who faced dismissal, after being accused of two allegations of gross misconduct and three further allegations...

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“Registration gap” ruling in High Court
12 October 2016

A High Court judge has ruled that a notice to quit served on a tenant farmer was invalid because the new owners of the land served it before their purchase had been properly registered. The case is a test of the legal implications of the so-called “registration gap”, the time taken between the complet...

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Exchange Chambers raises £11,700 for The Joshua Tree
3 October 2016

Exchange Chambers has raised £11,700 through its first fundraising initiative for The Joshua Tree, the Set’s official charity. The Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds based Chambers arranged an online auction thanks to a wide ...

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Exchange Chambers targets further expansion in Leeds
29 September 2016

Exchange Chambers has signalled its intent to further expand in Leeds by taking an additional 2000 sq ft of space at Oxford House, Oxford Row. Exchange Chambers opened in Leeds in 2010 and now has 29 barristers covering a wide range of practice areas including ...

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Property Law Bulletin - September 2016
28 September 2016

In the September edition of our Property Law Bulletin: Flood Fire Damage to Property and the Non-negligent Defendant - Anthony Elleray QC Residential Possession Proceedings - the End of the Shorthol...

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Michael Rawlinson acts for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in complex jury inquest
15 September 2016

Michael Rawlinson from Exchange Chambers has represented Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust at a three week long jury inquest. Jagdip Randhawa, 19, from Hounslow, London, died after hitting his head on a concrete path after...

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Record Legal 500 2016 rankings for Exchange Chambers
15 September 2016

Exchange Chambers has secured its highest ever rankings in the newly released, Legal 500, out this week. The Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds based Set is described as a “...

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Alex Williams becomes a full member at Exchange Chambers
12 September 2016

Alex Williams has successfully completed his pupillage and become a full member at Exchange Chambers. Alex commenced a mixed common law pupillage in September 2015 and gained experience in different practice areas, including a broad rang...

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Exchange Chambers further strengthens criminal department
7 September 2016

Exchange Chambers has further strengthened its criminal department with the arrival of Daniel Prowse as a new member. Called to the Bar in 2004, Daniel joins Exchange Chambers from Forbes Solicitors where he has been in-house counsel since ...

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Murder defence for Gordon Cole QC
30 August 2016

Gordon Cole QC from Exchange Chambers represented defendant Sarah Williams in a high profile murder trial at Preston Crown Court. Williams, 35, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of ...

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'Cold Case Review' appearance at the Old Bailey for Exchange Chambers Barristers Nick Johnson QC & Michael Rawlinson
10 August 2016

Nick Johnson QC,  leading Michael Rawlinson, also from Exchange Chambers, appeared this week at the Old Bailey before the Recorder of London, HHJ Nicholas Hilliard QC, in a complex 'Cold Case Review’ matter concerning historical allegations of attempted murder and rape of an 86-year-old...

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Michael Rawlinson represents bereaved family at high-profile inquest: jury return scathing conclusion of suicide contributed to by neglect
9 August 2016

Michael Rawlinson from Exchange Chambers has represented the family of Michael McMonigle, a popular school teacher, at the inquest in to his death. Mr McMonigle, who worked at Hurworth School, near Darlington was treated for anxiety and depression at ...

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Successful Judicial Review for Steven Crossley
2 August 2016

The misconduct charges brought against a former police officer wrongly convicted of rape were unlawful and the decision not to reinstate him was wrong, according to a Judicial Review of a decision by the Police Appeals Tribunal. Steven Crossley from Exchange...

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Louis Browne acts for Ministry of Justice in Article 2 ECHR Judicial Review
27 July 2016

Louis Browne from Exchange Chambers has secured an important judicial review success for the Ministry of Justice at the Royal Courts of Justice. In the case of Zifforah Tyrrell and HM Senior Coroner County Durham and Darlington and The Ministry of Ju...

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Lengthy sentence in Steve McNally prosecution
26 July 2016

Steve McNally from Exchange Chambers has successfully prosecuted a cage fighter who knocked out a policeman before running him over – after attacking his own mum and dad on Christmas Day. Also sentenced for his part in supplying Cocaine, drug dealer Jo...

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Exchange Chambers barristers secure murder conviction
26 July 2016

Simon Medland QC (lead counsel) and Steve McNally from Exchange Chambers have secured a murder conviction in a trial at Preston Crown Court. Robert Kay, 48, knifed Ian Dollery, 51, more than 30 times in a...

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Steve McNally successfully prosecutes cocaine and heroin gang case
26 July 2016

In a case prosecuted by Exchange Chambers barrister Steve McNally, a gang who sold super strength cocaine and a kilo of heroin to undercover police officers have been jailed for a total of 55 years. Merseyside Police recovered £21,000 of cocaine, &poun...

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Sarah Barlow prosecutes Primark kidnap case
19 July 2016

In a case prosecuted by Sarah Barlow from Exchange Chambers, two girls who kidnapped a toddler from a Primark store have been detained for three years and three months. Sentencing the pair, aged 13 and 14, the judge at Newcastle Crown Court...

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Ian Harris addresses Liverpool City Council
13 July 2016

Ian Harris from Exchange Chambers recently addressed a Liverpool City Council safeguarding meeting. Ian was asked to deliver some training on relevant sections of the Criminal Justice & Courts Act 2015 that deal with the creat...

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Andrew Jebb secures acquittal for client after two week trial
13 July 2016

Andrew Jebb from Exchange Chambers has secured an acquittal for his client after a two week trial at Derby Crown Court.  The defendant was found not guilty of laundering £2.4 million - said to the proceeds of crime - and disho...

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David Temkin secures acquittal of detective constable facing multiple computer misuse allegations
8 July 2016

David Temkin from Exchange Chambers has secured the acquittal of a detective constable of 20 years’ service charged with serious allegations of computer misuse between 2013 and 2015. The investigation was commenced by th...

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Fraud acquittal secured by Adrian Farrow
6 July 2016

After a week-long trial in Leeds Crown Court, Adrian Farrow obtained not guilty verdicts for a man‎ said by the prosecution to have been a courier in a banking fraud in West Yorkshire.  Adrian's client was one of 7 all...

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Steven Crossley and Holly Betke secure acquittals in “mock crucifixion” trial
1 July 2016

Steven Crossley and Holly Betke from Exchange Chambers have secured acquittals in a high profile “mock crucifixion” trial. It was alleged that the defendants forcibly taped the Complainant to a wooden ...

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Benjamin Myers QC successfully defends against historic allegations of abuse
1 July 2016

Exchange Chambers silk, Benjamin Myers QC, has secured the acquittal of a man faced with charges of sexual and physical assault after a trial into historic allegations of abuse.   The man, who had never been in trouble with the police before, had been confronted wit...

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Imran Shafi secures acquittal in Hatton Garden gold bars trial
24 June 2016

Following a two week trial at Southwark Crown Court, Imran Shafi's client was acquitted of converting £1.5 million worth of gold in to cash. The Colombian defendants were alleged to be smelting and then selling wholesale amounts of stolen gold before transferring the proceeds...

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Exchange Chambers barristers secure acquittals in large scale fraud trial
23 June 2016

Following a ten week trial, Charlotte Kenny and John Wyn Williams from Exchange Chambers have secured acquittals for their clients in an alleged £3.5 million land banking fraud. Both clients were found not guilty of pl...

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Michael Lavery defends in Manchester murder case
14 June 2016

Michael Lavery from Exchange Chambers has defended in a murder ...

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Michael Lavery secures not guilty verdicts in perverting the course of public justice trial
8 June 2016

Michael Lavery from Exchange Chambers has secured not guilty verdicts for his client, Zoe Wilkinson, on two charges of doing an act intended to pervert the course of public justice. Ms Wilkinson, 30 was on trial along with her partner, Ri...

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Imran Shafi secures only acquittal in Halifax grooming trial
27 May 2016

Imran Shafi has secured the only acquittal in a grooming trial in Halifax. Following a three week trial before HHJ Marson QC, Mr Shafi's client was the only defendant to be acquitted of serious sexual offences by the Jury. Operation Harehills w...

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Winterburn v Bennett [2016] EWCA Civ 482, [2016] WLR(D) 297 – a win for Bruce Walker in the Court of Appeal on “no parking” signs preventing acquisition of parking easements by prescription, by making use contentious
25 May 2016

On 25/5/2016 the Court of Appeal gave judgment on whether “no parking” signs which are ignored can prevent the acquisition of a prescriptive easement to park – in short, whether the signs make user contentious or vi. When collecting their food, customers of a fish & chip shop in Kei...

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Court v van Dijk: Bruce Walker wins in the Court of Appeal on flooding nuisance and pipe easements
24 May 2016

On 5/5/2016 Bruce Walker represented the Appellant / Defendant, Mrs Court, in the Court of Appeal.  The claim had been for interference with a pipe easement and nuisance by flooding.  Mrs Court’s neighbour had ...

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Barrister’s debut novel recognised by Crime Writers Association
23 May 2016

The legal thriller, ‘Death by Dangerous’ by Exchange Chambers barrister and driving specialist, Oliver Jarvis has been long listed for the 2016 Crime Writers Association’s Debut Dagger. ...

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Bruce Walker in the Court of Appeal on pipe easements and flooding nuisance
10 May 2016

Bruce Walker was in the Court of Appeal on 5/5/2016, representing the appellant / defendant, Mrs Court.  The claim had been for interference with a pipe easement and nuisance by flooding.  Mrs Court’s neighbour had renovated hi...

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Ian Harris and Simon Berkson secure acquittals in conspiracy to defraud trial
9 May 2016

Ian Harris and Simon Berkson from Exchange Chambers have secured acquittals for their clients in a complex conspiracy to defraud trial. The two defendants ...

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Member of Chambers in Panama for Transnational Crime Conference
6 May 2016

Nick Johnson QC, one of Exchange Chambers' criminal silks who specialises in multi jurisdictional criminal and related investigations, will be attending the Inter...

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Exchange Chambers barristers in successful defence
4 May 2016

Paul Hodgkinson from Exchange Chambers, led by Anthony Metzer QC, a door tenant at Exchange Chambers,  has secured a not guilty verdict for his client in a conspiracy to murder trial.    In a trial lasting 6 we...

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Bill Hanbury appears in appeal in registration gap case
3 May 2016

In April Bill Hanbury appeared in appeal on whether a notice to quit can be served by transferee prior to registration. The case is potentially of major importance to landlords (and tenants) following Brown and ...

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Steven Crossley in successful defence of South Yorkshire Firearms Officer
27 April 2016

Steven Crossley from Exchange Chambers has successfully defended a South Yorkshire Firearms Officer accused of gross misconduct. The Officer had used force against an individual he genuinely believed was attempting to remove his police i...

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Exchange Chambers barristers deliver talk to Premiership Football Club
19 April 2016

Paul Hodgkinson and Caroline Gee, barristers at Exchange Chambers, have delivered a presentation to the Under 21 team at a Premiership club. ...

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Successful Defences in Police Misconduct Hearings for Steven Crossley
6 April 2016

In March, Steven Crossley successfully defended a South Yorkshire Inspector against allegations of dishonesty. It was argued that the Inspector’s admitted acts constituted lesser breaches of the Standards of Professional Behaviour and, aft...

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Successful prosecution for Nick Johnson QC and Stephen Grattage
1 April 2016

Nick Johnson QC and Stephen Grattage from Exchange Chambers have successfully prosecuted a major drugs conspiracy and firearms case. Jacob Mains, 28, Paul Mc...

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John Wyn Williams acts for company director in fraud trial
29 March 2016

John Wyn Williams from Exchange Chambers has acted for company director Darren Price, who has been sentenced to two years and three months in prison for fraud.  His fellow company director and co-defendant, John David Hulme, was sentenced...

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Successful application to dismiss for Imran Shafi
23 March 2016

Imran Shafi from Exchange Chambers has successfully applied to dismiss a serious ‘group attack’ section 18 charge in respect of his client.  Following submissions highlighting the inadequacy of the identification evidence, t...

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Health and Safety prosecution for Kevin Slack
22 March 2016

Kevin Slack from Exchange Chambers has represented the Health and Safety Executive in one of the first cases in which the new Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines, which came into force on 1 February 2016, have been applied to a large...

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Attempted murder prosecution for Christopher Tehrani QC
21 March 2016

Christopher Tehrani QC from Exchange Chambers has prosecuted an attempted murder case in which a woman threw her young child head first on the ground, causing serious injuries.  Kim Clark, 34, had denied attempted mu...

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Man jailed for life for 'body in the boot' murder
21 March 2016

In a case prosecuted by Christopher Tehrani QC from Exchange Chambers, a man has been sentenced to life in prison after strangling a vulnerable woman with her hair straighteners and then driving arou...

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People trafficking case to form part of Darrah MacIntrye documentary
10 March 2016

A people trafficking case prosecuted by barristers from Exchange Chambers will this week form part of a hard hitting documentary by investigative reporter Darragh MacIntyre. Britain’s Secret Slavery Business will be broadcast on BBC ...

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Exchange Chambers silks appear in groundbreaking TV series
7 March 2016

Two of Exchange Chambers’ most senior barristers have taken part in a new BBC 4 TV series, documenting the work of the Crown Prosecution Service. Gordon Cole QC a...

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Benjamin Myers QC comments on JUSTICE report on Complex and Lengthy Criminal Trials
7 March 2016

On the 3rd March JUSTICE launched its report on Complex and Lengthy Criminal Trials, chaired by Sir David Calvert-Smith.  As a member of the Working Party that produced the Report, Benjamin Myers QC explains that in addition to addressing th...

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Parking easement by prescription in Court of Appeal
7 March 2016

When collecting their food, customers of a fish & chip shop in Keighley parked in the neighbouring Conservative Club’s car park, despite signs prohibiting such parking.  Likewise the shop’s delivery vans parked.  After 20 years the fish & chip shop owner claimed parking easements by prescrip...

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Non custodial sentence in drugs case
25 February 2016

In a case defended by David Bentley from Exchange Chambers a man who admitted possessing drugs with intent to supply has avoided a custodial sentence. Hamza Farooq was found in possession of around £1000 worth of drugs in his Manches...

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Steven Crossley, David Toal and Michael Rawlinson, successfully represent Police officers at Police Misconduct Hearing
22 February 2016

Steven Crossley, David Toal and Michael Rawlinson, from Exchange C...

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Exchange Chambers barristers in Old Bailey defence
16 February 2016

Richard Littler led Julian Goode in a Terrorist trial lasting 5 weeks at the Old Bailey at the beginning of the year. The Defendant was the cousin of t...

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Exchange Chambers hosts first Environmental Forum
12 February 2016

John Wyn Williams and Mark Rhind yesterday hosted Exchange Chambers’ first Environmental Forum.  The forum included talks on a range of topical environm...

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Michael Lavery and David Toal secure Not Guilty verdicts
11 February 2016

Michael Lavery and David Toal from Exchange Chambers have secured not guilty verdicts on all charges following a trial at Manchester Crown Court. The Defendants faced...

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Steven Crossley and David Toal successfully represent police officers at Misconduct Hearing
4 February 2016

Steven Crossley and David Toal from Exchange Chambers have successfully represented two South Yorkshire Police Officers at a Police Misconduct Hearing in Sheffield. ...

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Court of Appeal success for Andrew Petterson
27 January 2016

Andrew Petterson from Exchange Chambers has secured a significant sentence reduction for his client at the Court of Appeal. In a historical sexual abuse case, Andrew’s client was originally sentenced to three years in prison.  This sentence was q...

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Imran Shafi secures only acquittal in ten defendant Cocaine Conspiracy
27 January 2016

Operation Quentin was an undercover investigation into the supply of multi-kilos of cocaine from Liverpool and Birmingham to the West Country. More than 65,000 pages of evidence was served. Following a trial at Gloucester Crown Court, Imran Shafi from Exchange Chambers secured a No...

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Exchange Chambers barristers appointed as silks
12 January 2016

Nick Johnson and David Mohyuddin from Exchange Chambers have been appointed Queen’s Counsel (QC). The two barristers are among 107 new Silks appointed by the Queen following consideration by an independent selection panel....

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David Potter and Sarah Johnston appointed as Recorders
23 December 2015

David Potter and Sarah Johnston, Northern Circuit criminal barristers at Exchange Chambers, have been appointed as Recorders with effect from 11 January 2016. In total, the...

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Benjamin Myers QC and Adrian Farrow successfully defend bank manager charged with fraud.
22 December 2015

Benjamin Myers QC and Adrian Farrow from Exchange Chambers successfully defended a corporate bank manager charged with fraud. In the trial which took place at Southwark Crown Court, it was alleged that a corrupt ring of prop...

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Paul Burns and Nicholas Walker appointed Chairs of Police Misconduct Hearings
11 December 2015

Exchange Chambers barristers Paul Burns and Nicholas Walker have been appointed Chairs of Police Misconduct Hearings. Police misconduct hearings form an important part of the disciplinary rules governing the police....

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Exchange Chambers sponsors Criminal Litigation Prize
1 December 2015

Exchange Chambers was proud to sponsor the Criminal Litigation Prize at the BPP University Law School prize-giving ceremony on 12th November 2015.  The recipient was Megan Gilchrist who received a £50 book token and a mini-pupillage at Exchange Chambers. The event marked ten successful years...

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Leading terrorism barrister joins Exchange Chambers as a door tenant
18 November 2015

Exchange Chambers has welcomed one of country’s leading terrorism barristers as a door tenant. Frida Hussain, who was called to the Bar in 1995, is experienced in all areas of criminal work as a specialist defence advocate and has a particular name for cases involving terrorism. She is one of the few female...

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Brian Cummings QC appointed as Circuit Judge
27 October 2015

The Queen has appointed Brian Cummings QC to be a Circuit Judge on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable Michael Gove MP and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd. The Lord Chief Justice has deployed him to the Northern Circuit, based at Li...

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Hat-trick of mediations for Paul Kirtley
21 October 2015

Exchange Chambers’ Paul Kirtley has continued to develop his busy offshore mediation practice with 3 successful mediations in the Isle of Man over the past week. Paul is an accredited Civil and Commercial and Workplace Mediator, having mediated in ov...

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Andrew Williams tackles the Love Activists
19 October 2015

Andrew Williams from Exchange Chambers has written a feature length article for Local Government Lawyer. The article, Tackling the Love Activists, looks at how local authorities can respond when their buildings or land are occupied by demonstrators.  Please click on the link below t...

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Steven Crossley successfully represents Police Constable Joanne Parr in Merseyside's first public Misconduct Hearing
25 September 2015

Steven Crossley from Exchange Chambers has successfully represented Police Constable Joanne Parr in Merseyside's first public Misconduct Hearing. The Officer faced allegations that, with other officers, she deliberately refused to assist a member of the public struggling with a shoplifter he had detained in Dale ...

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Paul Hodgkinson prosecutes multi-handed drugs case
21 September 2015

Paul Hodgkinson from Exchange Chambers has successfully prosecuted thirteen men who have been sentenced to a total of 56 years after an undercover police operation targeting drugs in Rochdale.  The offenders were sentenced to a total of 56 years in prison as a result of Operation Trafalgar, an intellige...

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Oliver Jarvis acts for Premier League footballer on drink-driving charge
2 September 2015

Olly Jarvis from Exchange Chambers, instructed by Stephen Lickrish & Associates has acted for Premier league footballer, Darron Gibson, who today avoided a jail sentence after pleading guilty to hitting a cyclist while drink-driving and then fleeing the scene. Gibson, 27, was behind the wheel of his blac...

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Adrian Farrow defends in firearms case
1 September 2015

Andrew Farrow from Exchange Chambers has defended a 21 year old man who built up an arsenal of weapons, including a submachine gun. Dominic Birch was caught after police intercepted a package containing an Uzi heading to his house in Buxton, Derbyshire. Jurors at Derby Crown Court found him guilty of poss...

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Paul Hodgkinson defends Treasurer of Lancashire Darts Organisation
27 July 2015

Paul Hodgkinson from Exchange Chambers has defended the former treasurer of the Lancashire Darts Organisation who has been spared jail after stealing £23,000 in prize money and membership fees to fund an addiction to gambling. Irene Mungins, of Rudyard Road, ...

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David Toal secures Not Guilty verdict for Doctor
21 July 2015

David Toal from Exchange Chambers has secured a Not Guilty verdict for his client, a doctor, after a 5 day trial at Manchester Crown Court. The doctor was charged with an offence of Assault by Penetration on one patient and 2 offences of Sexual Assault on another.  The jury returned Not Guilty verdicts on al...

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Holly Betke secures not guilty verdict in sex trafficking case
20 July 2015

Holly Betke from Exchange Chambers has secured a not guilty verdict for client, a 33 year old Romanian female in a sex trafficking case.  After a month long trial, Holly’s client was acquitted of running prostitutes....

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Successful result for Holly Betke in contested confiscation case
20 July 2015

Holly Betke from Exchange Chambers has secured a successful result for her client in a contested confiscation case. Following a conviction for fraud in a multi-handed case, Holly was successful in contesting the £21 million figure on behalf of her client.   After a seven day hearing, the client wa...

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Brian Cummings QC and David Potter secure Guilty verdicts in Paige Chivers murder trial
14 July 2015

Brian Cummings QC and David Potter have successfully prosecuted Robert Ewing for the murder of missing Blackpool teenager Paige Chivers.  Ewing, 60, denied murder but was convicted of killing her by a jury at Preston Crown Court.   He had an "inappropriate sexual interest" in the teenager and to...

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Imran Shafi successfully stays Indictment for second time in a month
10 July 2015

Operation Dastardly alleged the illicit importation of 4.5 million cigarettes in a shipping container. Imran Shafi from Exchange Chambers, instructed by Walkers Solicitors, argued that due to the many and serious failings in the disclosure process his client could not now receive a fair trial.  HHJ Knowles Q...

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Green Belt ‘Garden Suburb’ planning appeal dismissed
10 July 2015

As the Government’s ‘Productivity Plan’ was published incorporating a series of measures to accelerate the development of new housing on ‘brownfield’ sites, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government issued his decision dismissing an appeal concerning a proposed ‘garde...

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R v LJ – Manslaughter by gross negligence argument accepted
6 July 2015

Benjamin Myers QC and Philip Parry from Exchange Chambers succeeded in persuading the Special Casework Department at the CPS and Senior Prosecution Counsel that their clients' actions amounted to manslaughter by gross negligence and not murder, in a highly unusual case. ...

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Marine Management Organisation v MOORE
6 July 2015

Philip Parry from Exchange Chambers successfully represented a businessman at Newcastle Crown Court prosecuted for multiple counts of defrauding the European Fisheries Fund in multi-million pound grant applications.  ...

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R v CHUA – Philip Parry drafts Grounds of Appeal
6 July 2015

Following the convictions of former Stepping Hill nurse Victorino Chua of multiple counts of murder and the poisoning of hospital patients, Philip Parry from Exchange Chambers has drafted Grounds of Appeal against conviction which were recently submitted to the Criminal Appeal Office....

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John Wyn Williams attends UKELA Annual Conference
6 July 2015

John Wyn Williams from Exchange Chambers attended the Annual Conference of UKELA at Liverpool University between the 2nd and 5th July 2015. At the conference, solicitors and barristers from firms and Chambers nationwide discussed environmental issues relating to water. The Environment Agency was ...

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David Toal successfully prosecutes sex slave case
25 June 2015

David Toal from Exchange Chambers has successfully prosecuted a 'violent and evil' man who condemned a harem of lovers to an ordeal of control, rape and torture as part of a 14-year campaign to 'sleep with as many women as possible'. Iqbal Ali, 33, forced four women to become his personal sex slaves - subjecting ...

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Steven Crossley successfully represents Lincolnshire officer in the first public Police Misconduct hearing to be attended by the press under new regulations
19 June 2015

Pc Woolerton, featured in the Channel 5 television series Police Interceptors, had been accused of using excessive force on two occasions in the course of an arrest and of making a homophobic comment to a detained person. The Hearing was only the second to be conducted in public under the Police (Conduct) (Amendment) Reg...

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Andrew Smith and Imran Shafi successfully argue for a stay of the indictment
16 June 2015

Andrew Smith, instructed by Tuckers Solicitors, and Imran Shafi, instructed by Middleweeks, have successfully argued for a stay of the indictment in a high profile case where their respective defendants, together with eight others, were charged with producing industrial quantities of adulterant for onward supply to major...

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John Wyn Williams has successfully defended Tex Evans in a trial in Chester Crown court.
12 June 2015

John Wyn Williams has successfully defended Tex Evans in a trial in Chester Crown court. Tex Evans who played as a professional Rugby League player for Salford was charged with GBH but had always maintained he was not involved and that he had been mistakenly identified as the person who attacked a man in a pub. He was cl...

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Oliver Jarvis secures acquittal in harrowing death by careless driving trial
11 June 2015

Oliver Jarvis from Exchange Chambers has secured an acquittal for his client, Peter Scott, after a week-long death by careless driving trial. Please click on the link below to see the full press report. [...

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Benjamin Myers QC successfully defends music teacher charged with rape
10 June 2015

Benjamin Myers QC from Exchange Chambers defended ex-Head of Strings at the Royal Northern College of Music, Malcolm Layfield, who was tried at Crown Square, Manchester for an allegation of rape.   Mr. Layfield was a teacher at Chetham's School of Music and also at the Royal Northern College of Music before ...

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Andrew Smith appears at patient death Inquest
22 May 2015

Andrew Smith appeared at the inquest into the death of a patient during a trip to Hollingworth Lake. The inquest jury decided that staff at Birch Hill hospital, Rochdale, where Mr Elahi was a patient, were at fault for allowing him to take part in the trip. Andrew represented the family at the inquest, which last...

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Exchange Chambers barristers appear at fatal shooting Inquest
22 May 2015

Exchange Chambers barristers Andrew Smith and Stephen Grattage appeared at the inquest into the fatal shooting of a G4S security contractor in Iraq. The area coroner for Manchester South, Joanne Kearsley, returned a verdict of unlawful killing in the case of a security contractor, Paul McGuigan, who was shot dead...

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Adrian Farrow and Michael Lavery successfully defend legal highs case
20 May 2015

Adrian Farrow and Michael Lavery successfully defend  legal highs case Adrian Farrow and Michael Lavery from Exchange Chambers have successfully defended their clients in a high profile legal highs case. Both Defendants were cleared unanimously by the jury at the end of a two week trial.   ...

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Paul Hodgkinson defends in murder trial
14 May 2015

Paul Hodgkinson from Exchange Chambers has acted as defence junior for Keir Michael, a prisoner who fatally stabbed another inmate, Dean Ashcroft, in a murder trial at Liverpool Crown Court. Michael, 31, was cleared of Darren Ashcroft’s murder after the jury deliberated for 15 hours and 38 minutes.  He...

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Exchange Chambers barristers secure acquittals after 6 day trial
11 May 2015

Exchange Chambers barristers, Imran Shafi and Andrew Petterson, have secured acquittals for their clients after a six day trial at Minshull Street Crown Court. Mr Ramzan, represented by Imran Shafi, faced allegations of s. 18 assault and perverting the course of justice. Mr Verbruggen, represented by Andr...

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Exchange Chambers barristers appearing in murder trial at Preston Crown Court
28 April 2015

Barristers from Exchange Chambers are currently acting in a murder trial at Preston Crown Court. Robert Ewing, 60, denies murdering Paige Chivers, 15, and doing an act tending and intended to pervert the course of justice. Co-defendant, Gareth Dewhurst, 46, of Duncan Avenue, Bispham, denies assisting an o...

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David Temkin secures unanimous acquittal of senior detective constable
22 April 2015

David Temkin has secured the unanimous acquittal of a senior detective constable after a six day trial at Liverpool Crown Court. DC Ciara Campbell faced eleven charges under the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Computer Misuse Act 1990 arising from her alleged abuse of police computer systems between 2010 and 2014. David...

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Exchange Chambers Barristers Represent Interested Persons at a Four-Week Article 2 Jury Inquest
15 April 2015

Michael Lavery, Alfred Weiss and Andrew Ward of Exchange Chambers have successfully represented properly interested persons at a four-week Article 2 jury inquest commencing in March 2015 at Liverpool Coroner’s Court. The inquest arose from the death in custody of Mr. Steven Heatman at H.M.P. Liverpool on 25...

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Judge halts Rape trial
2 April 2015

John Wyn Williams from Exchange Chambers, appearing for his client, successfully argued that the Prosecution case against his client was so inherently weak and peppered with inconsistencies that the case ought to be stopped. He was appearing at Caernarfon Crown Court and co-defending with Miss Elen Owen in a case...

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Nicholas Walker defends former Police Constable Kevin Szabo
1 April 2015

Nicholas Walker from Exchange Chambers has secured the liberty of former Police Constable Kevin Szabo.   In what was described as a very sad case, the Recorder of Liverpool, HHJ Goldstone QC ordered Mr Szabo to be subject to a community order for an offence of Dangerous Driving.  Mr Szabo, who was suffe...

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Acquittals in conspiracy trial
24 March 2015

Barristers from Exchange Chambers have secured acquittals for their clients in a complex conspiracy trial at Newcastle Crown Court. In the ninth week of the trial, the prosecution offered no further evidence against four coach drivers each represented by counsel from Exchange Chambers - Ian Harris (instructed by ...

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David Potter successfully prosecutes armed gang
18 March 2015

David Potter from Exchange Chambers has successfully prosecuted members of an armed gang who raided the homes of wealthy members of Liverpool’s Chinese community. Jack Hunter and Jamie Ellis were part of a “highly organised” group armed with machetes, knives, meat cleavers and an axe who terrori...

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Exchange Chambers barristers act in high profile environmental case
16 March 2015

Barristers from Exchange Chambers have prosecuted and defended in a high profile environmental case. Businessman John Albert Gizzi was ordered to pay more than £100,000 at court and given a 15 month suspended jail sentence for illegally dumping 1,000 tonnes of rubbish. Gizzi, described in Mold Crown...

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Steven Crossley in successful abuse of process argument for West Yorkshire Police Officers.
13 March 2015

On 12th March, at Sheffield Magistrates' Court, Steven Crossley, instructed by Dan McNally at Slater and Gordon, successfully argued for a stay of proceedings against two West Yorkshire Police Officers. The Officers were charged with an assault in the course of a detention. ...

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Unanimous acquittal in murder case defended by Simon Medland QC and David Temkin
12 March 2015

Simon Medland QC and David Temkin secured the unanimous acquittal of James Bland (62) who was accused of murder. Mr Bland had stabbed to death his wife of 44 years with a boning knife. She suffered 7 separate deep wounds and had many other injuries. Mr Bland then tried to take his own life by cutting his throat and wrist...

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Successful Police Defence for Steven Crossley
5 March 2015

In March 2015, Steven Crossley, instructed by Ian Townsend of Rebian Solicitors, successfully defended an Inspector of Humberside Police against Gross Misconduct allegations of Use of Force and Honesty and Integrity. Steven is a leading member of Exchange Chambers specialist Police law team....

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Oliver Jarvis successfully acts for well known footballer
5 March 2015

Driving specialist Oliver Jarvis from Exchange Chambers has successfully acted for a well known footballer in a driving matter. Oliver won the case and his client kept his licence following legal argument....

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Christian Taylor recovers £496,000 for client under Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme
2 March 2015

Christian Taylor from Exchange Chambers assisted a 36 year old stab victim recover just under the maximum award under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2001.  At the time of being instructed, the CICA had offered the Appellant the sum of £29,673.75. Christian drafted the Schedule of Loss, advis...

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Appeal granted on criminal legal aid
27 February 2015

Exchange Chambers has welcomed this morning’s news that the Court of Appeal has granted the Law Society and practitioner groups permission to appeal a High Court decision that dismissed challenges to the lord chancellor’s legal aid reforms. A tender process for 527 duty provider contracts, which was s...

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Bennett v. Winterburn [2015] UKUT 0059 (TCC) Parking easements by prescription, ouster and forcible user By Bruce Walker, Exchange Chambers
25 February 2015

Parking easements by prescription are awkward claims.  If the claim ousts the freeholder from his land, it fails.  If use is objected to, it becomes contentious (“vi”) and the claim fails.  Both points arose in Bennett v. Winterburn....

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Nick Johnson secures acquittal in York river rape case
19 February 2015

Yesterday Nick Johnson, instructed by Howard & Byrne solicitors in York, secured acquittals after a 7 day trial concerning allegations of sexually assaulting and raping a 16 year old girl on the riverbank by Lendal Bridge in York. His client, a 32 year old Polish national, was alleged to have stalked the girl through...

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Benjamin Myers QC and Tina Landale successfully defend teenager against charges of murder and manslaughter
9 February 2015

Benjamin Myers QC and Tina Landale  from Exchange Chambers successfully defended Sarah Willis, aged 19, against charges of murder and manslaughter.   The trial, which took place at Preston Crown Court, revealed that Miss Willis had endured a difficult relationship for several years with a man ten years ...

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Louis Browne acts for Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in £7m settlement
28 January 2015

In a case before the First Tier Tribunal (FFT) last week Louis Browne acted for the CICA in one of the largest awards ever made.  In this capacity, Louis acted as advisor to the FTT. The case involved a young woman shaken as a baby who sustained very severe brain damage and blindness.  She required arou...

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Louis Browne in important victory for the Secretary of State for Justice in a judicial review.
28 January 2015

In a recent judicial review, TH(SE) v Leeds City Council/Leeds NHSCB/ Secretary of State for Justice Louis Browne acted for the Secretary of State for Justice.  The claim was brought on behalf of a serving life sentence prisoner who had committed sexual offences.  In his claim he alleged that t...

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Emma Bennett instructed to prosecute £150,000 fraud
27 January 2015

Emma Bennett has been instructed by Sheffield CPS to prosecute £150,000 fraud by false representation.  The alleged fraud relates to a breach of trust granted to a family member through a power of attorney.  The trial is due to take place in May 2015....

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Richard Littler acts in Inquest into death of baby in 2009
19 January 2015

Richard Littler from Exchange Chambers has acted in a lengthy Inquest at Wakefield Coroners Court into the death of a baby in 2009 at Leeds Royal Infirmary. Richard represented the most senior Intensive Care Consultant who was criticised for deciding not to admit the baby into Intensive Care (PICU) sooner. ...

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Amanda Johnson successfully defends man against child sex allegations
2 January 2015

Following a 4 day trial at Minshull Street Crown Court, Amanda Johnson from Exchange Chambers has secured the unanimous acquittal of a defendant charged with offences against an 8 year old child.  Amanda was instructed by Morgan Brown & Cahill Solicitors....

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Amanda Johnson secures acquittal in historic indecency case
2 January 2015

Instructed by Morgan Brown & Cahill Solicitors, Amanda Johnson from Exchange Chambers has successfully defended a 77 year old man of good character against claims made by his son of alleged sexual abuse in the late 1970’s.  The defendant was acquitted unanimously after a 5 day trial at Manchester C...

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Exchange Chambers barristers secure acquittals in complex fraud trial
17 December 2014

Barristers from Exchange Chambers have secured acquittals for their clients on a range of fraud related charges at Birmingham Crown Court. The charges were a combination of conspiracy to cheat Her Majesty the Queen and the Commissioners of Revenue and Customs, conspiracy to defraud Her Majesty the Queen and the C...

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Alex Menary successful prosecutes Crimewatch fraudster
12 December 2014

Alex Menary, prosecuting on behalf of the North Eastern Complex Crime Unit, has successfully secured a conviction of serial fraudster John Bond at Hull Crown Court for offences of Perverting the Course of Justice. Having previously appeared on BBC’s Crimewatch programme, Bond and his then-partner took out a...

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Steven Crossley, instructed by Thompsons solicitors, secures acquittal for a teacher jointly charged with child cruelty.
11 December 2014

Steven Crossley, instructed by Thompsons solicitors, secures acquittal for a teacher jointly charged with child cruelty. The case concerned allegations of bullying, including the sellotoping of a 7 year old pupil to a chair at a school in West Yorkshire. Deborah McDonald was acquitted following a 9 day trial at Bradford ...

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John Wyn Williams praised by judge in Environment Agency Prosecution
4 December 2014

John Wyn Williams appeared on behalf of Barry Patchett of B J Patchett(Demo) Ltd in proceedings brought by the Environment Agency in Lincoln Magistrates Court. He eventually pleaded guilty to operating a waste operation without being authorised by an Environmental Permit at Tetney Lock in Lincolnshire involving 9,000 ton...

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Michael Lavery acts for Tomkinson Heating Ltd at Inquest
4 December 2014

Michael Lavery from Exchange Chambers is acting for Tomkinson Heating Ltd at the Inquest into the death of heating engineer James Jackson. Mr Jackson died in hospital after a boiler fell on him as he was trying to unload it.  He had had been trying to unload the boiler outside Sacred Heart Church in ...

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Adrian Farrow acts for national newsagents and convenience store business
18 November 2014

Adrian Farrow from Exchange Chambers has acted for a national newsagents and convenience store business with over 12,000 staff, in a case brought by Wirral Council. The case against Martin McColl Ltd  (now McColl’s Retail Group PLC) stemmed from a failure to carry out risk assessments for shop staff wo...

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Imran Shafi has charges dismissed in Class A drugs trial
7 November 2014

Imran Shafi from Exchange Chambers, instructed by Shahid Choudhary of Middleweeks Solicitors, has successfully applied to dismiss all charges against the alleged head of a Conspiracy to Supply Class A drugs. Following legal argument over five days,  HHJ Lunt acceded to the defence submissions and ruled that ...

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Mark Rhind acts for doctor cleared of all allegations at Fitness to Practice Hearing
28 October 2014

Mark Rhind from Exchange Chambers has acted for a doctor who was cleared of all allegations after a 12 day Fitness to Practice Hearing before the General Medical Council at the Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service in Manchester. The doctor, a senior Registrar, had been accused of impairment by reason of miscondu...

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Adrian Farrow prosecutes for HSE
24 October 2014

Acting for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Adrian Farrow from Exchange Chambers has prosecuted a Darwen-based scrap metal firm that has been fined for health and safety failings after workers suffered from lead poisoning.  One 48-year-old man from Darwen, who has asked not to be named, was admitted to...

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David Fearon presents Innovation Award
16 October 2014

Exchange Chambers and construction barrister David Fearon sponsored the Innovation Award at the Celebrating Construction in South Yorkshire Awards 2014 (CCISY 14). The Award, presented by David Fearon, was won by Bay Construct. The Awards will be held again next year in October 2015. With  over 300 g...

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Philip Parry on why companies should have legal representation at an Inquest
6 October 2014

It would be wrong to categorise Inquests as a form of litigation.  Although they may sometimes have the appearance of a criminal or civil trial, they have a very different objective and are entirely unconcerned with concepts of guilt or civil liability.  However, ensuring that your position as an individual, or...

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RECORD LEGAL 500 RANKINGS FOR EXCHANGE CHAMBERS
2 October 2014

Exchange Chambers has achieved its highest ever rankings in The Legal 500 United Kingdom. The Set has strengthened its position at the top of the rankings for the Northern Circuit while also climbing to its highest ever ranking for the North Eastern Circuit.  Members of Exchange Chambers are also ranked 47 t...

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David Fearon and Exchange Chambers sponsor innovation award
1 October 2014

Exchange Chambers and construction barrister David Fearon are delighted to sponsor the Innovation Award at the Celebrating Construction in South Yorkshire Awards 2014 (CCISY 14). CCISY 14 is the region’s premier construction event and will be a showcase for the professionalism, excellence and innovation tha...

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Rape and attempted rape allegations withdrawn
25 September 2014

John Wyn Williams from Exchange Chambers has successfully argued that the evidence against his client in a rape and attempted rape trial was of such a tenuous nature that it would be unfair to ask the jury to return a verdict.  The judge agreed and found that allegations of rape and attempted rape ought to b...

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Emma Bennett successfully defends client on rape charge
23 September 2014

Emma Bennett from Exchange Chambers has successfully defended her client who has been cleared of raping and assaulting his estranged wife over a 6 month period.   The client was accused of causing a black eye and severe bruising to the rest of the body before going onto to violently rape.    ...

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Multi-handed fraud trial instruction for Philip Parry
22 September 2014

Philip Parry from Exchange Chambers has been instructed in a multi-handed Trading Standards fraud  trial due to start in Manchester in April 2015 and scheduled to last 10 weeks.  The case arises out of the suspected fraudulent activities of kitchens sold under many guises to unsuspecting customers all o...

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Philip Parry successfully defends client in 7 week multi-handed fraud prosecution
22 September 2014

Philip Parry from Exchange Chambers has successfully defended his client in a 7 week multi-handed fraud prosecution brought by Dudley Trading Standards at Wolverhampton.    Philip’s client was an employee of one of the largest sellers of doors, windows and roofline products in the Midlands.  ...

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5 day Jury Inquest for Philip Parry
22 September 2014

Philip Parry from Exchange Chambers has acted for Wilhemsen Lines Car Carriers Ltd (one of the largest freight carriers in the world) in a 5 day jury inquest into the death of an Able Bodied Seaman. Gerardo Tonogbanua was killed in February 2011 when he fell into the water during an emergency exercise drill on th...

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Philip Parry instructed in multiple murder and poisoning trial
22 September 2014

Philip Parry from Exchange Chambers has been instructed as first Junior Defence Counsel in the multiple murder and poisoning trial of Victorino Chua, a nurse at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport arising out of the deaths and suspected poisoning of patients at Stepping Hill Hospital in June and July 2011 and the alleged f...

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Exchange Chambers Trains with the RNLI
5 September 2014

Exchange Chambers barristers Steven Crossley, Alex Menary, Alfie Weiss and Vicky Smith-Swain have just recently returned from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution headquarters in Poole, Dorset, where they delivered an inquest workshop to the Directors and senior staff of the Institution.  The 4 Leeds-base...

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Nick Johnson makes YouTube debut
4 September 2014

Fraud specialist Nick Johnson has worked with Evan Wright, a partner in the business crime team at JMW Solicitors, to film two informative videos on Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs).  DPAs were introduced in Schedule 17 and s.45 of the ...

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John Wyn Williams secures 36 convictions against child rapist
21 August 2014

John Wyn Williams from Exchange Chambers has secured 36 convictions against child rapist, Ramsey Ramsey, 79, of Grange Road, Chester. After deliberating for seven hours and 33 minutes, the jury of six men and six women unanimously found the pensioner guilty of 16 coun...

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Silk joins Exchange Chambers in Leeds
19 August 2014

Exchange Chambers has welcomed its first Silk in Leeds with the arrival of Christopher Tehrani QC. Chris is a specialist criminal, judicial review and regulatory Barrister. He was called to the Bar in 1990 and took Silk earlier this year.   He joins Exchange Chambers from New Park Court Chambers in Leed...

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Stephen McNally prosecutes £1 million super-strength heroin case
12 August 2014

Stephen McNally from Exchange Chambers has prosecuted a Liverpool man who was caught with more than £1m of super-strength heroin after a five-mile police chase. Ian Hayton, 43, sped through red lights, forced cars to brake suddenly at roundabouts and n...

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Stephen McNally acts for General Medical Council
12 August 2014

Stephen McNally from Exchange Chambers has acted for the General Medical Council in a hearing which has seen a doctor struck off the medical register. Dr Shahid Ayyoub, 57, repeatedly stroked a patient’s breasts during a prol...

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Court of Appeal upholds 5 year manslaughter sentence
11 August 2014

John Wyn Williams from Exchange Chambers has successfully argued against any reduction in a five year sentence for manslaughter. Kevin Gardner, 26, was sentenced to five years after earlier pleading guilty to manslaughter at Chester Crown Court. The Court of Appeal ha...

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Simon Medland QC successfully defends teenager on murder charge
31 July 2014

Simon Medland QC from Exchange Chambers has successfully defended a teenager who has been cleared of murder after killing her mother. Rebecca Durkin, 19, from Southport ...

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Success for Nick Johnson working with UK, US and Greek lawyers in Athens
21 July 2014

Nick Johnson, one of Exchange Chambers' fraud specialists, has been working closely with UK and international lawyers (Howard & Byrne, York; Willkie Farr & Gallagher, New York; Anagnostopoulos, Athens) as part of a continuing investigation into alleged corrupt practices in the Greek pharmaceutical industry. ...

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Jason MacAdam represents doctor facing misconduct allegations
18 July 2014

Jason MacAdam from Exchange Chambers,  instructed by the MPS before the MPTS Fitness to Practise Panel, has represented a doctor facing misconduct allegations. The majority of allegations were admitted and insight on the part of the doctor was established. The GMC sought erasure as the appropriate s...

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Jason MacAdam represents consultant surgeon
18 July 2014

Jason MacAdam from Exchange Chambers, instructed by Berrymans on behalf of the MPS, has represented a consultant surgeon at a Coroner’s Inquest. Despite submissions made by the family's solicitor to the Coroner that a conclusion of gross negligence should be recorded, the Coroner acceded to Mr MacAdam's sub...

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Large scale conspiracy to supply heroin
17 July 2014

Imran Shafi from Exchange Chambers acted for one of ten defendants in a large scale conspiracy to supply heroin trial Bradford Crown Court – Operation Exbridge. No further evidence was offered against his client on day two of a six week trial. He is, as yet, the only person acquitted in this trial....

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Boyfriend found Not Guilty of role in baby’s death
16 July 2014

Benjamin Myers QC defended Darren Butterfield who was tried at Preston Crown Court for his part in the death of TG, aged 7 weeks.  TG had died from severe injures as a result of being shaken.   The case was brought against Mr. Butterfield, his girlfriend and a ...

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Imran Shafi defends in money laundering case
10 July 2014

Imran Shafi, a barrister from Exchange Chambers, has acted for a gran who was spared jail after taking part in an international money laundering conspiracy.  Khalida Sheikh allowed son-in-law Nouman Tariq to use her bank safety deposit box to store money. Unknown to her, Tariq was at the centre of a gangland...

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Peter plans for the future with career change
7 July 2014

One of the property industry’s leading planning advisers has switched careers and joined Exchange Chambers as a barrister. ...

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Exchange Chambers barristers act in international cyber-fraud case
7 July 2014

Barristers from Exchange Chambers have acted for the defendants in an international cyber-fraud plot. ...

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Imran Shafi defends in money laundering case
7 July 2014

Imran Shafi, a barrister from Exchange Chambers, has acted for a gran who was spared jail after taking part in an international money laundering cons...

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HSE Prosecution for Mark Ainsworth
26 June 2014

Acting on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Mark Ainsworth from Exchange Chambers has successfully prosecuted Europlast (Blackburn) Ltd after an employee had part of a finger amputated when his left hand became trapped in unguarded machinery in June 2012. ...

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Successful money laundering and fraud prosecution for Alex Menary
25 June 2014

Andrew Seidu was sentenced today, 25 July 2014, to a total term of 4 years' imprisonment for offences of Money Laundering and Fraud after an 8-day trial before HHJ Batty. Alex Menary from Exchange Chambers prosecuted the case on behalf of West Yorkshire CP...

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Worker’s floor slip led to loss of fingertips
17 June 2014

A Leeds-based company represented by Michael Lavery from Exchange Chambers has been sentenced after a worker suffered serious injuries to his hand when it came into contact with the drive chain of a conveyor at a Newcastle factory. The 26-year-old, of Longbenton, Newcastle, was clearing up after completing a job ...

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Criminal asset case success for Imran Shafi
29 May 2014

Imran Shafi from Exchange Chambers has acted for Zeenat Farooqi, wife of convicted terrorist Munir Farooqi in an important criminal asset case.  Instructed by Jawad Babar, partner at Stokoe Partnership, Imran successfully resisted the prosecution application to forfeit...

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Supreme Court Success For Bill Hanbury
21 May 2014

Bill Hanbury from Exchange Chambers has helped to secure an important victory for his client at the Supreme Court. Judgment in the case of R (on the application of Barkas) (Appellant) v North Yorkshire County Council and Another (Respondent...

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Success for Nick Johnson in Russian murder Extradition case
20 May 2014

Nick Johnson this week secured the discharge of a Russian citizen whose extradition was sought to face allegations of murder in the Russian Federation. A successful businessman in the UK for a number of years, it was alleged that he had been part of a revenge attack upon a man for...

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More human rights
12 May 2014

Bill Hanbury publishes article on prestigious Westlaw insight on the likelihood of an article 8 defence succeeding in private law possession proceedings This article explores the potential application of art...

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Hidden assets success for Exchange Chambers
7 May 2014

Dafydd Enoch QC, door tenant, and Andrew Jebb won a major hidden assets argument in a Confiscation hearing at Birmingham Crown Court on the 30th April, reducing what the Defendant had to pay from £...

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Sara Dodd prosecutes £3.5 million mortgage fraud case
25 April 2014

Sara Dodd from Exchange Chambers has successfully prosecuted a £3.5 million mortgage fraud case. Property developers Marshall Joseph, 56, from Altrincham and Alick Kapikanya, 45, from Greater Manchester, shared loans they fraudulently obtained on houses they...

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Sara Dodd prosecutes parents for causing serious harm to 10-year-old child
8 April 2014

Sara Dodd from Exchange Chambers has prosecuted a couple who admitted causing serious harm to a child after their 10-year-old daughter was hospitalised suffering severe malnutrition. An investigation was launched by police and social services when the girl collaps...

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Health and safety prosecution for Michael Lavery
3 April 2014

Michael Lavery from Exchange Chambers has prosecuted a four star hotel for a series of health and safety breaches after a beautician was turned into a human torch as she manicured an elderly woman’s nails. Julia McKeown spent three weeks in hospital undergoin...

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Ian Harris appointed as Part Time Judge of First-tier Tribunal Restricted Patients Panel
2 April 2014

Ian Harris from Exchange Chambers has been appointed as a Fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, assigned to the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber, to exercise the Mental Health jurisdiction within that Chamber, in respect of Restricted Patients. In h...

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Exchange Chambers issues statement on CBA deal
28 March 2014

Exchange Chambers has distanced itself from the agreement announced yesterday between the government and the Criminal Bar Association. In a statement issued today, Exchange Chambers said: “As a Chambers, we do not endorse the agreement the CBA has made with the MoJ.  “Individual b...

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Michael Lavery prosecutes ill-treatment of patient case
26 March 2014

Michael Lavery a criminal barrister from Exchange Chambers has prosecuted two carers secretly filmed slapping, jabbing and humiliating a brain-damaged patient as he lay groaning in bed. Footage shows Rita Page, 68, and Lynette Cro...

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Exchange Chambers Barristers Secure Murder Verdict in Jahangir Nazar Trial
21 March 2014

A husband who stabbed his wife to death has been found guilty of murder in a high profile case prosecuted by John Jones QC and Adrian Farrow from Exchange Chambers. Mum-of-two Farkhanda Younis, known to friends as Jabeen, was...

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Michael Lavery acts in no returns policy case
21 March 2014

Michael Lavery a criminal barrister from Exchange Chambers acted for the defendant, Bennett, in the custody time limit case in relation to the availability of Counsel during the no returns policy of the Criminal Bar Association. T...

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Breaking Bad-style case for Richard Littler
17 March 2014

Richard Littler, a barrister at Exchange Chambers, has acted for the defendant, Polish Chemistry Professor Ryszard Jakubczyk,  in a case compared to cult TV series Breaking Bad by the tabloid press. For further details please click here: ...

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Exchange Chambers barristers in fraud by abuse of position trial
10 March 2014

Steve McNally and Michael Lavery, barristers at Exchange Chambers, have acted for the prosecution and defence in the trial of an NHS administrator who bought £160,000 of printer cartridges with publi...

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Michael Lavery secures not guilty verdict for Anita Cregan
10 March 2014

Michael Lavery from Exchange Chambers has acted for Anita Cregan, who has been cleared of aiding and abetting misconduct in public office. The jury took three hours to clear 56-year-old Mrs Cregan and two others - Greater Manchester Police call han...

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Dr P v Dr J
4 March 2014

Jason MacAdam from Exchange Chambers, instructed by BLM on behalf of the claimant has recently obtained an ex parte injunction in the High Court under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 against another doctor....

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Jason MacAdam defends police officer in misconduct hearing
4 March 2014

Jason MacAdam, a barrister at Exchange Chambers, defended a serving police officer who was alleged to have taken prohibited drugs, anabolic steroids. The evidence presented to the panel was the subject of successful challenge on the basis of non conformation with Force protocols ...

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Benjamin Myers appointed Queen's Counsel
19 February 2014

Exchange Chambers is delighted to announce that Benjamin Myers has been appointed Queen’s Counsel. Benjamin Myers is among the 100 Queen’s Counsel appointments announced today by the independent selection panel.  He will formally become a silk when he makes his declaration before the Lord Chancel...

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Leading Silk's Health and Safety Practice
17 February 2014

Leading silk John Jones QC continues to develop a successful and specialist Health and Safety practice to complement his well-established and renowned criminal offering. In recent years, John has developed a successful track record in defending Health and Safety actions – a practice he has built from the fo...

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John Wyn Williams joins Exchange Chambers
12 February 2014

Exchange Chambers has further strengthened its regulatory expertise with the arrival of John Wyn Williams as its latest member. Called to the Bar in 1992, John joins Exchange Chambers from Linenhall Chambers.  As a senior regulatory barrister, he has acted for a number of companies and Local Authorities deal...

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Exchange Chambers Barristers praised for "phenomenal" advice in Environment Agency Prosecution
7 February 2014

Mark Rhind and Andrew Smith from Exchange Chambers have been praised for their “phenomenal” advice while acting for the defendants in a high profile Environment Agency prosecution. Frank Flannigan Junior, his company DepotHire Ltd and his father Frances Clavering Flannigan were ordered to pay a total ...

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Michael Lavery defends company CEO in HSE prosecution
21 January 2014

Michael Lavery from Exchange Chambers has acted for a company CEO in a Health and Safety (HSE) prosecution at Minshull Crown Court, Manchester. Mansfield Soft Furnishings Ltd and David Mansfield were prosecuted by the HSE after up to 30 employees were exposed to the airborne fibres at Meadowcroft Mill on Bury Roa...

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Exchange Chambers' Nick Johnson instructed to work in Moscow on Russian Extradition case
14 January 2014

Nick Johnson, one of Exchange Chambers’ specialist fraud barristers, continues to develop an international dimension to his practice, including extradition work relating to the USA and, now, the Russian Federation. Instructed by Howard & Byrne to represent a Russian citizen livi...

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Exchange Chambers hits out at VHCC list
3 December 2013

Exchange Chambers has hit back at a “misleading, cynical and underhand” list of barristers’ names sent by the Legal Aid Agency to solicitors looking for counsel to undertake very high cost cases (VHCC). A list of 330 barristers and higher court advocates has been provided to law firms who contac...

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Barristers from Exchange Chambers secure Balcombe fracking possession order
14 November 2013

Edward Bartley Jones QC and Chris Royle from Exchange Chambers have acted for West Sussex County Council in securing a possession order for the site of the much publicised Balcombe fracking protest. West Sussex County Council also obtained extensive injunctive relief against the persons still on the site and against thos...

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