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UN expert group urges Bangladesh to stop enforced disappearances and to reveal whereabouts of Michael Polak’s client Mr Ahmad Bin Quasem

On 24 February 2017 the Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances called on Bangladesh to ‘act now to halt an increasing number of enforced disappearances in the country’ and to immediately reveal the whereabouts of Michael’s client Mr Bin Quasem. The...
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Michael Polak Obtains Not Guilty Verdict in GBH Trial at Northampton Crown Court

Michael Polak of Church Court Chambers successfully secured an acquittal for his client who was charged with GBH after a lengthy trial at Northampton Crown Court. The prosecution’s case was that there was an assault by three young men on an older man who had...
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Chris Johnston secures reduced sentence for deaf client at Court of Appeal

Following a refusal of leave to appeal sentence from the single judge, an application for leave to appeal sentence was lodged before the full court where counsel appeared pro bono. The case concerned a profoundly deaf defendant who had been sentenced in a conspiracy...
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Colin Witcher to present keynote address in Seattle, USA at 30th Anniversary Inn Celebrations

Colin Witcher of Chambers’ Crime and Regulatory Team travels to Seattle on the 22nd February 2017 to present a keynote address at the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Hon. Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court.  Whilst there Colin shall also be the guest of local...
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Kevin Molloy secures manslaughter acquittal

Kevin Molloy secured the acquittal of the defendant Gearty who had been charged with Gross Negligence Manslaughter. The case attracted notoriety as it involved the treatment of the deceased, a drug addict with the unlicensed drug ibogaine.  The case involved the...
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Jo Morris secures suspended sentence in Operation Anguillar fraud

Jo Morris, of Chambers Crime and Court Martial team, represented a defendant charged with the Operation Anguillar fraud. Operation Anguillar is a multi-million pound fraud involving defendants who are non hearing. This case involved a sophisticated conspiracy to...
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Pupillage Update

Church Court Chambers intends to recruit in May 2017 for two 12 month pupillages, one to commence in October 2017 and one in April 2018. In May 2018 we intend to recruit again for pupils to start in 2018 and 2019. Please refer back to our website in May 2017 for...
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Foreign Policy Reports on Problem of Enforced Disappearances in Bangladesh Quoting Church Court’s Michael Polak

Well-regarded international affairs journal Foreign Policy has run a feature article on the problem of enforced disappearances in Bangladesh and how they are being used against the political opposition by the Government.  The article which can be read here reports on...
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Jo Morris secures acquittals in a multi-count allegation of historical sexual abuse.

Jo Morris, of Chambers Crime and Court Martial team, represented a defendant facing an indictment containing counts of historical sexual abuse and more recent allegations at Leicester Crown Court. The case involved cross examination of a vulnerable adult with mental...
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Michael Polak of Church Court Presents Guest Lecture at Brunel University

Michael presented a guest lecture on Criminal Law and the Exclusion of Evidence at Brunel University on 30 January 2017. Michael was invited to present this lecture by Brunel University because in his criminal practice he specialises in applications to exclude...
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Slavery in the corporate world : is your business complicit? An article by Kevin Molloy and Colin Witcher

The new Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015; it is clear that corporate compliance shall ... Read More

Shaken Baby Syndrome – the Development of Expert Evidence an Article by Jo Morris and Fiona McAddy

Until relatively recently a prosecution for murder arising from the death of an infant from suspected “shaken baby syndrome” rested ... Read More

The Court Martial and the HRA an Article by Jo Morris and Fiona McAddy

The military court martial is a quasi criminal court dispensing military discipline.  Few would argue with the need for a distinct ... Read More

The Modern Conspiracy – The Problem With Persons Unknown – By Fiona McAddy and Colin Witcher

The Court of Appeal in the case of Griffiths [1969] 1 QB 589, made an apposite observation concerning a growing trend towards indicting Read More


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