Update on Direct Action Mon 27th July

This Chambers continues to support #Unity to #savelegalaid and #saveukjustice.

We support the Solicitors’ Protocol 2, and continue not to accept returns.

27 July / 2015
Author Clerks
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Follow #legalaidhero on Twitter

If you are here but suspect that Barristers are fatcats who are on the take rather than working to keep the innocent free and the rest of us safe from the guilty, try this one #legalaidhero tweet

27 July / 2015
Author Clerks
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No Returns #Unity #SaveUKJustice

Cathy McCulloch is unavailable for defence work where the legal aid certificate is dated 01.07.15 or thereafter. With effect from Wednesday 16 July 2015 she is not accepting returns.C marching

16 July / 2015
Author Clerks
Category Uncategorized

How Legal Aid Cuts will hurt the Vulnerable

Any who may think the fight against the Government’s Legal Aid agenda is about fat-cat self interest should read this article from today’s Guardian

02 July / 2015
Author Clerks
Category Uncategorized

#UNITY

Cathy McCulloch is unavailable for defence work where the legal aid certificate is dated 01.07.15 or thereafter. She will review her availability when the results of the CBA Ballot are announced.C marching

02 July / 2015
Author Clerks
Category Uncategorized

Mitigation Works

Any practitioner or probation officer will tell you that taking drugs into a prison guarantees a custodial sentence. Not necessarily so: last week an unprecedented suspended sentence order was the result of thorough research and effective mitigation both written and oral.

You can see more examples of Cathy’s research and advocacy here.

08 June / 2015
Author Clerks
Category Uncategorized

Strange Law

One would have thought that sibling rape is one of the worst examples of breach of trust.
The case of ZBT ruled that this is not the case. Cathy McCulloch’s client received a sentence of 6 years (half what would normally have been expected).

You can see more examples of Cathy’s research and advocacy here.

04 May / 2015
Author Clerks
Category Uncategorized

WHY NO JUSTICE IN ELECTION?

The British Justice system is in danger of total collapse, but the major parties are all ignoring the fundamental threats facing Justice and Law and Order. Why is there No Justice in the General Election?

On Tuesday, 21st April 2015 at 20.00hrs at East Anglian Chambers (5 Museum Street, Ipswich IP1 1HQ) local legal professionals including Barristers, Solicitors, Police Officers and others will put this question to Jane Basham, Labour Candidate for South Suffolk.

The event is being chaired by Simon Spence QC, a leading criminal silk. Simon practises mainly in East Anglia, where he has prosecuted and defended many high profile murder cases including Steve Wright, the killer of 5 young women in Ipswich in 2006.

COME AND HELP PUT JUSTICE ON THE ELECTION MAP!

RSVP TO vra@stedmund.co.uk

17 April / 2015
Author Clerks
Category Uncategorized

The CCTV never misleads – or does it?

In a recent GBH case, CCTV of the scene in a nightclub appeared at first viewing to show clearly that the defendant had entered the room, and after a few seconds ran at the complainant and assaulted him.

The defendant insisted he was innocent, so Cathy McCulloch reviewed the footage frame-by-frame. This detailed analysis revealed that a third party had come from the back of the room, rushed past the defendant, and committed the assault.

The sequence was then enhanced to highlight the movements of complainant, defendant and assailant, and played in court to great effect during XX of the complainant. The jury returned a Not Guilty soon after they had requested the enhanced video to assist their deliberations.

 

 

25 March / 2015
Author Clerks
Category Uncategorized

Cases of Interest Updated

Cases of Interest updated, including

R v ED Reading Crown Court 2015 GBH
Not Guilty after full trial. CCTV appeared at first sight to prove guilt. Detailed analysis by Counsel showed otherwise; video enhanced and used to conclusive effect in court during XX of complainant.

25 February / 2015
Author Clerks
Category Uncategorized