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Libertas Lens – September 2021 In the September edition of our Lens newsletter, we share three new insight articles from our experts, information about our next Webinar, and some Chambers & Partners 2022 news. To view the recent edition click here To register for Libertas Lens and ensure you never miss out on our news, events and free webinars follow this link or click Join our Newsletter in the footer below.
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Successful Submission of No Case to Answer in Joint Enterprise S18 Trial Sarah Day represented a youth at Isleworth Crown Court, facing counts of S18 wounding with intent to cause GBH and S18 wounding with intent to resist arrest on a joint enterprise basis for an incident that culminated in the stabbing of a police officer. Following submission of no case to answer in respect of both counts, the jury was directed to find Sarah’s Client not guilty Sarah was instructed by Jo Chart at Sperrin Law. If you’d like to see more from us including webinars, events, and news stories, sign up for our newsletter by clicking here
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Darren Snow secures the acquittal of Nurse Darren Snow, instructed by Emma Davies from the Royal College of Nursing’s Legal Team, recently represented a nurse in a 6-day hearing before the NMC Fitness to Practice Panel. His client faced career ending allegations of dishonesty in respect of evidence she had given at an inquest in 2018 which the NMC alleged to have been false and intended to mislead the coroner. His cross-examination of NMC witnesses revealed systemic failures in management, leadership and policy at his client’s employer resulting in the dismissal of several charges on a submission of no case to answer at the close of the NMC’s case. Darren went on to secure a finding of no dishonesty with the dismissal of the remaining charges at the conclusion of the case. His client is now able to continue her distinguished nursing career with an unblemished record. For further information on the team and how we can assist you please speak to our senior clerk Marc King. Image courtesy of the NMC To stay up to date with insight articles, webinars, and chamber news why not subscribe to Libertas Lens (our periodic newsletter) – Click here to register  
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Chambers Article – The new Antique Firearms Regime The law governing the possession of firearms is strict and comprehensive. However, not all forms of possession are prohibited. Many people – ranging from police officers to farmers – may have a legitimate reason to possess a firearm. This article goes further into the discussion around collector’s items and more. Click below to read in full. Download Article now To stay up to date with insight articles, webinars and chamber news why not subscribe to Libertas Lens (our periodic newsletter) – Click here to register
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Forensic Archaeology & the International Criminal Court This article contains much of what we discussed in our Libertas Lecture on 20 May 2021. The International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC) simultaneously possesses jurisdiction over a “situation” and individual “cases”. In the context of a situation there may be both victim participation and/or evidentiary issues that may affect the cases against individual accused yet to be identified by the court. This can involve the appointment of so-called “ad hoc defence counsel” to represent the interests of these future accused. Preserving evidence of international crimes, such as war crimes and crimes against humanity, occurs in the pre-trial phase of the case before charges are pleaded or even confirmed. This article goes further into forensic archaeology and its contextual use within both criminal and civil cases and takes a particular focus on counsel’s duties in the pre trial stage at the International Criminal Court Download Article now To stay up to date with insight articles, webinars and chamber news why not subscribe to Libertas Lens (our periodic newsletter) – Click here to register
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The Law of Joint Enterprise – Podcast When is somebody complicit in another person’s crime? This is a question spoken (and answered about) by our very own Felicity Gerry QC in a podcast she did with Sally Penni MBE. The podcast goes over various aspects of complicity in crime such as: Commercial crime Fraud Conspiracy. If you’d like, you can view the podcast here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1686745/8818598 or use the mp3 below to listen. https://www.libertaschambers.com/wp-content/uploads/episode-8-law-and-guidance-podcast-with-felicity-gerry-qc-1.mp3   If you’d like to hear more like this such as events, webinars, and more register for our newsletter by clicking here.
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Silence, Joint Enterprise and the Legal Trap – Webinar Sign up open for our next Libertas Webinar – details below Professor Felicity Gerry QC will be joined by Dr Susie Hulley and Dr Tara Young in this expert webinar highlighting the role of the law, and its agents, in generating silence among young suspects. Drawing on a study by Dr Hulley and Dr young, of serious multi-handed violence and ‘joint enterprise’ as a legal response, this webinar highlights the role of the law, and its agents, in generating silence among young suspects. These Young people face a precarious trap, as their silence is interpreted as guilt by the police, propelling them towards charge. Their study concludes that to avoid over-charging and to encourage Young people with knowledge of serious violence to talk, structural change is needed. The system must reverse the legal rules regarding silence and reform the law on secondary liability to reduce the legal risks of talking. Felicity Gerry QC is well known as defending a range of ‘joint enterprise’ cases, most recently in murder in 3 criminal trials involving young accused people aged 18, 13 and 17 in one of which a ‘no comment’ interview was excluded and another is on appeal on the issue of extensions of liability through adverse inferences. Dr Susie Hulley is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge and is on the Advisory Board for the Prison Reform Trust’s Building Futures Programme. She has worked on a range of research studies including a study of the experiences of prisoners serving very long sentences from a young age. Dr Tara Young is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at Kent University. The central focus of her research is on marginalised young people as perpetrators and victims of anti-social behaviour and violent crime. Register today – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/169434369761 To ensure you don’t miss out on future events please register for our newsletter by clicking here.      
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The Mystery of Indirect DNA transfer – Podcast DNA gets in places you wouldn’t always expect it to – when a criminal case is in full swing this can cause issues as all it takes are a few mistakes and your DNA ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Our very own Felicity Gerry QC goes through this idea and many more in this webinar alongside a cast of other professionals. You can view the webinar below.
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Gross Negligence Manslaughter Webinar Event We recently held a webinar delving into the topic of gross negligent manslaughter – taking a deeper look into medical, drug, and food-related deaths. Presented by Professor Felicity Gerry QC and Dr Oliver Quick – Felicity defended the appeal in Rebelo where the Court of Appeal of England and Wales considered manslaughter in the context of a diet pill bought online and the scope of women’s autonomy in eating disorders. She has long experience of appearing in cases of homicide involving complex legal and medical issues. Oliver Quick is Reader in Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Health, Law and Society at the University of Bristol. He has written widely about law and patient safety with particular expertise on gross negligence manslaughter. His research was heavily cited in the Independent Review of Gross Negligence Manslaughter and Culpable Homicide established by the General Medical Council. If you’d like to find out more sign up for our newsletter here
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