On the 12th June 2019 at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton, Charter Barristers Dr Andreas O’Shea and Sian Beavan delivered a seminar, chaired by Darren Snow, on the fast-developing topic of human trafficking.
Andreas, a recognised international criminal lawyer, described the international, European and domestic legal framework, while highlighting areas of potential legal challenges under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. In the leading authority of R v K(M)  2 Cr. App. R. 14, Andreas appeared before the Court of Appeal, successfully persuading the court against a reverse burden of proof under s.45 of the Modern Slavery Act.
During the seminar, Sian set out the way to use s.45, analysing the Court of Appeal’s guidance as set out in R v K(M) and other cases. Sian also looked at the challenges of the duress defence in trafficking cases and how to use the National Referral Mechanism when acting for a defendant believed to be the victim of trafficking or modern slavery.
The presentations were followed by a lively debate on different approaches to police interviews, managing defendants who are victims of modern slavery and dealing with the police and CPS, as well as on defending in “County Lines” cases which continue to plague the South Coast.