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

February 9, 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 older than her.  Miss Willis had always explained that her partner had inflicted the fatal wound to his thigh when he grabbed hold of a knife that she was holding during an argument they were having.  The jury acquitted Miss Willis unanimously.  The case received widespread and national media coverage.

Ben specialises in serious crime. He is instructed consistently in substantial and complex cases of murder, manslaughter, high value fraud, money laundering, multi-million pound confiscation under POCA, drug trafficking, national and international organised crime, rape, historic sexual abuse and armed robbery. He has a wide experience of appellate matters. Ben’s knowledge of law and procedure relating to disclosure and abuse of process is extensive. His expertise in the field of human rights and criminal law is a feature of his practice, both in court and in an advisory capacity. Ben is experienced in public law and is instructed in judicial review proceedings in the fields of both criminal and regulatory law.