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David Wood secures acquittal for client accused of soliciting murder

This week David Wood, instructed by Alex Nash from Nobles Solicitors, successfully defended a highly unusual case of soliciting murder under section 4 of the Offences Against the Person Act The Defendant had entered details on a website on the dark web which offered assassination services, after Googling 'how do I find a hitman?'. The object of the proposed assassination was a new born baby, the alleged…

Charter pleased to be recommended in Crime, Business and Regulatory Crime, Fraud and Professional Discipline & Regulatory Law in the Legal 500

The Legal 500 announced its recommendations for this year earlier today. It had the following to say in respect of Charter as a set -  "At Charter Chambers, Counsel are of ‘an incredibly high standard’ and recommended for criminal law as well as related fraud and regulatory matters. ‘It is a go-to set for those in an emergency or in need of barristers who can handle complex matters’. In the clerking…

Darren Snow joins the BTAS Misconduct Panel

Chambers is delighted to announce that Darren Snow has been appointed by the Bar Tribunal & Adjudication Service to sit as a barrister member on the Council of the Inns of Court Misconduct Panel. This panel sits in cases of barrister misconduct prosecuted by the Bar Standards Board. Darren’s appointment as a panel member will bring further experience to our professional disciplinary team which already…

The Psychoactive Substances Act - It’s Laughable.

Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 The Psychoactive Substances Act was lauded by the government as a ‘landmark Bill’, having gone through ‘extensive Parliamentary and public scrutiny’. The Act was arguably created to specifically prevent the supply of Nitrous Oxide. The Act has been criticised by many as being unworkable and not fit for purpose, and their concerns appear now to have come to fruition. The…

Louise McCullough secures acquittal for her client charged with blackmailing a girl to commit sexual acts

Louise McCullough, instructed by Ola Yusuf at McMillan Williams Solicitors, secured the acquittal of her client today at Inner London Crown Court after an eight day trial. Her client was charged with two Counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity. The Defence was based on the careful analysis of previous false complaints made by the complainant.  Media coverage can be found here -  Daily…

Tana Adkin QC appears as fourteen sentenced for running Britain's biggest 'skunk' operation

Tana Adkin QC, instructed by Lee Barton of Paul Martin & Co. Solicitors represented one of the defendants sentenced on Thursday 27th July for his involvement in the largest cannabis production case prosecuted in the U.K.   Media coverage below -  BBC Evening Standard The Mail

Charter Chambers Seminar on Professional Discipline - 26th July 2017

Charter hosted a summer seminar on Professional Discipline law last night -  The seminar covered the following topics (click on the title for a copy of the handout) -   Non Contentious Disposals - A talk on the growing practice before regulators of disposing of appropriate cases (or attempting to) without the need for a substantive hearing - by Claire Robinson Dishonesty and Integrity - An analysis…

Leila Gaskin's client acquitted following drugs and firearms trial at the Old Bailey

Leila Gaskin, instructed by Claire Kelly of Oracle Solicitors, secured the acquittal of her young client who suffered from Asperger Syndrome following his trial at the Old Bailey. The Defendants faced an Indictment alleging conspiracy to supply 11kgs of cannabis (skunk) and possession of a scorpion sub-machine gun with intent to endanger life. The jury acquitted Leila's client and one further Defendant,…

David Wood represents man charged with attempted murder of co-worker found in state of 'undress' with his partner

On Friday 7th July 2017 at the Old Bailey sentence was passed on Nicholas Cherpin for the offence of attempted murder. Charter's David Wood, instructed by Claire Kelly of Oracle Solicitors, represented him throughout the proceedings.   The case involved a furious assault with a knife in circumstances where Cherpin, a French national, encountered his partner and another man in a state of undress at…